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Holy See diplomat renews call for end to capital punishment CWN - 3 hours ago

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s leading diplomat at UN offices in Geneva, called for the international abolition of the death penalty during a meeting of the UN Human Rights...

Holy See, Italy in talks on tax evasion CWN - 3 hours ago

Speaking on Italian efforts to combat tax evasion, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that he hoped to “recover a little bit of money also from the Vatican”—prompting a statement from the director of...

Archbishop criticizes Xavier’s selection of honorary degree recipients CWN - 3 hours ago

Archbishop Gregory Aymond has expressed disappointment at Xavier University of Louisiana’s selection of honorary degree recipients, among whom are outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder and former...

Italian bishop to write meditations for Pope’s Way of the Cross on Good Friday CWN - 2 hours ago

Pope Francis has chosen a retired Italian bishop to write the meditations that will be read during the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome. Bishop Renato Corti, 79, served as...

Protestant evangelists beaten by police in India CWN - 4 hours ago

Twenty Protestant evangelists were detained and beaten by police in Jaipur, a city of 3.1 million in northwestern India. Following an intervention by a human rights group, police told the...

Papal telegram following Cardinal Egan’s death CWN - 2 hours ago

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York following the death of Cardinal Edward Egan. “Commending the late cardinal’s noble soul to God, the Father of...

Japan’s bishops recall 70th anniversary of end of WWII CWN - 3 hours ago

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan has issued a statement on the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II. Concerned about recent attempts “to rewrite the history of that time,...

Leading Anglican prelate emphasizes evangelization CWN - 4 hours ago

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, the worldwide leader of the Anglican communion, emphasized the centrality of evangelization in a March 5 lecture citing a wide range of Christian figures...

Cardinal Marx questions 'the new evangelization' CWN - 16 hours ago

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich—the president of the German bishops’ conference, and a member of the Council of Cardinals—has expressed misgivings about the term “the new evangelization.” In an...

Christians being crowded out of health-care fields, editor warns CWN - 16 hours ago

Catholic doctors are being squeezed out of the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, the editor of a Christian law review has warned. John Duddington, the editor of Law and Justice, reports that...

San Francisco city officials, most Catholic-school teachers, challenge archbishop's policy CWN - 16 hours ago

San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone faces mounting opposition to his plan to ensure that Catholic-school teachers uphold the principles of the faith. Four-fifths of the teachers in...

Council of Europe directs France to legislate against spanking CWN - 16 hours ago

The Council of Europe has announced that France must enact new legislation against spanking. The Council said that French law, which affirms the right of parents to discipline their children is...

Chicago nuns, reportedly left without heat, have rich real-estate holdings CWN - 16 hours ago

A small community of nuns, which raised over $200,000 in donations after reports that their convent was without heat, has been exposed as a schismatic group with millions of dollars in financial...

Cardinal Edward Egan, retired Archbishop of New York, dead at 82 CWN - 16 hours ago

Cardinal Edward Egan, the retired Archbishop of New York, has died at the age of 82. His death was attributed to cardiac arrest. A native of Illinois, Edward Egan was ordained as a priest of the...

Slovenian lawmakers approve same-sex marriage CWN - 17 hours ago

Slovenia’s parliament has amended the country’s law on marriage, allowing for legal recognition of same-sex unions. The new law, approved by a vote of 51 to 28, redefines marriage to allow for...

Palestinian Authority seeks Vatican action to stop attacks on Christians, Jews in Jerusalem CWN - 17 hours ago

The Palestinian Authority has urged the Vatican and the UN to take action to curb attacks on Christians and Muslims by militant Jews in Jerusalem. The Palestinian foreign ministry issued a...

Pope enjoys broad popularity in US, poll shows CWN - 18 hours ago

Pope Francis enjoys broad popularity in the US, a new public-opinion survey shows. The Pew Research Center, in February poll, found that 70% of the American public views the Pope favorably. Among...

Vatican spokesman denies threat to sue blogger CWN - 18 hours ago

A Vatican spokesman has denied that he threatened to sue a Canadian blogger for defamatory statements. Father Thomas Rosica, a Canadian television personality who works with the Vatican press...

Encyclical on ecology will appear this year, 'a critical year for humanity,' Vatican cardinal says CWN - 20 hours ago

A forthcoming papal encyclical on the environment will be published during “a critical year for humanity,” the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace told an Irish...

Pope repeats: do not abandon the elderly CWN - 21 hours ago

“Abandonment is the most serious 'malady' to afflict the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer,” Pope Francis said in a March 5 message to the Pontifical Academy for...

US Catholic weeklies unite in joint editorial call to end capital punishment CWN - 21 hours ago

Four American Catholic publications, with widely diverging editorial perspectives, have joined in a call for abolition of the death penalty in the US. The editors of the National Catholic...

