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Released Thursday, Oct. 2

Armenian church seeks return of ancient land from Turkey CWN - October 2, 2014

A leading figure in the Armenian Apostolic Church is seeking the return of his historic see from Turkey, according to a report from the Armenian news site Panorama. “The Armenian Catholicosate of...

Christians are turning to the occult, warns Central African prelate CWN - October 2, 2014

The Central African Republic’s leading prelate has warned that civil strife has tempted many of the nation’s Christians to turn to occult practices. “The crisis that our country has been facing...

California bishops challenge state’s abortion mandate for insurers CWN - October 2, 2014

The bishops of California have filed a complaint challenging a state agency’s decision that abortion is a “basic health care service” that must be covered by insurance policies. “For the first...

Catholic University cancels showing of Milk CWN - October 2, 2014

Administrators at Catholic University of America directed a student organization not to show Milk, a 2008 film on the homosexual activist Harvey Milk. The online news site Crux reported that...

Pope meets with refugees who survived shipwreck CWN - October 2, 2014

Pope Francis met on October 1 with 50 survivors of the October 2013 Lampedusa migrant shipwreck, in which over 350 refugees from Africa and the Middle East perished. “I find it difficult to speak...

Cardinal Kasper: synod debate will ‘help the Church’ CWN - October 2, 2014

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Walter Kasper said that upcoming debate at the Synod of Bishops on the reception of Holy Communion by those who have remarried will “help the...

Pope Francis: Christ suffers today in the Middle East’s persecuted Christians CWN - October 2, 2014

Pope Francis met on October 2 with Mar Dinkha IV, who has led the Assyrian Church of the East since 1975. The church, which ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the...

Oklahoma City archbishop conducts exorcism after Black Mass CWN - October 2, 2014

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma said prayers of exorcism at the city's Civic Center after a Black Mass was performed there on September 21. An official at the Civic Center said...

Council of Trent declined to condemn Orthodox view on remarriage, Jesuit journal says CWN - October 2, 2014

An article in the authoritative Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica says that the Council of Trent carefully avoided condemning the practice of Orthodox churches that allowed 2nd marriages in some...

All Christians unite to support the faithful suffering in Middle East, Pope tells Assyrian Patriarch CWN - October 2, 2014

In a private audience on October 2 with the head of the Assyrian Church of the East, Pope Francis said that the meeting “is marked by the suffering we share on account of the wars that beset various...

Build Christianity on African culture, Pope asks bishops from Chad CWN - October 2, 2014

The Catholic communities of Chad are “growing, not only numerically, but also in terms of quality and the strength of their efforts,” Pope Francis said in a message to visiting bishops from the...

Free markets should not exclude, Pope argues CWN - October 2, 2014

A democratic society “presupposes an economy and a market that are fair and do not exclude,” Pope Francis said, in an October 2 address to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Pope’s...

Vatican summons envoys to Middle East for special meeting CWN - October 2, 2014

The Vatican has summoned all papal representatives in the nations of the Middle East to a special meeting in Rome this week, to discuss the crisis facing the Church in that region. Greeting the...

Missionaries risk lives in fight against Ebola CWN - October 2, 2014

Catholic priests and missionaries in western Africa are risking their lives in the battle against the Ebola epidemic, a papal representative reported in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need...

Released Friday, Oct. 3

Nepal: prelate calls for daily Rosary CWN - October 3, 2014

The bishop entrusted with the pastoral care of Catholics in the largely Hindu nation of Nepal has called for the daily recitation of the Rosary. “October is a month full of feasts in Nepal,”...

Islamic State destroys early medieval church CWN - October 3, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed a 1,300-year-old church in Tikrit, once a city of 260,000 in north-central Iraq. The Assyrian Green Church housed the remains of five heads...

Follow example of Abraham, shun terrorism, Niger's bishops say in message to Muslims CWN - October 3, 2014

The bishops of Niger, in a message to Muslims, have lauded the example of Abraham and described terrorists as “usurpers of God’s name.” Less than 0.2% of the residents of Niger, a predominantly...

Philadelphia archdiocese sells 3 properties for $56M CWN - October 3, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has sold three properties, including a closed seminary, for $56.2 million. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that proceeds from the sale will help address an...

