Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic World News

Latest Headlines

Vatican confirms suspension of ordinations in troubled Paraguay diocese CWN - 12 hours ago

The Vatican has confirmed that all priestly ordinations have been suspended in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, after a Vatican investigation of the diocese. Father Federico Lombardi,...

Vatican Secretariat of State issues alert to diplomatic corps on plight of Christians in Middle East CWN - 12 hours ago

The Vatican Secretariat of State has sent a formal note to all the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, calling their attention to the appeals by Pope Francis for Christians in Iraq and elsewhere...

Following Pope's example, Evangelical leader apologizes for hostility toward Catholics CWN - 12 hours ago

Reacting to the address delivered by Pope Francis to a congregation of Evangelical Christians in Caserta, Italy, the head of the World Evangelical Alliance has said that just as the Pope apologized...

Bombing damages Gaza’s Catholic parish school CWN - 22 hours ago

An Israeli army bombing has damaged the school of Gaza’s only Catholic parish, as well as the office of Gaza’s parish priest. The target of the bombing was a nearby home, the Fides news agency...

Minnesota archbishop rejects calls for resignation CWN - 10 hours ago

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, has rejected calls for his resignation, and insisted that he never knowingly concealed evidence of clerical abuse. "I am bound to...

Melkite Patriarch urges Christians, Muslims to 'save Islam' from violence CWN - 11 hours ago

Patriarch Gregory III Laham of Antioch, the leader of the world's Melkite Catholics, has issued an appeal to the Arab world to unite against Islamic extremism. The Melkite prelate called upon...

Kerry decries persecution of Christians by Boko Haram, Islamic State CWN - 21 hours ago

The US State Department issued its annual International Religious Freedom Report and named Turkmenistan its 9th “country of particular concern” because of egregious governmental repression of...

Patriarch, in Washington, denounces ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul’s Christians CWN - 22 hours ago

Following the expulsion of Christians from Mosul, Iraq’s 2nd-largest city, the head of the Syrian Catholic Church traveled to Washington to seek support for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians. “It is...

Resolution honoring Pope Francis stalls in US Congress, with little Republican support CWN - 11 hours ago

A Congressional resolution honoring Pope Francis for his “inspirational statements and actions” has stalled on Capitol Hill, with Republican Party leaders reluctant to move it forward. The...

Dallas bishop asks lawyers to assist migrant children CWN - 20 hours ago

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, joined by Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, appealed to lawyers to volunteer to assist unaccompanied migrant children. The children “are running from tremendous...

Seminary rector sees ‘Taliban mentality’ in Pakistan CWN - 21 hours ago

The rector of a seminary in Lahore, Pakistan’s 2nd-largest city, sees a troubling “Taliban mentality” in society despite strong national support for anti-terrorist efforts. “Many madrasas and...

Nuncio: Syrian war becoming a ‘forgotten conflict’ CWN - 22 hours ago

The apostolic nuncio in Syria said that the three-year-old Syrian Civil War is becoming a “forgotten conflict,” according to a L’Osservatore Romano report. Rebel forces are battling with the...

Peru’s bishops call for ‘new battle’ against threats to life, family CWN - 20 hours ago

Recalling the example of national military heroes, Peru’s bishops called for “a new battle against selfishness, hedonism, and relativism” in a message for the nation’s independence day. These...

President Obama issues statement for end of Ramadan CWN - 21 hours ago

President Barack Obama has issued a statement commemorating Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of the month of Ramadan. “This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and...

Aid Iraq’s persecuted Christians, USCCB committee chair urges Obama administration CWN - 23 hours ago

The chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged the Obama administration to provide humanitarian assistance to...

Bishop says talk of 'priest shortage' is nonsense CWN - July 29

Priests in the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, have taken issue with the claim by Bishop William Murphy that talk about a priest shortage is “nonsense.” Bishop Murphy, in a recent blog...

Filipino Christians working in Libya are at risk, pastor says CWN - July 29

A Filipino priest serving in a parish in Libya has warned that the lives of Christians are endangered in that country, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Amado Baranquel pointed to the case of...

