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Ukrainian Catholic leader blasts Russian Orthodox statements, says Church is being oppressed CWN - 8 hours ago

In a letter to bishops and political leaders around the world, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said that the Catholic Church is being oppressed in eastern Ukraine. “For nine...

Church leaders voice misgivings about ice-bucket challenge CWN - 2 hours ago

Catholic school officials in Cincinnati and Chicago have advised principals not to cooperate with the “ice-bucket challenge,” an internet campaign that has raised over $40 million for research to...

Pope’s special envoy returns from Iraq, testifies to ‘extraordinary faith’ of nation’s Christians CWN - 8 hours ago

Calling upon the Church to express solidarity for Iraq’s persecuted Christians, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Pope Francis’s special envoy to the Middle Eastern nation, has returned to Rome and has...

Jerusalem patriarch calls for international intervention in Gaza CWN - 9 hours ago

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has called for an international peacekeeping force in Gaza. Patriarch Fouad Twal told Vatican Radio that “for years, there was this inner fear that things would...

Boko Haram changing strategy, aiming to control territory in Nigeria CWN - 2 hours ago

More than 11,000 people have fled the town of Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria, to escape the threat of a Boko Haram terrorist campaign, the Fides news service reports. In a change of strategy,...

India: Christian women arrested on ‘forced conversion’ charges CWN - 6 hours ago

Four Christian women who were distributing religious leaflets have been arrested on “forced conversion” charges in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. The four were subsequently...

Papal encouragement for Work of Nazareth CWN - 7 hours ago

Pope Francis met with members of the Work of Nazareth on the evening of August 20 and encouraged them to witness to Christ joyfully in the midst of their charitable activities. Founded in 1964,...

Pakistan: rape an ‘instrument of power’ over Christian girls, says attorney CWN - 7 hours ago

Following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Lahore, an attorney said that in Pakistan “rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and...

US dioceses to take up special collection for the Middle East CWN - 9 hours ago

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked his brother bishops to take up a special collection for “humanitarian relief and pastoral support” for victims of violence...

Oklahoma archdiocese successful in lawsuit to block Black Mass CWN - 20 hours ago

A lawyer representing the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has announced victory in a lawsuit brought by the archdiocese to block a Black Mass that had beens scheduled for the city's civic center in...

Pope calls family of James Foley to offer prayers, sympathy CWN - 20 hours ago

Pope Francis made a personal phone call to the family of James Foley, the American journalist who was murdered in Iraq, the Catholic News Service reports. Father Federico Lombardi, the director...

Pope will mark 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide CWN - 22 hours ago

Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass next August to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, an Argentine cardinal has revealed. Speaking at the Armenian Cahtolic cathedral in Buenos...

Syro-Malabar Church changes policy on bishops' burial CWN - 22 hours ago

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has announced that, in a change of policy, it will no longer bury bishops in church sanctuaries. The Syro-Malabar Church, which claims nearly 6 million members in...

Cardinal Pell defends Vatican response to Australian sex-abuse commission CWN - 22 hours ago

Cardinal George Pell has defended the Vatican’s decision to withhold some internal Church records requested by an Australian royal commission investigating sex-abuse complaints. The Australian...

Pennsylvania diocese wins federal injunction against contraceptive mandate CWN - 22 hours ago

The Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has won a federal court injunction against the enforcement of the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care reform program. Federal Judge Arthur...

Detroit's Cardinal Szoka dead at 86 CWN - 22 hours ago

Cardinal Edmund Szoka, the former Archbishop of Detroit, died on August 20 at the age of 86 at a hospital in Michigan. Born to Polish immigrants in 1927, Edmund Szoka was ordained to the...

Islamic extremists target famed Buddhist temple in Indonesia CWN - 22 hours ago

Islamic extremists in Indonesia are planning to destroy the Temple of Borobudur, an important Buddhist center that is classified as a World Heritage Site, the AsiaNews service reports. Indonesian...

Mideast conflicts show 'moral bankruptcy of modern warfare,' say African bishops CWN - 22 hours ago

The bishops of southern Africa have issued a statement arguing that current conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Gaza show “the moral bankruptcy of modern warfare,” the Fides news service reports. The...

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga sends message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians CWN - 22 hours ago

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiago, the president of the charitable consortium Caritas International, has sent a message to Church leaders in Iraq, expressing solidarity with the Christians of the...

Papal envoy: all should be concerned with Iraqi Christian refugees CWN - 22 hours ago

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq last week as the personal representative of Pope Francis, said that the persecution of Christians and Yezidis by the Islamic State should be an urgent...

Action urged against legislation curtailing religious freedom CWN - August 21

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), which works closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on legislative matters, is calling upon pro-life citizens to...

