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Scottish bishops react to referendum CWN - 9 hours ago

Following the decision of the voters of Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, the Scottish bishops issued a statement saying that their conference "recognizes and respects the result of the...

Nigerian bishop: Boko Haram now controls 25 towns CWN - 10 hours ago

Comparing the brutality of Boko Haram to that of the Islamic State, a Nigerian bishop said that Boko Haram has taken control of 25 towns in northeastern Nigeria. “We are faced with a huge...

Vatican diplomat: the elderly should not be victims of a culture of efficiency CWN - 11 hours ago

A leading Holy See diplomat has expressed concern about the ways in which the elderly are discarded by a culture that values economic efficiency above all else. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who...

Indonesia: Muslim protests force cancellation of LGBT seminar at Catholic university CWN - 1 hours ago

A Catholic university in Indonesia has cancelled a seminar on homosexuality because of intense opposition from Muslim activists, the AsiaNews service reports. The psychology department of the...

Papal message links pursuit of holiness, Catholic social teaching, evangelization CWN - 10 hours ago

Pope Francis has linked personal conversion, Catholic social teaching, and evangelization in a brief message to participants in a Madrid conference. “The Holy Father encourages you to deepen your...

Before trip to Albania, Pope prays at St. Mary Major CWN - 10 hours ago

In preparation for his September 21 apostolic journey to Albania, Pope Francis made a visit to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, to pray before the image of the Virgin, Salus Populi...

Iraq: bishop, residents return to town as Kurdish forces advance CWN - 10 hours ago

Bishop Mikha Pola Maqdassi, the Chaldean Catholic bishop of Alqosh, has joined 75% of residents in returning to their northern Iraqi city, according to a report from the Assyrian International News...

Human trafficking brings shame on southeast Asia, says Myanmar archbishop CWN - 1 hours ago

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar has issued a letter denouncing human trafficking and challenging the country’s government to stop the outrage, the AsiaNews service reports. The...

Bodily resurrection is a final transformation, Pope says CWN - 1 hours ago

Preaching on the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body, Pope Francis told a congregation at daily Mass on September 19 that for many people, resurrection is more difficult to accept than...

Miracle of St. Januarius repeated: blood liquefies CWN - 9 hours ago

The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples. St. Januarius, who was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian, is...

Central African priest receives human rights award for sheltering Muslim civilians CWN - 11 hours ago

Human Rights Watch has bestowed an award upon Father Bernard Kinvi, a priest in the Central African Republic who sheltered hundred of Muslims whose lives were threatened by anti-Balaka...

Armenian president visits Pontiff CWN - 0 hours ago

Pope Francis met on September 19 with President Sezh Sargsyan of Armenia, for talks that centered on the role of Christianity in shaping that country’s history and culture. The talks also touched...

Pope donates skull cap for charity auction CWN - 1 hours ago

An Italian television show has persuaded Pope Francis to donate a zucchetto for a charity auction, and the bidding has already soared to $130,000. The host of the show Le Iene appeared at the...

Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - 22 hours ago

Several influential cardinals have criticized a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried, in a rare display of open disagreement among prelates, in the weeks leading up to the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Cardinal Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Cardinal George Pell, the...

England's Richard III: a Catholic king, buried in a Protestant cathedral? CWN - 22 hours ago

Writing in the Catholic Herald, columnist William Oddie protests the plans to rebury the remains of England's King Richard III in a Protestant cathedral. Richard III, Oddie observes, "was the...

Salvation requires recognizing one's sinfulness, Pope tells congregation CWN - 22 hours ago

Salvation is available “only to those who open their hearts and acknowledge that they are sinners,” Pope Francis told a congregation at Mass on September 18. The Pope pointed out that Jesus was...

VP Biden sides with nuns in conflict with Vatican CWN - 22 hours ago

US Vice President Joseph Biden inserted himself into a debate over the Vatican-mandated reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as he appeared at an event sponsored by the activist...

