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Released Thursday, Mar. 2

Cardinal Cupich: sanctuary churches create ‘false hope’; immigration officials need warrant

Stating that he stands in solidarity with those “deeply troubled by the recent executive orders related to immigration,” Cardinal Blase Cupich has told Chicago priests that “we...

‘The monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS’

The Atlantic has reported on the work of Father Columba Stewart, a Minnesota Benedictine monk who founded the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville. Working with local teams,...

Dutch bishops affirm support for EU

A delegation of Dutch bishops, led by the president of the episcopal conference, recently visited Brussels to affirm their support for the European Union. Following the meeting, Auxiliary Bishop...

Russian patriarch criticizes search for ‘likes’ on social media

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has criticized the unbridled search for “likes” on social media. It is “a real disease when our young people are ready to do anything,...

UK prelate welcomes government announcement on sex education

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of the Catholic Education Services in the United Kingdom, welcomed a government announcement that it plans to update the Relationship and Sex Education...

German prelate warns against populism, emphasizes global common good

Writing in preparation for the September German elections, the president of the German bishops’ justice and peace commission said that the global common good should be the at the forefront of...

Lent is a time to start ‘breathing again,’ Pope says in Ash Wednesday homily

Pope Francis took part in a penitential procession from the Church of Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino to the Basilica of Saint Sabina, where he celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass. During his...

Vice President Pence to be Notre Dame commencement speaker

Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a commencement address, and receive an honorary degree, at the University of Notre Dame in May. In announcing that Pence would be the commencement speaker,...

Pope encourages Rome’s priests to grow in faith

Speaking on March 2 to priests of the Rome diocese, Pope Francis offered a series of thoughts on “the progress of faith in the life of the priest.” The Pope said that his...

Miracle attributed to intercession of Bl. Archbishop Romero

A miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Oscar Romero has been forwarded to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Church officials in El Salvador have concluded...

Vatican conference: wealthy humans responsible for global warming, extinction of species

A Vatican conference on biological diversity has concluded with a statement calling for redistribution of the world’s wealth, arguing that the consumption by the rich is a primary cause of...

Over 31,000 refugees leave South Sudan

More than 31,000 people have fled South Sudan in the early months of 2017 to escape violence and famine there, the Fides news service reports. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that...

Released Friday, Mar. 3

Australia: Catholic Worker members vandalize war memorial cross

Members of the Catholic Worker movement vandalized a cross in Toowong, Australia, on Ash Wednesday. The Cross of Sacrifice, dedicated in 1924, honored soldiers who died in battle. “We...

Pontifical council publishes booklet for ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ confession initiative

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has published a 63-page pastoral guide for the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, in which dioceses designate churches...

Ecumenical prayer day theme: ‘Am I being unfair to you?’

The Vatican newspaper has drawn attention to the March 3 observance of the World Day of Prayer, a women’s ecumenical initiative that dates from 1927. The 2017 theme, developed in the...

Work for communion of peoples, Belgian bishops ask in Lenten message

The bishops of Belgium have issued Populorum Communio, a 32-page Lenten letter commemorating the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on the development of peoples, Populorum...

European heads of state, government to meet with Pope

Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has announced that Pope Francis will receive the heads of state and government of the nations of the European Union in a March 24...

Prelate calls for international action to stop war in Ukraine

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has called upon the international community to take diplomatic action to end the conflict in...

Member quit papal abuse commission to ‘shake things up,’ says Vatican Secretary of State

Speaking to reporters on March 3, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that Marie Collins had resigned from the papal commission on sexual abuse in order to “shake things up.” The Vatican...

Vatican soccer tournament kicks off this weekend

The Clericus Cup—the annual soccer tournament for priests and seminarians at the Vatican—opens this Saturday. Eighteen teams will participate in this year’s event, representing...

Egypt’s al Sisi says Muslims, Christians should be seen as equal citizens

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has said that Muslims and Christians should be identified not as a “majority” and “minority” in Arabic countries, but as equal...

Restoration of Christ’s tomb in Holy Sepulchre basilica nears completion

Restoration work at the site of the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will be finished by Easter, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has announced. Restoration work on the...

Archbishop Chaput: Pope cannot change teaching on marriage

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that Pope Francis cannot contradict the teaching of St. John Paul II on marriage. In an interview with John Allen of Crux, Archbishop...

3rd Minnesota diocese files for bankruptcy

The Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Bishop John LeVoir said that bankruptcy protection was necessary because the diocese faces 101 claims from sex-abuse...

As Vatican Radio ends short-wave broadcasts, others expand

As Vatican Radio closes an era by ending its short-wave transmissions, other broadcasters are stepping up their involvement in the short-wave field, notes Sandro Magister of...

Released Monday, Mar. 6

New cardinatial church

Pope Francis has issued a bull raising a Roman parish, the Church of San Leonardo da Porto Maurizio, to the dignity of a cardinatial church. Cardinals are assigned titular churches in Rome to...

Care for the sick, Cardinal Nichols emphasizes in pastoral letter

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has issued a pastoral letter, “Called to Serve the Sick.” “For the next six months, I ask you all to focus on one particular corporal...

Australian prelate faces calls for resignation

Archbishop Christopher Prowse of Canberra-Goulburn faced calls for resignation after moving a retired priest who had been accused of abuse next to a school for special-needs children. The...

Pope: improve seminarians’ education to counter ‘banality’ of contemporary Church music

Pope Francis spoke about the “banality” of contemporary Church music as he addressed 400 people who were taking part in a Vatican conference on sacred music. The conference...

Pope Francis: turn to the Bible to engage in spiritual combat

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Mt. 4:1-11), Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Sacred Scripture during his March 5 Angelus address. “As Christians we are invited,...

