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Released Monday, Aug. 4

Strong USCCB support for Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act CWN - August 4, 2014

Three bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have offered their “strong support” for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014. The bill,...

Pope reflects on Christ feeding the multitude CWN - August 4, 2014

During his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel from the Mass of the day (Mt. 14:13-21) and said that the passage offers “three messages”: compassion,...

Patriarch: Gaza a ‘factory of desperate people’ CWN - August 4, 2014

The blockade of the Gaza Strip, in force since 2007, has made the region a “factory of desperate people” and “extremists ready for anything,” according to the Latin Patriarch of...

Central African prelate hopeful about ceasefire CWN - August 4, 2014

The Central African Republic’s leading prelate has expressed cautious optimism that a recent truce between Séléka and anti-Balaka forces will lead to peace. The Islamist Séléka forces held sway...

Pope commemorates St. Peter Faber’s feast CWN - August 4, 2014

Pope Francis celebrated the feast of St. Peter Faber on August 1 by inviting a group of young Jesuit priests to join him for Mass, according to a brief Vatican Radio report. In December, the...

Canadian bishops’ conference marks World War I anniversary CWN - August 4, 2014

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement commemorating the centenary of Canada’s entry into the World War I. “The horrors of war should never be...

French cardinal visits Iraq’s persecuted Christians CWN - August 4, 2014

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, joined by two other French bishops, made a four-day trip to Iraq to meet with some of the nation’s persecuted Christians. “I will recite the Our Father in...

Cardinal Clancy dead at 90 CWN - August 4, 2014

Cardinal Edward Clancy, who served as Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 until 2001, died at a nursing home on August 3. The Little Sisters of the Poor cared for him for the last eight years of his...

Pope urges Scouts to follow Jesus, defend Christian values CWN - August 4, 2014

Pope Francis has urged participants in a meeting of European Scouts to “go, have no fear, and serve” as they respond to Jesus’ call to follow him. An estimated 12,000 Scouts from 20 countries are...

‘In memory of a mother’ CWN - August 4, 2014

Pope Francis recently offered Mass in Domus Sanctae Marthae for the repose of the soul of Natalia Di Giorgi Maovaz, the wife of an employee of the Vatican Museums. Maovaz drowned off the coast...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 5

$24M given to retired religious from national collection CWN - August 5, 2014

The National Religious Retirement Office has granted $24 million to 424 religious communities to help pay for medication, nursing care, and other expenses associated with the care of retired...

Papal condolences following death of Australian cardinal CWN - August 5, 2014

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to the Archdiocese of Sydney’s apostolic administrator following the death of Cardinal Edward Clancy, who governed the archdiocese from 1983 until...

Vatican newspaper decries surrogacy CWN - August 5, 2014

L’Osservatore Romano has published a front-page article lamenting the practice of surrogacy. The article follows news that a Thai woman acted as a surrogate mother for an Australian couple and...

Pope lifts suspension of priest who served as Sandinista foreign minister CWN - August 5, 2014

Pope Francis has agreed to lift the suspension of Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Maryknoll priest who, in defiance of canon law, held political office, serving as Nicaragua’s foreign minister...

English cardinal commemorates World War I centenary CWN - August 5, 2014

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster offered a Requiem Mass for the fallen of the First World War on August 4, the centenary of the United Kingdom’s entry into the war. “No one could have...

Bishop pledges to stay in Libya: ‘I cannot leave the few remaining Christians’ CWN - August 5, 2014

As rival militias battle for control of Libya, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, has pledged to remain in the North African nation “even if only one Christian...

All Orthodox in Ukraine should reunite with Moscow, says Russian Orthodox official CWN - August 5, 2014

An official of the Moscow Patriarchate has called upon all adherents of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine to return to full communion with the Russian Orthodox Church. “Return from the schism is...

Islamic State advances in northern Iraq, Lebanon; Christians, others flee CWN - August 5, 2014

Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities fled villages in northern Iraq after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) defeated Kurdish fighters. ISIL, which controls much of Syria and...

