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Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - 16 hours ago

In a major address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis called for a Europe “which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person.” “My visit comes more than a quarter of a century after that of Pope John Paul II,” he said. “Since then, much has changed throughout Europe and the world as a whole … Despite a larger and stronger Union, Europe...

Pope decries unilateral strikes, 'state terrorism' CWN - 6 hours ago

In an exchange with reporters on his return flight to Rome on November 25, after addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis said that dialogue with terrorists is “difficult, you...

Gay-rights group targets US bishops in pressure campaign to influence Synod CWN - 7 hours ago

A leading gay-rights group is targeting several Catholic bishops, hoping to influence the results of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, the National Catholic Register reports. The Human Rights Campaign...

Build defense of human rights on strong basis, Pope advises European leaders CWN - 7 hours ago

In an afternoon meeting with leaders of the Council of Europe on November 25, Pope Francis recalled the roots of the European Union and challenged political leaders to promote peace through a...

Islamic militants murder non-Muslims on Kenyan bus CWN - 17 hours ago

Members of al-Shabaab, the Somali-based jihadist terrorist group, attacked a bus in northeastern Kenya on November 22 and murdered 28 non-Muslims. “The non-Somali passengers were then asked to...

Spanish police arrest three priests in Granada abuse scandal CWN - 6 hours ago

Spanish police have arrested four Catholic priests in connection with a sex-abuse scandal in Granada. The arrests are the product of an investigation that began “some time ago,” prosecutors...

European bishops' conference draws 'hope and encouragement' from papal address in Strasbourg CWN - 7 hours ago

Speaking in his capacity of president of the Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Cardinal Reinhard Marx told reporters that the November 25 address by Pope Francis to...

Jihadists raze Catholic convent in Mosul CWN - 7 hours ago

Islamic State fighters have blown up a Catholic convent in Mosul, Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports. The convent had housed the Chaldean Catholic Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who had worked with...

Pope meets with Egypt’s president CWN - 18 hours ago

Pope Francis met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a November 24 audience at the Vatican. Sisi, a general, helped oust the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi from power in 2012...

Cardinal urges transparency on Nicaragua Canal CWN - 17 hours ago

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua has called for greater transparency from the regime of Daniel Ortega about the Nicaragua Canal. Construction on the $40-billion canal, which will connect the...

St. Louis archbishop pleads for peace in Ferguson CWN - 18 hours ago

Violence flared in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer who shot a teenager in August. “I and other religious and civic leaders have repeatedly called for...

Vatican confirms solidarity with Haiti, 5 years after deadly earthquake CWN - 6 hours ago

Cardinal Robert Sarah is visiting Haiti this week, to mark the 5th anniversary of an earthquake that devastated the country and caused over 200,000 deaths. Cardinal Sarah—who was named this week...

USCCB backs call for greater spending on high-speed Internet access for schools CWN - 17 hours ago

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has called upon the nation to spend $1.5 billion more each year to ensure that all schools have high-speed Internet access. The chairmen of...

Vatican Radio: interview with Cardinal Burke on the sacred liturgy CWN - 18 hours ago

Vatican Radio has interviewed Cardinal Raymond Burke, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, on the sacred liturgy. “What happened after the [Second Vatican] Council was the reform...

Pope prays before beloved Marian icon on eve of address to European Parliament CWN - November 24

Pope Francis traveled across Rome on Monday afternoon, November 24, to visit the basilica of St. Mary Major and pray silently before the famous image of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani. The...

Chinese Christians now outnumber Chinese Communists CWN - November 24

The number of Christians in China now outnumbers the number of Communists, writes Steven Mosher for the Aleteia site. Mosher, who heads the Population Research Institute, reports that he...

Dutch woman rescues daughter from Islamic State CWN - November 24

A Dutch Catholic woman has captured headlines by reporting that she had traveled into the Islamic State to rescue her teenage daughter, who had flown to Syria to marry an Islamic militant. The...

Indian pilgrims meet with Pontiff, celebrate newly canonized saints CWN - November 24

Pope Francis met on November 24 with a group of pilgrims from India, members of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, who had traveled to Rome for the canonization of two Indian saints, which took place...