Pope, Curia begin annual Lenten retreat

Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia traveled to a retreat house in Ariccia, Italy, on March 5 to begin their annual Lenten spiritual exercises. The retreat, which will conclude on March...

Irish archbishop horrified by confirmation of unmarked babies’ graves

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, Ireland has said that he was “horrified and saddened” by a commission report that confirmed about 800 babies had been buried in unmarked graves near a...

Vatican publishes financial figures, showing smaller deficit for 2015

The Vatican has published financial figures for 2015, showing a deficit of €12.4 million ($13 million)—roughly half of the deficit figure for the previous year. The Secretariat for the...

Church musicians call for revival of Catholic sacred music

A group of over 200 prominent Catholic musicians, pastors, liturgists, and scholars have issued a statement of “deep concerns” about the state of Catholic liturgical music. The...

Austrian archdiocese sees surge in immigrant converts

The Archdiocese of Vienna, Austria, has seen a sharp increase in the number of converts to the Catholic faith, largely because Muslim immigrants are seeking to enter the Catholic Church. Cardinal...

Charge that Curia resists papal reforms is inaccurate ‘cliché,’ says Cardinal Müller

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has rejected the charge that Pope Francis has been opposed in his campaign for Vatican reform by...

Vatican congregation not informed about Pope’s plans to review liturgical translations?

Officials of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) were not informed about Pope Francis’ plans to review translations of the liturgy, according to a National Catholic Register report by...

New York archdiocese plans to mortgage prime Manhattan property to pay sex-abuse costs

The Archdiocese of New York plans to mortgage a valuable Manhattan property in order to pay sex-abuse victims. The archdiocese has filed for permission to mortgage land on Madison Avenue, between...

Egyptian official: jihadists threaten Islam as well as Christianity

The Egptian government’s minister for religious education has proclaimed that attacks on Christian are “attacks on all of us.” Mohamed Mokthtar Gomaa told a forum in Cairo that...

Released Tuesday, Mar. 7

USCCB: prelate criticizes President Trump’s new executive order on refugees

Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration, took issue with President Donald Trump’s new executive order protecting the nation from foreign...

Trump visits Catholic school in Florida

President Donald Trump visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando on March 3 and touted school-choice legislation during remarks at a parent-teacher conference listening session. Bishop John...

‘Catastrophic’ humanitarian situation in South Sudan

The director of Caritas in the Diocese of Torit, South Sudan, spoke of famine brought on by drought and war. “The humanitarian situation in Torit is getting to a catastrophic stage,”...

Pope, Curia reflect on St. Matthew’s Gospel

Pope Francis and 70 members of the Roman Curia arrived at a retreat house in Ariccia, Italy, on March 5 to begin their annual Lenten spiritual exercises. In his introductory reflection on March...

EU bishops’ commission calls for work-free Sundays

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community has joined with other groups in calling for Sunday to be recognized as a common day of rest from work throughout the...

Nuncio outlines Holy See’s diplomatic priorities at UN

In a talk delivered a Seton Hall University, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, outlined his diplomatic priorities as he...

Trump challenges Planned Parenthood to stop abortions

US President Donald Trump suggested that he would work to preserve federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stopped performing abortions. Planned Parenthood—which is the largest...

Over bishops’ opposition, legislators in Philippines move to restore capital punishment

Despite strong opposition from the Catholic hierarchy, legislators in the Philippines have voted to restore the death penalty. Capital punishment was ended in the Philippines in 2006. But the...

Pennsylvania bishop enters accord with federal prosecutor on sex-abuse response

Bishop Mark Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has agreed with a federal prosecutor on a “collaborative framework” to respond to sex-abuse complaints in the diocese, which had...

Venezuelan archbishop: hundreds of families have no food

A Venezuelan archbishop has reported that many people are searching in garbage cans for something to eat, as serious shortages of food spread across the nation. “And we are not talking...

Released Wednesday, Mar. 8

Slain journalist’s mother meets with Pope

The mother of James Foley, the US journalist beheaded by ISIS in 2014, met with Pope Francis at Domus Sanctae Marthae on March 3 to thank him for his support. The Pope called Diane Foley to offer...

Patriarch: 80% of Syriac Catholics now live outside homeland

The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, said that 80% of the members of his flock now live outside their homeland. “The...

Jesuit Refugee Service calls for greater protection of refugees

Father José Ignacio Garcia, SJ, director of Jesuit Refugee Service Europe, lamented the “trend of dismantling safeguards to protect refugees” in Europe. In a recent working...

No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order

President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on refugees no longer offers preferential treatment for Christians and beleaguered religious minorities fleeing persecution. Father Benedict...

Do not forget prayer or the poor, retreat master tells Pope, Curia

Preaching to Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat, Father Giulio Michelini, a Franciscan friar and biblical scholar, reflected on Matthew 26:1-19. During this...

Women’s consultation group created within pontifical council

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has created a 37-member women’s consultation group as a permanent body within the pontifical council. The...

Pope speaks on priestly celibacy, populism in new interview

Pope Francis indicated that he is open to discussion of ordination for married men, in his latest published interview. The interview was scheduled for publication in the German journal Die Zeit...

Vatican supports equality for women in military service, envoy tells OSCE

The Vatican’s representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has endorsed the principle of equality for women in military service. Speaking to an OSCE...

No news on Indian priest, a year after abduction

A year after a Salesian missionary priest from India was kidnapped in Yemen, his religious superiors do not know where he is or who is holding him. Father Thomas Uzhunnalil was taken captive last...