Pope asks bishops of Ivory Coast to build a sense of fraternity CWN - 22 hours ago

In a September 18 address to visiting bishops from Ivory Coast, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of close fraternal relations among bishops and encouraged careful inculturation of the...

Don't be isolated from the faithful, Pope advises new bishops CWN - 22 hours ago

Addressing a group of newly ordained bishops on September 18, Pope Francis said that “nothing is more important than introducing people to God!” “Love the people that God gave you,” the Pope...

Cardinal Dolan defends decision to remain as Grand Marshall of St. Patrick's day parade CWN - 22 hours ago

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has defended his decision to accept the presence of a homosexual group in the St. Patrick’s day parade, in a column for his archdiocesan newspaper. Emphasizing...

Jewish leaders visit Pope in advance of Rosh Hashana CWN - 22 hours ago

Pope Francis met on September 17 with a group of Jewish leaders, in an early observance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish celebration of the new year. "We want to share with the Pope our message of...

Successor named for Cardinal Pell in Australia CWN - September 18

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta as the new Archbishop of Sydney. Australia’s leading see has been vacant since February, when Cardinal George Pell was appointed...

Report: Pope invites China’s president to Vatican CWN - September 18

Pope Francis has invited President Xi Jinping of China to the Vatican to discuss world peace, according to an America magazine report. According to the report, Ricardo Romano, the leader of an...

Ukraine’s bishops: voters should support defense of nation against foreign invasion CWN - September 18

The synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told voters that upcoming parliamentary elections “are the most complex and important ones in the history of independent Ukraine.” “For almost a...

Russian government announces joint art exhibition with Vatican CWN - September 18

President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on international cultural cooperation has announced that Russia and the Vatican will hold a joint exhibition on biblical art in 2016. Mikhail Shvydkoy...

USCCB: statement for Respect Life Month CWN - September 18

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued a statement for Respect Life Month, which takes place in...

Focus on aiding victims of violence, not arming rebels, says Caritas leader CWN - September 18

In an apparent criticism of calls to arm Syrian rebel forces, the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies, called upon political...

Church leaders in Middle East call for UN intervention to defeat Islamic State CWN - September 18

Eight Middle Eastern church leaders, including the patriarchs of the Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Catholic churches, gathered at United Nations offices in Geneva and urged international intervention...

Jordan’s king pledges to protect Arab Christians CWN - September 18

In the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, King Abdullah II of Jordan, a ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, has pledged to protect Arab...

Pakistani Catholic group protests resumption of capital punishment CWN - September 17

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic bishops of Pakistan is arguing strenuously against the resumption of capital punishment, saying that the move would “bring Pakistan back in time,”...

Bishops in Congo oppose constitutional change allowing president to serve 3rd term CWN - September 17

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have come out against changes in the country’s constitution, the Fides news agency reports. In a pastoral letter, the country’s bishops reiterate...

Italian archdiocese protests city's registration of same-sex unions CWN - September 17

The Archdiocese of Bologna, Italy, has protested the city’s decision to offer legal recognition for same-sex unions. A spokesman for the archdiocese said that the city’s policy, which took effect...

Scottish bishops oppose 'opt-out' system for presumed consent to organ donation CWN - September 17

The Catholic bishops of Scotland have objected to proposed legislation that would establish a presumption of consent for organ donation. Although claiming that the Catholic Church is “an...

Knoxville diocese investigating reported miracle in cause of Father Isaac Hecker CWN - September 17

The Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee is reviewing reports of a miracle which, if verified, could advance the cause for beatification of Father Isaac Hecker. Bishop Richard Stika has appointed a...

Wisconsin diocese will not adopt Common Core in schools CWN - September 17

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will maintain their own educational standards, rather than adopting the Common Core standards, the diocese has confirmed. After...

Argentine judge who ordered probe of bishop's death meets with Pontiff CWN - September 17

Pope Francis met on September 15 with an Argentine judge who was instrumental in securing the conviction of former military officers for the death of a Catholic bishop during the country’s “Dirty...

