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Cardinal Francis George dies after long battle with cancer CWN - 18 hours ago

Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, died on April 17 at the age of 78, after a long battle with cancer. Cardinal George, who for years had been a leader in the American...

Vatican spokesman: papal trip to Cuba is a possibility CWN - April 17

The director of the Holy See Press Office said that there is a possibility that Pope Francis may visit Cuba in September. “The Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea of making a stop...

Immigrants clash on refugee ship; Muslims throw Christians overboard CWN - 17 hours ago

Italian police arrested 15 Muslim immigrants on April 16 after a brutal incident in which at least a dozen Christians were thrown overboard from a boat leaving carrying refugees from Libya to...

Vatican envoy demands UN keep 'eyes wide open' to persecution of Christians CWN - 17 hours ago

Speaking on April 17 to a UN session on the persecution of Christians, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that world leaders should approach the question “with both of our eyes wide open.” “And as...

Pope will join US seminarians to honor Bl. Junipero Serra CWN - 17 hours ago

Pope Francis will visit the North American College in Rome on May 2, to participate in a day devoted to Blessed Junipero Serra. The Holy Father will celebrate Mass at the North American College:...

South African bishops denounce attacks on immigrants CWN - April 17

Thousands of foreign nationals in South Africa have fled their homes for shelters after mob attacks in Durban left five dead. “We understand the anger that the people may be feeling towards the...

Victory for Pennsylvania dioceses against HHS mandate CWN - April 17

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has issued a temporary order halting enforcement of the HHS mandate against Catholic charities and schools associated with the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and...

Pope thanks Papal Foundation for support CWN - April 17

Pope Francis received members of the US-based Papal Foundation in audience at the Apostolic Palace on April 17 and encouraged them to transmit “the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith that comes...

12th-century French church partially destroyed CWN - April 17

The church in the French village of Saint-Martin-le-Beau sustained significant fire damage on April 17. Twenty cars near the church, whose bell tower dates to the twelfth century, were also...

Vatican envoy regrets UN emphasis on abortion, efforts to curb population growth CWN - April 16

The Vatican’s representative at the UN decried campaigns to promote abortion and contraception, in two separate addresses this week. Speaking at an April 15 session on sexual violence in armed...

Another surprise call from the Pope: journalist in Argentina stunned CWN - April 16

Pope Francis has once again made headlines with an unexpected phone call, this time to a journalist in his native Argentina. Alfredo Leuco, who writes for Clarin in Buenos Aires, penned an open...

Armenian genocide memorials muted in Turkey CWN - April 16

Armenian Apostolic Patriarch Aram Ateshian of Constantinople will celebrate the Divine Liturgy to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, risking the wrath of the Turkish government,...

Syrian archbishop urges clergy to stay in Aleppo despite risk of slaughter CWN - April 16

The Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, is urging the clergy not to abandon the city, despite the danger that it could fall to the Islamic State. “I am asking my priests to stay,”...

San Francisco: critics call for removal of Archbishop Cordileone; archdiocese fires back CWN - April 16

More than 100 prominent Catholics signed a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle urging Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The paid advertisement charged...

Pope-emeritus Benedict marks his 88th birthday CWN - April 16

Pope Francis offered his daily Mass for the intentions of his predecessor Benedict XVI on April 16, as the retired Pontiff celebrated his 88th birthday. "I would like to remind that today is Pope...

Historic cathedral returned to Russian Orthodox Church CWN - April 16

The Russian government has returned Smolny Convent and Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church, according to a report from AsiaNews. The convent, whose centerpiece is the cathedral, is located...

Vatican confirms papal trip to South America in July CWN - April 16

The director of the Holy See Press Office has issued a statement confirming that Pope Francis will visit three South American nations in July. The Pope will visit Ecuador from July 6-8, Bolivia...

USCCB, Catholic Charities officials back legislation on reform of prison sentencing CWN - April 16

The chairman of the Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the president-elect of Catholic Charities USA expressed support the...

Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has completed its doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella organization for the majority of the women’s religious institutes in the United States. Leaders of the LCWR met with Pope Francis on April 16, as the Vatican announced the conclusion of its extraordinary intervention into the affairs...

Catholic share of world population increases; sisters and seminarians decline CWN - April 16

A new edition of the Vatican statistical yearbook has been published, offering a statistical glimpse of the Church as of December 31, 2013. Between 2005 and 2013, the number of Catholics...

Pope renews condemnation of terrorist attack in Kenya CWN - April 16

Pope Francis received the bishops of Kenya in audience on April 16 and renewed his condemnation of Al-Shabaab’s recent killing of over 150 Christians at Garissa University College. “With you, I...

iPad donated by Pope Francis auctioned for $30,500 CWN - April 15

An iPad donated by Pope Francis has been sold at auction for $30,500, with the funds destined for a Catholic school in Uruguay. The Pope gave the iPad to a priest in Uruguay, who in turn offered...

Turkey's leaders lash out at Pope for recognizing Armenian genocide CWN - April 15

Turkey’s top political leaders have issued angry statements denouncing Pope Francis for his statement recognizing the Armenian genocide. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the...

Pope meets family of Asia Bibi, Pakistani woman facing death sentence CWN - April 15

Pope Francis met on April 15 with relatives of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani woman who is facing a death sentence for alleged blasphemy. Following his regular weekly public audience, the Pontiff met...

Vatican-reform planning likely to continue into 2016 CWN - April 15

The Council of Cardinals—the 9-member group advising Pope Francis on Vatican reforms—concluded its 9th meeting on April 15. A Vatican statement released at the close of the meeting indicated that...

Another German cardinal raps push for Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics CWN - April 15

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the retired president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, has said that pressure for change in the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage...

Cardinal Pell moves out of Vatican bank location, into new permanent office CWN - April 15

Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has moved out of his temporary office in the headquarters of the Vatican bank to a new location close to the other offices of...

Man and woman are different and complementary, Pope emphasizes in audience CWN - April 15

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his April 15 general audience to “the difference and complementarity” of man and woman. Stating that man and woman “as a couple” are...

Survey: Thailand, Armenia are the most religious nations CWN - April 15

Predominant Buddhist Thailand and predominantly Christian Armenia are the world’s most religious nations, according to a survey of nearly 64,000 people conducted by WIN/Gallup International...

Bishop: Turkish Christians ‘embarrassed’ by Pope’s remarks on Armenian genocide CWN - April 15

Bishop Louis Pelâtre, the French-born apostolic vicar of Istanbul, said that Pope Francis’s remarks on the Armenian genocide have caused a “great sensation” in Turkey. Ilsussidiario.net reported...

Cardinal Turkson speaks on women and conflict resolution CWN - April 15

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, delivered the opening address at a conference devoted to women’s leadership in conflict resolution. The US...

Cardinal Tucci dies at 93 CWN - April 15

Cardinal Roberto Tucci passed away on April 14, five days shy of his 94th birthday. Born in Naples in 1921, he entered the Society of Jesus at 15 and was ordained to the priesthood at 29. He took...

Support International Religious Freedom Act, says USCCB committee chair CWN - April 15

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon members of the House of Representatives to pass the Frank Wolf...

One year after kidnapping, over 200 Nigerian girls still missing CWN - April 14

One year after the kidnapping of 276 girls by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the country’s Christians are still hoping “that one day we shall receive that good news” that they are safe, says...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch supports creation of Palestinian state CWN - April 14

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has declared the support of the Russian Orthodox Church for a Palestinian state. The Russian prelate said that the Palestinian people should have their own state, "in...

Hindu extremist: India should sterilize Christians, Muslims CWN - April 14

A Hindu leader has called for the sterilization of Christians and Muslims, to curb the population of religious minorities and ensure the predominance of Hindu culture in India. Deva Sadhvi...