Milwaukee archdiocese faces $14 million in legal bills for bankruptcy proceedings CWN - July 29

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee owes roughly $14 million in legal fees connected with its filing for bankruptcy protection, the National Catholic Reporter has found. The legal fees-- which the...

Destruction in Gaza nears WWII levels, says Catholic aid official CWN - July 29

An official of Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic charitable agency, has compared destruction wrought by an Israeli offensive in Gaza to the devastation of World War II. Father Raed Abusahliah said...

France offers asylum to Christian refugees from Iraq CWN - July 29

The government of France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes by Islamic militants. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that his government is...

Cardinal Müller, in new book, renews argument against change in Church teaching on marriage CWN - July 29

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, renews his argument against changes in Church teaching on marriage, in a new book-length...

Report: jihadists destroy St. George’s mausoleum in Mosul CWN - July 29

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that took over Mosul in June and subsequently expelled Christians from the city, has destroyed the mausoleum of St. George, the city’s...

Zhejiang: 360 crosses, Christian buildings destroyed CWN - July 29

Chinese Communist officials have continued their campaign against Christian institutions in the eastern province of Zhejiang. Since January, the government has demolished 360 crosses or...

Dates announced for Pope’s trip to Sri Lanka, Philippines CWN - July 29

The Holy See Press Office has officially announced the dates of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Pontiff will visit Sri Lanka from January 12-15 and the...

Ukraine: separatists release kidnapped priest CWN - July 29

A Roman-rite priest who was abducted by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on July 15 has been released, the Religious Information Service for Ukraine reported. Father Viktor Vonsovych...

In Caserta meeting, evangelical pastor greets Pope Francis as ‘my beloved brother’ CWN - July 29

The Holy See Press Office has released the remarks made by evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino during his July 28 meeting with Pope Francis in Caserta, Italy. As he introduced “my beloved...

Southern African bishops pledge to pray, advocate on behalf of Palestinians CWN - July 29

Citing “your pain, humiliation and increased oppression,” the head of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has expressed “our profound solidarity, our fervent prayers and our renewed...

Prelates rue recent court decisions on marriage CWN - July 29

Prelates around the country have criticized recent court rulings declaring that the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unconstitutional. “Recent court decisions on...

European court: no 'human right' to same-sex marriage CWN - July 28

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that member nations are not required to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples,” in a complicated case involving a transgendered...

Vatican prelate voices fears for Iraqi Christians, during visit to California CWN - July 28

The prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Eastern Churches condemned religious violence, and offered prayers for the embattled Christians of Iraq, as he presided at the Divine Liturgy on July 27...

In new interview, Pope speaks on leisure, family rest on Sunday CWN - July 28

Pope Francis reflected on his youth, spoke about the importance of leisure to family life, and the brutality of warfare in a newly published interview. Speaking to the Argentine weekly Viva about...

Colombian bishop welcomes rebel group's transformation into political party CWN - July 28

The move by former guerilla groups to form political parties is a step toward peace for Colombia, Bishop Julia Cesar Vidal Ortiz told the Fides news service. The bishop, who has served as a...

Family of Jesuit abducted in Syria issues appeal on anniversary of his disappearance CWN - July 28

The family of an Italian Jesuit priest who was kidnapped in Syria has issued an appeal, as the anniversary of his disappearance arrives. Father Paolo Dell'Oglio was apparently captured near...

5 killed in bombing of Catholic church in Nigeria CWN - July 28

At least five people were killed, and several others seriously injured, when a Catholic church was bombed in Kano, in northern Nigeria, on July 27. The explosion at St. Charles church came...

In talk to Evangelical congregation, Pope apologizes for Catholic hostility CWN - July 28

Pope Francis apologized for Catholic cooperation in campaigns against Pentecostalists and Evangelicals, during a visit to a Protestant congregation in Caserta on July 28. The Pope was traveling...

After investigation of diocese in Paraguay, Vatican suspends ordinations CWN - July 28

The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports. Following an investigation of the diocese led by Cardinal Santos...

Pontiff recalls World War I centenary: ‘no more war!’ CWN - July 28

At the conclusion of his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis recalled that July 28 marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I. “As we remember this tragic event, I hope that the...