American conservatives provoked crisis in Knights of Malta, says reinstated chancellor

Albert von Boeselager, who was forced to resign as chancellor of the Knights of Malta but reinstated by Pope Francis, has blamed American conservatives for the turmoil in the order. Von...

‘Nuns on the Bus’ leader assails Church’s male hierarchy

Speaking at a conference at the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus” assailed the male hierarchy of the Catholic Church. “It is about male power and male image,...

Korean bishops open causes for beatification of over 200 martyrs, including victims of Communism

Church leaders in Korea have opened causes for the beatification of more than 200 martyrs, including the former bishop of Pyongyang. The causes involve two groups of people who died in...

Over 1 million demonstrate against gender ideology in Peru

More than 1 million people joined in March 4 demonstrations against the introduction of gender ideology in Peru’s public schools. The organizers of the “Don’t Mess with My...

South Sudan: bishop says president’s call for day of prayer is politically motivated ‘mockery’

A bishop in South Sudan has rejected President Salva Kiir’s call for a national day of prayer for peace, saying that the gesture is a “mockery.” “I have been praying for...

Released Thursday, Mar. 9

Papal prayer intentions for 2018

The Apostleship of Prayer has announced the Pope’s prayer intentions for 2018. The monthly intentions, approved by Pope Francis on February 13 and released in March, alternate between...

Kenya prelate warns against election violence

A Kenyan prelate has urged Catholic youth not to have no part in any violence in the months preceding the August national election. Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu also warned against...

Irish nun attacked in Philippines

Sister Kathleen Melia, an Irish Columban sister, was attacked by a masked man in Midsalip on the Philippine island of Mindanao. The 70-year-old sister, who required surgery, has served there...

USCCB: prelates weigh in on health care reform

Four prelates who chairs committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have urged members of Congress to consider five moral criteria as they debate health care policy in the weeks...

Wyoming judge censured for same-sex marriage refusal

In a 3-2 decision, the Wyoming Supreme Court has censured a judge who declined to officiate at same-sex civil marriages because of her faith. Judge Ruth Neely, a member of the Lutheran Church...

Arson at church in Jerusalem

A man broke into the Russian Orthodox chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem and started a fire, causing soot damage. The Times of Israel reported that Israeli police detained a suspect and that...

Pope praises Cardinal Burke as a lawyer, criticizes fundamentalists

Pope Francis said that he does not see Cardinal Raymond Burke as an adversary, in an interview appearing in the German journal Die Zeit. In the interview, which was recorded before he began his...

Agreement on prelature could be close, SSPX leader confirms

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denied reports that the group has purchased a headquarters building in Rome, but confirmed a suggestion that the SSPX could become a...

Papal nuncio in Ireland transferred to Albania

Archbishop Charles Brown, the American prelate who was appointed by Pope Francis as apostolic nuncio to Ireland in 2012, has received a new assignment as nuncio to Albania. Archbishop Brown, who...

Guam archdiocese sets up $1-million fund for abuse victims

The Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, has set up a $1-million fund to compensate victims of sexual abuse. The fund was established after 24 people filed suit against the archdiocese, saying that they...

Sisters continue protesting sale of convent to Katy Perry

The aging women religious who are locked in a legal battle with entertainer Katy Perry over the sale of their convent property have lashed out at the entertainer for her apparent involvement with...

Papal intervention quells dispute over Roman Rota procedures

According to Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa, Pope Francis reportedly intervened to head off a dispute over procedures in the Roman Rota: a dispute that might have brought the Vatican...

Venezuela opposition leader questions Vatican absence from crisis talks

The leader of Venezuela’s political opposition has expressed dismay over the lack of Vatican participation in efforts to end the South American country’s political crisis. Henrique...

Jesuit general: Trump immigration policies violate American, Christian values

President Donald Trump’s plans to stop illegal immigration into the US are “against the roots of American society, and let’s say, humanity,” according to the superior general...

Bishops warn of ‘unraveling and chaos’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

Mounting political violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) threatens the country with “unraveling and chaos,” the country’s Catholic bishops have warned. The DRC...

Released Friday, Mar. 10

Patriarch calls for redrafting of Iraqi constitution

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, called for the construction of “a modern national, constitutional and democratic...

Jesuit general calls for new ecclesiology to promote women’s inclusion

Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, said on March 8 that “the fullness of women’s participation in the Church has not yet...

Malta archbishop calls for revitalized faith in European unity

The nation of Malta’s six-month term leading the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an “opportunity to give a strong impetus to revitalize faith in the European...

Prelates call on US, Europe to be more generous to refugees

At a March 9 Vatican press conference, Cardinal Roger Mahony and Archbishop Silvano Tomasi called upon the US and Europe to be “far more generous” to migrants and refugees. Cardinal...

Prelate decries hate crimes against Indian nationals in US

The archbishop of Delhi, India, decried attacks on Indian nationals in the United States. “The news reports of increasing attacks on Indian nationals in the United States are of great...

Cardinal laments legal threat to tribal farmers

Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi, India, lamented a proposed change in law that would threaten tribal farmers’ ownership of their land. “The life of our people is linked...

Pope to visit Colombia in September

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit Colombia in September. The March 10 announcement does not provide details for the trip, except to say that it will take place September 6 to...

Lenten Exercises concluded, Pope and Curial leader return to Vatican

Pope Francis and the leaders of the Roman Curia returned to the Vatican on March 10, having concluded their Lenten Retreat. Upon his return to Rome, the Pontiff celebrated Mass for Syria, and...

Newark’s Cardinal Tobin leads pleas for immigrant facing deportation

Newark’s Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, joined dozens of local clergy in a March 10 demonstration in favor of a local man facing deportation. At a deportation hearing,...