Sunday Mass attendance in Germany falls below 11% CWN - August 5, 2014

Only 10.8% of Catholics in Germany now attend Sunday Mass, according to a report published by the German Bishops’ Conference. The Mass attendance rate was 22% in 1989. Nearly 179,000 Catholics...

Gunmen attack Nigerian parish CWN - August 5, 2014

Gunmen belonging to the predominantly Muslim Fulani tribe attacked a Catholic parish in north-central Nigeria, according to a report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The attack, which took...

Prelate: ‘can we not do right by’ unaccompanied migrant children? CWN - August 5, 2014

Writing in The Washington Post, the bishop who chairs the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration said that “if we sacrifice” unaccompanied migrant children “for...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 6

Speak to others about Christ, use freedom well, Pope tells youth CWN - August 6, 2014

Pope Francis met with over 50,000 German altar servers in St. Peter’s Square on the evening of August 5. The theme of the servers’ pilgrimage was “freedom – it is lawful to do good” (Mt....

USCCB, CRS: speak with representatives about Holy Land, unaccompanied children CWN - August 6, 2014

Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, has asked Catholics to speak with their congressional...

Dublin prelate recalls anniversary of World War I CWN - August 6, 2014

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin recalled the centenary of the beginning of World War I during Mass on August 3. “The young soldiers caught up in war were men and women of courage and valor...

Nuncio fears potential Russian persecution of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church CWN - August 6, 2014

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine, said that civil unrest in the nation has led to a more serious Christian commitment on the part of...

Patriarch pleads for humanitarian assistance, political action on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 6, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church pleaded with the international community to offer humanitarian assistance to Iraq’s persecuted Christians and to take political action to restore peace to...

Nicaragua’s bishops warn of Sandinista human rights violations CWN - August 6, 2014

The bishops of Nicaragua warned that “unjust detentions” and “unexplained disappearances” have taken place recently in some areas of the country. Gunmen attacked supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling...

El Salvador: priest arrested for helping drug gangs CWN - August 6, 2014

El Salvador’s leading prelate has come to the defense of Father Antonio Rodriguez Tercero, a priest arrested on charges of smuggling drugs to prisoners and helping gang members extort others. The...

‘The lavish homes of American archbishops’ CWN - August 6, 2014

Ten of the nation’s archbishops live in residences appraised at $1 million or more, according to a CNN report. There are 33 archdioceses and two Eastern Catholic archeparchies in the United...

Pope emphasizes importance of Beatitudes, Matthew 25 in following Christ CWN - August 6, 2014

Following a respite during the month of July, Pope Francis has resumed his series of Wednesday general audiences devoted to the Church. The Pontiff devoted his August 6 audience to the Church as...

Bishops move to counter black Mass in Oklahoma City CWN - August 6, 2014

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma have moved to counter a Black Mass scheduled for September 21st. The Black Mass is slated to be performed at...

Released Thursday, Aug. 7

Pope Francis: families are called to stability, fruitfulness CWN - August 7, 2014

In a message to the First Latin American Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Family, which is taking place in Panama from August 4-9, Pope Francis emphasized that the family is called to stability...

Cardinal opposes Nigerian health bill CWN - August 7, 2014

Citing provisions that regulate organ transplantation, Cardinal John Onaiyekan has urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign health legislation approved by the national assembly, according to...

Uganda: bishop opposes tax on private schools CWN - August 7, 2014

Uganda’s finance minister has announced that private schools will no longer be granted tax-exempt status. “It is the government’s obligation to educate Ugandans, and private schools just come to...

Patriarch: aid preferable to visas for Iraqi Christian refugees CWN - August 7, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has thanked France and Bahrain for their willingness to offer visas to Christians who left Mosul after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forced them...