‘Read the Gospel and find Jesus,’ says Pope CWN - July 28

During his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel from the Mass of the day (Mt. 13:44-52). “Whoever finds [the kingdom of God] has no doubts, he feels...

Cardinal Marchisano dead at 85 CWN - July 28

Cardinal Francesco Marchisano died on July 27 at the age of 85. In a telegram of condolence, Pope Francis described him as “generous in his vocation as a priest and bishop, solicitous of the...

Pope Francis: Jesus is the treasure, Jesus is the pearl CWN - July 28

Pope Francis concluded his brief apostolic journey to Caserta on July 26 by celebrating evening Mass in the piazza in front of the city’s royal palace. Preaching about the parables of the...

Pope says priests should be men of prayer who are close to the people CWN - July 28

On July 26, Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to the southern Italian region of Campania and arrived by helicopter in Caserta, a city of 80,000. The visit to Caserta was the Pope’s sixth...

‘No official confirmation’ of papal trip to Philadelphia CWN - July 28

A day after Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming” to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, the director of the...

Papal condolences following plane crash in Mali CWN - July 28

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent condolences on behalf of Pope Francis following an Air Algérie plane crash in Mali that left 118 dead. The Pope assured the...

Pope is surprise luncheon visitor at Vatican workers' cafeteria CWN - July 25

Pope Francis surprised Vatican workers on July 25 by dropping into the staff cafeteria for lunch. Arriving without warning just after noon, the Pope took a tray, chose a Friday lunch of fish and...

English primary school ordered to change admissions policy that favored Mass-going families CWN - July 25

A Catholic primary school in England has been ordered by government officials to alter its admissions policies, which had given preference to the children of families that attended Mass...

Christian aid workers slain in Afghanistan CWN - July 25

Two Finnish women who have worked for a Christian aid organization in Afghanistan since 1997 were gunned down in Herat, the nation’s 3rd-largest city. “These women have given their lives-- now...

‘China’s aging millions look forward to bleak future’ CWN - July 25

China’s population of elderly will rise to 350 million by 2030, and the nation’s one-child policy will “impose a huge burden on the country, shrink the labor force that has fueled its growth, and...

Bishop Pates: mining companies, CAFTA have had harmful effects on Central America CWN - July 25

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, returned from a visit to El Salvador, Guatemala,...

Pope recalls helping other priests hear confessions at shrine CWN - July 25

In a message commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Shrine to St. Pantaleon in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis said he wished to be “close to you to be able to relive in some way the...

Pope will visit Philadelphia in 2015 for World Meeting of Families CWN - July 25

Archbishop Charles Chaput has disclosed the Pope Francis plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held September 2015 in Philadelphia. Although the Vatican has not made an official...

As Boko Haram expands, Cameroon’s Catholics pray for peace CWN - July 25

As the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram expands its operations from Nigeria to neighboring Cameroon, the nation’s Catholics gathered in churches on July 19 to pray for peace. “As...

Syrian Orthodox leader laments silence of Muslim leaders in wake of Mosul CWN - July 25

Speaking at his residence in Lebanon, the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church decried recent events in Mosul following its takeover by the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL), also known as...

Holy See calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza-Israel conflict CWN - July 25

The United Nations Human Rights Council met on July 23 to discuss the human rights situation in Gaza. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent representative to UN offices based in...

Kansas City diocese asks court to void new $1.1 million payment to abuse victims CWN - July 24

The Diocese of Kansas City has asked a Missouri court to set aside a $1.1 million payment to abuse victims that was awarded by an independent arbitrator. Hollis Hanover, a court-appointed...

Vatican plans to clarify language of canon law regarding abuse penalties CWN - July 24

The president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has revealed that the Vatican plans to revise the Code of Canon Law, to make sections involving the treatment of clerical abuse “more...

52 priests laicized in England and Wales because of abuse, watchdog group reports CWN - July 24

Since 2001, 52 priests in England and Wales have been laicized because of sexual abuse, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has disclosed. The NCSC reported that 81 abuse charges...

