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Cardinal Kasper expresses regret for remarks on Africans CWN - 4 hours ago

Cardinal Walter Kasper has expressed regret about controversial remarks on African prelates in a conversation with journalist Edward Pentin, according to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Kasper...

Cardinal Nichols: synod’s final document insufficiently welcoming toward homosexuals CWN - 4 hours ago

England’s leading prelate said that the final document of the recent Synod of Bishops on the family did not go “far enough” in its language on persons with same-sex attractions, according to a...

Thousands of Iraqi Christians in Jordan CWN - 4 hours ago

Three thousand Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State are now being fed at parishes in Jordan, according to Archbishop Maroun Lahham, who serves as an auxiliary bishop of...

Iranian prelate: current situation reminiscent of early days of Islam CWN - 4 hours ago

A Chaldean Catholic prelate who governs two Iranian dioceses said that the current situation of Christians in the Middle East is reminiscent of the early days of Islam. “I would say Arab Winter –...

Kenya’s bishops concerned about vaccination campaign CWN - 4 hours ago

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concerned that a tetanus vaccine campaign aimed at women of childbearing years also has contraceptive properties that could render recipients...

Program announced for Pope’s trip to Turkey CWN - 4 hours ago

The Holy See Press Office has formally announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to Turkey from November 28 to 30. On November 28, Pope Francis will arrive in Ankara, the...

USCCB urges US government to back Congo’s bishops on constitutional revision CWN - 4 hours ago

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon the Obama administration to oppose the efforts of Joseph Kabila, the...

Head of US bishops' conference says next year's Synod should be transparent CWN - 19 hours ago

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the president of the US bishops' conference, has said that next year's meeting of the Synod of Bishops should be more transparent than this year's...

Presidential election in Sri Lanka throws into question plans for papal visit in January CWN - 19 hours ago

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa whether a visit by Pope Francis, scheduled to begin next January 13, should be postponed in light of the news...

Oregon priest, removed as pastor, threatens to establish rival congregation CWN - 19 hours ago

A Catholic priest whose bishop removed him from his post as a pastor in Bend, Oregon, has announced plans to set up a rival congregation. Father James Radloff, who had been pastor of St. Francis...

Times profile Vatican cleric now on trial for money-laundering CWN - 20 hours ago

The New York Times has profiled Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the former Vatican financial official who is now on trial in an Italian court on corruption and money-laundering charges. Msgr. Scarano was...

Idaho: ministers face fines, prison for refusing to preside at same-sex wedding CWN - 20 hours ago

In Idaho, a Protestant couple who operate a non-denominational wedding chapel have been told that they must solemnize same-sex unions or else face imprisonment. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who...

Act now to avert Christian 'genocide' in Middle East: Vatican Secretary of State CWN - 22 hours ago

The international community must take action “to prevent possible new genocides” in the Middle East, Cardinal Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an afternoon address to a consistory of cardinals in...

Pope addresses cardinals, decries ‘terrorism of previously unimaginable dimensions’ CWN - October 20

As he convened a consistory of cardinals on October 20, Pope Francis lamented the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. “We cannot resign ourselves to thinking...

Vatican message to Hindus emphasizes negative effects of globalization CWN - October 20

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued its annual message to Hindus for Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October 20 and...

Pope Francis meets with Vietnam’s prime minister CWN - October 20

Pope Francis met on October 18 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, who has led the Communist nation since 2005. The meeting, according to the Holy See Press Office, “marks an...

Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position CWN - October 20

In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he has held...

New appointments to Pontifical Biblical Commission CWN - October 20

Pope Francis has appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission for the next five years. One of them is from the United States: Mary Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary...

Malta’s leading prelate resigns CWN - October 20

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona, Malta’s leading prelate, at the age of 68. The Dominican prelate, who has led the Archdiocese of Malta since 2006, cited...

Pope Paul VI beatified CWN - October 20

In an October 19 Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, whose 15-year reign (1963-78) saw the conclusion and initial implementation of the Second Vatican Council, the...

As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20

The 14th and 15th general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 18. Preaching at Terce, Archbishop Paul Bùi Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, told the synod fathers that “Christ is the only hope for family life for the people of today and tomorrow … Do we believe in the strength of God, or in the...

German cardinal defends Synod document, says Church teaching can change CWN - October 17

Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church...

Benedict XVI will attend beatification of Paul VI CWN - October 17

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the beatification ceremony for Pope Paul VI on Sunday, October 19, the Vatican has announced. The retired Pontiff is one of three living prelates who were...

African cardinal sees effort to manipulate Synod CWN - October 17

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has complained that some influential forces have sought to manipulate the Synod of Bishops. Speaking to the Catholic News...