French basilica desecrated CWN - August 7, 2014

Two churches in Thonon-les-Bains, a city of 30,000 in eastern France, were desecrated on August 5, according to Le Messager, a newspaper based in Chablais. A man in his thirties entered St....

Pope welcomes opening of center for victims of exploitation CWN - August 7, 2014

Pope Francis has written a brief message welcoming the opening of a center for adolescent victims of sexual exploitation in Posadas, a city of 340,000 in northern Argentina. “I want to greet and...

Mexico: bishop welcomes state medical care for migrants CWN - August 7, 2014

A bishop in southern Mexico has welcomed the decision of the State of Tabasco to grant medical care to migrants from Central America for a three-month period. “It is necessary to share our...

East African bishops decry threats to family, ‘strongly condemn’ same-sex unions CWN - August 7, 2014

At the conclusion of a recent meeting in Malawi, bishops from eight nations in East Africa denounced threats to family life. “The threat to the family in our region is now more real than ever...

Interview with Cardinal Pell on reform of Vatican finances CWN - August 7, 2014

Cardinal George Pell, the new prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, discussed the reform of Vatican finances in a lengthy interview with Catholic News Service. “We're attempting to put into...

Released Friday, Aug. 8

‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8, 2014

Pope Francis has renewed his appeal to the Church to intercede for the persecuted Christians of Iraq. “The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from...

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled their homes as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized several Christian towns in northern Iraq, including Bakhdida (Qaraqosh), the...

Conversions to Christianity on the rise in Egypt CWN - August 8, 2014

The situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt has improved since the 2013 military overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, and conversions from Islam to Coptic Christianity are on the rise, according to...

Bishop: Gaza Catholics need aid ‘more than ever’ CWN - August 8, 2014

Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem has told Aid to the Church in Need that Catholics in Gaza need prayer and assistance now “more than ever.” “The humanitarian situation in Gaza is...

Pope Francis praises Knights of Columbus for defending marriage, religious liberty CWN - August 8, 2014

Pope Francis has praised the Knights of Columbus for its charitable works and for its defense of religious liberty, marriage, and family life. “His Holiness is grateful for the active role played...

US: August 17 special day of prayer for Iraq CWN - August 8, 2014

Bishop Richard Pates, the chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked his brother bishops to designate August 17 as a...

Lebanon: bishops praise army’s fight against Islamic State CWN - August 8, 2014

The bishops of the Maronite Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, have praised the Lebanese army’s efforts to repel the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

Attack on Pentecostals in India CWN - August 8, 2014

Ten Hindu radicals attacked a home in which a Pentecostal minister was praying with a man and his family, according to an AsiaNews report. The radicals used iron bars as they assaulted those...

Released Monday, Aug. 11

Pope names, meets with special personal envoy to Iraq CWN - August 11, 2014

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, as his personal envoy to Iraq and its persecuted Christian population. Cardinal...

Pope Francis again decries situation in Iraq, urges prayer for peace CWN - August 11, 2014

At the conclusion of his August 10 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis again lamented the situation in Iraq and renewed his appeal for prayers for peace in Iraq and Gaza. “The news reports...

Adore the Lord, says Pope Francis, as did the disciples on the boat CWN - August 11, 2014

During his August 10 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading at Mass (Mt. 14:22-33), in which Peter walked on water. “The faithful and immediate response to the call...

Go forward with courage, Pope tells youth CWN - August 11, 2014

Thirty thousand members of the Association of Catholic Guides and Scouts of Italy gathered in Pisa for Mass on the morning of August 10. At the conclusion of the Mass, Pope Francis spoke with...

Chaldean patriarch: Obama’s actions in Iraq are insufficient CWN - August 11, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, issued an update on the situation of the Church in Iraq on August 10 and criticized...

Patriarchate posts report on destruction in Gaza CWN - August 11, 2014

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has published a report written by a Christian woman from Jerusalem who spent six days in Gaza as part of a medical team. “The destruction, the putrid smells--...