Court backs Iowa diocese in discrimination lawsuit CWN - March 5

A federal court has granted a legal victory to the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, after the former CFO of the city’s Catholic school system contended he lost his job because of religious...

French atheist angry he was subject to German tax that funds Church CWN - March 5

A French atheist who was baptized a Catholic and recently moved to Berlin has expressed outrage that the German government classified him as a Catholic for tax purposes, leading to the imposition of...

German bishops condemn Russian actions in Ukraine CWN - March 5

The German Bishops’ Conference recently issued a statement renewing its condemnation of the “the illegal annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the continued military engagement of the Russian...

Russian Orthodox official: number of abortions has plunged since fall of Communism CWN - March 5

Alexey Komov, an official of the Family Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church, has told an Italian news agency that progress has been made in defending human life, marriage, and the family in...

Report: interview with released Syrian Christian hostage CWN - March 5

A Syrian Christian kidnapped from his village by the Islamic State and released nearly a week later said that he was treated well but constantly pressured to convert to Islam. “We said we would...

Cardinal Dolan: Islamic State is perversion of Islam, as IRA was perversion of Catholicism CWN - March 4

The Islamic State represents “a particularly perverted form of Islam,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has said. “These are not pure, these are not real Muslims,” the cardinal said in an...

Smart-phone app facilitates adultery, Peruvian cardinal fears CWN - March 4

A Peruvian cardinal has charged that a popular smart-phone application is encouraging adultery. “Concerning mobile phones, how many people become unfaithful and how many families are broken by...

Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized in October CWN - March 4

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized in October. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, announced...

Annual Mass celebrates peace on Chile-Argentina border CWN - March 4

More than 2,000 Catholics from Chile and Argentina gathered on the border between their countries on March 1, to attend a Mass in thanksgiving for the peace between their nations, the Fides news...

Syrian rebels reject truce offer; bishop blames Western suppliers CWN - March 4

After Syrian rebels fighting to oust the Assad regime rejected a UN proposal for a humanitarian truce, Bishop Georges Abou Khazen of Aleppo told the Fides news service that the country’s bloody...

Cardinal Nichols weighs in on immigration CWN - March 4

In an interview with BBC, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster discussed immigration and the UK general election, which will take place on May 7. “I think every party has to be tested on its...

Pope Francis: do not discard the elderly CWN - March 4

Pope Francis devoted his March 4 general audience to the elderly and obligations toward them. “Where the elderly are not honored, there is no future for the young,” he said. Citing Pope...

Philippine bishops call for land reform CWN - March 4

81 Philippine bishops have signed a statement calling for the passage of two bills that would extend 1988 agrarian-reform legislation. An estimated 50,000 farmers stand to become landowners if...

Cardinal calls for negotiations in Burma CWN - March 4

Myanmar’s first cardinal has called for dialogue between the nation’s army and rebel groups, including the Kachin Independence Army. Addressing 50,000 pilgrims at a Marian shrine, Cardinal...

Cardinal Parolin to visit Belarus CWN - March 4

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, will visit Belarus from March 12 to 15, according to a report from the Belarusian Telegraph Agency. In sending Cardinal Parolin to visit...

Report: Islamic State releases more Syrian Christian hostages CWN - March 4

Following the recent release of 19 Syrian Christian captives, the Islamic State has released four more hostages, including a six-year-old girl, according to the Assyrian International News...

The Eucharist ensures Christ is the center of unity, Pope emphasizes CWN - March 4

In a March 4 address to bishops who are friends of Focolare, Pope Francis thanked the movement for anchoring its promotion of unity in the Eucharist. The Eucharist, said the Pope, ensures that...

Social media can be a ‘vanity fair,’ says Russian patriarch CWN - March 4

In remarks made after a recent Lenten liturgy, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church criticized the vanity manifested in discussions on social media networks. “Every person has a chance to say...

Schedule released for papal trip to Naples, Pompeii CWN - March 3

Pope Francis will make a one-day trip to Pompeii and Naples on Saturday, March 21, the Vatican has announced. The Pope will travel by helicopter from the Vatican to Pompeii early in the morning....

Coptic Patriarch meets with families of Libyan martyrs CWN - March 3

Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, met on March 3 with families of the 21 Christians who were beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya. The Coptic prelate has announced that...

Wisconsin diocese raising funds to handle spike in number of seminarians CWN - March 3

The Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, has launched a fundraising campaign to cope with a welcome problem: a huge increase in the number of young men preparing for the priesthood. The diocese has...

US bishops' conference spokesmen urge Congress not to cut spending on welfare, relief programs CWN - March 3

Two spokesmen for the US bishops' conference have joined in a message to Congress, urging lawmakers to preserve funding for federal programs serving the poor. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami...

