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Released Thursday, Apr. 2

Ecumenical Patriarch grants interview to Jesuit journal CWN - April 2, 2015

Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, has conducted a lengthy interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds a...

Jerusalem patriarch: Holy Thursday homily CWN - April 2, 2015

Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, celebrated the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. After preaching about the love that...

Turn to the Lord in your weariness, Pope exhorts priests at Chrism Mass CWN - April 2, 2015

Following the celebration of Terce from the Liturgy of the Hours, Pope Francis presided at the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning. During his homily, Pope Francis...

Easter message of Christian leaders in Jerusalem CWN - April 2, 2015

The heads of the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant communities in Jerusalem have issued their annual joint Easter message. “Here is located the site of the Empty Tomb, the place where God’s...

Orthodox churches discuss upcoming synod agenda CWN - April 2, 2015

Representatives of a dozen Orthodox churches gathered in Chambésy, Switzerland, to discuss the agenda of the Pan-Orthodox Council that will take place in 2016. According to the Moscow...

Released Friday, Apr. 3

Vatican embassy in Washington plans to add security fence before papal visit CWN - April 3, 2015

The Vatican embassy in Washington, DC, has asked local zoning officials to approve construction of a 6-foot high security fence around the embassy grounds, “in anticipation of the visit of His...

At Good Friday service, papal preacher notes world's indifference to suffering of persecuted Christians CWN - April 3, 2015

The preacher of the pontifical household, decried the silence of silence of the world in the face of Christian persecution, during his homily at a penance service in the Vatican basilica on Good...

Pope encourages peace talks in Colombia, plans visit there CWN - April 3, 2015

In a message to the bishops of Colombia, Pope Francis has said that they must “not lose energy or hope” in working toward a final accord that would end the nation’s long years of civil...

Pope leads Stations of the Cross in Roman Coliseum CWN - April 3, 2015

Pope Francis presided at the Stations of the Cross in the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday, April 3. The meditations for the traditional ceremony-- written by Bishop Renato Corti of Novara,...

Papal statement mourns killings at Kenyan university CWN - April 3, 2015

Pope Francis has issued a statement denouncing the terrorist attack that killed at least 148 people at Garissa University in Kenya. Armed members of the Islamic group al Shabab assaulted the...

Released Saturday, Apr. 4

Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 4, 2015

"Tonight is a night of vigil. The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. Ps. 121:4), to bring them out of slavery and to open before them the way to freedom. The Lord is...

Released Monday, Apr. 6

Pope Francis: Easter Message Urbi et Orbi (To the City and the World) CWN - April 6, 2015

Following Mass on Easter Sunday morning, Pope Francis delivered his Easter message Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world). “Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ is risen! Love has...

State agency backs bakery that refused to decorate cakes with message critical of homosexuality CWN - April 6, 2015

The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that a bakery in Denver did not engage in discrimination when it refused to decorate cakes with messages critical of homosexuality. In 2014, William Jack...

President Obama issues statements for Passover, Easter CWN - April 6, 2015

President Barack Obama has issued statements on Passover and Easter. “Michelle and I join our fellow Christians around the world in observing Good Friday and celebrating Easter this weekend,” he...

Report: Islamic State blows up church CWN - April 6, 2015

The Islamic State has blown up a church in Al-Hasakah Governorate in northeastern Syria, according to a report by the Syrian Arab News Agency. The Church of the Virgin Mary, located in Tal Nasri,...

Ukrainian Catholic leader issues Holy Thursday letter to priests CWN - April 6, 2015

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest of the Eastern Catholic churches in full communion with the Holy See, issued a Holy Thursday letter to priests. “On this day, as we...

Jerusalem patriarch: Easter homily CWN - April 6, 2015

Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, celebrated Easter Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. “Every day in the Middle East, we are witnesses of tragic...

Delhi churches under police protection CWN - April 6, 2015

In the wake of attacks on six Christian institutions in Delhi between December and February, police in India’s capital were directed to provide protection for 259 churches and other institutions on...