We are saved only in Jesus’ name, Pope tells Koreans CWN - August 11, 2014

Pope Francis has sent a videomessage to Koreans as his August 13-18 apostolic journey to the East Asian nation approaches. Referring to martyrs whom he will beatify there, the Pope said that “he...

Papal condolences following Iranian plane crash CWN - August 11, 2014

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has conveyed Pope Francis’s condolences following an airplane plane crash in Iran. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened by the...

Orthodox-Catholic tensions rising in Ukraine CWN - August 11, 2014

Religious tensions are mounting in Ukraine, with the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow charging that Byzantine-rite Ukrainian Catholics are encouraging attacks on Orthodox priests. The Moscow...

Lebanese bishops back efforts against terrorism CWN - August 11, 2014

Lebanon's Maronite Catholic bishops have issued a statement of support for their country's military in its campaign against Islamic terrorism. The Maronite bishops expressed "full confidence" in...

Religious sister working as nurse in Liberia dies of Ebola CWN - August 11, 2014

A Catholic religious sister working in a hospital in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus, the Fides news service reports. Sister Pascaline Chantale, a native of Congo and member of the...

Survey finds support for American women's religious leadership CWN - August 11, 2014

As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) prepares for its annual convention, the Pew Research Center reports that most American Catholics express general satisfaction with the...

New attacks on Catholic churches in Nigeria CWN - August 11, 2014

At least one person was killed and several injured in a new attack on a Catholic church in Nigeria on August 10, the Fides news service reports. Armed gunmen burst into a church in the Kaduna...

Vatican UN envoy says military action justified to save Christians in Iraq CWN - August 11, 2014

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has said that “military action in this moment is probably necessary” to curb the slaughter of Christians in Iraq. Archbishop Silvani...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 12

Iraq: Chaldean patriarch meets with leading Shiite cleric CWN - August 12, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church met with Iraq’s leading Shiite Muslim cleric, who expressed sympathy for the plight of Christians persecuted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

CRS report on situation in Gaza CWN - August 12, 2014

Catholic Relief Services, the US bishops’ international relief and development agency, has published a report on the current humanitarian situation in Gaza. The report was posted on the website...

Church leaders in Ukraine welcomes sanctions against Russia, say Christians must defend their nation CWN - August 12, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has again said that Christians have the duty to defend their nation. “For the first time in the post-[Second World] war years, people need to give...

Germany: some Christian refugees face threats from Muslims CWN - August 12, 2014

Syrian and Iraqi Christians who have sought asylum in Germany have been faced threats from Muslims fellow residents at a Munich home for asylum seekers, according to a report from Bayerischer...

African cardinal emphasizes importance of women in Church CWN - August 12, 2014

The leading prelate in Senegal has emphasized the importance of women in the life of the Church. “The role of women within the Christian community is as undeniable and important as that of a...

Strong Vatican condemnation of Islamic State CWN - August 12, 2014

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has strongly condemned the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Sunni jihadist group that controls much of Syria and...

Spanish priest is Ebola victim; pressure mounts for use of experimental treatment CWN - August 12, 2014

A Spanish priest has died of the Ebola virus, despite receiving a controversial experimental treatment. Father Miguel Pajares in Madrid on August 12. The missionary priest had contracted the...

Italian cardinal: 'truly effective' intervention needed to stop persecution in Iraq CWN - August 12, 2014

The president of Italian bishops' conference has told an interviewer that "the tragedy of 100,000 Christians fleeing the north of Iraq will be a shock and a wake-up call for us all." Cardinal...

Muslim militants organize to set up Islamic state in Indonesian province CWN - August 12, 2014

Islamic militants are aggressively recruiting support for an Islamic state in the Indonesian province of Aceh, the AsiaNews service reports. Thousands of Muslims have reportedly taken vows of...

Chinese 'underground' priest released after 8 years in prison CWN - August 12, 2014

A Chinese priest of the “underground” Catholic Church has been freed after 8 years in prison, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Joseph Lu Genjun was arrested in 2006 while serving in the Hebei...