Vatican security head: no immediate threat of attack by Islamic State CWN - March 3

The Vatican’s top security officer has said that although the Islamic State has threatened to attack the Vatican, there are no reports of any planned attack. “The threat exists,” said Domenico...

US bishops' relief agency involved with condom distribution in Kenya, report charges CWN - March 3

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas charitable agency of the US bishops, has been promoting contraceptive use in a program in Kenya. The Population Research Institute, in...

Pope backs Secretariat for Economy in bid for Vatican reform CWN - March 3

Pope Francis has approved the statutes of the Secretariat for the Economy, giving an important victory to Cardinal George Pell in his quest for transparency and accountability in Vatican financial affairs. Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, had faced mounting opposition to his plans. Last week, Italian newspapers carried stories, based on leaked documents, alleging...

Nigerian bishops issue statement on family life CWN - March 3

Decrying threats to family life and the terrorism of Boko Haram, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has issued a statement entitled “Good Families Make Good Nations.” “In a contemporary...

French hierarchy deplores persecution of Christians CWN - March 3

Stating that “no persecution can be committed in the name of God,” the Bishops’ Conference of France has issued a statement decrying the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. “We wish to...

Vatican newspaper: negative review of new film on Pius XII and the Jews CWN - March 3

Five weeks after it publicized a new film on Venerable Pius XII’s actions during the Holocaust, L’Osservatore Romano has published a brief negative review of the film’s artistic quality. Stating...

Russian foreign minister condemns rising anti-Christianity in the West CWN - March 3

Speaking in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lamented growing pressures on Christians in the West. “I can't leave out problems which Christians have been experiencing in many...

Ukrainian president thanks leading prelate for support of nation CWN - March 3

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church met with President Petro Poroshenko on February 28, according to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Poroshenko thanked Major Archbishop...

Venezuelan cardinal: ‘stop murderous violence’ CWN - March 3

Following the shooting of a 14-year-old boy by police, Cardinal Jorge Uroso of Caracas has called upon security forces to “stop murderous violence.” The prelate called upon the government of...

Update on dialogue between Vatican, evangelicals CWN - March 3

L’Osservatore Romano has published an update on the ecumenical dialogue between the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Evangelical Alliance. The dialogue is focusing...

Keep hope alive, Pope encourages bishops of north African nations CWN - March 2

Pope Francis assured a group of bishops from northern Africa that they have the full support of the universal Church, during a meeting on March 2. The Pope met with members of the Regional...

Study finds maternal health statistics best where abortion is restricted CWN - March 2

A study in the British Medical Journal has found that maternal health statistics are best in jurisdictions with stricter laws regulating abortion. Contradicting an argument that has been made...

Islamic State releases some captives in Syria CWN - March 2

The Islamic State has released 19 of the more than 200 Syrian Christians who were captured during an offensive last week, after the payment of a large ransom. Estimates of the number of hostages...

Secretariat for Economy rebuts charges of excess spending, says costs are below budget CWN - March 2

Responding to allegations of excessive spending, the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy has issued a statement saying that its operating expenses have been “below the budget set when the office...

Pope's prayer intentions for March 2015 CWN - March 2

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for March 2015. The Pope's universal intention is: “That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole...

Vatican press conference on new Church network for the Amazon CWN - March 2

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, held a press conference on March 2 to highlight the work of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM). Formed...

Cardinal Burke: be devoted to the liturgy, study the Catechism CWN - March 2

In an interview with the Rorate Caeli blog, Cardinal Raymond Burke called for devotion to the sacred liturgy and the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the midst of confusing...

USCCB urges President Obama, Congress to do more to assist persecuted Christians CWN - March 2

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by the chairman of its Committee on International Justice and Peace, called upon President Obama and congressional leaders...

Papal preacher begins Lenten sermons CWN - March 2

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household since 1980, devoted his first weekly Lenten sermon to Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Father...

Pope Francis: pray for persecuted Christians of Syria and Iraq CWN - March 2

At the conclusion of his March 1 Angelus address, Pope Francis renewed his call for prayers for Christians and others persecuted in Syria and Iraq. “We want to assure those involved in these...

Pope reflects on Christ’s transfiguration CWN - March 2

Pope Francis devoted his March 1 Angelus address to Christ’s transfiguration, the subject of the day’s Gospel reading at Mass. The goal of the Lenten journey of conversion, the Pope said, is...

Papal praise for cooperatives CWN - March 2

Lamenting the centrality of the “god of money” and quoting Popes Leo XIII and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis lauded cooperative enterprises, called for investment in them, and offered suggestions for...

Captors threaten to kill kidnapped Jesuit if he returns to Afghanistan CWN - February 27

A Jesuit priest who was released this week after 8 months of captivity in Afghanistan has disclosed that his kidnappers told him he would be killed if he was seen in Afghanistan again. Father...

