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Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica: full text of Father Cantalamessa's homily CWN - 6 hours ago

Pope Francis presided at the solemn Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at St. Peter's Basilica on Good Friday. As is customary, the preacher of the Papal Household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preached the Good Friday homily. "In the divine-human history of the passion of Jesus, there are many minor stories about men and women who entered into the ray of its light or its shadow," he...

Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum: full text of meditations CWN - 10 hours ago

The Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has released the meditations for the Way of the Cross at which Pope Francis will preside. The Way of the Cross takes place on Good Friday evening in the Colosseum. The meditations on the 14 traditional stations were prepared by Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini of...

Pope Francis: homily at Holy Thursday evening Mass (full text) CWN - 10 hours ago

“We have heard what Jesus did at the Last Supper: it is a gesture of farewell,” Pope Francis preached during his extemporaneous homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a center for the disabled at Rome. “He is God, and He makes Himself a servant, our servant,” the Pope continued. “It is like an inheritance. You also must be servants of one another.” [click link below for full...

At Holy Thursday Chrism Mass, Pope Francis preaches on the joy of the priesthood CWN - April 17

Pope Francis reflected on priestly joy during his homily at the Mass of Chrism on Holy Thursday morning. During the Chrism Mass-- typically celebrated on Holy Thursday morning, sometimes celebrated on another day-- a bishop concelebrates Mass with his priests, blesses the oil of the sick and the oil of the catechumens, and consecrates chrism. “The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil...

Coptic Catholic cleric named as Pope's 2nd priest-secretary CWN - April 17

Pope Francis has appointed a Coptic Catholic priest, Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, to work as his 2nd personal secretary, Andrea Tornielli of La Stamp reports. Father Lahzi Gaid has been working in...

Pope celebrates Holy Thursday evening Mass at center for disabled CWN - April 17

As previously announced, Pope Francis is celebrating the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Mary of Providence Center, a rehabilitation center for the disabled operated by the Don Carlo...

Rome is ready for canonizations, mayor affirms CWN - April 17

The city of Rome is “very ready” for the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II later this month, Mayor Ignazio Marino has promised. The joint canonization ceremony on April 27 is...

Leader of Anglican ordinariate admits interest has waned CWN - April 17

The leader of the new Anglican ordinariate in England has admitted that the number of Anglicans entering the Catholic Church has fallen short of expectations. "We have to be honest and say that...

Bishop kidnapped, released in Central African Republic CWN - April 17

A bishop in the Central African Republic, along with three of his diocesan priests, was abducted on April 17 but then released, according to L’Osservatore Romano. Members of the Islamist Séléka...

Jerusalem’s Christian leaders issue Easter message CWN - April 17

Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant leaders in Jerusalem have issued their annual joint Easter message. “When our Savior died on Good Friday it seemed to his disciples as if their world had come...

Philippine bishops warn faithful against self-crucifixion CWN - April 17

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have argued strongly against the customs practiced by some zealous believers who scourge or even crucify themselves on Good Friday. Archbishop Socrates...

Rape of Catholic woman prompts protests in Bangladesh CWN - April 17

The gang-rape of a Catholic woman by Muslim youths in Bangladesh has provoked angry protests, and complaints that law-enforcement officials are not providing security for the Christian...

Cardinal to receive France’s highest honor CWN - April 17

While in Rome for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, Prime Minister Manuel Valls of France will bestow the nation’s highest honor upon Cardinal Roger Etchegaray,...

Leading Egyptian presidential candidates to attend Coptic Easter vigil CWN - April 17

In an apparent attempt to gain Coptic Christian political support, the two leading Egyptian presidential candidates will attend the Easter vigil liturgy celebrated by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros...

Chaldean Catholic leader issues Easter message amid ‘worrying situation’ CWN - April 17

Describing the situation in Iraq as “worrying,” the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has issued his Easter message. “We are now in Holy Week, despite the worrying situation that are currently...

Restructuring of Roman Curia next on agenda for Pope, Council of Cardinals CWN - April 16

Having resolved questions about Vatican financial affairs, Pope Francis and his 8-member Council of Cardinals will now turn their attention to a restructuring of the Roman Curia, writes Andrea...