Catholics reportedly upset by Pope's plans to visit Protestant congregation in Caserta CWN - July 24

Bishop Giovanni D'Alise of Caserta, Italy, was not informed about plans for a papal trip to the city until the news became public, according to veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister of...

UN 'cannot stand by' during 'crime against humanity' in Mosul, says Chaldean Patriarch CWN - July 24

In an urgent message to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has said that the UN “cannot stand by and be a witness to the ongoing atrocities committed against...

Freed, Meriam Ibrahim flies from Sudan to Italy, meets with Pope Francis CWN - July 24

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who once faced a death sentence because she refused to renounce Christianity, has left Sudan, flying to Rome, where she met with Pope Francis on July 24. During...

Papal condolences following Taiwan plane crash CWN - July 24

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent condolences on behalf of Pope Francis following a plane crash in Taiwan that left 47 dead. “The Holy Father learned with...

Bishops: learn from Aboriginal Australians’ love for the land CWN - July 24

In a recent message for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, Australia’s bishops called upon Catholics to learn from indigenous peoples to love the land. “Many Aboriginal and Torres...

USCCB president calls for prayers for peace CWN - July 24

Citing conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine, and elsewhere, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called upon his brother bishops to encourage prayers for...

Japan’s bishops oppose constitutional interpretation that allows for military action CWN - July 24

In a shift from longstanding national policy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stated that the nation’s constitution permits Japan to come to the military defense of allies--...

Sunday Mass attendance falls below 40% in Poland CWN - July 24

Sunday Mass attendance has fallen below 40% in Poland, according to statistics published in L’Osservatore Romano. Nonetheless, some statistics are positive: the nation, for example, has more...

Czech Republic to hold 1st Eucharistic congress CWN - July 24

The Czech Republic, which was formed in 1993 following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, will hold its first national Eucharistic congress in 2015, the Italian news agency SIR has...

Vatican newspaper decries ‘caliphate of brutality’; Mosul cathedral becomes mosque CWN - July 24

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the...

Candidate favored by Christians wins Indonesia’s presidential election CWN - July 24

Joko Widodo, the candidate favored by Indonesia’s Christian population, has won the nation’s presidential election. The Southeast Asian nation, the world’s 4th-most populous at 252 million, has...

Caritas appeal for Gaza CWN - July 24

Caritas, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued a $1.5-million appeal for aid to hospitals and families in Gaza. “Most of the victims are children, women and...

Russian Orthodox leadership: tell the truth about downed airliner in Ukraine CWN - July 23

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has urged anyone with information about the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine should tell “the whole truth before God and the people.” "It...

In Somalia, bishop travels incognito CWN - July 23

Bishop Giorgio Bertin, who serves the tiny Catholic community in Somalia, reveals that he hides his identity when he visits the troubled African country. “When I go there, I don’t put any...

Bucking trends, Jesuit magazine America adds to staff CWN - July 23

America, the Jesuit-owned magazine, has announced a round of new hirings, expanding its editorial staff at a time when most publications are contracting. America's editor, Father Matt Malone,...

Iraqi prelate: we need action, not just words CWN - July 23

“We need more than words now, we need concrete actions,” an Iraqi archbishop told Vatican Radio. Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul confirmed that Christians have been driven out of the city, with...

White House plans new 'accommodation' for religious groups on contraceptive mandate CWN - July 23

The Obama administration has promised a new effort to address the concerns of religious institutions that object to mandated coverage of contraceptives in employees’ health-care...

DC think-tank finds mixed trends affecting American culture, family life CWN - July 23

A new study by the Heritage Foundation finds hopeful trends in some American cultural indicators, but discouraging news on other fronts. The 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released by the...

Dublin's archbishop worried by rise in homelessness CWN - July 23

The rising level of homelessness in Ireland is "shameful," says Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Archbishop Martin said that he was particularly worried by the number of families living...

NY mayor meets with Vatican’s Secretary of State, invites Pope to visit CWN - July 23

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City met in Rome with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, and invited Pope Francis to visit the city during his potential September 2015 visit...

Papal message urges British, Irish Catholics to ‘combat the culture of death’ CWN - July 23

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics on behalf of Pope Francis for the Day of Life, which will take place July 27. “The...