Kurdish forces free some Christian villages CWN - September 17

Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State out of seven Christian villages in northern Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports. The Kurdish Peshmerga fighters said that American air support was...

Rio cardinal is armed-robbery victim CWN - September 17

Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro was robbed by gunmen in broad daylight on September 16. A spokesman for the Rio archdiocese reported that the cardinal was traveling to a local...

Scots nervous as independence vote approaches, bishop reports CWN - September 17

The people of Scotland are “highly nervous” about the independence referendum that will be decided by vote on September 18, a Scottish bishop told Vatican Radio. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley...

Cardinals weigh creation of two new Vatican congregations CWN - September 17

The Council of Cardinals has concluded a 3-day session, during which the nine papal advisers discussed a plan to merge several pontifical councils. The Council also began drafting a new apostolic...

Vatican mourns death of Chinese bishop who joined in illicit ordinations CWN - September 17

Vatican Radio and Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, have announced the death of Archbishop John Wu Shizhen of Nanchang at the age of 93. Fides...

Demotion coming for Cardinal Burke? CWN - September 17

Cardinal Raymond Burke will soon be removed from his post as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed patron of the Knights of Malta, according to Vatican jounalist Sandro Magister of...

4 sainthood causes advance CWN - September 17

In a September 17 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of an Indian priest and an Italian religious sister and...

Pope seeks prayers for trip to Albania CWN - September 17

At the conclusion of his September 17 general audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers, through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel, for his forthcoming apostolic journey to...

Pope Francis reflects on Church’s missionary nature CWN - September 17

Pope Francis devoted his September 17 audience to the Church’s catholicity and missionary nature. “Perhaps among the many young people present today in [St. Peter’s] Square there is someone who...

Sistine Chapel Choir to perform in East Asia CWN - September 17

The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at concerts in Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan between September 19 and September 23, according to an announcement from the Holy See Press Office. Taiwan is an...

Sri Lankan cardinal hopes papal visit will foster national reconciliation CWN - September 17

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s leading prelate, has expressed both that Pope Francis’s January visit to the South Asian nation will foster reconciliation between both sides in the...

Prelate hopeful about Central African peace prospects CWN - September 17

The Central African Republic’s leading prelate, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, expressed hope that the introduction of a UN peacekeeping force would help restore order in the strife-torn...

Cocaine found in car registered to Vatican CWN - September 16

Vatican officials have reacted with embarrassment after a car carrying Vatican diplomatic plates was stopped by French police, who discovered several pounds of cocaine in the vehicle. The car...

Irish bishop bows to pressure, shelves plans for permanent diaconate CWN - September 16

An Irish bishop has decided not to institute the permanent diaconate in his diocese, because of protests from supporters of women’s ordination. Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe had begun...

Obamacare funds subsidizing abortions, despite legislative guarantees CWN - September 16

American taxpayers are subsidizing abortions through the new federal health policy, despite federal law that prohibits federal funding for abortion, a new study has found. The Government...

Rhode Island bishop: 'status quo is unacceptable' on divorce and remarriage CWN - September 16

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has said that some change is needed in the Church’s approach to Communion for divorced and remarried couples, because “the status quo is...

Final openings filled on Vatican bank's board CWN - September 16

With the appointment of two veteran finance executives, the new Board of Superintendence of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), is now complete. The IOR announced on...

Guide on family life prepares for 2015 World Meeting for Families in Philadelphia CWN - September 16

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family have published a catechetical guide to family life, as a preparation for next year’s World Meeting for Families. At a...

Vatican undaunted by report Islamic State targets Pope Francis CWN - September 16

The Vatican is downplaying a report that the Islamic State has targeted Pope Francis, and the Pope has refused to take extra security precautions during his visit to Albania on September...

Papal envoy: refugees in Iraq must be protected CWN - September 16

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who recently visited Iraq as a special papal envoy, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Christians and Yezidis need help to stop the aggression of the Islamic State. But...

Iraqi prelate welcomes Western involvement, urges UN sanction CWN - September 16

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has welcomed the agreement among Western nations to intervene against the Islamic State, but has cautioned that “bombs are not a solution.” The...