France still waiting on Vatican response to ambassador's nomination CWN - April 14

The French government is still awaiting a Vatican response to the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as ambassador to the Holy See. Stefanini’s nomination has been on hold for three months, and...

Pope not worried about Islamic threats to himself, Archbishop Gänswein reports CWN - April 14

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that Pope Francis is not frightened by reports that the Islamic State has targeted him, but he is very concerned about the jihadist group's persecution of...

Papal trip to South America set for July? CWN - April 14

Pope Francis will travel to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay in July, the Associated Press has reported. Citing Italian media reports, AP says that the Pontiff will spend two days in Ecuador,...

Full schedule released for Pope's June trip to Sarajevo CWN - April 14

The Vatican has released a full schedule for the June 6 visit to Sarajevo by Pope Francis. The Pontiff will leave Rome early in the morning, arrived in Sarajevo after a one-hour flight. Following...

Dangerous conditions at St. Patrick's cathedral force repairs, Cardinal Dolan says CWN - April 14

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has revealed that St. Patrick’s cathedral was in dangerous condition before a recent restoration effort began. “We’re talking about repair, because literally,...

Armenian genocide was ideological, not religious, says Armenian prelate CWN - April 14

The Armenian genocide was motivated by ideology, not religion, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Cilicia told Vatican Insider. But he added that today, the Turkish government is seeking...

In Easter message, Moscow patriarch recalls victory over Germany CWN - April 14

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued his Easter message to the Russian Orthodox faithful. “When spiritual heroism becomes the substance...

Officials named for Vatican economic offices CWN - April 14

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Luigi Mistò, 62, as the secretary of the administrative section of the Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr. Mistò will assist Cardinal George Pell, the secretariat’s...

Christian neighborhood shelled in Aleppo; city may fall to Islamic State CWN - April 14

Syrian rebels fired rockets at a Christian neighborhood in Aleppo, the nation’s largest city, on the night of April 10-11. As efforts to bring about a ceasefire in Aleppo collapsed, Christians in...

Pope’s Twitter following surpasses 20 million CWN - April 14

Pope Francis’s Twitter following surpassed 20 million on April 12. It surpassed 10 million followers in October 2013. The Twitter account now has 8.5 million followers in Spanish, 5.9 million...

UN secretary general to speak at interfaith Vatican meeting on climate change CWN - April 14

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has announced that it is sponsoring a workshop on April 28 “to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change...

In message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis reflects on exodus CWN - April 14

The Holy See Press Office has released “Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation,” Pope Francis’s Message for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will take place on the Fourth...

USCCB committee chair supports framework for dealing with Iran CWN - April 14

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace Committee has welcomed the adoption of a framework by the United States, its allies,...

Iraqi premier meets Chaldean Patriarch, urges Christians to stay CWN - April 13

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako met on April 11 with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who voiced his concern about the “difficulties” facing Christians in the country, and...

English cardinal confirms that cathedral in Mosul has been desecrated by ISIS CWN - April 13

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, has confirmed that troops of the Islamic State have desecrated the Catholic cathedral in Mosul, Iraq. Cardinal Nichols, who traveled to Iraq to...

Archdiocese of Buenos Aires recognizes SSPX group CWN - April 13

Cardinal Mario Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina has recognized a branch of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) as an “association of diocesan right,” marking the first time that the breakaway...

Pakistani Christian teen dowsed with gasoline, burned by Islamic group CWN - April 13

A Pakistani Christian boy is in critical condition after he was doused with gasoline and burned by a group of Muslims, the Fides news service reports. Nauman Masih, who is 14 years old, was...

Council of Cardinals continues discussions on Vatican reform CWN - April 13

The Council of Cardinals, the 9-man body appointed by Pope Francis to provide advice on reorganization of the Roman Curia, is meeting in Rome this week. The 3-day meeting, beginning on April 13,...