Pope's special envoy leaves for Iraq CWN - August 12, 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni left Rome on August 12 to fly to Iraq, where he will serve as the personal representative of Pope Francis in a bid to end the slaughter of Christians by Islamic...

Mexican report: 45,000 children abducted for sex traffic, organ transplants CWN - August 12, 2014

An estimate 45,000 children have been abducted and exploited by sexual predators and organ traffickers, the Fides news service reports. The Foundation for the Research of Missing and Abducted...

Nicaraguan Catholic questions reinstatement of unrepentant Sandinista priest CWN - August 12, 2014

Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Nicaraguan priest who once served in the country’s Sandinista government, has celebrated Mass once again after Pope Francis lifted his 29-year suspension from...

Quebec's radical priest-politician, Raymond Gravel, dead of cancer at 61 CWN - August 12, 2014

Father Raymond Gravel, a former homosexual prostitute who became a Catholic priest and later a controversial member of Canada’s parliament, died on August 11 at the age of 61. Father Gravel ran...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 13

Patriarch pleads with US, EU, Arab League: clear jihadists from the Nineveh plain CWN - August 13, 2014

Stating that a “slow genocide” of Christians is taking place, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church pleaded with the United States, the European Union, and the Arab League to assist refugees and...

Bishop discusses situation of Church in Crimea CWN - August 13, 2014

Five months after the Russian annexation of Crimea, the region’s leading Catholic prelate said that Catholics are not suffering persecution, though the situation is tenuous. “In Crimea the...

Pope remembers victims of Nazi massacre CWN - August 13, 2014

Seven decades after Nazi forces shot 560 Italian villagers and refugees, including 130 children, Pope Francis remembered in the victims of the Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre. “The Pope invokes...

Nigerian prelates decry oil theft, pollution CWN - August 13, 2014

Speaking at a recent roundtable discussion, two Nigerian bishops have called upon the nation’s government to address widespread oil theft and the subsequent pollution from illegal “artisanal” oil...

India: 50 villages attempt to deny entry to priests CWN - August 13, 2014

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has issued a statement lamenting “sporadic events of violence against Christians in certain parts of India.” Referring to a state in southeastern India,...

Pope urges United Nations to act in Iraq CWN - August 13, 2014

Pope Francis has urged the United Nations “to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities” in Iraq. “It is with a heavy and...

Prelate suspends sign of peace amid Ebola concerns CWN - August 13, 2014

The archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, has suspended the sign of peace amid concerns about the potential spread of the Ebola virus, the Abuja-based Premium Times reported. “Taking into...

Ukrainian Orthodox Church elects new leader in time of crisis CWN - August 13, 2014

The bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow patriarchate have elected Metropolitan Onufry, as their primate, succeeding Metropolitan Vladimir, who died in July. Metropolitan Onufry had...

Oklahoma governor denounces planned Black Mass CWN - August 13, 2014

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has denounced plans to stage a “Black Mass” in Oklahoma City in September, but indicated that she will not intervene to stop the event. “This 'Black Mass' is a...

Chilean priest accused of stealing children for adoption CWN - August 13, 2014

A Chilean priest has been charged with illegally taking newborn babies from their parents and arranging their adoption. There is credible evidence that Father Gerardo Joannon "actively...

Released Thursday, Aug. 14

US bishops’ Labor Day statement focuses on youth unemployment CWN - August 14, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued its annual statement for Labor Day. Citing St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the...

Pope Francis arrives in South Korea CWN - August 14, 2014

Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on August 14. As is customary for a papal trip, during his 11-hour flight from Rome to Seoul, the Pope sent messages to the heads of state of each of the countries...

Vatican diplomat: international community must act in Iraq CWN - August 14, 2014

A leading Vatican diplomat said that the international community must move beyond verbal condemnations and actively assist the persecuted Christians of northern Iraq. “I would say that we should...