Colombian cardinal hopeful on latest peace talks with FARC rebels CWN - October 17

“We hope peace is near,” Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota told the Fides news service, commenting on prospects for a peace agreement between the government of Colombia and FARC rebels, aimed...

Ukrainian primate sees 'humanitarian tragedy' in children growing up without parents CWN - October 17

The leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has said that the growing number of children worldwide who grow up without their parents is becoming a “new humanitarian tragedy.” Major Archbishop...

English archbishop orders investigation of bishop's relationship with married woman CWN - October 17

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, England, has commission an investigation into the case of Bishop Kieran Conry, who resigned his post as head of the Arundel and Brighton diocese last month after...

Climate change is a moral imperative, says Vatican representative at UN CWN - October 17

Climate change “is not only an environmental question; it is also a question of justice and a moral imperative.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New...

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz of Belarus sees flaws in Synod's interim report CWN - October 17

“The modern world is playing its music but we can’t dance to it,” Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk, Belarus, told Catholic World Report. Interviewed about the work of the Synod of...

Pope highlights importance of family farms in World Food Day message CWN - October 17

In his message for World Food Day, Pope Francis deplored food waste and highlighted the importance of family farms, which he said can address food needs “without destroying the resources of...

Papal message to university students CWN - October 17

Pope Francis has written a message to the Italian Catholic Federation of University Students on the occasion of the upcoming beatification of Pope Paul VI, who served as the federation’s chaplain...

Sistine Chapel rented out as part of ‘exclusive Porsche tour of Rome’ CWN - October 17

The Sistine Chapel is being rented out on the evening of October 18 to the Porsche Travel Club as part of an "exclusive Porsche tour of Rome" for 40 tourists, according to the auto company and to...

Cardinal Pell: ‘we’re not giving in to the secular agenda’ CWN - October 17

Cardinal George Pell said in an interview that the October 16 publication of the synod fathers’ criticism of the synod’s interim report has finally given the faithful a true picture of the views of...

Bishop asks Notre Dame to affirm fidelity to Catholic teaching on marriage CWN - October 17

Following the overturning of Indiana’s marriage law and the consequent legalization of same-sex marriage, the University of Notre Dame extended marriage benefits to those in a same-sex marriage--...

Former Catholic parish bombed in Iraq CWN - October 17

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has bombed a Syriac Catholic church in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh). After the Islamic State took over the northern Iraqi town in...

Congo’s bishops condemn attack on priests, declare days of prayer CWN - October 17

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have condemned “acts of aggression and barbarism” that took place on October 12 against two priests in Lodja, a town of 70,000. The nation’s...

Archbishop Forte identified as author of section on homosexuality in Synod's interim report CWN - October 16

Archbishop Bruno Forte, the secretary of a committee formed by Pope Francis to draft an interim report for the Synod of Bishops, wrote a controversial section on accepting homosexuals, the Associate...

Pakistani court affirms Christian woman's death sentence for blasphemy CWN - October 16

An appeals court in Pakistan has upheld the conviction of Asia Bibi, the young Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. After repeatedly postponing hearings in the case, the High...

Kansas City diocese pays $10 million settle old abuse cases CWN - October 16

The Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri has reached a settlement agreement with sex-abuse victims, agreeing to pay almost $10 million in damages. The settlement, resolving a group of 30 different...

Ebola vaccines being developed from aborted fetal cell lines CWN - October 16

Vaccines being developed to fight the Ebola epidemic use cell lines drawn from aborted babies, reports the non-profit group Children of God for Life. “There is absolutely no reason to use...

Vatican envoy says military action alone will not curb power of Islamic State CWN - October 16

Archbishops Giorgio Linqua, the apostolic nuncio in Jordan, has disclosed that Vatican officials are convinced that military action will not be sufficient to break the growing power of the Islamic...

Synod participants voice dissatisfaction with interim report CWN - October 16

Reports from small working groups within the Synod of Bishops have revealed a widespread dissatisfaction with an interim report released early this week. On October 16, the Vatican released reports from the ten working groups, divided by language, in which the Synod fathers had discussed the relatio post disceptationem. The reports expressed surprise that the preliminary report had been made...

Two prelates added to committee drafting final Synod report CWN - October 16

Pope Francis has added two members to a committee that will write the final report of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican has discussed. Apparently responding to complaints that the drafting...

Cardinals Kasper, Müller deny making controversial remarks [updated] CWN - October 16

Two prominent cardinals have denied making statements that were widely attributed to them about the workings of the Synod of Bishops. But in one case, a journalist has posted a recording of the...

Houston subpoenas pastors, demands sermons on homosexuality, gender identity CWN - October 16

City officials in Houston have issued subpoenas demanding that five pastors turn over “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to ... homosexuality or gender identity prepared by, delivered...