Chaldean prelate, in Easter message, asks peaceful future for Iraq CWN - April 16

Iraq’s leading Catholic prelate has issued an Easter prayer for “an end to the suffering of our people.” Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako urged the faithful to keep their eyes fixed...

Oregon priest arrested following luring incident CWN - April 16

A priest who has served in the Archdiocese of Portland since 1998 has been arrested on charges of attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car in Vancouver, where he maintains a second...

Chicago priest returns to ministry; archdiocese, county found abuse charges unfounded CWN - April 16

A Chicago priest has been restored to active ministry after an investigation concluded that abuse charges against him had been unfounded. Father Michael O’Connell was suspended from ministry last...

Accused killer at Kansas City Jewish centers could face hate-crime charges CWN - April 16

The man who shot and killed three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas City is likely to face hate-crime charges because of his animus against Jews, although all three victims were...

El Al will furnish plane for Pope's return after visit to Israel CWN - April 16

El Al, the Israeli national airline, will furnish a plane for the return flight after Pope Francis visits the Holy Land in May. The El Al plane, which will take the Holy Father from Tel Aviv to...

Cuba makes Good Friday a national holiday CWN - April 16

Cuba has declared Good Friday a national holiday, to be observed every year. After years of official atheism, Cuba recognized Good Friday as a holiday in 2012, in response to a special request...

Indian court recognizes 'third gender,' calls for special treatment CWN - April 16

India’s top court has ordered the federal government to grant privileged status to transgendered people, recognizing them as a third gender, the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) service...

Dublin's archbishop condemns 'Maria Divine Mercy' messages CWN - April 16

A self-proclaimed visionary who has attracted an internet following under the pseudonym “Maria Divine Mercy” has been firmly condemned by Archbishop Diamuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland. The Dublin...

Myanmar: archbishop sees 'streaks of hope' after decades of dictatorship CWN - April 16

In an Easter message to his people, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar speaks of the “excruciating pain” his country has suffered under military rule, and calls for national reconciliation to...

‘Kiss the crucifix,’ advises Pope, as he reflects on Christ’s humiliation CWN - April 16

Pope Francis devoted his Wednesday general audience to Christ’s humiliation, beginning with his betrayal by Judas for 30 pieces of silver. In the Passion of Christ, we see “the divine response to...

Brazilian prelate recounts conversation with Pope on ordination of married men CWN - April 16

An Austrian-born missionary bishop in Brazil recounted a recent conversation with Pope Francis on the ordination of married men to the priesthood. The bishop met with the Pope on April 4. “I told...

Archbishop Gomez renews call for immigration reform CWN - April 16

Local Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders joined Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles at an interfaith gathering on behalf of immigration reform. “These are human souls, not statistics,” the...

Denver archbishop protests pro-abortion legislation CWN - April 16

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver led hundreds of people in prayer at the state capitol to protest the Reproductive Health Freedom Act. The Colorado Catholic Conference stated that the...

Cardinal Parolin celebrates Mass for modern martyrs CWN - April 16

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, offered Mass at the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere on April 15 for Christians who have recently died for their faith. “In various...

4 candidates advance on path to sainthood CWN - April 16

In an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees on miracles attributed to the intercession of two...

Child killed, dozens hurt as missile strikes Catholic school in Damascus CWN - April 15

One child was killed and 61 people injured when a missile struck a Catholic school in Damascus, Syria, on April 15, the Fides news service reports. The missile hit the Armenian Catholic school in...

Malta approves civil unions CWN - April 15

The heavily Catholic island nation of Malta has allowed for legal recognition of same-sex unions, and adoption of children by homosexual couples. The new legislation, despite opposition from the...

New Irish bill, mandating reporting of abuse, renews concerns about confessional seal CWN - April 15

The Irish government has published the Children First Bill, which requires professionals—including members of the clergy—to report any concerns about child abuse to appropriate law-enforcement...

Pope will visit Roman jail, distribute pocket-sized Gospels CWN - April 15

Pope Francis will visit the Regina Caeli prison in Rome on April 16—the Wednesday of Holy Week—and distribute pocket-sized copies of the Gospels to inmates there. The Pope has recommended that...

Vatican confirms plans to testify before UN committee on torture CWN - April 15

The Vatican has acknowledged that it will make a report to the UN’s committee monitoring implementation of the Convention against Torture. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican...