New Jersey Catholic teacher who criticized gay-rights advocates is reinstated after suspension CWN - April 13

A New Jersey woman who was suspended from her teaching post at a Catholic school because of Facebook posts criticizing homosexual activists has been reinstated. Patricia Jannuzzi will return to...

Lay members of papal commission on abuse meet to voice concerns on Chilean bishop's appointment CWN - April 13

Four lay members of a papal commission on sexual abuse have met with the panel’s chairman, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, to voice their concerns about the appointment of a Chilean bishop who has been...

Turkey recalls ambassador to Holy See, protests Pope's statement on Armenian genocide CWN - April 13

The government of Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Holy See, protesting a strong public statement by Pope Francis condemning the Armenian genocide. The Pope said that the deaths of an...

Thomas ‘was able to touch the Paschal Mystery,’ says Pope CWN - April 13

Pope Francis devoted his April 12 Regina Caeli address to St. Thomas’ encounter with the Risen Lord eight days after Easter. In “the salvific contact with the wounds of the Risen Lord” the...

Pope laments Armenian genocide, proclaims 36th doctor of the Church CWN - April 13

Celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on April 12 for the faithful of the Armenian rite, Pope Francis officially proclaimed St. Gregory of Narek the 36th doctor of the Church. In a Latin-language apostolic letter issued that day, Pope Francis discussed the saint’s life, his poetry and mysticism, and his theological works. In 1988, the hierarchy of the Armenian Catholic Church, an Eastern...

Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13

Emphasizing the centrality of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and highlighting the importance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis has issued Misericordiae Vultus [The Face of Mercy], the bull of indiction of the extraordinary jubilee of mercy, which will begin on the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2015 and conclude on the feast of Christ the King the following y...

Transmit the beauty of consecrated life, Pope urges those involved in formation CWN - April 13

Pope Francis met with 1,300 consecrated men and women are involved in the formation of young religious and called upon them to convey to postulants and novices the beauty of consecrated life. The...

Pope decries economic inequity in the Americas CWN - April 13

In a message to the Summit of the Americas, which brought together leaders of 35 North and South American leaders, Pope Francis decried unjust economic disparities. “Inequity, the unjust...

Catholics in Holy Land celebrate Easter this Sunday CWN - April 10

Catholics in Jordan will celebrate Easter on April 12, in accordance with a new agreement that unites the day of the Easter celebration for Orthodox and Catholic believers in the Holy Land. In...

Scottish bishops tell voters: put life first CWN - April 10

The Catholic bishops of Scotland are encouraging voters to consider the sanctity of life as “the fundamental issue” as they weigh candidates in the coming British elections. In a pastoral letter...

Kenyan bishops ask government to raise security level after Garissa massacre CWN - April 10

Responding to the massacre of university students at Garissa, the Catholic bishops of Kenya have issued a statement proclaiming there hope that “the government will get to the bottom of this problem...

Yet another priest murdered in Mexico CWN - April 10

For the 10th time in two years, a Catholic priest has been murdered in Mexico. Father Francisco Javier Gutierrez was shot in the head, and his body was found by the roadside outside the town of...

Cardinal Sarah: Catholic Africa will resist any effort to change Church teaching CWN - April 10

L’Espresso profiles Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, speculating that he could be the first Pope from black Africa. Cardinal Sarah, a native of Guinea,...

Cardinal Kasper: Year of Mercy 'corresponds to the signs of the times' CWN - April 10

Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose book on God’s mercy drew special praise from Pope Francis, has said that the Jubilee Year of Mercy “corresponds to the signs of the times today.” Speaking to Vatican...

Year of Mercy will be formally announced on Saturday evening, April 11 CWN - April 10

Pope Francis will formally announce the Jubilee Year of Mercy at a ceremony on Saturday evening, the eve of the feast of Divine Mercy. The “bull of indiction” proclaiming the Jubilee, entitled...

Among US voters, Catholic party affiliations match those of overall population CWN - April 10

In a study of the religious and political affiliations of American voters, Pew Research has found that Evangelical Protestants are moving steadily toward the Republican party, while Catholics and...