Russian Muslim body denounces Islamic State CWN - April 6, 2015

Russia's Muslim Spiritual Board has denounced the Islamic State, according to a report from the Interfax news agency. The Islamic State’s adherents “erroneously interpret Islam as a religion of...

Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6, 2015

The international community cannot remain “silent and inactive” in the face of persecution of Christians, Pope Francis said during his midday audience on Easter Monday April 6. The Pope spoke of...

Head of Rome's Jewish community sends Easter greetings to Pontiff CWN - April 6, 2015

Rome chief rabbi sends Easter messages to Francis, Benedict (ANSA) Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the leader of the Jewish community in Rome, sent his “cordial and sincere” greetings to Pope Francis...

Indian Christians bear witness by forgiving persecutors CWN - April 6, 2015

In a commentary piece for Outlook, India’s leading secular magazine, that appeared on Easter Sunday, Anto Akkara (a regular contributor to CWN) explains how Christians have attracted their neighbors...

American Catholic, Baptist leaders join in call for civil debate on religious liberty CWN - April 6, 2015

Catholic and Baptist leaders have joined in a statement calling for a serious national discussion of religious liberty in the US. Two Catholic archbishops, two spokesmen for the Southern Baptist...

Massachusetts bishops oppose death penalty for 'Marathon bomber' CWN - April 6, 2015

The Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have issued a statement voicing their opposition to the use of the death penalty in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the “Marathon bomber.” Tsarnaev is on...

Released Tuesday, Apr. 7

Report: world’s Muslim population will nearly equal Christian population in 2050 CWN - April 7, 2015

The Pew Research Center has published a new report entitled “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050.” The report found that in 2050, if current trends continue,...

5 priests minister in Yemen as civil war rages CWN - April 7, 2015

As civil war intensifies in Yemen, five priests, all of them Salesian, remain in the nation to minister to an estimated 3,000 Catholics in four cities. Most of Yemen’s Catholics are workers from...

Europe’s bishops call for greater respect for Roma people CWN - April 7, 2015

The president of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe has issued a statement calling for greater respect for the Romani (or Roma) people, who are sometimes referred to as...

Philippine president invites cardinals to study peace deal with separatists CWN - April 7, 2015

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has invited three prelates, including Cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle and Orlando Quevedo, to join an advisory council that will evaluate the Bangsamoro Basic...

Vatican foreign minister hopes interreligious dialogue can counter religious violence CWN - April 7, 2015

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, spoke with The Australian about the Vatican’s efforts to use interreligious dialogue as a means to counter religious...

Opposition to French bill on presumed consent in organ donations CWN - April 7, 2015

The website of the Bishops’ Conference of France has published an article by Father Patrick Verspieren, SJ, expressing opposition to a proposed change in French law on organ donations. Under...

Israeli supreme court sides with Catholic monastery, Palestinian homeowners over route of security wall CWN - April 7, 2015

Catholic Church officials in Israel have won a key victory in the nation’s supreme court, which ruled against the construction of a security wall through land owned by a Salesian monastery. The...

Kenyan prelate: heighten security, fight radicalization of youth in aftermath of Garissa massacre CWN - April 7, 2015

Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi has called for stronger security measures in the wake of a terrorist massacre at Garissa University. In an interview with Vatican Radio, the Kenyan prelate said...

Does Cardinal Müller see new role for Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? CWN - April 7, 2015

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has proposed a new role for his office under Pope Francis, suggesting that the Congregation should “provide the theological structure of...

English bishops release advice to voters on coming elections CWN - April 7, 2015

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued guidelines for voters in the upcoming elections, saying that Catholics should be guided by a “desire to build a world in which respect, dignity,...

Immigrant from Bangladesh is key suspect in rape of nun in India CWN - April 7, 2015

Police in India have revealed that a key suspect in the gang-rape of a Catholic nun is an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh who apparently bribed a border official to enter India. Mohammad...

