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Cardinal Sarah, commenting on Synod, says the Church must swim against the current CWN - 13 hours ago

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said that “today the Church must fight against the current, with courage and hope, and...

German bishops' spokesman denies closed-door meeting planned for change in Church teaching on marriage CWN - 4 hours ago

A special meeting of European bishops was not intended to organize a campaign for change in Church teaching on marriage, a spokesman for the German bishops’ conference insists. However,...

Noted theologian says Church could allow Communion for divorced/remarried without changing doctrine CWN - 4 hours ago

In an interview published in the authoritative Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, an influential Dominican theologian has argued that the Church could admit divorced and remarried Catholics to...

New White House policy looms: faith-based groups receiving federal funds must accept homosexual applicants CWN - 4 hours ago

The Obama administration is planning to institute a new policy requiring charitable groups that receive federal funding to provide equal opportunities for homosexuals, the Friday Fax...

Present the beauty of Christian marriage, Pope tells Dominican bishops CWN - 13 hours ago

Pope Francis received the bishops of the Dominican Republic in audience on May 28 and called upon them to “reinforce the faith and identity of all the members of the Church.” The Caribbean nation...

Cardinal Parolin: Irish same-sex marriage vote a ‘defeat for mankind’ CWN - 14 hours ago

The Vatican’s Secretary of State described the recent Irish referendum approving same-sex marriage as “not only a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for mankind.” “I was very saddened...

Burundi's bishops say fair vote impossible, withdraw from election commissions CWN - 4 hours ago

Catholic priests should serve on election commissions in Burundi, because of irregularities in the voting process, the country’s bishops have announced. “We cannot make ourselves guarantors of...

Israeli government’s policies threaten Christian schools, Latin Patriarchate charges CWN - 15 hours ago

Two auxiliary bishops of Jerusalem, joined by other Christian leaders and parents, took part in a May 27 protest outside Israel’s education ministry to protest policies that they say threaten the...

Croatian president meets with Pontiff CWN - 3 hours ago

Pope Francis met on May 28 with Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, for a discussion that centered on relations between the Holy See and the Croatian republic. The Vatican reported that...

Peace will be Pope's message to Sarajevo CWN - 3 hours ago

Pope Francis will bring a message of peace to Sarajevo when he visits the city on June 6. “Peace be with you” is the theme for the one-day papal visit to a city still troubled by memories of the...

Report: head of pontifical council under investigation for embezzlement CWN - 13 hours ago

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is under investigation by Italian police for alleged “embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic...

Priests return to beleaguered Nigerian diocese CWN - 14 hours ago

Approximately half of the 25 priests who left the Diocese of Maiduguri because of attacks from Boko Haram have been able to return, according to a report from the Missionary Service News...

Protect journalists in wartime, Vatican envoy urges UN CWN - 2 hours ago

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New York supported measures to protect journalists during military conflicts, in a May 27 address to the Security Council. Archbishop Bernardito...

Research report sees traffic problems as city of Rome's greatest concern for Jubilee Year CWN - May 27

Traffic snarls are the Achilles’ heel of the city of Rome, and the greatest problem for the city in preparing for the Jubilee Year, a research group reports. A study from CENSIS, an...

South Sudan: Christian leaders see 'no moral justification' for continued violence CWN - May 27

Christian leaders in South Sudan have joined in a plea for an end to vicious civil strife in the newly independent country, saying that there is “no moral justification for the killing to...

Chinese 'underground' priest arrested: a bid to stop Marian pilgrimages? CWN - May 27

A priest of China’s “underground” Catholic Church was arrested on May 7 and remains missing, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Liu Honggeng was taken from his post at a Marian shrine in...

Pakistan weighs changes to blasphemy laws; archbishop sees progress in government response CWN - May 27

The government of Pakistan is considering changes in the country’s blasphemy laws, to guard against abuses and mob violence, the Fides news service reports. The proposed changes would allow...

Cardinal Pell says he will testify for Australian sex-abuse commission CWN - May 27

Cardinal George Pell has said that he will provide testimony for an Australian commission investigating the Church’s handling of sex-abuse complaints. Cardinal Pell, who is now the prefect of the...