USCCB welcomes bipartisan childcare bill CWN - September 16

Two committee chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed a bipartisan agreement on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, which provides vouchers to low-income...

Vatican cardinal sees ‘widespread hunger’ for Catholic social teaching CWN - September 16

In a talk entitled “Catholic Social Teaching: A Beacon and Leaven for Europe,” the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said he has witnessed a “widespread hunger” for the...

Turkish textbooks: Christians were tools of foreign powers in World War I CWN - September 16

School textbooks in current use in Turkey portray the region’s Christians of a century ago as anti-Ottoman tools of Great Britain and Russia, according to a study conducted by an Armenian...

Honduran cardinal: strong family ties are ‘best defense against poverty’ CWN - September 16

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, and the Pontifical Council for the Family are holding a seminar on September 18 devoted to the family and the...

Bishop: over 2,500 Catholics slain by Boko Haram CWN - September 16

The bishop of Maidiguri, a city in northeastern Nigeria, said that the militant Islamist organization Boko Haram has murdered over 2,500 Catholics in his diocese. Bishop Oliver Doeme is among the...

Many of Congo’s Catholics fall prey to superstition, says leading bishop CWN - September 16

The president of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo said that many of the nation’s Catholics still adhere to pagan superstitions. The large Central African nation of 77 million is 53%...

Non-Catholic donors financed pressure campaign on San Francisco archbishop CWN - September 15

A petition campaign urging San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to cancel a speaking engagement at a pro-family rally was funded largely by non-Catholic gay activists, reports Valerie...

Milwaukee archdiocesan synod calls for focus on lay ministry, faith formation, social justice CWN - September 15

Lay people will be trained for new roles as “ecclesial ministers,” while pastors will focus more attention on social-justice issues, under a plan for the Milwaukee archdiocese, approved by...

Italian seminarian claims first 'selfie' with Benedict XVI CWN - September 15

The first known “selfie” photo of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has been posted online by an Italian seminarian. Giuseppe Ricciardi, a seminarian from the Diocese of Aversa, posted a picture of...

85,000 join in petition to stop Black Mass in Oklahoma CWN - September 15

More than 85,000 people have signed an online petition urging Oklahoma City officials to halt the performance of a Black Mass. The organizers of the Satanic event, which is scheduled to take...

Victims of Communism will be focus of Pope's visit to Albania CWN - September 15

During his September 21 visit to Albania, Pope Francis will pay tribute to the victims of Communism, the Vatican has announced. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office,...

Middle East is greatest crisis since World War II, cardinal says CWN - September 15

Addressing a meeting of Catholic charitable agencies involved with the Middle East, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said that the conflicts in that region have produced “the greatest crisis the...

Cardinals discussing mergers of pontifical councils, creation of new congregations? CWN - September 15

As the Council of Cardinals holds its 6th meeting (see today’s separate CWN headline story), Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa writes that the discussions will focus on proposals to reorganize the...

1st episcopal ordinations in Hong Kong since British rule CWN - September 15

For the first time since the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, episcopal ordinations have taken place in Diocese of Hong Kong. In July, Pope Francis appointed the...

Council of Cardinals begins 3-day session, adds 9th member CWN - September 15

The Council of Cardinals, which assists Pope Francis in the governance of the universal Church and in the reform of the Roman Curia, has begun three days of meetings in Rome. It is the 6th...

‘War is madness,’ Pope emphasizes CWN - September 15

At the conclusion of his September 14 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for the success of an international peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. He recalled that on the...

Pope Francis: the Church exalts the cross of Christ CWN - September 15

Pope Francis devoted his September 14 Angelus address to the cross of Christ. “Why? Why was the Cross necessary? Because of the gravity of the evil which kept us slaves,” he said. “The Cross of...

Pope compares married life to Israel in the desert CWN - September 15

Pope Francis offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and presided over the marriages of 20 couples from his diocese. It is unusual for...