President Obama raps 'less than loving' Christians CWN - April 7, 2015

President Barack Obama took aim at “less-than-loving expressions by Christians” during an April 7 address to an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House. Departing from his prepared text, the...

Released Wednesday, Apr. 8

Number of priestly ordinations in US to rise 25% this year CWN - April 8, 2015

595 men are expected to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States in 2015, an increase of 24.7% over last year’s figure of 477, according to data released by the United States Conference of...

Patriarchate denounces ‘rebellion’ of California’s Chaldean bishops CWN - April 8, 2015

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate has issued a statement denouncing the “rebellion” of Bishop Sarhad Jammo, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego, and of...

60,000 Nigerians flee Boko Haram for Cameroon town CWN - April 8, 2015

Fleeing militants of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, 60,000 Nigerians have taken refuge in Narwa, a town in northern Cameroon. “We saw [an] unimaginable number of Nigerian refugees,”...

Vatican newspaper publishes article decrying radical French secularism CWN - April 8, 2015

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article denouncing the decision by RATP, France’s state-owned public transit company, to remove the words “for the benefit of Eastern Christians” from 250...

Report predicts 9 million fewer Catholics in France in 30 years CWN - April 8, 2015

If current demographic trends continue, the number of baptized Catholics in France will fall from approximately 44.1 million today to 35.2 million in 2045, according to the French Christian magazine...

5 injured in attack on church in Egypt CWN - April 8, 2015

Gunmen fired upon a Coptic church in a suburb of Alexandria, Egypt, on the night of April 5, according to media reports. One guard and four passersby were injured in the drive-by...

Moscow patriarch’s Easter greeting to Christian leaders CWN - April 8, 2015

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued a paschal greeting to the heads of non-Orthodox churches. “Giving praise to the Lord for His...

‘Children are never a mistake,’ says Pope CWN - April 8, 2015

Continuing his reflections on the family, Pope Francis devoted his April 8 general audience to suffering children. “From the first moments of their lives, some are rejected, abandoned, and robbed...

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, retired Archbishop of Montreal, dead at 78 CWN - April 8, 2015

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, the retired Archbishop of Montreal, died on April 8 after a long illness. A native of Montreal, Jean-Claude Turcotte was ordained to the priesthood in 1959 and...

US seeks to extradite former Salvadoran colonel to face charges for killings of 5 Jesuit priests CWN - April 8, 2015

The US Department of Justice plans to extradite a former Salvadoran military officer to Spain, where he faces charges for the 1989 murders of five Jesuit priests in El Salvador. Inocente Orlando...

Released Thursday, Apr. 9

ACLU lawsuit targets Catholic aid to refugees, unaccompanied minors CWN - April 9, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union announced that it will file suit “to order the federal government to release documents related to how groups that are awarded government funding contracts are...

Biden cites Pope Francis in White House prayer breakfast talk CWN - April 9, 2015

At the recent White House Easter prayer breakfast, Vice President Joe Biden cited Pope Francis. “I never fail to get a renewed sense of hope and possibilities when I attend Mass on Easter...

Cardinal Napier criticizes Cardinal Kasper CWN - April 9, 2015

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, one of the four presidents-delegate at the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, criticized Cardinal Walter Kasper in three recent postings on his Twitter...

US, Vatican officials discuss nuclear nonproliferation CWN - April 9, 2015

The United States’ Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security has traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican officials on April 9 and 10. “Under Secretary [Rose] Gottemoeller...

Ecumenical Patriarch issues statement on water CWN - April 9, 2015

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches, recently issued a statement on the “human right to water and sanitation.” “Water is a...

Holy See to take part in leading contemporary art show CWN - April 9, 2015

The Holy See is among the dozens of states with a national pavilion in the Venice Biennale, a leading contemporary art show founded in 1895. The show begins on May 9 and concludes on November 22;...