CRS directory removes listing of executive involved in same-sex marriage CWN - May 27

Just days after the director of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said that the agency was “working through” questions about an executive who is a partner in a same-sex marriage, that executive’s...

Vatican communications offices must be streamlined, says head of papal commission CWN - May 27

Lord Patten, who chaired a special papal commission to assess the Vatican’s media operations, has called for a consolidation of Vatican’s publishing, broadcasting, and public-relations offices....

Gallup finds American opinion moving strongly toward acceptance of extra-marital sex CWN - May 27

A new Gallup poll finds that since 2001, American opinion has shifted markedly toward acceptance of extra-marital sexual behavior. The poll found that between 2001 and 2015 there have been sharp...

Former Vatican diplomat, facing abuse charge before Vatican court, unlikely to be extradited CWN - May 27

Prosecutors in Poland and the Dominican Republic have recognized that it is unlikely they will be able to bring charges against Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized archbishop and former Vatican diplomat,...

Dutch government proposes ban on full-face veils CWN - May 27

The Dutch government has proposed a ban on full-face veils, ski masks, and helmets in schools, hospitals, government buildings, and public transportation. The ban, which must be approved by the...

Engagement is preparation for lifelong marriage, Pope says at general audience CWN - May 27

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his May 27 general audience to engagement as a preparation for marriage. “Engagement is a time when couples come to know one another...

Cardinal Parolin: address shortcomings of ‘prevalent economic model’ with Catholic teaching CWN - May 27

Speaking at a conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice foundation, the Vatican’s Secretary of State emphasized the importance of the “dignity of the human person and the promotion...

Belgium’s bishops call for nuclear disarmament CWN - May 27

As an international conference on nuclear nonproliferation concluded, Belgium’s bishops issued a statement calling for universal nuclear disarmament. At the earlier time, the bishops stated, the...

Boko Haram raids Christian village CWN - May 27

The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram attacked a predominantly Christian village in northeastern Nigeria on May 22 and brutally murdered ten people. The victims were members of the...

Italian cardinal speaks of importance of ‘spirituality of unity’ amid differences in Church CWN - May 27

In a front-page article that appeared in the May 27 edition of the Vatican newspaper, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve emphasized the importance of a “spirituality of unity”...

Report: Christian villages liberated in northeastern Syria CWN - May 27

Syrian government forces, aided by Assyrian and Kurdish militias, have regained control of 35 predominantly Christian villages in northeastern Syria, according to a report from the Assyrian...

Cardinal Wuerl, in pastoral letter, calls for reassertion of Catholic identity CWN - May 27

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington has issued a pastoral letter, dated Pentecost Sunday, on “why it is so crucial that we reassert and strengthen our Catholic identity, and that our freedom to do...

Syrian Catholic Patriarch asks prayers, fasting for safety of kidnapped priest and deacon CWN - May 26

Syrian Catholic Patriarch Igance Youssif III has called upon the faithful to fast and pray for the safe release of two clerics who were kidnapped last week by rebel forces. In a message read at...

Colombian cardinal: civil war must end; peace talks essential CWN - May 26

Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogota has called for the quick conclusion of negotiations to end Colombia’s long civil war. “Enough! No more deaths! Conflict must end,” the cardinal said, as...

Dutch Catholic charity actively promotes contraception in Africa, report finds CWN - May 26

A Dutch Catholic charity has been actively involved in promoting contraception and distributing condoms, the Lepanto Institute has discovered. Cordaid (Catholic Organization for Relief and...

Pope exhorts Franciscans to work with simplicity, brotherly spirit CWN - May 26

In a message to members of the Franciscan order who were meeting in a general chapter, Pope Francis emphasized two defining characteristics of the order: minority and fraternity. “Minority,” the...

Liberal European bishops, in closed-door session, plan Synod strategy CWN - May 26

Bishops from Germany, France, and Switzerland met on May 25 in at the Gregorian University in Rome, to discuss their plans for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. The closed-door...