Pope Francis says ‘one can speak of’ a 3rd world war already occurring CWN - September 15

Pope Francis traveled to Italy’s World War I War Memorial in Fogliano Redipuglia on September 13 to commemorate the centenary of the war’s beginning and to pray for the victims of all wars. The war memorial is located in northeastern Italy at the site of several battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces. Traveling by air from the Vatican, he stopped to pray at the Austro-Hungarian...

Papal tribute to St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows CWN - September 15

Pope Francis has paid tribute of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838-1862), an Italian Passionist who was canonized in 1920. In a letter on the upcoming consecration of a new church at the...

Pope advises African bishops to focus on youth CWN - September 12

“I urge you to be apostles for the youth in your dioceses,” Pope Francis said in a September 12 address to visiting bishops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Pope emphasized...

Scripture research requires deep faith, Pope tells scholars CWN - September 12

Speaking to Italian scholars who were celebrating the 43rd National Biblical Week, Pope Francis remarked that a proper approach to Scripture scholarship requires a deep sense of faith. The Pope...

Slavery not confined to poor nations, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - September 12

Slavery today is not a problem confined to the world’s impoverished countries, the Vatican’s representative reminded a session of the UN’s human-rights council. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the...

Rev. Ian Paisley, who led anti-Catholic forces in Northern Ireland, dead at 88 CWN - September 12

Rev. Ian Paisley, the fiery anti-Catholic leader of Protestants in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 88. The founder of the Democratic Unionist Party, Rev. Paisley was a polarizing figure...

Curial decree on feast days of St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II CWN - September 12

Pope Francis has decided that the feast days of Pope St. John XXIII (October 11) and Pope St. John Paul II (October 22) will be observed as optional memorials on the liturgical calendar, according...

Read Luke 6, Pope Francis emphasizes CWN - September 12

On several occasions during his pontificate, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to read, and reread, the Beatitudes and Matthew 25. Preaching on love of enemies during his September 11 daily...

Holy See diplomat decries slavery CWN - September 12

A leading Vatican diplomat decried the actions of Islamist groups as he lamented contemporary slavery. Commenting on a new UN report on slavery, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who represents the Holy...

Vatican: papal trip to Turkey confirmed (updated) CWN - September 12

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, reported on September 11 that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November. Earlier the papal spokesman had said that although...

Russian Orthodox leader speaks of ‘organic unity’ of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus CWN - September 12

Speaking at the blessing of a cathedral’s foundation stone, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized the “organic unity” of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Referring to the medieval state...

US House holds hearing on persecution of Christians in Syria, Iraq CWN - September 12

Two subcommittees of the US House of Representatives held a joint hearing on the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. “The suffering and abuse of Iraqi...

Christian families fear daughters’ forced conversion, flee Punjab CWN - September 12

Fearful of the forced conversion of their daughters, parents in “many Christian families” are taking their children out of the southern portion of the Pakistani province of Punjab, according to the...

Bishop to travel to White House, ask for visas for persecuted Iraqi Catholics CWN - September 12

Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, the head of a Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in San Diego, will travel to the White House with a list of 25,000 Iraqi Catholics who seek entry into the United...

Crimea: Catholic priest faces explusion, residency permit not renewed CWN - September 11

A Catholic parish in Crimea will lose its priest in October, because the Russian government has not renewed the residency permit of the Polish-born pastor. Father Piotr Rosochacki will be...

Vatican tightens controls on Rome hospital administration CWN - September 11

The Vatican's Secretariat of State has tightened its control of the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. For several years the Secretariat of State has sought to tighten financial and...

Argentine soccer team will name stadium after Pope Francis CWN - September 11

The San Lorenzo soccer club of Buenos Aires plans to name its new stadium after the club's most famous member: Pope Francis. San Lorenzo announced plans for naming the stadium on September 11....

Indian bishops make emergency plea for victims of flooding in Kashmir CWN - September 11

The president of India’s episcopal conference has issued an appeal for help for victims of flooding in the Kashmir region. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis reported “deep anguish over the loss of lives...

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