English lay Catholics back priests' statement affirming Church teaching on marriage CWN - April 9, 2015

More than 500 lay Catholics in England and Wales have signed a statement of support for Church teaching on marriage, echoing a recent statement issued by Catholic priests. “As laity, we all know...

Vatican cardinal raps politician's 'absurd' campaign against Roma people CWN - April 9, 2015

The president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants has denounced the “absurd” comments of an Italian political leader about the Roma (gypsy) people. Matteo Salvini of the Northern League had...

Italian media sensationalize priests' scandals CWN - April 9, 2015

Italian media outlets are carrying sensational stories about two allegations against Catholic priests: one who has been accused of soliciting homosexual partners, another who has been accused of...

Slovakian president meets with Pontiff CWN - April 9, 2015

Pope Francis met on April 9 with President Andrej Kiska of the Slovak Republic. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting said that the “cordial” discussions, centered on bilateral...

Papal nuncio sees 'disgrace' in living conditions at refugee camp overrun by Islamic State CWN - April 9, 2015

Islamic State forces have seized control of the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus, raising fears that the jihadist group could launch an offensive against the Syrian capital. But the apostolic...

Pope speaks out on Armenian genocide CWN - April 9, 2015

The Armenian genocide of 1915 “places before us the darkness of the mysterium iniquitatis," Pope Francis said as he met on April 9 with a group of bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church. The...

Cleveland diocese sets morality standards for high-school teachers CWN - April 9, 2015

The Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, has set new standards for teachers at parochial high schools, matching the standards already in place for elementary-school teachers. The new rules stipulate that...

Released Friday, Apr. 10

Obama administration calls for national ban on conversion therapy for minors CWN - April 10, 2015

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, said that the Obama administration supports proposed federal legislation that would ban conversion therapy for minors. “Conversion therapy...

Bishops call for participation in March for Marriage CWN - April 10, 2015

The chairmen of the US bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage have invited their brother bishops and the faithful to...

Report: Vatican declines to approve French ambassador’s nomination over homosexuality CWN - April 10, 2015

In January, the French government appointed Laurent Stefanini as its ambassador to the Holy See, but three months later, the Vatican has not approved the appointment—leading to European media...

Catholic aid worker killed in Syria CWN - April 10, 2015

Safouh Al-Mosleh, an Eastern Catholic worker for Caritas Syria, died during the bombing of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, on April 7. The situation has worsened in Aleppo in recent days following...

Controversies at Catholic schools in Iowa, Nebraska over teachers and same-sex marriage CWN - April 10, 2015

150 students and alumni at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, took part in a protest against the Diocese of Des Moines’ decision not to offer a full-time teaching contract to a...

Vatican official offers Mass for Tunis terrorist victims CWN - April 10, 2015

Participants in a recent meeting of the Apostleship of the Sea, chaired by the secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, emphasized that dialogue with...

Georgia's President Margvelashvili meets with Pope CWN - April 10, 2015

Pope Francis met on April 10 with Presideng Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia. The Vatican announced that the Pontiff’s brief conversation with the Georgian leader focused on Church-state...

At UN, Vatican envoy laments lack of progress toward nuclear disarmament CWN - April 10, 2015

In an April 9 address to a UN session on nuclear weapons, Archbishop Bernardito Auza reminded world leaders that “the Holy See has not ceased to raise the moral argument against the possession and...

Among US voters, Catholic party affiliations match those of overall population CWN - April 10, 2015

In a study of the religious and political affiliations of American voters, Pew Research has found that Evangelical Protestants are moving steadily toward the Republican party, while Catholics and...

Year of Mercy will be formally announced on Saturday evening, April 11 CWN - April 10, 2015

Pope Francis will formally announce the Jubilee Year of Mercy at a ceremony on Saturday evening, the eve of the feast of Divine Mercy. The “bull of indiction” proclaiming the Jubilee, entitled...