USCCB to highlight role of consecrated life in 2015 CWN - October 3, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced three initiatives that will help Catholics to take part in the upcoming worldwide Year of Consecrated Life. The year begins on...

On eve of synod, European bishops discuss the family CWN - October 3, 2014

On the eve of the extraordinary synod of the family, the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) is holding a three-day meeting in Rome to discuss the situation of the family in Europe....

Moscow Patriarchate accuses Ukrainian Catholics of inciting violence against the Orthodox CWN - October 3, 2014

A leading official of the Russian Orthodox Church has accused Ukrainian Greek Catholic clergy of inciting violence against the Orthodox in Ukraine. “When blood was shed and the first people were...

Federal grant to USCCB to provide legal aid to unaccompanied minors CWN - October 3, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will receive a federal grant of over $4 million over the next two years to provide legal aid to unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the...

Papal envoys to Middle East briefed on Vatican policies CWN - October 3, 2014

During their 2nd day of meetings in Rome, the Vatican diplomatic representatives to countries in the Middle East heard a briefing from the Vatican’s chief foreign-policy official. Archbishop...

Fighting continues despite truce in eastern Ukraine CWN - October 3, 2014

Despite a declared truce that was intended to stop fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists, violence continues in the region around Donetsk, a Catholic priest has told Aid to...

Cardinal Kasper claims papal support, raps critics in new interview CWN - October 3, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that he had the support of Pope Francis to advance his proposal for allowing Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics. But the German cardinal said that the Pope...

Sri Lankan president meets with Pontiff CWN - October 3, 2014

Pope Francis met on October 3 with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. In a brief statement released after the meeting, the Vatican said that the conversation had centered on the prospects...

Church in Europe should be 'prophetic voice,' help families, Pope tells bishops CWN - October 3, 2014

Pope Francis has challenged the Catholic leaders of Europe to “be a prophetic voice within society, especially where the process of secularization in process throughout the European continent tends...

Priests' top task is evangelization, Pope tells Congregation for Clergy CWN - October 3, 2014

Priests should be aware that “it is their lives that evangelize, rather than their works,” Pope Francis said in an October 3 address to the members of the Congregation for the Clergy. “Every...

Vietnam releases Catholic activist after 3-year prison term CWN - October 3, 2014

The government of Vietnam has released a Catholic activist who had spent three years in jail after being convicted of “propaganda against the state.” Antonie Dau Van Duong was repeatedly beaten...

Detroit priest admits to embezzlement from charity CWN - October 3, 2014

A priest from the Archdiocese of Detroit has confessed in court to embezzling funds from a charitable fund, giving the money to a man with whom he had a sexual relationship. In a statement read...

Secretary-general of Synod previews October session CWN - October 3, 2014

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri reminded reporters that the Synod of Bishops is meeting to discuss the family—not just the question of divorce—during a briefing on October 3. Cardinal Baldisseri, the...

Released Monday, Oct. 6

Nuncios: international community must act against Islamic State CWN - October 6, 2014

The nuncios who represent the Holy See in the Middle East have issued a joint statement deploring the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The October 4 statement came at the...

Pope accepts resignation of English bishop who admitted misconduct; bishop, husband grant interviews CWN - October 6, 2014

On October 4, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton from his see. The action came seven days after the bishop said that “going back some years, I...

Franciscan priest named Slovenia’s leading prelate CWN - October 6, 2014

Over a year after Pope Francis accepted the resignations of both of Slovenia’s archbishops, who had amassed huge debts for their archdioceses with questionable investments, the Pontiff has named a...

Pope praises disabled athletes for encouraging others CWN - October 6, 2014

In an October 4 audience with members of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Pope Francis paid tribute to sports as an opportunity for athletes “to recognize themselves as brothers and sisters” and as...

Papal praise for Focolare’s ‘little town’ of Loppiano CWN - October 6, 2014

The Holy See Press Office released the text of a video message from Pope Francis on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Loppiano, the Focolare movement’s first “little town.” The town,...

New Jersey nun beatified CWN - October 6, 2014

In the first beatification to take place in the United States, Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) was beatified at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on October 4....

At prayer vigil, Pope speaks of his desires for Synod of Bishops CWN - October 6, 2014

On October 4, the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis presided over a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square in which he discussed the human longing for a stable family. The...

Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6, 2014

The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family opened in Rome on October 5 with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Preaching on the Sunday Mass readings, Pope Francis...

Pope calls upon families to read the Bible CWN - October 6, 2014

At his Sunday Angelus address, delivered just after the opening of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis called upon families to read the Bible. “For the family to be able to proceed well, with...

Addressing Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Baldisseri calls for free discussion CWN - October 6, 2014

On the first day of discussion at Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, called for...

Cardinal Erdo: affirming magisterial teaching, synod should address difficult pastoral situations CWN - October 6, 2014

Cardinal Péter Erdo of Hungary, the relator general of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, delivered what is traditionally one of the most important...

US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of same-sex marriage rulings CWN - October 6, 2014

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals of several court decisions overturning laws that banned same-sex marriage. Without addressing the merits of the arguments, the Supreme Court let...

Family of 'brain-dead' girl asks court to overturn ruling, cites tests showing response CWN - October 6, 2014

The family of a California girl who was declared “brain-dead” last December are asking a court order reversing that declaration, citing new studies that show her responding to stimuli. Jahi...

23 priests ran for office in Brazilian elections CWN - October 6, 2014

In Brazil’s general elections on October 5, 23 priests stood as candidates for public office, defying Church law. Brazilian bishops told Catholic News Service that when priests violate canon law,...

Italian, not Latin, will be language of the Synod CWN - October 6, 2014

Italian, not Latin, will be the "working language" for this month's extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest, the relator general of the Synod, opened the...

France: mass demonstrations against surrogate parenthood for same-sex couples CWN - October 6, 2014

Enormous crowd of demonstrators marched in Paris and Bordeaux, France, on October 5, demanding that the government uphold policies that prohibit assisted reproduction and surrogate parenthood for...

Missouri bishop opposes expansion of gay-rights protection CWN - October 6, 2014

Bishop James Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has issued a statement against a proposed Springfield city ordinance that would expand the existing non-discrimination law to bar...

Laos: Christians arrested for prayer service in private home CWN - October 6, 2014

Police in Laos have released six Christians who were arrested for violating a local order against communal prayer services in homes, the Fides news service reports. Pastor Sompang Supatto, who...

Armed groups attacking Mali from bases in Libya, bishops' spokesman reports CWN - October 6, 2014

The Catholic bishops of Mali have called attention to armed groups that have been forming in Libya to attack their country, the Fides news service reports. Father Edmond Dembele, a spokesman for...

India: university suspends chair honoring Mother Teresa CWN - October 6, 2014

The government of India has suspended the Mother Teresa Chair at a national university, saying that the move was required by a shortage of funds. The Mother Teresa Chair was set up at Indira...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 7

Pope Francis urges synod fathers to speak boldly and not fear offending him CWN - October 7, 2014

Addressing the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis called upon the synod fathers to “speak with frankness and listen with humility,” in a spirit...

Synod of Bishops: October 6 roundup CWN - October 7, 2014

On October 6, at the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, discussed what has...

Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Wuerl grant interviews on synod CWN - October 7, 2014

Two American cardinals have granted interviews to Vatican Radio on the Synod of Bishops on the family. “One of the biggest challenges” facing families “is the defective catechesis in the Roman...

Agenda announced for November USCCB meeting CWN - October 7, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the agenda of its fall meeting, which will take place from November 10-13 in Baltimore. The bishops will discuss Catholic schools...

Bishops rue Supreme Court action on marriage CWN - October 7, 2014

The chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage lamented the Supreme...

Archbishop: Iraq’s government has abandoned Christians CWN - October 7, 2014

An Iraqi prelate said that the nation’s government is using international humanitarian assistance to assist Muslim refugees in Baghdad but is not helping Christian refugees who have fled to the...

Program announced for November papal trip to Strasbourg CWN - October 7, 2014

The Holy See Press Office has announced the program for Pope Francis’s visit to Strasbourg, France, on November 25. Following a two-hour flight from Rome, the Pope will first deliver an address...

Pope Francis to visit France in 2015 CWN - October 7, 2014

Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to France in 2015, according to an announcement from the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis has made apostolic journeys to Brazil (July 2013), the...