Vatican spokesman denies books mailed to Synod participants were intercepted CWN - February 27

A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the Office of the Synod intercepted books that had been mailed to bishops participating in the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. “I can deny...

New Vatican leaks aim to undercut Secretariat for Economy CWN - February 27

An Italian newspaper has printed leaked documents detailing the spending of the new Secretariat for the Economy, in an obvious effort to discredit the work of the powerful new Vatican office. The...

Irish columnist: priests should speak out on same-sex marriage CWN - February 27

In a column for the Irish Catholic, David Quinn explains why the country's priests should not avoid "getting involved in politics" in light of a coming vote on acceptance of same-sex...

Norway’s leading prelate investigated for fraud CWN - February 27

Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo is under investigation for complicity in fraud after he admitted that his diocese used telephone directories to estimate the number of Catholics and thus receive...

Priest murdered in Congo CWN - February 27

A priest has been killed in North Kivu, a conflict-torn province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The murder of Father Jean-Paul Kakule Kyalembera “appears to be an...

Report: 77% of world lives under severe restrictions on religious freedom CWN - February 27

77% of the world’s population lives under “high or very high” restrictions on religion—up from 68% in 2007, according to the Pew Research Center. The report also found that “Christians were...

Resist the aggressor, Ukrainian Catholic leader says in Lenten letter CWN - February 27

Lent is a season of social as well as individual repentance, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said in his Lenten pastoral letter to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. In addition to...

Pope, Curia conclude Lenten retreat CWN - February 27

Pope Francis and the members of the Roman Curia have concluded their annual Lenten retreat. In his brief remarks at the retreat’s conclusion, the Pontiff thanked the retreat master, Father Bruno...

Former Vatican prosecutor named Malta’s leading prelate CWN - February 27

Pope Francis has named Bishop Charles Scicluna as the new archbishop of Malta. Named an auxiliary bishop in 2012, Archbishop Scicluna once served as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...

Austria revises law on Islam CWN - February 27

Revising a 1912 law on Islam, the Austrian parliament has banned most foreign funding of mosques and required imams to be able to speak German. “Our goal is to have our own Austrian imams,” said...

Catholic, other organizations object to new federal regulation on unaccompanied minors CWN - February 27

The general counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by attorneys for Catholic Relief Services, the National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief, and World Vision,...

Syrian Christians feel abandoned, papal nuncio reports CWN - February 26

Syrian Christians feel abandoned by the world, the apostolic nuncio in Damascus has told Vatican Radio. Archbishop Mario Zenari said that fearful Syrian Christians have seen no improvement in the...

Cardinal Pell on marriage, divorce, and Henry VIII CWN - February 26

Cardinal George Pell makes a short, powerful argument against changing the Church’s discipline regarding the divorce and remarriage, in a commentary posted on The Catholic Thing. After mentioning...

Profile of homeless man buried in Vatican cemetery CWN - February 26

Vatican Radio has profiled the late Willy Herteller, the homeless man whose remains have been buried in a Vatican cemetery. Herteller, who often begged outside St. Peter’s basilica, was a regular...

US bishops' spokesman welcomes FCC vote on 'internet neutrality' CWN - February 26

The chairman of the US bishops’ communications committee has welcome a highly controversial vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand the federal government’s control over the...

Jerusalem: Orthodox seminary torched, Jewish extremists suspected CWN - February 26

An Orthodox theological seminary in Jerusalem was torched on February 26, in the latest of a series of attacks on Christian and Muslim institutions. Along with setting fire to a building, the...

Vatican foundation announces ‘economy and society’ book prize winners CWN - February 26

At a Vatican press conference, officials of the Centesimus Annus - Pro Pontifice Foundation announced the winners of the biennial “economy and society” book award. Named after St. John Paul II’s...

House of Lords approves 3-parent babies CWN - February 26

Following a vote by the House of Lords, the United Kingdom has become the first nation to permit an in-vitro fertilization technique that allows for the production of human embryos with three...

Judge sides with Catholic agency, rules ‘polyamory’ is not a protected orientation CWN - February 26

Siding with a Catholic agency, an Australian judge has ruled that “polyamory,” or having multiple partners, is a behavior rather than a protected orientation under Australian anti-discrimination...

USCCB: support Health Care Conscience Rights Act CWN - February 26

The bishops who chair the chair the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty have called upon members of Congress to...

Leading Russian Orthodox official sees Russia as ‘only center of non-enslaved civilization’ CWN - February 26

Describing much of Europe as “Babylon,” the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for the Cooperation of Church and Society said that “Russia is the only center of non-[en]slaved...

Ukrainian Catholic leader: Ukrainians ‘hurt’ by Pope’s description of war CWN - February 26

Emphasizing that Ukraine is not experiencing “a local conflict, but an external assault,” the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said at a press conference that he has told Pope Francis...

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