Cardinal Kasper: Year of Mercy 'corresponds to the signs of the times' CWN - April 10, 2015

Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose book on God’s mercy drew special praise from Pope Francis, has said that the Jubilee Year of Mercy “corresponds to the signs of the times today.” Speaking to Vatican...

Cardinal Sarah: Catholic Africa will resist any effort to change Church teaching CWN - April 10, 2015

L’Espresso profiles Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, speculating that he could be the first Pope from black Africa. Cardinal Sarah, a native of Guinea,...

Yet another priest murdered in Mexico CWN - April 10, 2015

For the 10th time in two years, a Catholic priest has been murdered in Mexico. Father Francisco Javier Gutierrez was shot in the head, and his body was found by the roadside outside the town of...

Kenyan bishops ask government to raise security level after Garissa massacre CWN - April 10, 2015

Responding to the massacre of university students at Garissa, the Catholic bishops of Kenya have issued a statement proclaiming there hope that “the government will get to the bottom of this problem...

Scottish bishops tell voters: put life first CWN - April 10, 2015

The Catholic bishops of Scotland are encouraging voters to consider the sanctity of life as “the fundamental issue” as they weigh candidates in the coming British elections. In a pastoral letter...

Catholics in Holy Land celebrate Easter this Sunday CWN - April 10, 2015

Catholics in Jordan will celebrate Easter on April 12, in accordance with a new agreement that unites the day of the Easter celebration for Orthodox and Catholic believers in the Holy Land. In...

Released Monday, Apr. 13

Pope decries economic inequity in the Americas CWN - April 13, 2015

In a message to the Summit of the Americas, which brought together leaders of 35 North and South American leaders, Pope Francis decried unjust economic disparities. “Inequity, the unjust...

Transmit the beauty of consecrated life, Pope urges those involved in formation CWN - April 13, 2015

Pope Francis met with 1,300 consecrated men and women are involved in the formation of young religious and called upon them to convey to postulants and novices the beauty of consecrated life. The...

Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13, 2015

Emphasizing the centrality of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and highlighting the importance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis has issued Misericordiae Vultus [The Face of...

Pope laments Armenian genocide, proclaims 36th doctor of the Church CWN - April 13, 2015

Celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on April 12 for the faithful of the Armenian rite, Pope Francis officially proclaimed St. Gregory of Narek the 36th doctor of the Church. In a...

Thomas ‘was able to touch the Paschal Mystery,’ says Pope CWN - April 13, 2015

Pope Francis devoted his April 12 Regina Caeli address to St. Thomas’ encounter with the Risen Lord eight days after Easter. In “the salvific contact with the wounds of the Risen Lord” the...

Turkey recalls ambassador to Holy See, protests Pope's statement on Armenian genocide CWN - April 13, 2015

The government of Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Holy See, protesting a strong public statement by Pope Francis condemning the Armenian genocide. The Pope said that the deaths of an...

Lay members of papal commission on abuse meet to voice concerns on Chilean bishop's appointment CWN - April 13, 2015

Four lay members of a papal commission on sexual abuse have met with the panel’s chairman, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, to voice their concerns about the appointment of a Chilean bishop who has been...

New Jersey Catholic teacher who criticized gay-rights advocates is reinstated after suspension CWN - April 13, 2015

A New Jersey woman who was suspended from her teaching post at a Catholic school because of Facebook posts criticizing homosexual activists has been reinstated. Patricia Jannuzzi will return to...

Council of Cardinals continues discussions on Vatican reform CWN - April 13, 2015

The Council of Cardinals, the 9-man body appointed by Pope Francis to provide advice on reorganization of the Roman Curia, is meeting in Rome this week. The 3-day meeting, beginning on April 13,...

Pakistani Christian teen dowsed with gasoline, burned by Islamic group CWN - April 13, 2015

A Pakistani Christian boy is in critical condition after he was doused with gasoline and burned by a group of Muslims, the Fides news service reports. Nauman Masih, who is 14 years old, was...