Boko Haram's toll: 185 churches torched, over 195,000 homeless in past 2 months CWN - October 7, 2014

In the Diocese of Maiduguri, in northern Nigeria, 185 churches have been burned in the past two months and nearly 200,000 driven from their homes because of raids by Boko Haram terrorists, the Fides...

Avoid harsh language in discussing marriage, Synod fathers suggest CWN - October 7, 2014

In discussions of marriage, Catholics should avoid harsh expressions that could turn people away from the Church, some bishops have suggested during discussions at this week’s meetings of the Synod...

1 million in danger of starvation because of war in South Sudan CWN - October 7, 2014

Political unrest in South Sudan is aggravating a severe food crisis, and could put 1 million people in immediate danger of starvation in the early months of 2015, the Fides news service...

New Jersey pastor relieved after abuse charges surface from long ago CWN - October 7, 2014

A prominent priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has left his post after being accused of sexual abuse of a child. The complaint against Msgr. George Trabold involves an incident that...

Challenge 'defamilied' security ideas head-on, Vatican official urges CWN - October 7, 2014

Modern society has an unhealthy understanding of family life, which the Church must “confront head-on,” the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family told the National Catholic...

Caritas International linked to Brazilian group supporting abortion, homosexuality CWN - October 7, 2014

Caritas International, the consortium of Catholic relief agencies, has formed an alliance with a group that supports legal abortion and homosexuality, and is heavily influenced by Marxism, the...

Pope calls cardinals to a consistory to discuss Middle East CWN - October 7, 2014

Pope Francis has called the College of Cardinals to a special meeting that will discuss the crisis facing Christians in the Middle East. The October 20 meeting was originally scheduled as an...

Rochester bishop issues guidelines for celebrating sacraments CWN - October 7, 2014

Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, New York, has issued a set of comprehensive guidelines for the administration of the sacraments, calling for careful attention to the liturgical and canonical...

Papal commission on abuse moving forward in organizing work, AP reports CWN - October 7, 2014

The commission appointed by Pope Francis to study the Church’s handling of sex-abuse complaints has organized its work and proposed new members, the Associated Press reports. The commission,...

Benedict XVI may join in beatification of Paul VI CWN - October 7, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is not expected to take part in this month’s Synod of Bishops, but may participate in the beatification of Pope Paul VI on October 19, the Vatican’s spokesman has...

Priest and parishioners kidnapped in northern Syria CWN - October 7, 2014

A Catholic priest and some of his parishioners have been abducted from a village in northern Syria, the Fides news service reports. Father Hanna Jallouf, a Franciscan priest serving at a parish...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 8

Synod of Bishops: October 7 roundup CWN - October 8, 2014

On October 7, at the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the third and fourth general congregations (sessions) of the synod took place. During the third...

Work to prevent mass migration, Holy See diplomat says during UN discussion CWN - October 8, 2014

Noting that “we have reached the highest number of forcibly displaced persons since World War II,” a leading Vatican diplomat told a UN agency that it was time “to reflect upon and urgently to...

Pope encourages Catholic Charities USA in its work of service to the poor CWN - October 8, 2014

Pope Francis has issued a video message to participants at the annual meeting of Catholic Charities USA. “As Jesus called the apostles and the early Church to ‘follow’ Him, the course of their...

Nuncio: international community has duty to stop Islamic State CWN - October 8, 2014

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the apostolic nuncio in Lebanon lamented the plight of millions of refugees in the Middle East and said that the international community has the duty to stop the...

President Obama issues Muslim holiday, Mecca pilgrimage statement CWN - October 8, 2014

President Barack Obama has issued a statement on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Muslim belief that Abraham was willing to sacrifice to God his son Ishmael (rather than Isaac, as...

Ugandan cardinal: remind youth that fornication, abortion are sins CWN - October 8, 2014

Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, the retired archbishop of Kampala, urged Ugandan parents to teach their children about the sinfulness of premarital sexual activity and called upon Ugandan youth to reject...

Chaldean patriarch calls on Muslims to denounce violence against Christians CWN - October 8, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has called upon Muslims to denounce violence against Christians. “We Iraqi Christians are a genuine and essential component in Iraq; we would like to stay...

Curial official transferred to Spanish archdiocese CWN - October 8, 2014

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis has transferred the secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy to a Spanish archdiocese. Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta, 66, is now...