At UN, Vatican envoy laments lack of progress toward nuclear disarmament CWN - April 10

In an April 9 address to a UN session on nuclear weapons, Archbishop Bernardito Auza reminded world leaders that “the Holy See has not ceased to raise the moral argument against the possession and...

Georgia's President Margvelashvili meets with Pope CWN - April 10

Pope Francis met on April 10 with Presideng Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia. The Vatican announced that the Pontiff’s brief conversation with the Georgian leader focused on Church-state...

Vatican official offers Mass for Tunis terrorist victims CWN - April 10

Participants in a recent meeting of the Apostleship of the Sea, chaired by the secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, emphasized that dialogue with...

Controversies at Catholic schools in Iowa, Nebraska over teachers and same-sex marriage CWN - April 10

150 students and alumni at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, took part in a protest against the Diocese of Des Moines’ decision not to offer a full-time teaching contract to a...

Catholic aid worker killed in Syria CWN - April 10

Safouh Al-Mosleh, an Eastern Catholic worker for Caritas Syria, died during the bombing of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, on April 7. The situation has worsened in Aleppo in recent days following...

Report: Vatican declines to approve French ambassador’s nomination over homosexuality CWN - April 10

In January, the French government appointed Laurent Stefanini as its ambassador to the Holy See, but three months later, the Vatican has not approved the appointment—leading to European media...

Bishops call for participation in March for Marriage CWN - April 10

The chairmen of the US bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage have invited their brother bishops and the faithful to...

Obama administration calls for national ban on conversion therapy for minors CWN - April 10

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, said that the Obama administration supports proposed federal legislation that would ban conversion therapy for minors. “Conversion therapy...

Cleveland diocese sets morality standards for high-school teachers CWN - April 9

The Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, has set new standards for teachers at parochial high schools, matching the standards already in place for elementary-school teachers. The new rules stipulate that...

Pope speaks out on Armenian genocide CWN - April 9

The Armenian genocide of 1915 “places before us the darkness of the mysterium iniquitatis," Pope Francis said as he met on April 9 with a group of bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church. The...

Papal nuncio sees 'disgrace' in living conditions at refugee camp overrun by Islamic State CWN - April 9

Islamic State forces have seized control of the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus, raising fears that the jihadist group could launch an offensive against the Syrian capital. But the apostolic...

Slovakian president meets with Pontiff CWN - April 9

Pope Francis met on April 9 with President Andrej Kiska of the Slovak Republic. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting said that the “cordial” discussions, centered on bilateral...

Italian media sensationalize priests' scandals CWN - April 9

Italian media outlets are carrying sensational stories about two allegations against Catholic priests: one who has been accused of soliciting homosexual partners, another who has been accused of...

Vatican cardinal raps politician's 'absurd' campaign against Roma people CWN - April 9

The president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants has denounced the “absurd” comments of an Italian political leader about the Roma (gypsy) people. Matteo Salvini of the Northern League had...

English lay Catholics back priests' statement affirming Church teaching on marriage CWN - April 9

More than 500 lay Catholics in England and Wales have signed a statement of support for Church teaching on marriage, echoing a recent statement issued by Catholic priests. “As laity, we all know...

Holy See to take part in leading contemporary art show CWN - April 9

The Holy See is among the dozens of states with a national pavilion in the Venice Biennale, a leading contemporary art show founded in 1895. The show begins on May 9 and concludes on November 22;...

Ecumenical Patriarch issues statement on water CWN - April 9

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches, recently issued a statement on the “human right to water and sanitation.” “Water is a...

US, Vatican officials discuss nuclear nonproliferation CWN - April 9

The United States’ Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security has traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican officials on April 9 and 10. “Under Secretary [Rose] Gottemoeller...

Cardinal Napier criticizes Cardinal Kasper CWN - April 9

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, one of the four presidents-delegate at the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, criticized Cardinal Walter Kasper in three recent postings on his Twitter...

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