Archdiocese of Buenos Aires recognizes SSPX group CWN - April 13, 2015

Cardinal Mario Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina has recognized a branch of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) as an “association of diocesan right,” marking the first time that the breakaway...

English cardinal confirms that cathedral in Mosul has been desecrated by ISIS CWN - April 13, 2015

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, has confirmed that troops of the Islamic State have desecrated the Catholic cathedral in Mosul, Iraq. Cardinal Nichols, who traveled to Iraq to...

Iraqi premier meets Chaldean Patriarch, urges Christians to stay CWN - April 13, 2015

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako met on April 11 with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who voiced his concern about the “difficulties” facing Christians in the country, and...

Released Tuesday, Apr. 14

USCCB committee chair supports framework for dealing with Iran CWN - April 14, 2015

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace Committee has welcomed the adoption of a framework by the United States, its allies,...

In message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis reflects on exodus CWN - April 14, 2015

The Holy See Press Office has released “Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation,” Pope Francis’s Message for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will take place on the Fourth...

UN secretary general to speak at interfaith Vatican meeting on climate change CWN - April 14, 2015

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has announced that it is sponsoring a workshop on April 28 “to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change...

Pope’s Twitter following surpasses 20 million CWN - April 14, 2015

Pope Francis’s Twitter following surpassed 20 million on April 12. It surpassed 10 million followers in October 2013. The Twitter account now has 8.5 million followers in Spanish, 5.9 million...

Christian neighborhood shelled in Aleppo; city may fall to Islamic State CWN - April 14, 2015

Syrian rebels fired rockets at a Christian neighborhood in Aleppo, the nation’s largest city, on the night of April 10-11. As efforts to bring about a ceasefire in Aleppo collapsed, Christians in...

Officials named for Vatican economic offices CWN - April 14, 2015

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Luigi Mistò, 62, as the secretary of the administrative section of the Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr. Mistò will assist Cardinal George Pell, the secretariat’s...

In Easter message, Moscow patriarch recalls victory over Germany CWN - April 14, 2015

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued his Easter message to the Russian Orthodox faithful. “When spiritual heroism becomes the substance...

Armenian genocide was ideological, not religious, says Armenian prelate CWN - April 14, 2015

The Armenian genocide was motivated by ideology, not religion, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Cilicia told Vatican Insider. But he added that today, the Turkish government is seeking...

Dangerous conditions at St. Patrick's cathedral force repairs, Cardinal Dolan says CWN - April 14, 2015

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has revealed that St. Patrick’s cathedral was in dangerous condition before a recent restoration effort began. “We’re talking about repair, because literally,...

Full schedule released for Pope's June trip to Sarajevo CWN - April 14, 2015

The Vatican has released a full schedule for the June 6 visit to Sarajevo by Pope Francis. The Pontiff will leave Rome early in the morning, arrived in Sarajevo after a one-hour flight. Following...

Papal trip to South America set for July? CWN - April 14, 2015

Pope Francis will travel to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay in July, the Associated Press has reported. Citing Italian media reports, AP says that the Pontiff will spend two days in Ecuador,...

Pope not worried about Islamic threats to himself, Archbishop Gänswein reports CWN - April 14, 2015

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that Pope Francis is not frightened by reports that the Islamic State has targeted him, but he is very concerned about the jihadist group's persecution of...

France still waiting on Vatican response to ambassador's nomination CWN - April 14, 2015

The French government is still awaiting a Vatican response to the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as ambassador to the Holy See. Stefanini’s nomination has been on hold for three months, and...

Hindu extremist: India should sterilize Christians, Muslims CWN - April 14, 2015

A Hindu leader has called for the sterilization of Christians and Muslims, to curb the population of religious minorities and ensure the predominance of Hindu culture in India. Deva Sadhvi...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch supports creation of Palestinian state CWN - April 14, 2015

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has declared the support of the Russian Orthodox Church for a Palestinian state. The Russian prelate said that the Palestinian people should have their own state, "in...