Pope laments divisions among Christians CWN - October 8, 2014

Divisions among Christians are contrary to the will of the Lord, Pope Francis said in his October 8 general audience. “Are we resigned or even indifferent to this division?” he asked the crowds...

Scottish prelate: Church should work to reconcile separated, divorced spouses CWN - October 8, 2014

As the Synod of Bishops convened on October 8, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow praised the joys of a loving family and lamented the pain caused by divorce. Preaching at Midmorning Prayer,...

Pope Francis will not change on indissolubility of marriage, says Archbishop Gänswein CWN - October 8, 2014

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the prefect of the pontifical household, has told an Italian magazine the Pope Francis has no intention of changing Church teaching regarding the indissolubility of...

Priest kidnapped in Syria had asked Islamic court for protection CWN - October 8, 2014

The Franciscan priest who was kidnapped in Syria on Sunday night had recently appealed to an Islamic court for protection against Islamic militants, the Fides news service reports. Father Hanna...

Bishop foresees bankruptcy for Winona diocese after abuse claims CWN - October 8, 2014

Bishop John Quinn of Winona, Minnesota has warned Vatican officials that the diocese will probably be forced into bankruptcy because of sex-abuse suits. In a March 25 letter, which was among...

Unstable Bosnia-Herzegovina could be prey to Muslim militants, bishop warns CWN - October 8, 2014

Political reform is necessary in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to ward off the threat of Islamic extremism, warns Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka. Speaking with the international charity Aid to the...

Released Thursday, Oct. 9

Synod of Bishops: October 8 roundup CWN - October 9, 2014

The fifth and sixth general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 8. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning...

Priest murdered in Colombia CWN - October 9, 2014

Father Andrés Duque Echeverry, a parish priest of the Archdiocese of Medellín, was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery attempt. El Tiempo, Colombia’s leading newspaper, reported that the...

Chinese prelate dead at 89 CWN - October 9, 2014

A Chinese bishop who suffered 14 years of imprisonment and forced labor at the hands of the Communist regime has died at the age of 89. Born in 1925, Bishop John Chrysostom Lan Shi was ordained...

USCCB criticizes latest version of HHS mandate ‘accommodations’ CWN - October 9, 2014

The general counsel of the United States Conference Catholic Bishops has formally responded to the latest version of the HHS mandate, which was released in late August. “The mandate continues to...

Prelate laments new court decision on same-sex marriage CWN - October 9, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has struck down the marriage laws of Idaho and Nevada, paving the way for same-sex marriage in the states. Responding to the October 7...

Morocco hailed as model of moderate Islam CWN - October 9, 2014

L’Osservatore Romano has published a front-page article praising Morocco as a model of coexistence between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Historian Lucetta Scaraffia wrote in the newspaper’s...

Biden says it’s a priority to assist Iraq’s persecuted Christians CWN - October 9, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden said that it is his “priority to ensure safety for Iraqi Christians by whatever means,” according to a report by Kaldaya.net, a Chaldean news site. Biden made his remark...

Turn to Bible, shun paganism, African prelate tells synod CWN - October 9, 2014

As the Synod of Bishops began its discussions on October 9, an African prelate called upon the synod fathers to seek wisdom from the Bible. Preaching at Midmorning Prayer, Bishop Lucio Muandula...

Arab bishops back use of ‘proportionate force’ to protect minorities CWN - October 9, 2014

The Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions has issued a statement in support of the international community’s use of “proportionate force” to protect ethnic and religious minorities in the...

Syrian priest freed by kidnappers, consigned to 'house arrest' by Islamic faction CWN - October 9, 2014

The Catholic priest who was kidnapped in Syria on Sunday, October 5, has been released, but remains under “house arrest” in a village controlled by an Islamic militant group. Father Hanna Jallouf...

Another papal interview catches Vatican press office by surprise CWN - October 9, 2014

Pope Francis spoke at length about his relations with the government of his native Argentina, and said that he is comfortable with a lively debate at the Synod of Bishops, in a new interview...

Nuns' voter guide emphasizes amnesty, gun control, climate change CWN - October 9, 2014

A community of Catholic women religious has released a voters’ guide for the 2014 midterm elections, encouraging American voters to support amnesty for undocumented immigrants, government action on...