Christian refugees dying in Iraq CWN - August 14, 2014

Christians who have fled their homes in the wake of the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are dying of hunger, thirst, and disease in refugee camps, the Catholic Herald...

Ghana’s bishops: screen travelers for Ebola CWN - August 14, 2014

Ghana’s bishops have called upon the nation’s government to screen those entering the country for signs of the Ebola virus, the Catholic Information Service for Africa reported. Ghana is...

Pontifical council: 4,000 Iraqi families assisted since June CWN - August 14, 2014

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has issued a brief statement on its recent charitable activities in Iraq. “Since June, programs have been in place to provide humanitarian assistance to the...

Report: 128 Christians killed in last year in Pakistan CWN - August 14, 2014

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has published a brief report on violence against religious minorities in Pakistan. The report found that 430 members of religious...

Pope urges Koreans to build justice, spread faith CWN - August 14, 2014

“Peace is not simply the absence of war, but the work of justice,” Pope Francis told an audience of political leaders in Seoul as he began a 5-day visit to South Korea. The Pope addressed the...

North Korea fires test missiles in show of force as Pope's plane approaches Seoul CWN - August 14, 2014

North Korea launched three missiles into the Sea of Japan on August 14, in an unexpected display of military force on the morning of Pope Francis' arrival in South Korea. The missiles were fired...

Pope's small car is a message to Koreans CWN - August 14, 2014

Pope Francis is riding in a tiny Kia Soul during his stay in Seoul, sending a message of frugality to a Korean society keenly conscious of economic status symbols. Upon arriving at Seoul's...

Delaware diocese paid $16 million in legal fees for bankruptcy CWN - August 14, 2014

The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, paid nearly $16 million in legal fees and other costs for the bankruptcy case it filed in 2009, the Associated Press reports. Most of the expenses for the...

Pope confirms plan to visit Philadelphia next year CWN - August 14, 2014

Pope Francis has confirmed that he plans to visit Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families, NBC News reports. Aboard the papal flight to Korea on August 13, NBC...

New speculation on Irish cardinal's resignation CWN - August 14, 2014

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Ireland, will celebrate his 75th birthday on August 16, and submit his resignation to the Vatican-- touching off a new round of speculation about the timing of his...

China blocks young Catholics from attending papal Mass; arrests feared CWN - August 14, 2014

The Chinese government has blocked dozens of young Catholics from celebrating the Asia Youth Day ceremonies in Daejon, South Korea, the AsiaNews service reports. About 100 Chinese Catholics have...

Archbishop Sartain tells LCWR leaders he acts as 'brother and a friend' CWN - August 14, 2014

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle identified himself as a “brother and a friend” as he addressed the annual meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Archbishop...

Released Monday, Aug. 18

Pope calls upon Korea’s Catholics to combat materialism, serve God in freedom CWN - August 18, 2014

On August 15, the second full day of his apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis traveled from Seoul, the nation’s capital, to Daejeon, the nation’s 5th-largest city, where he celebrated Mass...

Christ is knocking at the door of your heart, Pope tells youth CWN - August 18, 2014

On the evening of August 15, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter from Daejeon, where he had celebrated Mass, to the Shrine of Solmoe, the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Taegon. “Christ is knocking...

Follow the martyrs’ example of sacrifice and love, Pope tells 800,000 Koreans CWN - August 18, 2014

On August 16, the third full day of his apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis visited the Shrine of the Martyrs of Seo So mun before celebrating Mass for the beatification of Paul Yun...

Pope challenges religious to embrace poverty, laity to go beyond charitable assitance CWN - August 18, 2014

Following the Mass of beatification of 124 martyrs in Seoul, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter on August 16 to Kkottongnae, where he visited a rehabilitation center for disabled people. At...