Cardinal condemns Nicaragua attack CWN - July 23

Gunmen attacked supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista party on July 19, killing five and wounding 24. Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes condemned the attack and urged Nicaraguans, whether...

Former Dutch regulator of euthanasia now criticizes practice CWN - July 23

Stating that “some slopes truly are slippery,” a former regulator of euthanasia in the Netherlands now says that he was wrong to support the practice. “Euthanasia is on the way to become a...

USCCB committee chair calls on Kerry to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace CWN - July 23

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon Secretary of State John Kerry to work for Israeli-Palestinian...

Patriarch tells Mosul’s Christians: do not be afraid CWN - July 23

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate has published the text of a speech that Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako addressed to Mosul’s Christians after they fled their city rather than convert to...

Church official in Jerusalem analyzes Gaza-Israel conflict CWN - July 23

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s vicar for the Hebrew Catholic community says that both the Israeli government and Hamas are to blame for the current state of the Gaza-Israel conflict. “The...

Italian politicians urge reinstatement of Catholic-school teacher dismissed for suspected homosexuality CWN - July 22

Twenty members of the Italian parliament have asked education minister Stefania Giannini to investigate the dismissal of a Catholic-school teacher who says that she was fired because she was...

Pontifical Council for Laity plans November meeting of lay movements CWN - July 22

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has announced plans for a 3rd world congress of ecclesial movements, to be held in Rome in November. Founders and leaders of more than 55 recognized lay...

Minnesota judge rejects archdiocesan plea to dismiss abuse suit, sets court date CWN - July 22

A Minnesota judge has rejected a plea by the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis to dismiss a sex-abuse lawsuit. “This case needs to be tried,” said Judge John Van de North, setting a September...

Church leaders in Holy Land plead for end to violence in Gaza CWN - July 22

The apostolic nuncio in the Holy Land has repeated the call of Pope Francis for an end to the violence in Gaza, and the retired Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem has denounced the bloodshed...

Pope calls Syriac Patriarch, vows solidarity with Christians of Iraq, Syria CWN - July 22

Pope Francis has placed a phone call to Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, to assure him of his prayers and solidarity as Christians face open persecution in sections of Iraq and...

Hindu attack on church in India CWN - July 22

Armed with hammers and hockey sticks, Hindu fanatics attacked a Protestant church near Bulandshahr, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. After assaulting the pastor and others...

Vatican newspaper tribute to film on Christ CWN - July 22

The July 21-22 edition of L’Osservatore Romano included five articles devoted to The Gospel According to St. Matthew, a film released 50 years ago. Emilio Ranzato, who wrote two of the articles,...

USCCB decries Obama’s LGBT executive order as ‘unprecedented and extreme’ CWN - July 22

Referring to the “irrefutable rightness of your cause,” President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning federal employment discrimination against transgendered persons and prohibiting “all companies that receive a contract from the federal government from discriminating against their LGBT employees.” The order contains no exemptions for religious employers with federal...

Russia poses no military threat to others, says patriarch CWN - July 22

Speaking at a concert attended by President Vladimir Putin, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that the nation poses “no military threat and no danger to other people.” “May God [grant]...

Ukrainian Church leader: Christians have duty to defend their nation CWN - July 22

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church told youth taking part in a pilgrimage that Christians have a duty to defend their nation against military aggression. “We never fought wars of conquest,...

Report: few Mosul Christians converted to Islam CWN - July 22

Faced with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, be killed, or leave Mosul, the vast majority of the Christians still in Iraq’s 2nd-largest city in mid-July chose to depart rather than convert,...

Iraq: jihadists expel monks from historic monastery CWN - July 22

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that now controls one-fourth of Syria and 40% of Iraq, stormed a Syrian Catholic monastery on July 20 and expelled the...

Missile hits Syrian monastery CWN - July 22

An air-launched missile has caused severe damage to a Franciscan monastery in Yacubiyah, a town in northwest Syria. The region’s Franciscan province, founded by St. Francis in 1209, reported that...

Want more news? Visit the Archives.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org