Philippines: Protestant church bombed; two killed CWN - October 9, 2014

Two people were killed and three others wounded in a grenade attack on a Protestant church in the Mindanao province of the Philippines, the AsiaNews service reports. The October 8 attack in North...

California university offers online course for abortion practitioners CWN - October 9, 2014

The University of California at San Francisco is offering an online course of abortion, advertising it as the first of its kind. The course promises to examine “clinical aspects of medication...

Cardinal Müller calls for full publication of Synod talks CWN - October 9, 2014

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has argued for the public release of addresses to the Synod of Bishops. In the past the Vatican issued the texts of speeches...

Iraqi priest declines safety in Rome for parish in line of Islamic State offensive CWN - October 9, 2014

The Catholic News Agency highlights the case of an Iraqi priest who has chosen to stay at his parish, just a few miles from the front lines of the Islamic State, rather than remaining safely in...

Italian prelates favor opening possibility of Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics CWN - October 9, 2014

Three influential Italian prelates have indicated their support for policies that would allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion under some circumstances. Cardinal Francesco...

Released Friday, Oct. 10

Synod of Bishops: October 9 roundup CWN - October 10, 2014

The seventh and eighth general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 9. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning...

Indian Jesuits: over 600 attacks on Christians, other minorities since May CWN - October 10, 2014

Since May, there have been more than 600 attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in India, according to Jesuits in Social Action (JESA). JESA called for “an end to the orchestrated...

Chinese bishop, imprisoned for 20 years, dead at 90 CWN - October 10, 2014

A Chinese bishop who suffered imprisonment from 1965 to 1985 has died at the age of 90. As Communists forces took over China, Bishop John Baptist Wang Jin left for Hong Kong and Macau to complete...

Australian prelate: time to ‘rethink’ communication of Church’s teaching on homosexuality CWN - October 10, 2014

Archbishop Denis Hart, who had led the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2001, has told Vatican Radio that the Church needs to “rethink” how to communicate its teaching on homosexuality. He said,...

Patriarch criticizes bishop’s efforts to bring Iraqi refugees to US CWN - October 10, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has criticized an American bishop for his efforts to bring Chaldean Catholic refugees to the United States. In an apparent reference to Bishop Sarhad...

Russian Orthodox leader pays tribute to Putin CWN - October 10, 2014

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has paid tribute to President Vladimir Putin on his 62nd birthday. “For decades now, you have been working selflessly and productively in high-ranking...

Synod sends special message to families suffering because of war CWN - October 10, 2014

The Synod of Bishops paused in its discussions on October 10 to send a message of support to families suffering because of warfare. “In particular, we raise to the Lord our prayers for Iraqi and...

Vatican delegate tells UN: spur development by helping families, not pushing abortion CWN - October 10, 2014

The Vatican’s permanent representative to the UN, speaking to a session on follow-up to the International Conference on Population and Development, reminded delegates that the UN has urged...

Nobel committee member vowed never to offer award to Pope, Allen recalls CWN - October 10, 2014

Before the October 10 announcement that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi would share this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, many journalists had expected that Pope Francis would take the award. But...

African bishops remind Synod: our families have different problems CWN - October 10, 2014

African prelates speaking at the Synod of Bishops have reminded their colleagues that their primary concerns about pastoral care for families do not match those of bishops in affluent Western...

Cardinal Burke questions couple's suggestion to Synod on welcoming gay son and lover CWN - October 10, 2014

Cardinal Raymond Burke has taken issue with an Australian couple who told the Synod of Bishops that parents should welcome the homosexual partner of a gay son to Christmas dinner with their...

New Zealand archbishop finds 'new hope' in Synod's discussion on Communion for divorced/remarried CWN - October 10, 2014

Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand told Vatican Radio that he has seen "new life" in the work of the Synod of Bishop during this year's extraordinary session. The archbishop related...

Somalia needs economic growth to establish stable government, prelate explains CWN - October 10, 2014

Although African coalition troops are making progress against Islamic extremists in Somalia, the country’s leading Catholic prelate has told the Fides news service that Somalia cannot achieve...

Released Monday, Oct. 13

Synod of Bishops: October 10 roundup CWN - October 13, 2014

The ninth and tenth general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 10. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning...