One year after kidnapping, over 200 Nigerian girls still missing CWN - April 14, 2015

One year after the kidnapping of 276 girls by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the country’s Christians are still hoping “that one day we shall receive that good news” that they are safe, says...

Released Wednesday, Apr. 15

Support International Religious Freedom Act, says USCCB committee chair CWN - April 15, 2015

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon members of the House of Representatives to pass the Frank Wolf...

Cardinal Tucci dies at 93 CWN - April 15, 2015

Cardinal Roberto Tucci passed away on April 14, five days shy of his 94th birthday. Born in Naples in 1921, he entered the Society of Jesus at 15 and was ordained to the priesthood at 29. He took...

Cardinal Turkson speaks on women and conflict resolution CWN - April 15, 2015

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, delivered the opening address at a conference devoted to women’s leadership in conflict resolution. The US...

Bishop: Turkish Christians ‘embarrassed’ by Pope’s remarks on Armenian genocide CWN - April 15, 2015

Bishop Louis Pelâtre, the French-born apostolic vicar of Istanbul, said that Pope Francis’s remarks on the Armenian genocide have caused a “great sensation” in Turkey. Ilsussidiario.net reported...

Survey: Thailand, Armenia are the most religious nations CWN - April 15, 2015

Predominant Buddhist Thailand and predominantly Christian Armenia are the world’s most religious nations, according to a survey of nearly 64,000 people conducted by WIN/Gallup International...

Man and woman are different and complementary, Pope emphasizes in audience CWN - April 15, 2015

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his April 15 general audience to “the difference and complementarity” of man and woman. Stating that man and woman “as a couple” are...

Cardinal Pell moves out of Vatican bank location, into new permanent office CWN - April 15, 2015

Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has moved out of his temporary office in the headquarters of the Vatican bank to a new location close to the other offices of...

Another German cardinal raps push for Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics CWN - April 15, 2015

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the retired president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, has said that pressure for change in the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage...

Vatican-reform planning likely to continue into 2016 CWN - April 15, 2015

The Council of Cardinals—the 9-member group advising Pope Francis on Vatican reforms—concluded its 9th meeting on April 15. A Vatican statement released at the close of the meeting indicated that...

Pope meets family of Asia Bibi, Pakistani woman facing death sentence CWN - April 15, 2015

Pope Francis met on April 15 with relatives of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani woman who is facing a death sentence for alleged blasphemy. Following his regular weekly public audience, the Pontiff met...

Turkey's leaders lash out at Pope for recognizing Armenian genocide CWN - April 15, 2015

Turkey’s top political leaders have issued angry statements denouncing Pope Francis for his statement recognizing the Armenian genocide. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the...

iPad donated by Pope Francis auctioned for $30,500 CWN - April 15, 2015

An iPad donated by Pope Francis has been sold at auction for $30,500, with the funds destined for a Catholic school in Uruguay. The Pope gave the iPad to a priest in Uruguay, who in turn offered...

Released Thursday, Apr. 16

Pope renews condemnation of terrorist attack in Kenya CWN - April 16, 2015

Pope Francis received the bishops of Kenya in audience on April 16 and renewed his condemnation of Al-Shabaab’s recent killing of over 150 Christians at Garissa University College. “With you, I...

Catholic share of world population increases; sisters and seminarians decline CWN - April 16, 2015

A new edition of the Vatican statistical yearbook has been published, offering a statistical glimpse of the Church as of December 31, 2013. Between 2005 and 2013, the number of Catholics...

Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16, 2015

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has completed its doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella organization for the majority of the...

USCCB, Catholic Charities officials back legislation on reform of prison sentencing CWN - April 16, 2015

The chairman of the Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the president-elect of Catholic Charities USA expressed support the...