Be firmly grounded in the faith as you engage in dialogue, Pope tell Asia’s bishops CWN - August 18, 2014

On August 17, the fourth full day of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to South Korea, the Pontiff traveled to the Shrine of Haemi, where he challenged Asia’s bishops to be grounded in a sense of...

Pope urges Asian youth to build a ‘holier, more missionary and humble Church’ CWN - August 18, 2014

At the closing Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi, Pope Francis called upon Asia’s Catholic youth to build a holier, more missionary and humble Church.” The Mass took place on the afternoon...

Theologian raps bishops as LCWR ends annual meeting CWN - August 18, 2014

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) concluded its annual conference, enthusiastically applauding an address by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, who denounced the Vatican for issuing a...

Pope's envoy, Chaldean Patriarch beg international help for Iraqi Christians CWN - August 18, 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Pope’s personal envoy to Iraq, has joined with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako in an appeal for international intervention to stop the persecution of Christians...

New Orthodox leader voices support for 'unified Ukraine' CWN - August 18, 2014

The newly installed leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate has called for preservation of “our single unified Ukraine.” Metropolitan Onufry, who was enthroned on August 17 as...

South Sudan: Catholic radio shut down by government CWN - August 18, 2014

A Catholic radio station in South Sudan has been shut down, and its news editor arrested, the Fides news service reports. Radio Bakhita, operated by the Archdiocese of Juba, was shut down by the...

Sex-abuse plaintiffs charge New Mexico archdiocese assigned priests from local treatment center CWN - August 18, 2014

Three men have brought suit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, claiming that they were sexually abused after the archdiocese allowed priests who were known abusers to engage in parish...

With a plea for reunification, Pope ends Korean visit CWN - August 18, 2014

Pope Francis concluded his 5-day visit to South Korea on August 18, celebrating a Mass for peace and reconciliation and calling for an end to the enmity between North and South that has caused...

Pope approves military action in Iraq, but not unilateral US bombing CWN - August 18, 2014

Pope Francis said that military intervention to stop the slaughter of Christians in Iraq is warranted, but cautioned against unilateral action by the US, in a press conference as he returned from a...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 19

New report of Islamic State atrocities CWN - August 19, 2014

At a press conference in Paris, the members of a family who recently left Mosul for France spoke of atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Tunisia Daily...

Russian patriarch: Ukrainian Catholics want to ‘eradicate Orthodoxy’ CWN - August 19, 2014

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has again alleged that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has undertaken a campaign of hatred against Orthodoxy-- prompting a sharp official response from...

St. Louis prelate issues letter on Ferguson violence CWN - August 19, 2014

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis has issued a letter on the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. The prelate, who said he “personally visited Ferguson...

Jewish-Catholic dialogue deplores persecution of Christians CWN - August 19, 2014

The Jewish-Catholic dialogue sponsored by the National Council of Synagogues and the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has...

Europe’s bishops prod UN Security Council on Iraq CWN - August 19, 2014

In a joint letter to the United Nations Security Council, the president of each European nation’s episcopal conference deplored the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in...

Church in Malawi: no conflict between Pope, region’s bishops on homosexuality CWN - August 19, 2014

The secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi stated that the East African bishops’ recent condemnation of same-sex unions is not “at variance with” Pope Francis’s remarks on...

Victory for Baptist college against HHS mandate CWN - August 19, 2014

A federal district court judge has ruled that a Baptist college in Louisiana is exempt from the mandate to provide its employees to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives that also have an...

Pope mourns nephew's family, killed in auto crash CWN - August 19, 2014

Pope Francis was “deeply pained,” the Vatican announced, when he was informed of an automobile accident in Argentina that caused the death of three relatives. Emanuel Bergoglio, the Pope’s...

Boko Haram terrorism becoming more worrisome, reports Nigerian prelate CWN - August 19, 2014

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos, Nigeria, says that the terrorist activities of Boko Haram are “becoming even more worrisome,” the Fides news service reports. Archbishop Martin spoke...

