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Vatican prelate: world must act to defend, help Iraq’s Christians CWN - 1 hours ago

Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, has told Vatican Radio that the world must act to defend Christians and...

New abortion-suicide controversy in Ireland CWN - 0 hours ago

In 2013, Ireland passed a law permitting abortion when the mother’s life is in danger from physical illness or suicide. A panel of doctors must first approve the abortion. After a pregnant...

28% of US parishes have more than $1M in revenue CWN - 0 hours ago

Because of parish mergers in the Northeast and Midwest and larger parishes in the South and Southwest, 28% of parishes in the United States now have $1 million or more in revenue, according to a...

Bishop distinguishes Syria’s Muslims from Saudi-backed militias CWN - 0 hours ago

At a press conference in Italy, the apostolic vicar of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, said that 60% of Christians have left the city. Bishop George Abou Khazen, who ministers to Roman-rite...

Cuba’s patroness given place of honor in Vatican Gardens CWN - 1 hours ago

Cuba’s bishops have given a replica of the image of Our Lady of Charity, the nation’s patroness, to Pope Francis, and the image has been accorded a place of honor in the Vatican Gardens, according...

Hindu fundamentalists 'reconvert' Christians in Indian village CWN - 16 hours ago

Hindu militants in India’s state of Uttar Pradesh have announced the “reconversion” of about 70 people who had embraced Christianity, the AsiaNews service reports. The Hindu militants denied that...

Poland interested in extraditing former papal nucnio CWN - 16 hours ago

The Polish ambassador to the Holy See has said that his government may renew its effort to seek extradition for Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio who has been charged with molesting boys...

Veteran US congressman enters Catholic Church CWN - 16 hours ago

Congressman James Sensenbrenner, a Republican member of the US Congress who has served since 1979, has quietly entered the Catholic Church. Sensenbrenner, who had been Episcopalian, was received...

Australian PM says school chaplains should be religious, not social workers CWN - 16 hours ago

The government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott plans to continue restricting a school-chaplaincy program to religious ministers, rather than expanding the program to include social...

Brazilian bishops to host televised presidential debate CWN - 16 hours ago

The Catholics bishops of Brazil have announced plans to host a debate among the country's presidential candidates. Seven presidential contenders, including incumbent Dilma Rousseff, are expected...

Federal court decision decriminalizes polygamy in Utah CWN - 17 hours ago

For the 2nd time in less than a year, a federal judge in Utah has struck down a key portion of the state’s law banning polygamy. Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that a portion of the marriage law that...

Iraqi prelate holds US responsible for plight of Christians CWN - 18 hours ago

The United States created the conditions that led to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to Iraq’s leading Catholic prelate. “The US is indirectly responsible for what is...

Pope Francis transfers Vatican cardinal to Spanish archdiocese CWN - 23 hours ago

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments since 2008, as the new Archbishop of Valencia,...

German bishops on Middle East: nations must act to prevent genocide CWN - 24 hours ago

In a statement on the Middle East, the German Bishops’ Conference said that nations are obligated to act to prevent genocide. Deploring the persecution of Christians, the bishops said in their...

Pope meets with family of slain Catholic Pakistani official CWN - August 28

Pope Francis met on August 27 with the mother and brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, who served as Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs from 2008 until his assassination in 2011. Bhatti was...

Caritas Turkey financially ‘powerless’ in face of influx of Christian refugees CWN - August 28

In a letter to Pope Francis, leaders of Caritas Turkey said that they are financially “powerless” to assist all of the refugees from neighboring Syria and Iraq. Although “we do not make a...

Russian patriarch offers condolences to Pope Francis CWN - August 28

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has sent condolences to Pope Francis following the death of his nephew’s family in an automobile crash. “Please accept my profound condolences over the...

Islamic State’s control of Syrian territory marked by crucifixions, amputations CWN - August 28

A United Nations commission has documented human rights violations perpetrated in Syria by the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant . The Sunni jihadist group, also known as ISIS, now controls...

Franciscan leader: ‘the Middle East is in flames’ CWN - August 28

The priest who serves as Franciscan superior in the Holy Land and several Middle Eastern nations told an Italian audience that the Arab Spring has brought radical change to the region. “The...

Italian bishops' leader says Church should welcome 'unconventional couples' to sacraments CWN - August 27

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome “unconventional couples.” "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also...