Abuse commission member: questions remain on how Church will respond

A member of the Pope’s special commission on sexual abuse has indicated that it is an open question how Chuch leaders will respond to the problem. In an interview with Katholisch.de, Father...

Released Monday, Mar. 13

Papal preacher begins Lenten sermons on the Holy Spirit

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin Franciscan friar who has served as preacher to the papal household since 1980, preached a Lenten sermon on March 10 entitled “The Holy Spirit Leads Us...

Canadian study links theological orthodoxy, church growth

A recent study of 22 Protestant bodies in Ontario linked theological orthodoxy and church growth. “The theological conservatism of both attendees and clergy emerged as important factors in...

Pope Francis: listen to others, as God listens to our prayers

Pope Francis addressed volunteers from Telefono Amico Italia on March 11 and reflected on the importance of listening, describing it as “the simplest manifestation of charity towards our...

Pope to preside at penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis will preside at a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of March 17. The service will include the opportunity for individual confessions. During his...

Pope Francis: Christ’s transfiguration shows where the cross leads

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Mt. 17:1-9), Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his March 12 Angelus address that Christ’s transfiguration...

Papal prayer for victims of fire in Guatemala

Following his March 12 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for victims of a fire at a youth home in Guatemala. At least 35 people died in the fire, according to Vatican Radio. “I...

Argentina: anti-Catholic protests, attacks on Women’s Day

Protestors in Argentina marched outside cathedrals on International Women’s Day (March 8). In Tucuman, several women pretended to perform an abortion on a woman dressed as the Blessed...

Irish premier demands Church payments on abuse costs

Ireland’s Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has demanded that Catholic religious orders “measure up to the responsibilities that they have accepted” and make substantial...

Rabbi says Pope’s homilies could threaten Catholic-Jewish relations

An Italian rabbi has raised a protest against the topic of a conference to be held by the Italian Bibilical Association: “Israel, people of a jealous God. Consistencies and ambiguities of an...

Myanmar approves diplomatic relations with Vatican

Myanmar’s parliament has approved a proposal to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The vote on March 10 confirmed the government’s decision to open diplomatic...

Pope asks priests to recommend candidates to become Vicar of Rome

Pope Francis has asked the priests of the Rome diocese to suggest candidates to replace Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the current Vicar of Rome. Cardinal Vallini, who handles the administration of...

St. Patrick added to Russian Orthodox calendar

The Russian Orthodox Church has added St. Patrick to its liturgical calendar. The patron saint of Ireland was one of 15 saints newly added to the Russian Orthodox calendar. All of these newly...

Canadian bishops rip premier’s plan to fund abortion overseas

The Catholic bishops of Canada have denounced a proposal by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to spend $650 million to “address gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights in the...

First US-born martyr to be beatified in September

Father Stanley Rother, a native of Oklahoma who was killed while serving as a missionary in Guatemala in 1981, will be beatified in September. Father Rother’s martyrdom was formally...

Released Tuesday, Mar. 14

Mosul: Catholic parish became office for ISIS authorities

Iraqi forces liberated a neighborhood of Mosul and found that the Islamic State turned a Chaldean Catholic parish into an office from which it issued instructions to the population. “Not a...

Catholic Charities USA: GOP healthcare legislation needs to be improved

Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, said in a letter to members of Congress that the American Health Care Act, proposed by House GOP members, has significant...

Ethiopia: 4 nuns die in crash

Four religious sisters, including a provincial superior, died when their van crashed 80 miles south of Addis Ababa, the nation’s capital. The sisters were members of the Daughters of St....

Anglican Evensong in St. Peter’s Basilica

Two weeks after Pope Francis visited an Anglican parish in Rome, Anglican Evensong was celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time on March 13. The music was sung by the choir of...

Pope Francis: contemplate the ‘two faces of Jesus,’ crucified and transfigured

Pope Francis visited the Roman parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa on the afternoon of March 12. After hearing confessions and meeting with local priests and various groups of parishioners, he...

Parish desecrated in Argentina

Two men entered an Argentine parish’s perpetual adoration chapel on March 10, smashed through protective glass with a mallet, and stole a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament, according to...

Alberta: proposal to end funding for independent Catholic schools

A coalition of teachers and public-workers’ unions in the Canadian province of Alberta is calling for an end to public funding of independent schools—most of them Catholic. The...

On anniversary of election, Cardinal Parolin speaks on Pope’s priorities

Speaking to Vatican Radio on the 4th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said that the Holy Father continues to focus on the need...

British Parliament advances bill to liberalize abortion law

Legislation that would liberalize England’s abortion law passed a first test in the House of Commons. In a relatively close vote (174- 142), lawmakers advanced the Reproductive Health Bill,...

Church is only hope for many in South Sudan

The Catholic Church is the “only functioning insitution in civil society” in South Sudan, Neil Corkery, the president of the Sudan Relief Fund, told the Catholic News Agency. Corkery...

Archbishop Paglia wants ‘broadest possible agreement’ on Italian living-will legislation

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has applauded the introduction of legislation that would allow for living wills in Italy. The legislation, introduced...

Catholic parish in Ankara, Turkey, will host Orthodox liturgies

A Catholic parish in Ankara, Turkey, has invited the local Orthodox community to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has...

Former sex-abuse commission member rebuts Cardinal Müller’s defense of Vatican

Marie Collins, who cited an intransigent Vatican bureaucracy when she resigned from her post on the Vatican sex-abuse commission, has taken issue with Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s defense of...

Released Wednesday, Mar. 15

Campaign to end Mass on Spanish public TV

Podemos, a leftist political party that is Spain’s third largest, seeks to eliminate the broadcast of Sunday Mass on Spanish public television. The Mass attracts 303,000 weekly...