St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism CWN - October 16

In the wake of continued protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Archbishop Robert Carlson recently called for prayer and for a nonviolent response to racism. “The sin of racism in our cities and our...

Number of women religious in US falls below 50,000 CWN - October 16

The number of women religious in the United States has fallen below 50,000, according to a new report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The number of religious sisters grew...

Islamic State desecrates Catholic monastery CWN - October 16

Three months after a 4th-century Syriac Catholic monastery was taken over by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, confirmation has been received that the monastery has been...

Polish missionary priest kidnapped in Central African Republic CWN - October 16

A rebel group in the Central African Republic kidnapped a Polish missionary priest on October 12. Father Mateusz Dziedzic was abducted by members of the Democratic Front of the Central African...

Benghazi bishop asks for prayers as army, Islamists battle CWN - October 16

As the Libyan army battles with Islamist militants for the control of Benghazi, the city’s apostolic vicar said that frightened residents have locked themselves in their homes. “The population is...

Papal tribute to St. Teresa of Ávila CWN - October 16

Pope Francis has written a message to the bishop of Ávila, Spain, as the Church prepares to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa (1515-82). In his October 15 message, the...

Cardinal Kasper dismisses African prelates' objections to Synod proposals CWN - October 15

Cardinal Walter Kasper said that African prelates should not have much influence on the Synod of Bishops, in an interview with the Zenit news agency. The German cardinal said that bishops from...

Translation error cited in Synod report's passage on homosexuality CWN - October 15

An inaccurate translation in a key passage of an interim report has exacerbated concerns about the work of the Synod of Bishops, the Catholic News Agency notes. In a passage regarding pastoral...

Armenian, Syriac patriarchs urge worldwide recognition of Armenian genocide CWN - October 15

The leaders of two Eastern Christian churches have united in a call for the world to recognize the gravity of the Armenian genocide, as the 100th anniversary of that tragedy approaches....

Cardinal Müller raps 'shameful' bias in interim Synod report CWN - October 15

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has denounced an interim report from the Synod of Bishops as “worthless.” Cardinal Gerhard Müller, speaking in one of the Synod’s...

Bishop confident priest will be released after Islamic trial in Syria CWN - October 15

The apostolic vicar of Aleppo, Syria, has said that he is “optimistic” about the prospects for release of Father Hanna Jallouf, the Franciscan priest who faces trial before an Islamic court on...

President's supporters threaten priests, nuns in Democratic Republic of Congo CWN - October 15

Catholic priests and religious in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been threatened with violence since the country’s bishops staked out their opposition to a bid to allow President Joseph...

Priests details special problems of pastoral care for families in Russia CWN - October 15

As the Synod of Bishops discusses pastoral care for the family, a representative of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God, in Moscow, has spoken with the AsiaNews service about the unique problems of...

Apple, Facebook will pay female employees to freeze eggs, continue careers CWN - October 15

Two powerful American high-tech companies are offering to pay female workers to have their eggs frozen, so that they can continue to work full-time without forfeiting the chance to have children...

Vatican delegate to UN: don't judge women's advances by men's standards CWN - October 15

In a statement to a UN session on the advancement of women, the Vatican’s representative has argued that the welfare of women “should not be measured merely by the criterion of equality with...

Cardinal Dolan calls for clear reaffirmation of Church’s teaching on marriage CWN - October 15

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, a participant in the Synod of Bishops, said in an interview that “we want to be as clear and as compelling as possible in reaffirming the Church’s timeless...

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the heavenly bride CWN - October 15

Reflecting on a passage from the Book of Revelation, Pope Francis discussed the bridal nature of the Church in his October 15 general audience. The Church, he said, prepares each day for her...

Oppose family detention, urges US bishops’ immigration initiative CWN - October 15

Justice for Immigrants, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Catholics to contact President Barack Obama and members of Congress in opposition to family...

Ebola: Liberian bishop speaks of the suffering of his people CWN - October 15

In an interview with Time, a Liberian bishop who was unable to travel to the Synod of Bishops because of the Ebola crisis spoke of the suffering of his people. “The Ebola situation has badly...

Christ is cleansing Ukraine, says Church leader CWN - October 15

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said recently that amid the strife that is afflicting Ukraine, Christ is cleansing the nation. “There is a great cleansing which is taking place,”...

Government to provide housing for some of Iraq’s persecuted Christians CWN - October 15

Iraq’s deputy prime minister has announced the nation’s government will provide 25,000 prefabricated homes for Christians who fled their towns in the wake of the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq...

Pushback on Synod document [News Analysis] CWN - October 14

Controversy sharpened at the Synod of Bishops, as many prelates have complained that an interim report released on October 13 did not accurately represent the thoughts of the Synod fathers, and the...