Vatican confirms papal trip to South America in July CWN - April 16, 2015

The director of the Holy See Press Office has issued a statement confirming that Pope Francis will visit three South American nations in July. The Pope will visit Ecuador from July 6-8, Bolivia...

Historic cathedral returned to Russian Orthodox Church CWN - April 16, 2015

The Russian government has returned Smolny Convent and Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church, according to a report from AsiaNews. The convent, whose centerpiece is the cathedral, is located...

Pope-emeritus Benedict marks his 88th birthday CWN - April 16, 2015

Pope Francis offered his daily Mass for the intentions of his predecessor Benedict XVI on April 16, as the retired Pontiff celebrated his 88th birthday. "I would like to remind that today is Pope...

San Francisco: critics call for removal of Archbishop Cordileone; archdiocese fires back CWN - April 16, 2015

More than 100 prominent Catholics signed a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle urging Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The paid advertisement charged...

Syrian archbishop urges clergy to stay in Aleppo despite risk of slaughter CWN - April 16, 2015

The Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, is urging the clergy not to abandon the city, despite the danger that it could fall to the Islamic State. “I am asking my priests to stay,”...

Armenian genocide memorials muted in Turkey CWN - April 16, 2015

Armenian Apostolic Patriarch Aram Ateshian of Constantinople will celebrate the Divine Liturgy to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, risking the wrath of the Turkish government,...

Another surprise call from the Pope: journalist in Argentina stunned CWN - April 16, 2015

Pope Francis has once again made headlines with an unexpected phone call, this time to a journalist in his native Argentina. Alfredo Leuco, who writes for Clarin in Buenos Aires, penned an open...

Vatican envoy regrets UN emphasis on abortion, efforts to curb population growth CWN - April 16, 2015

The Vatican’s representative at the UN decried campaigns to promote abortion and contraception, in two separate addresses this week. Speaking at an April 15 session on sexual violence in armed...

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Vatican spokesman: papal trip to Cuba is a possibility CWN - 24 hours ago

The director of the Holy See Press Office said that there is a possibility that Pope Francis may visit Cuba in September. “The Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea of making a stop...

Victory for Pennsylvania dioceses against HHS mandate CWN - 24 hours ago

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has issued a temporary order halting enforcement of the HHS mandate against Catholic charities and schools associated with the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and...

Pope thanks Papal Foundation for support CWN - 24 hours ago

Pope Francis received members of the US-based Papal Foundation in audience at the Apostolic Palace on April 17 and encouraged them to transmit “the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith that comes...

12th-century French church partially destroyed CWN - 23 hours ago

The church in the French village of Saint-Martin-le-Beau sustained significant fire damage on April 17. Twenty cars near the church, whose bell tower dates to the twelfth century, were also...

South African bishops denounce attacks on immigrants CWN - 23 hours ago

Thousands of foreign nationals in South Africa have fled their homes for shelters after mob attacks in Durban left five dead. “We understand the anger that the people may be feeling towards the...

Cardinal Francis George dies after long battle with cancer CWN - 15 hours ago

Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, died on April 17 at the age of 78, after a long battle with cancer. Cardinal George, who for years had been a leader in the American...

Vatican envoy demands UN keep 'eyes wide open' to persecution of Christians CWN - 13 hours ago

Speaking on April 17 to a UN session on the persecution of Christians, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that world leaders should approach the question “with both of our eyes wide open.” “And as...

Pope will join US seminarians to honor Bl. Junipero Serra CWN - 13 hours ago

Pope Francis will visit the North American College in Rome on May 2, to participate in a day devoted to Blessed Junipero Serra. The Holy Father will celebrate Mass at the North American College:...

Immigrants clash on refugee ship; Muslims throw Christians overboard CWN - 13 hours ago

Italian police arrested 15 Muslim immigrants on April 16 after a brutal incident in which at least a dozen Christians were thrown overboard from a boat leaving carrying refugees from Libya to...

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