Pakistan's top court demands investigation into lynching of Christians CWN - November 24

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has called upon the government to press forward with a full investigation into the lynching of a Christian couple. Shahzad Masih and Sharma Bibi were burned to death by...

Vatican's new top prosecutor was involved in notorious abuse case, Boston Globe finds CWN - November 24

The American Jesuit priest who was recently appointed as the Vatican’s top prosecutor in sex-abuse cases was involved in the handling of complaints against a notorious abusive priest, the Boston...

Italian bishops' leader backs Pope: no payments for sacraments CWN - November 24

Moving to defuse a potential controversy, the president of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference has said that he was not disagreeing with Pope Francis when he said that the sacraments are not...

Break the stigma of autism, Pope exhorts health-care workers CWN - November 24

Pope Francis spoke on November 22 about the need “to break through the isolation and, in many cases, the stigma that burdens people affected by autism spectrum disorders, and frequently also their...

Vatican officials discuss proposals for reform of Roman Curia CWN - November 24

Pope Francis met on November 24 with ranking Vatican officials, to discuss proposals for an overhaul of the Roman Curia. The meeting was called to brief the officials on proposals that have been...

Cardinal Sarah named prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship CWN - November 24

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, as the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The...

Pope Francis canonizes 6 saints, reflects on Christ’s kingdom CWN - November 24

Pope Francis canonized six saints during a Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Square on November 23. Two of the saints were members of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in...

Cardinal Angelini dies at 98 CWN - November 24

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who led the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers from 1985 to 1996, died on November 22. He had been the oldest living member of the College...

Do not manipulate the immature, Pope tells members of new ecclesial movements CWN - November 24

Pope Francis received participants in the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities on November 22 and urged them continually to turn to their founding charism and not to...

Proclaim the Gospel to everyone, Pope urges missionaries CWN - November 24

Pope Francis met with participants in Italy’s National Missionary Congress on November 22 and urged them to proclaim the Gospel to everyone. The Pontiff began by recalling that Jonah initially...

Italy’s president meets with Pontiff CWN - November 24

Pope Francis met with Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s president since 2006, in a “strictly private” meeting, according to an announcement from Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See...

Detroit archdiocese bars speaker from New Ways Ministry CWN - November 21

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit has blocked an appearance by a representative of New Ways Ministry at a parish in his archdiocese. Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways...

Minnesota archdiocese weighs bankruptcy option CWN - November 21

The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, is considering the possibility of filing for bankruptcy protection, in the wake of a costly financial settlement with sex-abuse...

No special security planned for Pope's trip to Turkey CWN - November 21

Vatican officials insist that they have no special concerns about security as Pope Francis prepares to travel to Turkey next week. “There is no specific reason for concern,” Father Federico...

See migration as a sign of hope, Pope Francis suggests CWN - November 21

Migration should be recognized as a sign of hope, even when it takes place in circumstances that are “at times painful and even tragic,” Pope Francis said on November 21 in an address to the...

China seeks agreement with Vatican on appointment of new bishops CWN - November 21

The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over the...

Pope decries 'price lists' for parish services CWN - November 21

“Churches must never become businesses,” Pope Francis said in a homily at morning Mass on November 21. Commenting on the Gospel passage in which Jesus clears the Temple of money-changers, the...

Cardinal Napier added by Pope to organizing committee for October 2015 Synod meeting CWN - November 21

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has been added to the list of prelates who will supervise the organization of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Pope Francis added Cardinal...

Spanish archbishop summoned to Vatican to discuss handling of sex-abuse charges CWN - November 21

Archbishop Francisco Martínez Fernández of Granada, Spain, has reportedly been summoned to Rome to discuss his handling of reports about a ring of pedophile priests. Earlier this year the...

Vatican message for World Fisheries Day CWN - November 21

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has released a message for World Fisheries Day, which is commemorated on November 21. The pontifical council called...