International survey finds wide variance in acceptance of contraception CWN - April 15

People all around the world are generally consistent in condemning extra-marital affairs as immoral, a new Pew Research study finds. But attitudes on contraception vary widely. In the 40...

Vatican survey on family not intended for public release, says spokesman for English bishops CWN - April 15

A survey on marriage and family, distributed by the Vatican in preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, was not intended for public release, according to a spokesman for the...

Greek Orthodox prelates denounce Catholicism as heresy CWN - April 15

In a harsh 89-page letter addressed to “Francis, head of state of the Vatican City,” two Greek Orthodox prelates have denounced Catholicism as a heresy and urged the Pope to repentance. In their...

Embryo switch rouses fears in Roman assisted-fertility treatment CWN - April 15

Reports that a woman was implanted with another couple’s twin embryos have caused fears among Italian couples seeking fertility treatment. Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome, where the problem...

Irish columnist fears for safety after being called 'homophobic' CWN - April 15

A leading Irish newspaper columnist has reported that he has trouble sleeping, has lost weight, fears for his safety, and may move out of Dublin because of harassment and threats he has suffered...

Chilean fire victims receive papal message of condolence CWN - April 15

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to the victims of a fire that spread through Valparaiso, Chile, killing at least 12 people and driving 10,000 from their homes. In a message conveyed...

Nigerian prelate deplores ‘aimless’ violence of Boko Haram CWN - April 15

A Nigerian prelate has decried the increasingly destructive attacks committed by the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Boko Haram “continues to kill people like animals,” Archbishop...

New Scottish bishop lives in low-income housing area CWN - April 15

A newly installed Scottish bishop has taken up residence in a parish house in a low-income housing area, rather than in the more opulent episcopal residence. “[Pope] Francis dreams, and so do I,...

Caritas appeal for Senegal CWN - April 15

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal on behalf of Senegal. “Recent poor harvests, climatic factors, natural disasters and a...

Ecumenical Patriarch exhorts Ukrainians to unity CWN - April 15

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, issued a Palm Sunday message to civil and Church leaders in Ukraine. “The Holy Mother and Great Church of...

Melkite patriarch welcomes Syrian government’s victory in historic Christian town CWN - April 15

The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has welcomed the Syrian government’s victory over rebel forces in the historic Christian town of Ma'loula. Rebel forces seized the town in December...

Venezuelan cardinal decries trend toward ‘Cubanization’ CWN - April 15

In a television appearance, Venezuela’s leading prelate criticized socialism and denounced trends toward “Cubanization,” the Fides news agency reported. Referring to officials f the government of...

President Obama reflects on meeting with Pope Francis CWN - April 15

In remarks delivered at the annual White House Easter prayer breakfast, President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis. After lamenting the murder of three people at a...

South Sudan’s Christian leaders appeal for peace CWN - April 15

Warning of a humanitarian catastrophe, South Sudan’s Catholic and Protestant leaders urged the parties in the nation’s four-month-old conflict to stop fighting. “We called on the warring parties...

Task force finds major flaws in handling abuse complaints in Minnesota archdiocese CWN - April 14

A special task force has reported “serious shortcomings” in the handling of sex-abuse complaints in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. The Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task...

Newark archbishop under fire for planned addition to residence CWN - April 14

More than 22,000 people have signed a petition protesting plans by Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey, to build an expensive new addition to his personal residence. Archbishop Myers...

Vatican dismisses abuse charge against Puerto Rican bishop CWN - April 14

The Vatican has dismissed sex-abuse charges made against a Puerto Rican bishop. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith examined a complaint against Bishop Daniel Fernandez Torres of...

SSPX leader rips Cardinal Kasper's proposal on Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics CWN - April 14

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denounced a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper for allowing the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and...

Pakistani woman's appeal on blasphemy charge postponed once again CWN - April 14

For the 4th time in the past two months, a court in Pakistan has postponed a hearing on the appeal of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who was convicted of unsupported blasphemy charges. The High...

Text for Stations of the Cross will examine human suffering CWN - April 14

In meditations written for the Way of the Cross, to be read on Good Friday during the traditional observance at the Roman Coliseum, Archbishop Giancarlo Bregantini of Campobasso-Boiano, Italy calls...