France, Vatican still discussing ambassador's nomination CWN - May 26

French and Vatican officials are still discussing the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as French ambassador to the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has disclosed....

Synod council discusses working document for October 2015 meeting CWN - May 26

At a two-day meeting this week, the “ordinary council” of the Synod of Bishops discussed and revised a draft of the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod’s October 2015...

Report: China’s Communist Party denounces religious belief in its ranks CWN - May 26

China’s ruling Communist Party warned its members that atheism is a non-negotiable aspect of party membership, according to a Radio Free Asia report. The party has 86.7 million members, roughly...

Canada’s bishops call for conscience protection as assisted-suicide decision is implemented CWN - May 26

Three months after Canada’s high court overturned legislation against assisted suicide, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the nation’s attorney general to be...

Report: Islamic State destroys churches in northern Syria CWN - May 26

Withdrawing from a region in northeastern Syria, forces of the Islamic State destroyed most of the churches in the villages they had occupied, according to a report from a Syrian news...

Pope recalls 500th anniversary of St. Philip Neri’s birth CWN - May 26

Pope Francis has sent a message to the Congregation of the Oratory to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. Philip Neri (1515-95). Through the saint’s apostolate in Rome,...

As Muslims flee Myanmar, cardinal exhorts Buddhists to have compassion CWN - May 26

As members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community flee the Southeast Asian nation by boat, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo exhorted the nation’s Buddhist majority to have compassion. The...

India: Protestant minister jailed for ‘forced conversions’ CWN - May 26

A Pentecostal minister who baptized 16 persons in the east Indian state of Odisha has been jailed on “forced conversion” charges. “The ceremony took place only after obtaining 16 notarized...

Massive cross being constructed in Pakistan CWN - May 26

Parvez Henry Gill, a Pakistani Christian businessman, is paying for the construction of a 140-foot-high cross in Karachi, the nation's largest city, to encourage Christians to remain there despite...

Nicaraguan leader seeks meeting with Pope CWN - May 26

The apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua has confirmed that President Daniel Ortega has requested a meeting with Pope Francis, according to a Nicaraguan newspaper report. Ortega, a leader of the Marxist...

Pakistan: mob burns Christian homes after man charged with blaspheming Qu'ran CWN - May 25

Angry Muslims looted and burned the homes of Christians in Dhup Sarri Lahore, Pakistan, after a troubled young man was accused of blaspheming the Qu’ran. The violence began, the AsiaNews...

Irish justice minister admits surrogacy issue is unsettled CWN - May 25

Ireland’s justice minister has revealed that the government chose not to address questions about surrogate parenthood until after the nationwide referendum that allowed for legal recognition of...

Cardinal Turkson: address the causes of migration from Africa CWN - May 25

“The human person-- human capital-- is one of the greatest assets we have for development in Africa,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said in a Vatican Radio interview on May 25, as many African nations...

In new interview, Pope discloses daily routine: early rise, midday nap, no TV CWN - May 25

In a new interview with an Argentinean newspaper, Pope Francis says that he wants to be remembered “as a person who has done his best to do good. I have no other claim.” The Pope spoke at some...

Vatican envoy: 'no further room for denial' on climate change CWN - May 25

The Vatican’s representative at UN offices in Geneva has proclaimed that there is “no further room for denial” that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality.” Speaking to a World...

Vatican bank reports a leap in profits CWN - May 25

The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), realized a profit of €69.3 million ($76 million) for 2014, a huge jump from the €2.9 million profit in 2013. The profit reflects two...

Papal appeal for Asian migrants and refugees CWN - May 25

Pope Francis appealed to the international community to assist thousands of refugees who are fleeing Bangladesh and Myanmar for other nations because of poverty and religious persecution. “I...

The Church is a universal mother, Pope emphasizes in Regina Caeli address CWN - May 25

Pope Francis reflected on the Church’s catholicity, or universal nature, during his Pentecost Sunday Regina Caeli address. “The gift of the Spirit restores the harmony of languages that had been...