‘Slaves no more’ will be theme for World Day of Peace CWN - August 21

Pope Francis has announced that the theme for the 48th World Day of peace will be “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters.” “Being children of God gives all human beings equal dignity as...

Church is experiencing ‘a martyrdom’ in eastern Ukraine, says leading prelate CWN - August 21

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said that his Eastern Catholic church is experiencing “a martyrdom” in two eastern Ukrainian cities in which...

Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches CWN - August 21

Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist...

Patriarchs ask international community to protect Iraqi Christians CWN - August 21

The heads of the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Maronite Catholic Church, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, and the Syriac Orthodox Church met in Iraq’s Kurdistan region...

Brief papal message to Hungary’s president CWN - August 21

Pope Francis sent a brief message to President János Áder of Hungary on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary, the nation’s patron. “I am pleased to send cordial greetings to Your...

American religious leaders welcome Gaza ceasefire CWN - August 21

Nearly three dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States issued a statement recently welcoming a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. The ceasefire was subsequently broken...

LCWR ready to defy hierarchy, analyst finds CWN - August 20

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) appears ready to raise the stakes in its conflict with the Vatican, observes Ann Carey in a Catholic World Report story on the LCWR’s annual...

Lebanese prelate would make common cause with Hezbollah against Islamic state CWN - August 20

Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai has said that he is prepared to meet with the leader of the Hezbollah movement, in order to address the threats posed by the Islamic State to the security of...

Oklahoma archbishop brings suit to stop Black Mass CWN - August 20

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit in an Oklahoma court to stop the Black Mass scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center in September. The lawsuit argues that the...

Jewish leader: indifference to slaughter of Christians is 'obscene' CWN - August 20

Saying that the lack of public response to the slaughter of Iraqi Christians is "obscene," the president of the World Jewish Congress argues: "Good people must join together and stop this revolting...

Kurdish leader offers to arm Christian refugees CWN - August 20

The president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq has offered to provide arms for Christian volunteers, creating self-defense units to resist the Islamic State, the Fides news service...

Pope greets 'his' Argentine soccer team CWN - August 20

Pope Francis enjoyed a light-hearted meeting on August 20 with members of the San Lorenzo soccer team from Buenos Aires, who were bringing the trophy they had won in this year’s Latin American...

Priest in Ferguson, Missouri tells Vatican Radio audience about simmering tensions CWN - August 20

A Catholic parish priest in Ferguson, Missouri, spoke about the "long-time festering" of racial tensions in the town, during an interview with Vatican Radio. Father Arthur Cavitt, who works with...

Slain journalist's family comforted by parish priest in New Hampshire CWN - August 20

A Catholic priest in Rochester, New Hampshire, visited the family of American journalist James Foley after Islamic militants posted a video that apparently showed his beheading. Father Paul...

Pope reflects on apostolic journey to Korea CWN - August 20

Pope Francis devoted his August 20 general audience to his recent apostolic journey to Korea, during which he beatified 124 martyrs and celebrated the closing Mass at the 6th Asian Youth...

Court upholds Tennessee’s marriage law CWN - August 20

A Tennessee circuit court has upheld the state’s definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Judge Russell Simmons ruled that “Tennessee’s laws concerning same-sex marriage do not...

Many Philippine bishops back amendment against pork-barrel spending CWN - August 20

At least 73 bishops in the Philippines have lent their support to a petition calling for a constitutional amendment against pork-barrel spending, according to a UCA News report. “I hope something...

Catholic radio station, shut down by South Sudan’s government, offers apology CWN - August 20

Bakhita Radio, a South Sudanese Catholic radio network that was recently shut down by the government, has apologized for inaccurate reporting. After rebels attacked government forces, the station...

Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists occupy monastery CWN - August 20

Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine’s 5th-largest city, have seized the monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, according to a report from the Religious...

Some Iraqi refugees ‘at great risk’ of death CWN - August 20

Many Christian and Yazidi refugees in northern Iraq are at increasing risk of death from starvation, thirst, and exposure to the elements, the Assyrian International News Agency...

Central African prelate urges government to act following massacre CWN - August 20

Following a massacre committed by Islamist fighters in the Central African Republic, the nation’s leading prelate urged the government to take quick action. Speaking for “those who are displaced,...

Further action needed in Iraq, USCCB president tells President Obama CWN - August 20

Citing remarks made by Pope Francis, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called upon President Barack Obama to do more to protect the persecuted religious...

Boko Haram terrorism becoming more worrisome, reports Nigerian prelate CWN - August 19

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos, Nigeria, says that the terrorist activities of Boko Haram are “becoming even more worrisome,” the Fides news service reports. Archbishop Martin spoke...

Pope mourns nephew's family, killed in auto crash CWN - August 19

Pope Francis was “deeply pained,” the Vatican announced, when he was informed of an automobile accident in Argentina that caused the death of three relatives. Emanuel Bergoglio, the Pope’s...

