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Released Wednesday, Sep. 2

German bishops’ conference: grant sanctuary to refugees only as a last resort CWN - September 2, 2015

As thousands of migrants and refugees enter Europe from Africa and Asia, the migration commission of the German Bishops’ Conference has published a brief document on the tradition of granting...

Stay out of political campaigns, Ukrainian Catholic leader reminds priests CWN - September 2, 2015

As Ukraine prepares for local elections on October 25, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, reminded priests that Church and state have a...

Federal government urges employees: work from home during papal visit CWN - September 2, 2015

The federal government’ Office of Personnel Management has asked federal agencies to discourage employees from commuting to Washington during the three days of Pope Francis’s visit to...

2 Catholic activists freed in Vietnam CWN - September 2, 2015

Two young Vietnamese Catholic human rights activists have been released after serving four-year prison sentences on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. Despite pressure, the two...

Russian patriarch criticizes Ukrainian Catholics; Eastern patriarch says ‘real’ Ukrainians are Orthodox CWN - September 2, 2015

In a meeting with the head of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow criticized the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as well as Orthodox churches in Ukraine that are not in...

Christian, Muslim leaders discuss plight of Christians in Syria, Iraq CWN - September 2, 2015

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and KAICIID, an interreligious-dialogue initiative founded by Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, are sponsoring a conference in Athens on September 2 and...

Orthodox bishops discuss pan-Orthodox council CWN - September 2, 2015

140 bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople traveled from Greece, the United States, and other nations to Istanbul to mark the beginning of the Orthodox liturgical year and discuss the...

Pope Francis: faith transforms family life for the better CWN - September 2, 2015

Christ’s teaching that those who love family members more than they love than him are not worthy of him (Mk. 10:37-38) is not intended to denigrate family life, Pope Francis said in his...

Beatification cause planned for victims of bombing in Baghdad cathedral CWN - 16 hours ago

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace III Younans plans to open a cause for the beatification of 48 people killed in a 2010 attack on a cathedral in Baghdad. Our Lady of Salvation cathedral was...

New poll confirms widespread dissent from Church moral teachings among US Catholics CWN - 16 hours ago

Dissent from Church teachings on contentious moral issues is widespread among Catholic Americans, a new Pew Research survey has confirmed. A majority of Catholics believe that the use of...

Patriarch pleads for young Christians to stay in Syria, Iraq CWN - 16 hours ago

In an open letter to young Catholics, Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham has pleaded for an end to a “tsunami” of emigration. “The almost communal wave of youth emigration, especially...

Papal plea for end to warfare CWN - 15 hours ago

Pope Francis issued a plea for peace, especially in the Middle East, at the conclusion of his regular weekly audience on September 2. Noting that the day was the 70th anniversary of Japan’s...

English cardinal urges faithful to oppose bill allowing assisted suicide CWN - 15 hours ago

England’s leading Catholic prelate has urged Catholics to contact their representatives in Parliament, as a vote approaches on a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide. 'The intrinsic...

Catholic college prepared to pay heavy fines for failure to comply with Obamacare mandate CWN - 15 hours ago

The president of a Thomas Aquinas College has said that the California school is prepared to pay heavy fines, if necessary, rather than comply with the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. Thomas...

Israeli Catholics demonstrate to protest government budget cuts for Church schools CWN - 15 hours ago

Catholics in Nazareth organized a demonstration on September 1 to protest Israeli government policies slashing support for Church-run schools. Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, an auxiliary of the...

Vatican delegate objects to gender ideology in UN development document CWN - 15 hours ago

Commenting on a UN development plan, the Vatican’s representative has taken exception to language that promotes access to abortion, contraception, and gender ideology. Archbishop Bernardito Auza,...

Released Thursday, Sep. 3

US cardinal welcomes Pope’s initiative on absolution of abortions CWN - 3 hours ago

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed Pope Francis’s decision to...

‘Protect church-state separation’ during papal visit, group urges CWN - 3 hours ago

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia to “respect separation of church and state” during the upcoming papal...

Nigerian prelate backs leader’s anti-corruption effort CWN - 2 hours ago

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has lent his support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption...

Odisha bishops establish ‘Martyrs’ Day’ CWN - 2 hours ago

The bishops of the east Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, have unanimously decided to establish a “martyrs’ day” to commemorate the nearly 100 Christians who were...

‘The Rigging of a Vatican synod?’ CWN - 2 hours ago

In a new book excerpted in Catholic World Report, journalist Edward Pentin recounts the events surrounding the October 2014 Synod of Bishops’ controversial interim report. The report...

CDF rules that transgendered person is not permitted to be baptismal sponsor, says Spanish bishop CWN - 2 hours ago

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ruled that a woman who identifies herself as transgendered is not permitted to serve as a baptismal sponsor, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of...

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