People, not money, central to economic development, says Pope CWN - November 21

In a video message to a festival devoted to Catholic social teaching, Pope Francis said that people, and not money, are central to economic development. “Money alone does not create development,”...

Pope Francis pays tribute to Paul VI’s teaching on Mary CWN - November 21

In a message to the Pontifical Marian International Academy, Pope Francis paid tribute to Blessed Paul VI’s Marian teaching and said that he, like his predecessor, has entrusted the Church to the...

Colombia: prelate laments breakdown in talks CWN - November 21

Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, the head of the Colombian Episcopal Conference, has called upon the nation’s president to restart peace talks with Colombian rebels. President Juan Manuel...

USCCB welcomes Obama’s decision to defer immigrant deportations CWN - November 21

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration has welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision to defer the threat of deportation of an estimated 4.7 million...

Russian patriarch: Europe’s secularism has reached ‘apocalyptic’ proportions CWN - November 21

Citing abortion, euthanasia, and homosexual unions, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Europe’s secularism has reached ‘apocalyptic’ proportions. Patriarch Kirill made his remarks...

Ukraine’s bishops renew plea for peace CWN - November 21

Ukraine’s Roman-rite and Byzantine-rite bishops gathered for a joint retreat and renewed their pleas for peace. “The call for peace is based on truth and justice; it comes from the depths of our...

Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot John Paul II, seeks meeting with Pope Francis CWN - November 20

The would-be assassin of St. John Paul II has requested a meeting with Pope Francis. Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and gravely wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, said that he would like to meet...

Ecumenism remains a top priority, Pope tells pontifical council CWN - November 20

The quest for Christian unity must be an ever-present concern for the Church, Pope Francis said in a message to the members of the Pontifical Council for Christian unity, which is meeting in Rome...

In tense Jerusalem, Christians hold public prayers for peace CWN - November 20

Christians visited the Stations of the Cross in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 20, in a prayer service for peace in the troubled city. The public prayer service—which was approved by both...

Cardinal Rylko welcomes new lay movements, sees varies charisms CWN - November 20

Representatives of more than 300 lay movements have gathered at the Vatican this week for a conference on ecclesial movements and new communities, organized by the Pontifical Council for the...

Iraqi prelate raps Muslim silence on atrocities of Islamic State CWN - November 20

Iraq’s leading Catholic prelate has decried the silence of the world’s Islamic leaders in the face of the “barbaric” violence of the Islamic State. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I...

Synod council urges further discussion, preparation before October 2015 meeting CWN - November 20

Vatican officials underlined the importance of preparing for the 2nd meeting of the Synod of Bishops, which will resume discussion of the family in the context of evangelization. At meetings in...

Nebraska diocese will move to ad orientem liturgy during Advent CWN - November 20

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, has announced that Mass will be celebrated ad orientem in the diocsean cathedral during Advent, to remind the faithful of the symbolism of facing...

USCCB calls for passage of Abortion Non-Discrimination Act CWN - November 20

Following the State of California’s decision to require insurers to cover abortions, the chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called upon Congress to pass...

Pontiff addresses conference on hunger CWN - November 20

Pope Francis traveled to the offices of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome to address a major international conference on hunger. “Nowadays there is much talk of rights,...

UN report decries parental consent laws, notes economic potential of record population CWN - November 20

The United Nations Population Fund has issued its annual State of World Population report. The report decried barriers to adolescent “reproductive health” care, including laws that require...

Report: Islamic State has weapons to fight for up to 2 years CWN - November 20

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has sufficient resources “to continuing fighting at current levels for six months to two years,” according to a new report from the UN Security...

Caritas: defend child migrants CWN - November 20

A quarter century after the adoption of an international treaty on children’s rights, Caritas has called for greater protection of the rights of child migrants. Martina Liebsch, head of advocacy...

Papal plea for peace in Jerusalem CWN - November 20

Following an attack on worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, Pope Francis decried violence in the Holy Land and issued a plea for peace. “I am following with concern the alarming increase in...