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Further action needed in Iraq, USCCB president tells President Obama CWN - 24 hours ago

Citing remarks made by Pope Francis, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called upon President Barack Obama to do more to protect the persecuted religious...

Central African prelate urges government to act following massacre CWN - 24 hours ago

Following a massacre committed by Islamist fighters in the Central African Republic, the nation’s leading prelate urged the government to take quick action. Speaking for “those who are displaced,...

Some Iraqi refugees ‘at great risk’ of death CWN - 23 hours ago

Many Christian and Yazidi refugees in northern Iraq are at increasing risk of death from starvation, thirst, and exposure to the elements, the Assyrian International News Agency...

Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists occupy monastery CWN - 23 hours ago

Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine’s 5th-largest city, have seized the monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, according to a report from the Religious...

Catholic radio station, shut down by South Sudan’s government, offers apology CWN - 23 hours ago

Bakhita Radio, a South Sudanese Catholic radio network that was recently shut down by the government, has apologized for inaccurate reporting. After rebels attacked government forces, the station...

Many Philippine bishops back amendment against pork-barrel spending CWN - 22 hours ago

At least 73 bishops in the Philippines have lent their support to a petition calling for a constitutional amendment against pork-barrel spending, according to a UCA News report. “I hope something...

Court upholds Tennessee’s marriage law CWN - 22 hours ago

A Tennessee circuit court has upheld the state’s definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Judge Russell Simmons ruled that “Tennessee’s laws concerning same-sex marriage do not...

Pope reflects on apostolic journey to Korea CWN - 21 hours ago

Pope Francis devoted his August 20 general audience to his recent apostolic journey to Korea, during which he beatified 124 martyrs and celebrated the closing Mass at the 6th Asian Youth...

Slain journalist's family comforted by parish priest in New Hampshire CWN - 16 hours ago

A Catholic priest in Rochester, New Hampshire, visited the family of American journalist James Foley after Islamic militants posted a video that apparently showed his beheading. Father Paul...

Priest in Ferguson, Missouri tells Vatican Radio audience about simmering tensions CWN - 16 hours ago

A Catholic parish priest in Ferguson, Missouri, spoke about the "long-time festering" of racial tensions in the town, during an interview with Vatican Radio. Father Arthur Cavitt, who works with...

Pope greets 'his' Argentine soccer team CWN - 16 hours ago

Pope Francis enjoyed a light-hearted meeting on August 20 with members of the San Lorenzo soccer team from Buenos Aires, who were bringing the trophy they had won in this year’s Latin American...

Kurdish leader offers to arm Christian refugees CWN - 16 hours ago

The president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq has offered to provide arms for Christian volunteers, creating self-defense units to resist the Islamic State, the Fides news service...

Jewish leader: indifference to slaughter of Christians is 'obscene' CWN - 13 hours ago

Saying that the lack of public response to the slaughter of Iraqi Christians is "obscene," the president of the World Jewish Congress argues: "Good people must join together and stop this revolting...

Oklahoma archbishop brings suit to stop Black Mass CWN - 13 hours ago

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit in an Oklahoma court to stop the Black Mass scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center in September. The lawsuit argues that the...

Lebanese prelate would make common cause with Hezbollah against Islamic state CWN - 12 hours ago

Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai has said that he is prepared to meet with the leader of the Hezbollah movement, in order to address the threats posed by the Islamic State to the security of...

LCWR ready to defy hierarchy, analyst finds CWN - 12 hours ago

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) appears ready to raise the stakes in its conflict with the Vatican, observes Ann Carey in a Catholic World Report story on the LCWR’s annual...

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American religious leaders welcome Gaza ceasefire CWN - 0 hours ago

Nearly three dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States issued a statement recently welcoming a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. The ceasefire was subsequently broken...

Brief papal message to Hungary’s president CWN - 0 hours ago

Pope Francis sent a brief message to President János Áder of Hungary on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary, the nation’s patron. “I am pleased to send cordial greetings to Your...

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