Attack on church in Luxembourg

The parish in Bettembourg, Luxembourg, sustained serious damage after someone vandalized and set fire to its interior. “It was like a bomb struck,” said Father Edmond Ries....

Federal court: 1964 Civil Rights Act does not bar discrimination on basis of sexual orientation

A US circuit court in Georgia has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, does not by that fact prohibit...

UK: prelate welcomes government guidance on end-of-life care

An English bishop who represents the bishops’ conference in pro-life matters has praised the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s new guidance on the care of dying adults...

Pope Francis reflects on charity and hope

Continuing his series of Wednesday addresses on Christian hope, Pope Francis reflected on charity and hope in his March 15 general audience. “Today we consider the joy that hope brings to...

Vatican cardinal cautions against sentimental ‘mercy without reason’

Addressing a course on the internal forum, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Penitentiary Major of the Apostolic Penitentiary, reflected on the fruits of the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy. Two...

Worker layoffs can be ‘very grave sin,’ Pope says

During his weekly public audience on March 15, Pope Francis said that employers who lay off workers may be guilty of a “very grave sin.” The Pope made that statement as he recognized...

Former vicar general of Minnesota archdiocese leaves priesthood

The former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis has left the priesthood. Pope Francis has approved the request of Peter Laird to be laicized, the archdiocese has announced....

Nigerian archbishop pleads for peace in Lenten message

The president of Nigeria’s episcopal conference has issued a Lenten message begging for peace, lamenting a new surge of violence in the country. Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos insisted...

Real human liberation comes through the Gospel, Pope says

In a March 15 address to the International Association of Charities, Pope Francis remarked that “human development, the authentic liberation of man, does not exist without the proclamation of...

Bolivian bishops decry proposal to allow abortion in cases of poverty

The Catholic bishops of Bolivia have strongly opposed a plan to liberalize the country’s abortion law, allowing for legal abortion in cases when the mother is living in poverty or already has...

European Court upholds employer’s ban on all workplace religious displays

The European Court of Justice has ruled that an employer can ban the wearing of the Islamic veil, but the court’s ruling could also be used to justify a ban on the wearing of a crucifix or...

New Mexico bishops decry ‘scandal’ of pro-abortion Catholic politicians

The Catholic bishops of the state of New Mexico have joined in a statement rejecting the idea that a Catholic politician can support legal abortion or assisted suicide. “It is not morally...

Released Thursday, Mar. 16

Vatican newspaper: stakes high in Dutch election

In a front-page L’Osservatore Romano op-ed piece, Luca Possati argued that the stakes were high in the Dutch general election, which pitted the party of incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

Pope meets with man considering suicide

During his March 15 general audience, Pope Francis spoke in St. Peter’s Square with a Peruvian man who has requested assisted suicide in Switzerland. L’Osservatore Romano reported...

Cardinal Sodano: Fatima is a message of hope

Speaking at the Portuguese embassy to the Holy See on March 15, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said that the message of the Marian apparitions at Fatima is a fundamentally a message of hope. The...

Caritas appeal for migrant, refugee children

Caritas, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has called for “proper protection” for the “millions of children who now make up an astonishing half...

Church of England issues documents on abuse

The Church of England has released a 57-page document on domestic abuse and a seven-page document on abuse in ecclesial settings. The first document “encourages churches to become places of...

Vatican spokesman reflects on Pope’s ‘sincere humanity’

Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, told EWTN that the Pope’s “sincere humanity” has “done a great service to all of us.” “The Pope says...

Bishops resume mediation of peace talks in Democratic Republic of Congo

Peace talks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aimed to establish a government of national unity leading up to presidential elections, resumed on March 16. The Catholic bishops of the DRC...

UN report rips ‘apartheid regime’ in Israel

A new report by UN researchers, charging that Israel uses systematic racial discrimination to “dominate” the Palestinian people, has been disowned by the office of the UN Secretary...

Pope meets Lebanese president, promises a visit

Pope Francis met on March 16 with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, and reportedly promised to visit Lebanon. An official Vatican statement indicated that the Pope had expressed his...

Caritas Europa decries restrictions on immigration

Caritas Europa, an umbrella organization for Catholic relief agencies in Europe, has issued a statement denouncing the European Union’s March 2016 agreement curbing the flow of immigrants from...

Archbishop reins in Neocatechumenal Way in Guam

Archbishop Michael Byrnes has set new limits on the activities and liturgical practices of the Neocatechumenal Way in the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam. The American-born prelate—who was...

Released Friday, Mar. 17

Knights of Columbus calls on US government to assist persecuted Christians

The Knights of Columbus has granted an additional $1.9 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, bringing its total aid to $12 million...

Dutch Catholic reaction to populist’s defeat

Anna Kruse, a spokeswoman for the Dutch episcopal conference, said that the bishops would not issue a statement in reaction to the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the March 15...

Irish primate: reflect on St. Patrick as an undocumented migrant

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, has issued his St. Patrick’s Day message and called for reflection on St. Patrick as a refugee and undocumented...

Vatican newspaper draws attention to administrative procedures to dissolve marriage

The Vatican publishing house has republished a work on administrative canonical procedures that can dissolve a marriag, and the Vatican newspaper has published a strongly positive review of the...

Vatican newspaper article criticizes dissent from Amoris Laetitia

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article criticizing “dissent in the form of public criticism” of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Father...

Pope leads penance service, speaks on what makes a good confessor

Pope Francis spoke to a group of priests about the characteristics of a good confessor—on the same day that he led a Penance service in the Vatican basilica. The Holy Father began the...