Dutch diocese says abuse charges against former bishop are valid CWN - April 14

The Diocese of Roermond, in the Netherlands, has disclosed that complaints of sexual abuse by the late Bishop Johannes Gijsen were “well-founded.” Bishop Frans Wiertz, the current leader of the...

Another UN committee plans to question Vatican officials on abuse CWN - April 14

Another UN committee is planning to interrogate Vatican officials about the Church’s response to sexual abuse. The UN’s committee monitoring implementation of the Convention Against Torture will...

Rome is top choice for 'religious tourism' in Italy CWN - April 14

The Vatican is an increasingly popular destination for Italian vacationers, according to tour guides, who attribute the trend to the popularity of Pope Francis. Among Italians traveling for...

Capital campaign falls short in Philadelphia archdiocese CWN - April 14

A major fundraising Archdiocese of Philadelphia has fallen short of its goal, due in part to an unusually high level of unfulfilled pledges. The archdiocesan capital campaign, designed to raise...

Passover greetings from Pope to Rome's Jewish community CWN - April 14

Pope Francis has sent a message of best wishes for Passover to Rome’s Jewish community. In his message, which was addressed to Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the Pope expressed the hope that the...

Become shepherds, not bureaucrats, Pope tells seminarians CWN - April 14

In an April 14 address to seminarians from the Pontifical Leonine College, Pope Francis told the young men that if they are not prepared to dedicate themselves to serving the faithful, they should...

President Obama names delegation to canonization Mass CWN - April 14

President Barack Obama has announced the names of the members of the presidential delegation to the April 27 Mass of canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. John Podesta,...

Pope reflects on suffering of children, asks doctors to care for souls as well as bodies CWN - April 14

In an April 12 address to participants in an Italian Society of Oncological Surgery conference, Pope Francis told physicians that they should “not lose sight of the human person, created in the...

Historical study important for Church of today, says Pope CWN - April 14

In an address to members of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Pope Francis said that the study of history is important for discerning “what the Holy Spirit wants to say to the Church...

Focus on World Youth Day during Sunday Angelus address CWN - April 14

In his brief Sunday Angelus address, delivered at the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis greeted 250 World Youth Day delegates, and Brazilian youth consigned the...

In Christ's Passion, who am I like? Pope asks in Palm Sunday homily CWN - April 14

In his homily at Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis told those assembled in St. Peter's Square that “we might well ask ourselves just one question: Who am I? Who am I, before my Lord?” “We have just...

Msgr. Marini confirmed as Pope's master of liturgical ceremonies CWN - April 14

Pope Francis has confirmed Msgr. Guido Marini in his position as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, according to a notice in L'Osservatore Romano. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr....

British academic named head of Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences CWN - April 14

Pope Francis has named Margaret Archer as president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Archer succeeds Mary Ann Glendon, 75, the Harvard law professor who has served as president of the...

Parents protest speaker's talk on morality at another Catholic high school CWN - April 11

For the 2nd time in recent weeks, parents of students at a Catholic high school are protesting that a speaker’s presentation on Catholic morality was harsh and insensitive. Parents of students at...

Falling fertility rates are cause for alam, Vatican mission alerts UN CWN - April 11

The Vatican’s representative at the UN has called attention to falling fertility rates around the world, saying that they “should be a great cause for alarm.” Citing a report from the UN’s...

German appeals court affirms conviction of breakaway bishop for Holocaust denial CWN - April 11

A German court has denied Bishop Richard Williamson’s appeal of his conviction for denying the Holocaust. The traditionalist bishop was convicted in 2010 for statements he made in a Swedish...

No turning back in fight against child abuse, Pope vows CWN - April 11

The Church “will not take one step backward” in efforts to punish those who abuse children, Pope Francis promised in an April 11 address to the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE). The...

Satan is real, Pope reminds congregation CWN - April 11

The devil is a reality, Pope Francis reminded worshippers at a Mass on April 11. “The devil is here, even in the 21st century,” the Pope said in his homily. “And we mustn’t be naïve,...

Orthodox Jews plan Passover sacrifice on Jerusalem's Temple Mount CWN - April 11

An Orthodox Jewish group is planning to offer sacrifice on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for Passover next week. The group, Hozrim El Ha-Har, has told members to gather on Monday, April 14,...