Pope Francis to meet with Vietnamese leader CWN - October 13, 2014

On October 18, Pope Francis will meet with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, according to a brief announced from the Holy See Press Office. “The meeting will allow a deepening of the...

Pope Francis: may Quebec again become a land that produces missionaries CWN - October 13, 2014

On October 12, the midpoint of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving for the April canonization of St....

The poor and excluded welcome the Gospel, Pope says in Angelus address CWN - October 13, 2014

Reflecting on the Gospel of the day (Mt. 22:1-14), Pope Francis devoted his October 12 Angelus address to the welcome that the Gospel receives among the poor and excluded. “God is good to us,”...

Franciscan martyr beatified CWN - October 13, 2014

Father Francesco Zirano (1564-1603), a Franciscan Conventual friar who was flayed alive in Algeria after he refused to renounce his faith, was beatified in Sassari, Sardinia, on October 12. Cardinal...

Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13, 2014

An interim report from the Synod of Bishops has called upon Catholic pastors to recognize the positive elements of all family situations, including those at odds with Church teaching. The document...

New memoirs show how Archbishop Bugnini manipulated post-conciliar liturgical reforms CWN - October 13, 2014

The memoirs of a noted priest show how a powerful prelate manipulated the process of liturgical reform after Vatican II. The memoirs of Father Louis Bouyer, who died in 2004, have recently...

LED lights planned for Sistine Chapel CWN - October 13, 2014

The Vatican Museums are planning to install low-energy LED lights in the Sistine Chapel, in a move intended to save costs and reduce the Vatican’s carbon footprint. Some 7,000 small LED lights...

Vatican cardinals receive discounts on groceries, gas, cigarettes CWN - October 13, 2014

A report on Vatican financial affairs has shown that cardinals serving at the Vatican receive discounts on groceries, gasoline, and cigarettes, among other benefits. In a letter to Cardinal...

Western support for Syrian rebels fueled growth of Islamic State, Syrian priest charges CWN - October 13, 2014

A Syrian priest has charged that the power of the Islamic State grew out of support given by the US, Israel, and other countries to rebels in Syria. Father Mtanious Hadad, a Melkite Catholic...

Law is useless if it does not lead to Christ, Pope tells congregation CWN - October 13, 2014

"If the law does not lead to Jesus Christ, if it does not bring us closer to Jesus Christ, it is dead," Pope Francis told a congregation at daily Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on October...

Syrian priest faces trial before Islamic court CWN - October 13, 2014

The Franciscan priest who was kidnapped in Syria on October 5 and released a few days later now faces a trial before an Islamic court, in a region controlled by Islamic rebels. Father Hanna...

Pope appoints committee to draft Synod report; Synod fathers choose their own reporters CWN - October 13, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed six prelates to a committee to help draft the final report of the Synod of Bishops. The Synod report is ordinarily drafted by the relator general: for this Synod...

Failure to agree on 'rule of law' undermines world security, Vatican delegate tells UN CWN - October 13, 2014

In an October 13 address to a UN session on the rule of law, the Vatican's representative said that international agreements are hampered by the absence of a clear understanding of natural law as...

Minnesota dioceses settle contentious abuse suit, agree to 'child protection plan' CWN - October 13, 2014

Diocesan officials in Minnesota have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which victims of sexual abuse made the novel argument that Church leaders had created a "public nuisance" by neglecting to inform...

Maoist leader admits 2011 murder of Catholic nun in India CWN - October 13, 2014

A Maoist leader in India has admitted that his group killed a Catholic religious in November 2011. Sister Valsa John was brutally murdered by men who arrived at her residence at midnight, beat...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 14

Synod of Bishops (October 13 roundup): synod fathers critique interim document CWN - October 14, 2014

The eleventh general congregation (session) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 13. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning Prayer),...

Holy See diplomat: promote family unity in migration policy CWN - October 14, 2014

Addressing an international meeting on migration, the Holy See’s leading representative at UN offices in Geneva spoke of the tragic effects of family separation because of migration and called for...

Theme announced for 2015 Synod of Bishops CWN - October 14, 2014

The Holy See Press Office has announced the theme of next year’s Synod of Bishops. It has been known for some time that next year’s synod will discuss the family, but the exact theme has now been...