Vatican UN envoy: equal treatment for women implies recognizing their special role

The Vatican’s representative to the UN has encouraged world leaders to promote equal treatment for women in the workplace, while also recognizing women’s “expressed preference and...

Australian Anglican bishop resigns, cites ‘systemic’ protection for abusers

An Australian Anglican bishop has resigned, denouncing the response to the sex-abuse scandal. Bishop Greg Thompson of Newcastle resigned just as an Australian royal commission was concluding its...

Cuban magazine reproduces notes for talk Pope delivered before 2013 conclave

The handwritten notes that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio used as the basis for an address to the College of Cardinals, on the eve of the conclave that elected him as Pope Francis, have been published by...

Mafia boss cannot be godfather, Sicilian archbishop says

A Sicilian archbishop has said that organized crime figures should not be Baptism or Confirmation sponsors. “A Christian godfather should be a guarantee of raising a child in the...

Released Monday, Mar. 20

Papal preacher reflects on Christ, true God from true God

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin Franciscan friar who has served as preacher to the papal household since 1980, preached his second Lenten sermon to the Pope and members of the Roman Curia...

Pope to visit Egypt in April

Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has announced that Pope Francis will visit Cairo on April 28 and 29. The visit—the Pope’s eighteenth apostolic journey outside...

Vatican appeal for Holy Land collection

The Congregation for the Eastern Churches has issued an appeal for the annual Holy Land collection, which takes place in churches around the world on Good Friday. “Today, as we know, living...

+Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, 84

A Czech cardinal who exercised his priestly ministry in a clandestine manner under Communist rule died on March 18 at the age of 84. Born in 1932, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk served in the military and...

Pope Francis: renew the grace of baptism, encounter Christ personally

Reflecting on Christ’s encounter with the Samaritan woman (Jn. 4:5-42), Pope Francis said during his March 19 Angelus address that “the woman was struck by the great respect that Jesus...

Papal prayer for flood victims

Following his March 19 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for victims of flooding in Peru that has killed 72 and left thousands homeless. “I wish to assure my closeness to the beloved...

Layman who refused to recite Hitler oath beatified

An Italian layman refused to recite the Hitler oath was beatified as a martyr at the cathedral in Bolzano on March 18. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...

Australia: priest stabbed by assailant before Mass

As Australian priest was assaulted and stabbed on March 20 by a parishioner who apparently accused him of being a Hindu. Father Tomy Kalathoor Mathew was treated and released for knife wounds in...

Former Pope’s health good as 90th birthday approaches

Pope-emeritus Benedict is “in good shape” at he approaches his 90th birthday, his longtime aide reports. Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who continues to serve as private secretary to...

Vatican official confirms: agreement with SSPX is close

The secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission has confirmed that the Vatican is close to an agreement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that would regularize the status of the traditionalist...

Chaldean Catholic patriarchate says it cannot supply priests for ‘diaspora’ communities

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate has announced that it cannot supply priests for all of the Chaldean communities living outside Iraq, and has urged those communities to find their own candidates...

Schedule released for papal visit to Fatima in May

The Vatican has released the full schedule for a visit by Pope Francis to Fatima in May. The Holy Father will leave Rome on Friday afternoon, May 12, flying into the Monte Real air base in...

Pope apologizes for Church involvement in Rwandan genocide

Pope Francis apologized for the role that Catholics played in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, during a May 20 meeting with that country’s President Paul Kagame. The said that the participation...

Released Tuesday, Mar. 21

Prelates welcome House resolution on environmental stewardship

Two bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed H.Res.195, a proposed resolution expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to...

Archbishop: return to Aleppo

The Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Aleppo has called upon Christians who fled the city during the Syrian Civil War to return. “The lucky ones,” said Archbishop...

Pakistani bishops’ official against potential social media ban

A Pakistani government minister has threatened to block social media sites that do not censor comments that are deemed blasphemous. “We condemn the Facebook pages containing blasphemous...

Punjab proposes changes to Christian marriage law

The government of the Pakistani province of Punjab has proposed broadening the grounds under which Christians may obtain a divorce. Currently, a Christian husband can obtain a divorce only if his...

Philippine bishops issue statement against capital punishment

The Philippine bishops have issued a new statement against the death penalty. “To the people who use the Bible to defend death penalty, need we point out how many other crimes against...

Court paves way for sale of Los Angeles convent to Katy Perry

A California judge has cleared the way for the sale of a convent by the Los Angeles archdiocese to entertainer Katy Perry. Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled that a previous sale of the property, by...

Another Mexican priest attacked

A Catholic priest was attacked in Coahulla, Mexico, last week by men wearing police uniforms, Church officials have revealed. A group of men broke into the home of Father Robert Coogan Francis,...

In World Youth Day message, Pope meditates on Magnificat

In his message for World Youth Day 2017, Pope Francis offers a meditation on the Virgin Mary, using her Magnificat as a model of prayer. World Youth Day will be observed on Palm Sunday. The...

African Catholics reject Communion for divorced/remarried, theologian reports

In Africa, Catholics who are divorced and remarried do not expect to receive Communion, a Nigerian theologian told the Crux news site. The publication of Amoris Laetitia has not stirred much...

Released Wednesday, Mar. 22

Kuwait: man with knife disrupts Mass

A man armed with a long kitchen knife disrupted Mass at the cathedral in Kuwait City on March 19, according to a local newspaper report. The man entered the sanctuary, asked to see the Pope, and...

USCCB: praise, criticism for GOP healthcare proposal

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said in a letter to members of the House of Representatives that portions of the proposed American Health...