Italian court recognizes a same-sex marriage, stirring new controversy CWN - April 11

An Italian court has recognized a same-sex marriage, rousing new hopes among gay-rights activists for a change in the country’s law. The court in Grosseto granted recognition to the union of a...

SSPX priest indicted on charges of rape, torture CWN - April 11

A priest of the Society of St. Pius X has been indicted and jailed on charges of rape and torture, according to French media reports. The Society, which is not in full communion with the Holy...

Pope Francis emphasizes: the life of the unborn is 'sacred and inviolable' CWN - April 11

In an April 11 audience, Pope Francis thanked Italian pro-life leaders for “promoting and defending human life from its conception.” “We know human life is sacred and inviolable,” the Pope said....

USCCB advises 'attentiveness' to local Girl Scout programs CWN - April 11

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has conducted a dialogue with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and issued a non-binding...

Cardinal welcomes 1st state visit of Irish president to UK CWN - April 11

Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued a statement welcoming the first state visit of an Irish president to the United Kingdom. “The historic events...

Annual survey finds that fewer Americans view the Bible as sacred CWN - April 11

An annual survey conducted by the Barna Group and the American Bible Society has found that increasing numbers of Americans view the Bible as “just another book.” 19% of survey respondents...

Ukrainian Church leaders direct priests to stay out of political campaigns CWN - April 11

As Ukraine prepares for national elections on May 25, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has directed priests to distance themselves from partisan politics. A new document, “Instructions on the...

State Department, bishops to collaborate in fight against human trafficking CWN - April 11

Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that the State Department and the US bishops are collaborating in the fight against human trafficking. “I remember when I went to the Vatican, just the...

Pope urges Venezuelan government, opposition leaders to become 'true builders of peace' CWN - April 11

Pope Francis is urging Venezuelan government and opposition leaders to foster mutual respect and focus on the common good as they begin nationally televised talks. “I am aware of the...

Argentine vigilantes forming lynch parties to fight drug gangs, bishop fears CWN - April 10

Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina, has called attention to a disturbing outbreak of vigilante violence against suspected criminals, the Fides news service reports. Bishop Martinez...

Venezuela asks Cardinal Parolin to help mediate talks to end political protests CWN - April 10

The government of Venezuela has asked the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to serve as a mediator in negotiations with opposition leaders to end a political crisis. The...

Pharisees show 'tragedy of the closed mind,' Pope says CWN - April 10

Pope Francis cautioned against a “dictatorship of a narrow line of thought” in his homily at a Mass on April 10. Reflecting on the disputes between Jesus and the Pharisees, the Pope said that the...

Cardinal Dolan angry after legislators renege on tax credits for private schools CWN - April 10

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has written to 70,000 families in the New York archdiocese, expressing bitter disappointment that the state legislature did not approve tax credits for parents of children in...

Catholics in Crimea isolated, fear losses CWN - April 10

Catholics living in the Crimea have been cut off from their co-religionists in Ukraine since Russia seized the province, a bishop serving in Crimea has reported to Aid to the Church in Need...

Italian Catholic newspaper raps film 'Noah' CWN - April 10

An Italian Catholic newspaper has criticized the film Noah as "ecologically and vaguely New Age," saying that the movie misses the specifically religious theme of the Biblical story. Avvenire is...

In troubled Indian state, Christian minority hopes elections will bring government devoted to justice CWN - April 10

Christians in India’s troubled Kandhamal region are worried about the outcome of elections, but “they believe in democracy and the power of the vote,” Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar...

Italian court overturns law against donated sperm, eggs CWN - April 10

Italy’s Constitutional Court has overturned a law that prohibited a ban on the use of donated sperm and eggs for human reproduction. The lawyers who challenged the Italian law hailed the ruling...

Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking, hails joint efforts against it CWN - April 10

Human trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the Body of Christ,” Pope Francis said in an April 10 address to participants in the Second International...

Do theology on your knees, Pope tells students at Gregorian University CWN - April 10

The study of theology is “fruitful only if it is done with an open mind and on one’s knees,” Pope Francis said in an April 10 address to students at the Gregorian University in Rome. In his talk...

Archdiocesan data breach leads to identity theft, false tax returns CWN - April 10

A data breach of the Archdiocese of Portland’s computer systems has led to the filing of fraudulent tax returns, according to local media reports. “A number of employees and volunteers of the...

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