Italian missionary sister beatified in Kenya CWN - May 25

Sister Irene Stefani (1891-1930), an Italian Consolata Missionary sister, was beatified in Kenya on May 23. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Tanzania presided at the Mass of beatification, which took...

The Holy Spirit ‘guides, renews, and gives fruit,’ Pope preaches at Pentecost Mass CWN - May 25

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday and emphasized during his homily that the Holy Spirit “guides us into all the truth, he renews the face of the earth, and he...

Proclaim the Gospel, Pope exhorts the consecrated in World Mission Day statement CWN - May 25

The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday, which will take place on October 18. The Pope devoted his message, written during the year of consecrated...

‘We are living an ecumenism of blood,’ Pope says in video to Phoenix unity celebration CWN - May 25

Pope Francis sent a video message to the Celebration of Christian Unity, an event that took place on May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The celebration was sponsored by the John 17...

Over 250,000 attend Romero beatification; Pope, Obama issue statements CWN - May 25

Archbishop Óscar Romero, who served as archbishop of El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador from 1977 until his 1980 assassination, was beatified as a martyr on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato,...

Pope Francis reflects on dignity of work, laments culture of waste CWN - May 25

Decrying the culture of waste, Pope Francis received members of the Italian Christian Workers Associations in audience on May 23 and said that work is dignified when it is free, creative,...

Pope affirms link between Church’s pro-life and social teaching CWN - May 25

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Francis said on May 22 that the Church “forcefully maintains [the] link between life ethics and social ethics.” Pope Francis...

Pope scuttles plan to set up investment fund for Vatican bank CWN - May 22

Pope Francis has vetoed a plan to set up an investment fund for the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), reports Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa. The investment fund, which would...

Protesters will continue occupation of closed Massachusetts parish church, appeal court order to vacate CWN - May 22

Protesters in Scituate, Massachusetts have announced that they will continue their 11-year occupation of their former parish church, which was closed by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004. The...

300,000 expected for Archbishop Romero's beatification CWN - May 22

About 300,000 people are expected to attend the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside...

Another Catholic priest seized by jihadists in Syria CWN - May 22

A Catholic monk has been kidnapped from a monastery in Qaryatayn, Syria. Father Jacques Mourad, the prior of the Mar Elias monastery, was seized by armed men representing an Islamic rebel group....

Nepal's officials tell Mother Teresa's nuns: all aid must go through government CWN - May 22

The Missionaries of Charity encountered government resistance when they brought aid to earthquake victims in Nepal. Police who were escorting a group of Missionaries of Charity diverted them to a...

Researcher questions Pew report on declining US Catholic population CWN - May 22

A senior research associate for the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate disputed the Pew Research Center’s recent report on a decline in the US Catholic population. Citing other...

Dublin archbishop weighs in on marriage referendum CWN - May 22

In an interview with Vatican Radio on the eve of Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that “marriage has its place in the construction of society, and...

Chechen leader lends support to polygamy CWN - May 22

Stating that “we have followed the norms of Islamic law and national traditions,” Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s semi-autonomous and largely Muslim Chechen Republic, attended the May 16...

‘Urgent’ need to promote universal basic health-care coverage, says Vatican prelate CWN - May 22

In an address to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers said that “urgent action” is needed to address serious...

Scholar, in House testimony, describes ‘culture of impunity’ against Egypt’s Christians CWN - May 22

Testifying before the US House of Representative’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom documented recent...

Pakistan: 106 people indicted in lynching of Christian couple CWN - May 22

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has indicted 106 persons for the brutal November lynching of a Christian couple in Chak, a town located in Punjab province. Shahzad Masih and Sharma Bibi were...

Defeat for Priests for Life in HHS mandate case CWN - May 22

A federal appellate court has refused to rehear Priests for Life’s request for relief from the HHS mandate. In November, three judges from the 11-judge US Court of Appeals for the District of...

Pope highlights value of police work CWN - May 21

Pope Francis said that police work is essential to a civilized society, in a May 21 audience with relatives of police officers who have been killed or severely injured in the line of...