Moscow Patriarchate opposes burial of Lenin’s body

The Moscow Patriarchate opposes a proposal to bury the corpse of Vladimir Lenin, whose Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 unleashed a wave of brutal persecution against Christians. Since his death in...

Christian nannies, maids face abuse in Saudi Arabia

L’Osservatore Romano has drawn attention to the plight of Christian maids and nannies in Saudi Arabia, some of whom are effectively enslaved. The domestic workers come from India, the...

Restoration of Christ’s tomb in Holy Sepulchre basilica completed

Restoration work at the site of the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been completed. Restoration work on the “Edicule”—the shrine at the site where Jesus was...

Cardinal Farrell: focus of Amoris Laetitia is preventing marriage divisions

Cardinal Kevin Farrell has told the Italian news agency SIR that “the pastoral priority identified in Amoris Laetitia for the present time is to prevent wounds, divisions, and failures in...

Hope is shown in endurance, encouragement, Pope tells Wednesday audience

Continuing his series of weekly catechetical talks on the virtue of hope, Pope Francis told his Wednesday general audience of March 15 that hope “is not optimism—that is something else. Basing his...

Migration poses greatest world problem since World War II, Pope tells audience

Speaking at his regular weekly public audience on March 22, Pope Francis said that the worldwide flood of migrants and refugees is posing the greatest tragedy the world has faced since World War...

Strong papal endorsement for ‘24 Hours’ initiative for Confessions

Pope Francis warmly welcomed the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative during his public audience on March 22, and urged all Catholic parishes to join in the movement. “I invite...

Bishop says Pope will visit South Sudan in October

Pope Francis is planning an October visit to South Sudan, according to a bishop from that country. Bishop Erkolano Tombe of Yei told the Reuters news agency that a Vatican official confirmed...

Cardinal Bagnasco leery of Italian living-will proposal

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has criticized a legislative proposal to introduce living wills, saying that the bill reflects an “individualistic” approach to...

European Commission confirms pledge to support reconstruction of Norcia basilica

The president of the European Commission has confirmed a commitment to support the reconstruction of the basilica at Norcia, Italy, that was demolished by earthquakes last year. Jean-Claude...

Released Thursday, Mar. 23

Cardinal William Keeler, retired Archbishop of Baltimore, dead at 86

Cardinal William Keeler, the retired Archbishop of Baltimore, died in the early morning of March 23 at a nursing home in Maryland, at the age of 86. Born in Pennsylvania, William Keeler was...

Fatima seers cleared for canonization

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved a miracle through the intercession of Francisco and Jacinta Marto—two of the three children who witnessed the apparition of the Virgin...

Vatican decrees advance 78 candidates for beatification, canonization

The Vatican has released a series of decrees, advancing the cause for beatification or canonization of 78 candidates. The decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, released with the...

Cardinal Parolin sees ‘deep malaise’ in Europe

Europe today is suffering from a “deep malaise,” the Vatican’s Secretary of State remarked in an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa. Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that...

Pope sends condolences after London attack

Pope Francis has sent his condolences after a terrorist attack near London’s House of Parliament in which four people were killed and dozens injured. In a telegram to Cardinal Vincent...

German proposal would annul convictions under anti-sodomy law, grant compensation to convicts

German’s governing cabinet has given its approval to a proposal that would annul men who had been convicted under a law barring homosexual acts, and grant them financial compensation. Until...

In Africa, faith is a ‘happy matter,’ says Cardinal Arinze

Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said that he is not considered a “conservative” in Africa, during an interview with John Allen of Crux. Cardinal Arinze drew sharp distinctions...

Puerto Rican religious leaders ask for US help in debt crisis

Religious leaders in Puerto Rico have joined in an appeal to the United States to help the island territory escape a debt crisis. Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan and Rev. Heriberto...

Cameroon’s president meets with Pontiff

Pope Francis met on March 23 with President Paul Biya of Cameroon. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting indicated that the conversation had centered on Church-state relations,...

At UN forum, Vatican envoy calls for international pacts to ensure safe water supply

At a UN international forum on water and sustainable development, the Vatican’s representative said: “Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right and a condition for sustainable...

Texas Anglican-use parish adopted into Anglican ordinariate

A vigorous Catholic parish in Texas, led by a former Anglican priest, has been incorporated into the Anglican Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, ending a battle for control. The Anglican...

Released Friday, Mar. 24

Syria: jihadists advance on Christian city

Jihadist groups and their Syrian rebel allies have conquered 11 towns in Hama province since beginning a surprise offensive on March 21, Agence France-Presse reported. A regional news website...

USCCB leadership issues statement on migrants, refugees

The Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a pastoral statement on accompanying migrants and refugees. “Intense debate is essential to...

Cardinal calls for prayer, solidarity following Westminster attack

Cardinal Vincent Nichols expressed his shock at the Westminster terrorist attack that left 40 injured and five dead, including the perpetrator, a 52-year-old British convert to Islam. “The...

Christ’s restored tomb inaugurated in Jerusalem

Prelates from the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian Apostolic churches gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to mark the inauguration of the restored Edicule, the...

Papal preacher delivers 3rd Lenten Sermon

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the papal household, delivered the 3rd Lenten Sermon on March 24, continuing his series of meditations on the theme: “No one can say, ‘Jesus...

Nigerian cardinal: dialogue with Islam is productive

A Nigerian cardinal insisted that dialogue with Islam can be productive, in a speech to a Notre Dame conference on African theology. “I’ve spent 40 years having dialogue with Muslims...

Experts fear basilica of the Holy Sepulchre could collapse

While Christians in Jerusalem celebrated the re-opening of the Edicule—the shrine in side the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on the site of Jesus’ tomb—experts cautioned that the...