Indian state discusses ban on sacramental wine CWN - August 27

In India’s Kerela state, a proposal to ban alcoholic beverages has spawned a debate about the use of wine in the Catholic Mass. Vellappally Natesan, the general secretary of the Sree Narayana...

Bahrain's king offers shelter to Christian refugees from Iraq CWN - August 27

King Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain has offered refuge to 200 Christian refugee families from Mosul, Iraq, the Zenit news agency reports. "This shows his generosity toward Christians,"...

Russia, Moscow patriarchate spreading 'misinformation' about Ukraine, Catholic prelate charges CWN - August 27

A Ukrainian Catholic bishop in England has charged that the Russian Orthodox Church is spreading misinformation about the role of the Eastern Catholic Church in Ukraine. Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, who...

German cardinal sees 'Francis effect' as passing trend CWN - August 27

German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has told a German magazine that the "Pope Francis effect" is a popular phenomenon rather than a spiritual revival. "Were this a religious movement, the churches...

Dominican prosecutors interested in pursuing extradition of former nuncio CWN - August 27

Following a Vatican announcement that Josef Wesolowski has lost his diplomatic immunity, prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have expressed interest in having the former papal nuncio extradited to...

Eastern Church leaders in summit, hoping to save Christian presence in Iraq, Syria CWN - August 27

Eastern patriarchs are meeting in Lebanon to draft an appeal to the world on behalf of suffering Christians in Iraq and Syria. The meeting of the patriarchs is taking place in Bkerke, at the...

Pope Francis emphasizes: parishes should not be places of gossip and division CWN - August 27

Pope Francis devoted his August 27 general audience to two of the marks of the Church: her holiness and unity. The Church, he said, is “one because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery...

California diocese begins project to spread solar energy CWN - August 27

The Diocese of Stockton has begun a project that encourages local Catholics to install solar panels. The diocese is encouraging Catholics to purchase panels from Sungevity, an Oakland-based...

Prelate: in establishing ordinariates, Pope Benedict did something concrete to restore Christian unity CWN - August 27

In a recent article, the head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham said that Pope Benedict’s decision to establish ordinariates for Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion...

Egypt: a year after attacks, Coptic Christians worship atop church ruins CWN - August 27

A year after dozens of churches in Egypt were destroyed in a wave of anti-Christian violence, some Coptic Christians are still gathering to worship on top of church ruins. Despite the Egyptian...

Historic visit of 5 patriarchs to Iraq’s persecuted Christians: full text of remarks CWN - August 27

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...

Drowned immigrants in Mediterranean outnumber some war casualties, says Vatican paper CWN - August 26

L’Osservatore Romano has compared the deaths of immigrants drowned in the Mediterranean sea to the carnage of war. The Vatican newspaper responded forcefully to news of “the latest massacre”---...

Pope's special Iraq envoy heads next for Washington CWN - August 26

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who visited Iraq earlier this month as the Pope’s special envoy to persecuted Christians there, will next travel to Washington, DC, to confer with the patriarchs of the...

School texts in India promote Hindu extremism, Jesuit charges CWN - August 26

The Jesuit director of a human-rights center in India has charged that the state of Gujarat promotes anti-Christian ideologies in its schools, the Fides news service reports. Father Cedric...

Minnesota archbishop appoints judge to supervise sex-abuse response CWN - August 26

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis has appointed a veteran jurist to supervise handling of sex-abuse complaints within the archdiocese. Judge Timothy O’Malley, who will become the...

Vatican official, Syrian prelate call for international force to block Islamic State CWN - August 26

The Vatican’s chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, “though the...

St. Louis archbishop: ‘dismantle systemic racism’ CWN - August 26

In the wake of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed the shooting of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis called for the dismantling of “systemic racism.” “I pledge an...

US priest has visited North Korea 51 times CWN - August 26

An 81-year-old US missionary priest has visited North Korea 51 times since 1995, according a Catholic Herald report. Father Gerard Hammond, who serves as Maryknoll superior in South Korea, brings...

Stolen consecrated Host returned to Oklahoma archdiocese CWN - August 26

Following a legal decision, the organizers of a satanic ritual have returned a consecrated Host to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of...

Report: Christian refugees seek mass exodus from Iraq CWN - August 26

Iraqi Christians refugees who have left their homes in the wake of the Islamic State’s advance are “are pressuring religious and political leaders to find a way for a rapid mass exodus out of Iraq,”...