San Francisco archdiocese, teachers' union working to settle dispute on personnel policy CWN - May 21

The San Francisco archdiocese is working with teachers to revise a handbook that would set standards for faculty members in Catholic schools. A revised handbook, which had required teachers not...

Cardinal Pell denies claim he attempted to bribe abuse victim CWN - May 21

In testimony given to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a man who was abused by his uncle, Father Gerald Ridsdale, testified that Cardinal George Pell...

Pope, former Mexican president discuss ecology CWN - May 21

Felipe Calderón, who served as Mexico’s president from 2006 to 2012, met with Pope Francis on May 20 and discussed the upcoming encyclical on ecology, according to Mexican media reports and the...

Colombia’s bishops denounce euthanasia decision, ask for conscience protection CWN - May 21

The president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia has renewed the bishops’ condemnation of a recent court decision on physician-assisted suicide. The nation’s high court ordered the...

Do not permit refugees to drown at sea, Germany’s Christian leaders urge CWN - May 21

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, has issued a joint statement with Orthodox and Lutheran leaders calling upon Germany to be more open to refugees. “In...

Orthodox-Lutheran commemoration of Reformation planned for 2017 CWN - May 21

At a recent meeting in Greece, the official ecumenical dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Eastern Orthodox churches announced that a joint commemoration of the Protestant...

China’s president: religions must be free from foreign influence CWN - May 21

Xi Jinping--the head of China’s Communist Party since 2012, and China’s president since 2013-- said on May 20 that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. “We must manage...

Defeat for Notre Dame in HHS mandate case CWN - May 21

A federal appeals court has refused to issue a temporary order barring enforcement of the HHS mandate against the University of Notre Dame. “Although Notre Dame is the final arbiter of its...

Belfast court fines bakery for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake CWN - May 21

A court in Belfast has ruled that a bakery’s Christian owners illegally discriminated against a customer on the basis of sexual orientation when they declined a request to decorate a cake with the...

Saudi bombing damages occupied Catholic church in Yemen CWN - May 20

A Catholic church in Yemen was seriously damaged during a Saudi bombing raid last week, the Fides news service reports. The church of the Immaculate Conception in Aden had been occupied by Houthi...

Catholic campus chaplain removed; homosexual advocacy an issue? CWN - May 20

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey has denied media reports that a Catholic chaplain at Seton Hall University was removed because of his advocacy for homosexual causes. Father Warren Hall told...

Anti-Christian bias growing in Europe, Vatican delegate tells OSCE CWN - May 20

“Christians are the religious group most persecuted and discriminated against on the global level,” Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, the Vatican’s representative to the Organization for Security and...

Italy must strive for excellence, not 'muddling through,' cardinal says CWN - May 20

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, said that Italian society should aim for a recovery of excellence, rather than simply “muddling through.” “Recovery...

Climate change threatens every society: Cardinal Parolin CWN - May 20

No one is immune from the implications of climate change, the Vatican's Secretary of State has warned. “When the future of the planet is at stake, there are no political frontiers, barriers or...

English bishop: failures of end-of-life care show need to recover Christian dignity of death CWN - May 20

An English bishop has said that he is appalled by a report that shows a breakdown in end-of-life care in the nation’s health system. Bishop John Sherrington, an auxiliary of the Westminster...

Pope Francis warns parents against ceding children’s education to ‘experts’ CWN - May 20

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his May 20 general audience to parents’ natural vocation to educate their children. Intellectual critics, said the Pope, “have...

Japan earthquake response fostered appreciation for Church, says priest CWN - May 20

The executive director of Caritas Japan said that the Church’s prompt and sustained response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami has fostered a positive impression of Catholicism in a nation...

Pope Francis: pray that China’s Catholics will be united to the Pope CWN - May 20

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with...

Honor for late French cardinal who saved Jews during Holocaust CWN - May 20

The plaza outside Toulouse Cathedral in France was dedicated to the memory of Cardinal Jules-Gérard Saliège on May 12. Pinchas Goldschmidt, chief rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference...

Caritas: assisting small farmers, local markets will help end hunger CWN - May 20

A food-security study commissioned by Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has found that “the best way to end the scandal of hunger is to support...

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