Vatican envoy pushes for international action on climate change, development

Speaking at a UN session on climate change and sustainable development, the Vatican’s representative said that international agreements require “a commitment to specific, coordinated,...

Salvadoran bishops anxious for canonization of Archbishop Romero

During their ad limina visit to Rome this week, the bishops of El Salvador inquired anxiously about the progress of the cause for canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Archbishop Romero, an...

Vatican journalists protest high cost for accompanying papal flights

Journalists who cover the Vatican have lodged a protest against the high cost that is assessed on reporters who accompany the Pope on foreign trips. In a letter to Vatican officials, thirty...

Milan: special art exhibit to mark visit by Pope Francis

An unusual exhibit featuring the Saints of Italy will be opening on March 25 in Milan, as the city prepares for a visit by Pope Francis. The exhibit in the Palazzo Reale, which will run until...

Pope tells European leaders: solidarity will overcome populism, ‘fruit of egotism’

Addressing 27 European heads of state on March 24, Pope Francis said that the founders of the European Union rightly understood that “the heart of the European political project could only be...

Released Monday, Mar. 27

Fiji’s president meets with Pope

Pope Francis received George Konrote, Fiji’s president since 2015, at the Apostolic Palace on March 24. Konrote, a Seventh Day Adventist, also met with the Vatican’s Secretary of...

Pope Francis, in Milan, preaches on Annunciation, speaks on evangelization

On March 25, Pope Francis traveled to Milan, Italy’s second-largest city and Europe’s largest diocese, in the 13th apostolic journey of his pontificate within Italy. Following a...

115 Spanish martyrs beatified

115 martyrs from the Spanish Civil War, including 90 diocesan priests, were beatified in Almería on March 25. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...

Pope Francis: follow the light of Christ, abandon ‘false lights’

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass (Jn. 9:1-41), Pope Francis said during his March 26 Angelus address that the healing of the man born blind “causes us to reflect on our...

Leaders of Roman Curia rally around papal abuse commission

A number of top Vatican leaders attended a March 23 seminar hosted by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), in an unmistakable show of support for the commission. The...

Court allows re-trial of Philadelphia monsignor after conviction was reversed

A Pennsylvania court has cleared the way for a re-trail of a Philadelphia priest whose conviction on child-endangerment charges was overturned by the state’s top court. Msgr. William Lynn...

German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

Instead of closing parishes because of a shortage of priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has proposed to appoint lay people to administer parishes. Cardinal Marx said that lay-run parishes...

Mexican bishop: faithful have a duty to oppose abortion, protect life

The Catholic faithful have “a serious, human, and societal responsibility” to protect human life, a spokesman for the Mexican hierarchy said in a message for the national Day for...

India: cemetery vandalized after Hindu group charges Christians with forced conversions

A Christian graveyard was vandalized in India’s state of Uttar Pradesh, after a local Hindu-nationalist group issued charges that Christians were using pressure tactics to make...

Pope meets with bishops from Western Canada

Pope Francis met on March 27 with a group of bishops from western Canada who were completing their ad limina visits. The Canadian prelates were members of the Assembly of Western Catholic...

Mexico City archdiocese: ‘immoral’ to help build Trump’s border wall

An editorial in the newspaper of the Mexico City archdiocese has argued that helping to build the border wall proposed by American President Donald Trump would be immoral. The wall would be...

European Parliament leaders visit Norcia, pledge support to rebuild basilica

A delegation of the European Parliament leadership visited Norcia, Italy on March 24, to see the devastated basilica of St. Francis and discuss restoration plans. The European Parliament is...

Released Tuesday, Mar. 28

Communist leader: Catholic-Orthodox split fostered West’s hatred of Russia

Gennady Zyuganov, the head of Russia’s Communist Party since 1993, attributed “hatred for Russia” to “the split of Christianity into the Catholic and the Orthodox...

Indonesia: Muslims protest parish construction; police fire tear gas

Throwing bottles and rocks, several hundred Muslims gathered on March 24 to protest the construction of a Catholic parish in Kaliabang, a city located near the Indonesian capital of...

Cardinal Marx meets with Merkel challenger

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich met on March 27 with Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party and leading challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September federal...

English Catholics, Lutherans commemorate Reformation

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham joined the head of the Lutheran Church in England to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The commemoration took place on...

Congo bishops withdraw from role as mediator between government, opposition

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have withdrawn from their role as mediator between the government of President Joseph Kabila, who has remained in office beyond his constitutional...

Pope Francis: elimination of nuclear weapons is moral imperative

In a message to a United Nations conference on nuclear weapons, Pope Francis said that the “ultimate goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons” is “both a challenge and a...

Pope’s liturgical schedule for Holy Week released

The Vatican has released the schedule of public liturgical events at which Pope Francis will preside during Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, April 9, the Pope will lead the traditional procession and...

Bolivian feminists join bishops in opposition to bill allowing abortion for poor women

The Catholic bishops of Bolivia have renewed their opposition to a proposal that would legalize abortion for poor families—and found unexpected allies in feminists who see the legislation as a...

Cardinal Vingt-Trois of Paris sidelined by Guillain-Barre syndrome

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris will be unable to preside at Holy Week and Easter ceremonies, becaue he is suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, the archdiocese has...

Mexican bishop under fire after charging corruption in local state government

A Mexican bishop is facing heavy criticism from local politicians after he charged that the administration of his state was riddled with corruption. Bishop Ramon Castro of Cuernavaca had sought...

Another Mexican priest killed

A Catholic priest was killed on March 26 in El Nayar, in the western state of Nayarit in Mexico. Father Felipe Carillo Altamirano was killed on Sunday evening. Few details about the crime were...

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