Prelate ponders changes since Civil Rights movement CWN - August 26

Reflecting on his own life and changes in American society since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said that “as a bishop in the South today, I marvel at the...

$13,000 fine for NY farm owners who said no to lesbian wedding CWN - August 26

A New York judge has imposed a $13,000 fine upon the owners of an Albany-area farm because they declined to rent their facilities to a lesbian couple who wished to get married there. LifeSiteNews...

Ukraine: leading prelate honors ‘Heavenly Hundred’ protestors CWN - August 26

Praying for “peace in our country, a victory over our enemies, and the strength of a fraternal union,” the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has blessed a monument to the “Heavenly...

Nigerian officials worry terrorists might disguise themselves as nuns CWN - August 25

Government officials in Nigeria have raised an alarm about the possibility that terrorist bombers might disguise themselves as Catholic nuns. Following the theft of a number of nuns’ habits from...

Cardinal George testing new anti-cancer drug CWN - August 25

Cardinal Francis George is participating in the clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug, the Chicago archdiocese has disclosed. Cardinal George disclosed earlier this year that he is...

Pope-emeritus Benedict celebrates Mass with former students CWN - August 25

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated Mass with some of his former students on August 24, as the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis concluded its annual meeting. The Schuelerkreis is an informal seminar, in...

California government tells Catholic universities they must offer employees abortion coverage CWN - August 25

In California, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown has informed officials at two Catholic universities that they are required to provide coverage for abortion in employees’ health-care...

Violence in Iraq is not simply Islam vs. Christianity, says Vatican Secretary of State CWN - August 25

It is an “oversimplification” to characterize the persecution of Iraqi Christians and Yezidis as a matter of Islam against Christianity, according to Cardinal Pietro Parolin. In an interview with...

Could laicized archbishop, former papal nuncio, be extradited to face abuse charges? CWN - August 25

The case of a former Vatican envoy in the Dominican Republic, who has been laicized for molesting young boys, could test the Vatican’s determination to prosecute abusive clerics, a New York Times...

Letter from Pope Francis read at slain journalist’s funeral Mass CWN - August 25

James Foley, the American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and beheaded by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in August 2014, was buried from a New Hampshire parish on...

Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine CWN - August 25

At the conclusion of his August 24 Angelus address, Pope Francis called for prayers for Ukraine. “My thoughts go in a particular way to the beloved land of Ukraine … to all its sons and...

Pope Francis: Jesus is more than a ‘teacher of wisdom’ or ‘model of justice’ CWN - August 25

During his August 24 Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected upon St. Peter’s confession of faith, recounted in the Gospel of the day at Mass (Mt. 16:13-20). “The Lord has in mind the image of...

Papal message for Communion and Liberation gathering CWN - August 25

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has signed a papal message to those attending the Communion and Liberation movement’s 35th Meeting for Friendship among Peoples. The...

Iraq: patriarch appeals to ‘conscience of the world,’ says US actions, Muslim leaders’ words not sufficient CWN - August 25

Iraq’s leading prelate has issued a new statement on the plight of the nation’s Christians. “It has become obvious that Iraqi Christians along with other minorities have received a fatal blow at...

Archbishop: new HHS mandate ‘accommodation’ will reduce religious freedom CWN - August 25

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has offered an initial response to the Obama administration’s new interim final rules implementing the HHS...

USCCB committee reaffirms commitment to dialogue with Muslims CWN - August 25

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to engage in dialogue with Muslims. After citing texts...

Obama administration offers another 'accommodation' on contraceptive mandate CWN - August 22

The Obama administration has again altered regulations governing the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, in a bid to legal challenges. The new regulations, issued on August 22,...

Boko Haram changing strategy, aiming to control territory in Nigeria CWN - August 22

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,...

Church leaders voice misgivings about ice-bucket challenge CWN - August 22

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...

India: Christian women arrested on ‘forced conversion’ charges CWN - August 22

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 - August 22

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 - August 22

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...

Ukrainian Catholic leader blasts Russian Orthodox statements, says Church is being oppressed CWN - August 22

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...

Pope’s special envoy returns from Iraq, testifies to ‘extraordinary faith’ of nation’s Christians CWN - August 22

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 - August 22

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...

US dioceses to take up special collection for the Middle East CWN - August 22

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

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 - August 21

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, 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 - August 21

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...

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