Victory for Baptist college against HHS mandate CWN - August 19

A federal district court judge has ruled that a Baptist college in Louisiana is exempt from the mandate to provide its employees to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives that also have an...

Church in Malawi: no conflict between Pope, region’s bishops on homosexuality CWN - August 19

The secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi stated that the East African bishops’ recent condemnation of same-sex unions is not “at variance with” Pope Francis’s remarks on...

Europe’s bishops prod UN Security Council on Iraq CWN - August 19

In a joint letter to the United Nations Security Council, the president of each European nation’s episcopal conference deplored the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in...

Jewish-Catholic dialogue deplores persecution of Christians CWN - August 19

The Jewish-Catholic dialogue sponsored by the National Council of Synagogues and the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has...

St. Louis prelate issues letter on Ferguson violence CWN - August 19

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis has issued a letter on the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. The prelate, who said he “personally visited Ferguson...

Russian patriarch: Ukrainian Catholics want to ‘eradicate Orthodoxy’ CWN - August 19

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has again alleged that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has undertaken a campaign of hatred against Orthodoxy-- prompting a sharp official response from...

New report of Islamic State atrocities CWN - August 19

At a press conference in Paris, the members of a family who recently left Mosul for France spoke of atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Tunisia Daily...

Pope approves military action in Iraq, but not unilateral US bombing CWN - August 18

Pope Francis said that military intervention to stop the slaughter of Christians in Iraq is warranted, but cautioned against unilateral action by the US, in a press conference as he returned from a 5-day trip to South Korea. During an hour-long exchange with reporters board the papal flight, the Pontiff answered questions about a wide range of topics, including Korea, Iraq, the conflict in...

With a plea for reunification, Pope ends Korean visit CWN - August 18

Pope Francis concluded his 5-day visit to South Korea on August 18, celebrating a Mass for peace and reconciliation and calling for an end to the enmity between North and South that has caused...

Sex-abuse plaintiffs charge New Mexico archdiocese assigned priests from local treatment center CWN - August 18

Three men have brought suit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, claiming that they were sexually abused after the archdiocese allowed priests who were known abusers to engage in parish...

South Sudan: Catholic radio shut down by government CWN - August 18

A Catholic radio station in South Sudan has been shut down, and its news editor arrested, the Fides news service reports. Radio Bakhita, operated by the Archdiocese of Juba, was shut down by the...

New Orthodox leader voices support for 'unified Ukraine' CWN - August 18

The newly installed leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate has called for preservation of “our single unified Ukraine.” Metropolitan Onufry, who was enthroned on August 17 as...

Pope's envoy, Chaldean Patriarch beg international help for Iraqi Christians CWN - August 18

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Pope’s personal envoy to Iraq, has joined with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako in an appeal for international intervention to stop the persecution of Christians...

Theologian raps bishops as LCWR ends annual meeting CWN - August 18

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) concluded its annual conference, enthusiastically applauding an address by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, who denounced the Vatican for issuing a...

Pope urges Asian youth to build a ‘holier, more missionary and humble Church’ CWN - August 18

At the closing Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi, Pope Francis called upon Asia’s Catholic youth to build a holier, more missionary and humble Church.” The Mass took place on the afternoon...

Be firmly grounded in the faith as you engage in dialogue, Pope tell Asia’s bishops CWN - August 18

On August 17, the fourth full day of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to South Korea, the Pontiff traveled to the Shrine of Haemi, where he challenged Asia’s bishops to be grounded in a sense of...

Pope challenges religious to embrace poverty, laity to go beyond charitable assitance CWN - August 18

Following the Mass of beatification of 124 martyrs in Seoul, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter on August 16 to Kkottongnae, where he visited a rehabilitation center for disabled people. At...

Follow the martyrs’ example of sacrifice and love, Pope tells 800,000 Koreans CWN - August 18

On August 16, the third full day of his apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis visited the Shrine of the Martyrs of Seo So mun before celebrating Mass for the beatification of Paul Yun...

Christ is knocking at the door of your heart, Pope tells youth CWN - August 18

On the evening of August 15, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter from Daejeon, where he had celebrated Mass, to the Shrine of Solmoe, the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Taegon. “Christ is knocking...

Pope calls upon Korea’s Catholics to combat materialism, serve God in freedom CWN - August 18

On August 15, the second full day of his apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis traveled from Seoul, the nation’s capital, to Daejeon, the nation’s 5th-largest city, where he celebrated Mass...

Archbishop Sartain tells LCWR leaders he acts as 'brother and a friend' CWN - August 14

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle identified himself as a “brother and a friend” as he addressed the annual meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Archbishop...