Cardinal Müller: attacks on marriage tantamount to suicide for society CWN - November 19

Western society is “standing on a precipice” because of the failure to defend marriage, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said in an interview with the National...

Pakistan's Catholic leaders demand government action against religious violence CWN - November 19

The president of the Pakistani Catholic bishops’ conference has joined with the president of the Major Superiors Leadership Conference in a plea to the country’s political leaders for tolerance and...

Nigerian diocesan official gives grim account of Boko Haram devastation CWN - November 19

In a report made available to the international charity Aid to the Church in Need, an official of the Diocese of Maiduguri, Nigeria, has outlined the devastation caused by the Boko Haram terrorist...

Vienna's Catholic population drops; Muslim and unchurched numbers climb CWN - November 19

The proportion of Catholics in the population of Vienna, Austria has been cut nearly in half since 1971, a new survey has found. In 1971, 79% of Vienna’s people were Catholic. By 2011 that figure...

Pope will raffle off gifts to raise money for charity CWN - November 19

Pope Francis is raffling off some of the gifts that he has received, with the proceeds going to charity. The Vatican has begun posting notices of the raffle, with tickets on sale at the Vatican...

At interfaith conference, Vatican official blasts 'barbarism' of killings at Jerusalem synagogue CWN - November 19

Speaking to a conference on inter-religious dialogue just after the news of a terrorist bombing at a synagogue in Jerusalem, the Vatican’s representative said that “no cause, and certainly no...

Kenyan government, Church to jointly test vaccine thought to sterilize young women CWN - November 19

The Kenyan government has agreed to involve Catholic health-care officials in new tests of a tetanus vaccine that the Kenyan bishops have charged is being used to sterilize women without their...

10 Spanish priests removed in abuse inquiry; Pope calls to apologize to victim CWN - November 19

Ten priests have been removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, after a sex-abuse investigation. And Pope Francis has placed a personal phone call to the man whose complaint to the...

Montana diocese files reorganization plan in bankruptcy court CWN - November 19

The Diocese of Helena, Montana, has filed a reorganization plan in federal bankruptcy court, proposing a $16.4 million payment to victims of sexual abuse. The reorganization plan, which is the...

Italian officials release frozen funds of Vatican bank, acknowledging reforms CWN - November 19

Italian banking authorities have agreed to release €23 million in funds from the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). The funds had been frozen in September 2010, after they...

Vatican conference closes with affirmation of marriage CWN - November 19

A 3-day Vatican conference on the complementarity of men and women, sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has concluded with a strong affirmation of Christian marriage. As...

Papal tribute to contemplative religious CWN - November 19

At the conclusion of his November 19 general audience, Pope Francis paid tribute to contemplative religious. “Friday, November 21, on the liturgical memorial of the Presentation of Mary in the...

All are called to holiness, Pope Francis emphasizes CWN - November 19

Describing holiness as “the most beautiful face of the Church,” Pope Francis devoted his November 19 general audience to the universal call to holiness. “First, we must bear in mind that holiness...

Pope names president of Vatican financial agency CWN - November 19

Pope Francis has named René Brülhart the president of the Financial Information Authority, a Vatican body created in 2010 to combat illegal financial activities. Brülhart directed Liechtenstein’s...

USCCB urges Congress: protect anti-poverty programs CWN - November 19

Two chairmen of committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have urged members of Congress to “draw a ‘circle of protection’ around the many programs that serve poor and...

Vatican official: adultery incompatible with reception of Holy Communion CWN - November 19

In an address to a Vatican conference on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family spoke about the indissolubility of marriage and the...

Bangladesh: pastors arrested after preaching to Muslims CWN - November 19

Two Protestant pastors, both converts from Islam, were surrounded by a mob and arrested in Lalmonirhat, a district in northern Bangladesh, as they spoke about Christianity to Muslims, according to a...

Stand with Ukraine, nation’s leading prelate urges CWN - November 19

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has called for support for Ukraine as it confronts Russian aggression. “Ukraine is now facing foreign aggression, a kind of ‘hybrid war’ involving...

