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Headlines for April 18, 2012

Released Wednesday, Apr. 18

Vatican demands reform of American nuns' leadership group CWN - April 18, 2012

The Vatican has called for a thorough reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella group that represents most of the women’s religious orders in the US. After a...

Vatican receives positive response from SSPX; reconciliation seen within weeks CWN - April 18, 2012

The Vatican has confirmed receipt of a positive response from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) to the “doctrinal preamble” that could form the basis for reconciliation between the traditionalist...

US bishops appeal ruling on constitutionality of federal anti-trafficking grants CWN - April 18, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling declaring that grants made to the USCCB to assist human-trafficking victims are...

Prayers, not programs, sustain the Church, Pope tells weekly audience CWN - April 18, 2012

The Catholic Church seeks protection not in political or social programs but in the power of prayer, Pope Benedict XVI told his regular weekly public audience on April 18. In a meditation of the...

Chinese bishop's ordination pits Vatican against Patriotic Association CWN - April 18, 2012

The ordination of a new Chinese bishop, scheduled for April 19, will call attention once again to the ongoing struggle between the Holy See and the Beijing government. Father Chen Gongao, who...

Pope asks for prayers to 'continue my service;' no hint of retirement thoughts CWN - April 18, 2012

At the conclusion of his public audience on April 18, Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful “to support me always with your prayers so that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I may continue my...

Canadian group wants curb on exorcisms CWN - April 18, 2012

A secularist group in Canada has called for a ban on exorcisms, after a report that the Diocese of Saskatoon has been looking for a qualified exorcist. Saskatoon Bishop Don Bolen began inquiring...

USCCB criticizes House budget cuts CWN - April 18, 2012

Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said that proposed budget cuts recently passed...

Crowd attacks 2 priests in Pakistan CWN - April 18, 2012

A crowd of 70 people attacked eight Church workers, including two priests, at a Catholic school in Karachi on April 16. One lay worker was hospitalized following the attack. Local Catholics said...

California man's healing could lead to beatification of German chaplain at Nazi prison camps CWN - April 18, 2012

The Vatican is investigating the inexplicable healing of a California man from stomach cancer, which could be approved as the miracle required for the beatification of Father Franz Stock, a German...

Study: belief in God strongest in Philippines, weakest in former East Germany CWN - April 18, 2012

A study of religious belief in 30 nations conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has found that “countries with high atheism (and low strong belief) tend to...

Angelicum will offer joint degree in philosophy and finance CWN - April 18, 2012

The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, commonly known as the Angelicum, has announced plans to offer an unusual new academic program, providing a joint degree in philosophy and...

Active laity spurs growth of Catholicism in South Korea CWN - April 18, 2012

The Church has seen enormous growth in South Korea in recent decades. In 1960, Christians accounted for only about 2% of the country’s population; now that figure is 30%. Of these about one-third...

Arizona bans late-term abortions CWN - April 18, 2012

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation banning late-term abortions in Arizona. “A great pro-life victory was achieved when Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2036 into law,” the Arizona Catholic...

Priest discusses challenges facing Christian media in Middle East CWN - April 18, 2012

The head of the first and largest Christian radio station in the Middle East has told Vatican Radio that Christian media have become particularly important as fear increases among the region’s...

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