Missionaries remain in northern Cameroon despite Boko Haram threat CWN - October 14

Missionaries from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions have decided to remain in northern Cameroon despite recent incursions by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. “The Church is the...

Synod official discusses reference to homosexuality in synod document CWN - October 14

A key synod official has discussed the references to homosexuality in the synod’s “post-discussion report” (relatio post disceptationem). Asked at a Vatican press conference to comment on the...

Patriarch laments plight of Syriac Catholics CWN - October 14

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, lamented the plight of Syriac Catholics in Iraq and...

Holy See diplomat: ‘the international community must intervene’ to protect the persecuted CWN - October 14

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations, said that the “international community must intervene” to protect the Middle East’s persecuted minorities when national...

Theme announced for 2015 Synod of Bishops CWN - October 14

The Holy See Press Office has announced the theme of next year’s Synod of Bishops. It has been known for some time that next year’s synod will discuss the family, but the exact theme has now been...

Holy See diplomat: promote family unity in migration policy CWN - October 14

Addressing an international meeting on migration, the Holy See’s leading representative at UN offices in Geneva spoke of the tragic effects of family separation because of migration and called for...

Synod of Bishops (October 13 roundup): synod fathers critique interim document CWN - October 14

The eleventh general congregation (session) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 13. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning Prayer),...

Maoist leader admits 2011 murder of Catholic nun in India CWN - October 13

A Maoist leader in India has admitted that his group killed a Catholic religious in November 2011. Sister Valsa John was brutally murdered by men who arrived at her residence at midnight, beat...

Minnesota dioceses settle contentious abuse suit, agree to 'child protection plan' CWN - October 13

Diocesan officials in Minnesota have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which victims of sexual abuse made the novel argument that Church leaders had created a "public nuisance" by neglecting to inform...

Failure to agree on 'rule of law' undermines world security, Vatican delegate tells UN CWN - October 13

In an October 13 address to a UN session on the rule of law, the Vatican's representative said that international agreements are hampered by the absence of a clear understanding of natural law as...

Pope appoints committee to draft Synod report; Synod fathers choose their own reporters CWN - October 13

Pope Francis has appointed six prelates to a committee to help draft the final report of the Synod of Bishops. The Synod report is ordinarily drafted by the relator general: for this Synod...

Syrian priest faces trial before Islamic court CWN - October 13

The Franciscan priest who was kidnapped in Syria on October 5 and released a few days later now faces a trial before an Islamic court, in a region controlled by Islamic rebels. Father Hanna...

Law is useless if it does not lead to Christ, Pope tells congregation CWN - October 13

"If the law does not lead to Jesus Christ, if it does not bring us closer to Jesus Christ, it is dead," Pope Francis told a congregation at daily Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on October...

Western support for Syrian rebels fueled growth of Islamic State, Syrian priest charges CWN - October 13

A Syrian priest has charged that the power of the Islamic State grew out of support given by the US, Israel, and other countries to rebels in Syria. Father Mtanious Hadad, a Melkite Catholic...

Vatican cardinals receive discounts on groceries, gas, cigarettes CWN - October 13

A report on Vatican financial affairs has shown that cardinals serving at the Vatican receive discounts on groceries, gasoline, and cigarettes, among other benefits. In a letter to Cardinal...

LED lights planned for Sistine Chapel CWN - October 13

The Vatican Museums are planning to install low-energy LED lights in the Sistine Chapel, in a move intended to save costs and reduce the Vatican’s carbon footprint. Some 7,000 small LED lights...

New memoirs show how Archbishop Bugnini manipulated post-conciliar liturgical reforms CWN - October 13

The memoirs of a noted priest show how a powerful prelate manipulated the process of liturgical reform after Vatican II. The memoirs of Father Louis Bouyer, who died in 2004, have recently...

Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13

An interim report from the Synod of Bishops has called upon Catholic pastors to recognize the positive elements of all family situations, including those at odds with Church teaching. The document says that “the Church accompany her most fragile sons and daughters, marked by wounded and lost love, with attention and care.” The relatio post disceptationem, which will form the basis of...

Franciscan martyr beatified CWN - October 13

Father Francesco Zirano (1564-1603), a Franciscan Conventual friar who was flayed alive in Algeria after he refused to renounce his faith, was beatified in Sassari, Sardinia, on October 12. Cardinal...

The poor and excluded welcome the Gospel, Pope says in Angelus address CWN - October 13

Reflecting on the Gospel of the day (Mt. 22:1-14), Pope Francis devoted his October 12 Angelus address to the welcome that the Gospel receives among the poor and excluded. “God is good to us,”...

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