Number of enslaved persons rises to nearly 36 million CWN - November 19

Following the publication of the 2014 Global Slavery Index, L’Osservatore Romano devoted a front-page article in its November 19 edition to modern-day slavery. One out of every 200 people is...

Senegal's president visits Pontiff CWN - November 18

Pope Francis met on November 18 with President Macky Sall of Senegal. The conversation revolved around Church-state relations in Senegal, but also included discussion of current concerns in the...

Controversial issues should be 'off the table' at next Synod meeting, Cardinal Burke argues CWN - November 18

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that debate on controversial issues distracted attention from the central questions of marriage and family life during the recent Synod of Bishops, and suggested that...

Vatican representative urges UN to discuss moral problems of drone strikes CWN - November 18

The Vatican’s representative at UN offices in Geneva has questioned the growing use of drones in warfare and called for discussion of how drone strikes should be restricted by international...

Fees for annulments barely cover judicial costs, says official of Vatican tribunal CWN - November 18

A Vatican official has cautioned against assuming that all Church tribunals will stop collecting fees for annulment cases. “Pope Francis did not say that procedures for the eventual declaration...

Attacks on religious minorities are human-rights violations, Vatican envoy tells UN meeting CWN - November 18

Attacks against religious minorities should be recognized as violations of fundamental human rights, the Vatican’s representative told a UN-sponsored meeting. Archbishop Bernardito Auza reminded...

Political infighting blocks response to Boko Haram, says Nigerian archbishop CWN - November 18

A Catholic archbishop has lamented that the Nigerian government’s strategy to combat Boko Haram is “completely unreasonable” and has done nothing to stop the terrorist movement. Speaking to a...

Jerusalem: Patriarch denounces attack on synagogue CWN - November 18

The Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem has condemned a bloody attack on a synagogue in that city and extended his sympathies to the victims and their families. “In our churches, convents...

In collected works, Benedict XVI deleted passage on Communion for divorced/remarried CWN - November 18

In the collected works of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, an article from 1972 appears without a passage in which the future Pontiff raises the possibility of allowing Catholics who are divorced and...

Iraq invites Pope to visit, Chaldean prelate discloses CWN - November 18

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has disclosed that Pope Francis has received a formal invitation to visit Iraq. Speaking at a conference in Rome sponsored by the AsiaNews service, the...

Christian ministers urged to stop signing marriage certificates CWN - November 18

Two Episcopalian priests have urged American ministers of all Christian communities to join them in a pledge “to separate civil marriage from Christian marriage” by refusing to acts as “agents of...

Vatican message to Sikhs emphasizes compassion, service CWN - November 18

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a message to Sikhs in commemoration of the birth of Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the first of the Sikh gurus. “The growing materialistic,...

Church of England grants final approval to women bishops CWN - November 18

The General Synod of the Church of England has formally enacted a measure, approved in July, that permits the ordination of women bishops. “Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the...

Year of Consecrated Life to begin November 30 CWN - November 18

The year dedicated to consecrated life, announced by Pope Francis last December, will begin on the First Sunday of Advent with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of...

Prelate warns that Syria could turn into another Libya CWN - November 18

An archbishop in northeastern Syria has warned of the disastrous consequences of potential airstrikes by the United States against Syrian government forces. Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, who...

Mexico: missionary’s body found in mass grave CWN - November 18

The body of Father John Ssenyondo, a Ugandan missionary priest who served in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero, has been found in a mass grave. On April 30, Father Ssenyondo was...

Islamic State burns Bibles, orders Christians to pay tax CWN - November 18

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has ordered the 23 Christian families that remain in Ar-Raqqah, Syria, to pay a tax of $535 if they wish to avoid expulsion from the city. Located in...

Colombia: exorcism prayers in response to rise in suicides CWN - November 18

In response to a rise in suicides, an exorcism prayer is being said in churches in two Colombian dioceses, according to the Episcopal Conference of Colombia. In all the churches of the...

Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholic churches in US, Canada, Australia CWN - November 17

The Vatican has lifted a longstanding ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Eastern Catholic churches. The tradition and discipline of the Eastern churches allows for the...

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