China blocks young Catholics from attending papal Mass; arrests feared CWN - August 14

The Chinese government has blocked dozens of young Catholics from celebrating the Asia Youth Day ceremonies in Daejon, South Korea, the AsiaNews service reports. About 100 Chinese Catholics have...

New speculation on Irish cardinal's resignation CWN - August 14

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Ireland, will celebrate his 75th birthday on August 16, and submit his resignation to the Vatican-- touching off a new round of speculation about the timing of his...

Pope confirms plan to visit Philadelphia next year CWN - August 14

Pope Francis has confirmed that he plans to visit Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families, NBC News reports. Aboard the papal flight to Korea on August 13, NBC...

Delaware diocese paid $16 million in legal fees for bankruptcy CWN - August 14

The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, paid nearly $16 million in legal fees and other costs for the bankruptcy case it filed in 2009, the Associated Press reports. Most of the expenses for the...

Pope's small car is a message to Koreans CWN - August 14

Pope Francis is riding in a tiny Kia Soul during his stay in Seoul, sending a message of frugality to a Korean society keenly conscious of economic status symbols. Upon arriving at Seoul's...

North Korea fires test missiles in show of force as Pope's plane approaches Seoul CWN - August 14

North Korea launched three missiles into the Sea of Japan on August 14, in an unexpected display of military force on the morning of Pope Francis' arrival in South Korea. The missiles were fired...

Pope urges Koreans to build justice, spread faith CWN - August 14

“Peace is not simply the absence of war, but the work of justice,” Pope Francis told an audience of political leaders in Seoul as he began a 5-day visit to South Korea. The Pope addressed the...

Report: 128 Christians killed in last year in Pakistan CWN - August 14

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has published a brief report on violence against religious minorities in Pakistan. The report found that 430 members of religious...

Pontifical council: 4,000 Iraqi families assisted since June CWN - August 14

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has issued a brief statement on its recent charitable activities in Iraq. “Since June, programs have been in place to provide humanitarian assistance to the...

Ghana’s bishops: screen travelers for Ebola CWN - August 14

Ghana’s bishops have called upon the nation’s government to screen those entering the country for signs of the Ebola virus, the Catholic Information Service for Africa reported. Ghana is...

Christian refugees dying in Iraq CWN - August 14

Christians who have fled their homes in the wake of the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are dying of hunger, thirst, and disease in refugee camps, the Catholic Herald...

Vatican diplomat: international community must act in Iraq CWN - August 14

A leading Vatican diplomat said that the international community must move beyond verbal condemnations and actively assist the persecuted Christians of northern Iraq. “I would say that we should...

Pope Francis arrives in South Korea CWN - August 14

Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on August 14. As is customary for a papal trip, during his 11-hour flight from Rome to Seoul, the Pope sent messages to the heads of state of each of the countries...

US bishops’ Labor Day statement focuses on youth unemployment CWN - August 14

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued its annual statement for Labor Day. Citing St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the...

Chilean priest accused of stealing children for adoption CWN - August 13

A Chilean priest has been charged with illegally taking newborn babies from their parents and arranging their adoption. There is credible evidence that Father Gerardo Joannon "actively...

Oklahoma governor denounces planned Black Mass CWN - August 13

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has denounced plans to stage a “Black Mass” in Oklahoma City in September, but indicated that she will not intervene to stop the event. “This 'Black Mass' is a...

Ukrainian Orthodox Church elects new leader in time of crisis CWN - August 13

The bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow patriarchate have elected Metropolitan Onufry, as their primate, succeeding Metropolitan Vladimir, who died in July. Metropolitan Onufry had...

Prelate suspends sign of peace amid Ebola concerns CWN - August 13

The archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, has suspended the sign of peace amid concerns about the potential spread of the Ebola virus, the Abuja-based Premium Times reported. “Taking into...

Pope urges United Nations to act in Iraq CWN - August 13

Pope Francis has urged the United Nations “to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities” in Iraq. “It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness...

India: 50 villages attempt to deny entry to priests CWN - August 13

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has issued a statement lamenting “sporadic events of violence against Christians in certain parts of India.” Referring to a state in southeastern India,...

Nigerian prelates decry oil theft, pollution CWN - August 13

Speaking at a recent roundtable discussion, two Nigerian bishops have called upon the nation’s government to address widespread oil theft and the subsequent pollution from illegal “artisanal” oil...

Pope remembers victims of Nazi massacre CWN - August 13

Seven decades after Nazi forces shot 560 Italian villagers and refugees, including 130 children, Pope Francis remembered in the victims of the Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre. “The Pope invokes...

Bishop discusses situation of Church in Crimea CWN - August 13

Five months after the Russian annexation of Crimea, the region’s leading Catholic prelate said that Catholics are not suffering persecution, though the situation is tenuous. “In Crimea the...

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