Holy See diplomat: ‘the international community must intervene’ to protect the persecuted CWN - October 14, 2014

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations, said that the “international community must intervene” to protect the Middle East’s persecuted minorities when national...

Patriarch laments plight of Syriac Catholics CWN - October 14, 2014

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, lamented the plight of Syriac Catholics in Iraq and...

Synod official discusses reference to homosexuality in synod document CWN - October 14, 2014

A key synod official has discussed the references to homosexuality in the synod’s “post-discussion report” (relatio post disceptationem). Asked at a Vatican press conference to comment on the...

Missionaries remain in northern Cameroon despite Boko Haram threat CWN - October 14, 2014

Missionaries from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions have decided to remain in northern Cameroon despite recent incursions by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. “The Church is the...

Pushback on Synod document [News Analysis] CWN - October 14, 2014

Controversy sharpened at the Synod of Bishops, as many prelates have complained that an interim report released on October 13 did not accurately represent the thoughts of the Synod fathers, and the...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 15

Government to provide housing for some of Iraq’s persecuted Christians CWN - October 15, 2014

Iraq’s deputy prime minister has announced the nation’s government will provide 25,000 prefabricated homes for Christians who fled their towns in the wake of the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq...

Christ is cleansing Ukraine, says Church leader CWN - October 15, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said recently that amid the strife that is afflicting Ukraine, Christ is cleansing the nation. “There is a great cleansing which is taking place,”...

Ebola: Liberian bishop speaks of the suffering of his people CWN - October 15, 2014

In an interview with Time, a Liberian bishop who was unable to travel to the Synod of Bishops because of the Ebola crisis spoke of the suffering of his people. “The Ebola situation has badly...

Oppose family detention, urges US bishops’ immigration initiative CWN - October 15, 2014

Justice for Immigrants, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Catholics to contact President Barack Obama and members of Congress in opposition to family...

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the heavenly bride CWN - October 15, 2014

Reflecting on a passage from the Book of Revelation, Pope Francis discussed the bridal nature of the Church in his October 15 general audience. The Church, he said, prepares each day for her...

Cardinal Dolan calls for clear reaffirmation of Church’s teaching on marriage CWN - October 15, 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, a participant in the Synod of Bishops, said in an interview that “we want to be as clear and as compelling as possible in reaffirming the Church’s timeless...

Vatican delegate to UN: don't judge women's advances by men's standards CWN - October 15, 2014

In a statement to a UN session on the advancement of women, the Vatican’s representative has argued that the welfare of women “should not be measured merely by the criterion of equality with...

Apple, Facebook will pay female employees to freeze eggs, continue careers CWN - October 15, 2014

Two powerful American high-tech companies are offering to pay female workers to have their eggs frozen, so that they can continue to work full-time without forfeiting the chance to have children...

Priests details special problems of pastoral care for families in Russia CWN - October 15, 2014

As the Synod of Bishops discusses pastoral care for the family, a representative of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God, in Moscow, has spoken with the AsiaNews service about the unique problems of...

President's supporters threaten priests, nuns in Democratic Republic of Congo CWN - October 15, 2014

Catholic priests and religious in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been threatened with violence since the country’s bishops staked out their opposition to a bid to allow President Joseph...

Bishop confident priest will be released after Islamic trial in Syria CWN - October 15, 2014

The apostolic vicar of Aleppo, Syria, has said that he is “optimistic” about the prospects for release of Father Hanna Jallouf, the Franciscan priest who faces trial before an Islamic court on...

Cardinal Müller raps 'shameful' bias in interim Synod report CWN - October 15, 2014

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has denounced an interim report from the Synod of Bishops as “worthless.” Cardinal Gerhard Müller, speaking in one of the Synod’s...

Armenian, Syriac patriarchs urge worldwide recognition of Armenian genocide CWN - October 15, 2014

The leaders of two Eastern Christian churches have united in a call for the world to recognize the gravity of the Armenian genocide, as the 100th anniversary of that tragedy approaches....

Translation error cited in Synod report's passage on homosexuality CWN - October 15, 2014

An inaccurate translation in a key passage of an interim report has exacerbated concerns about the work of the Synod of Bishops, the Catholic News Agency notes. In a passage regarding pastoral...

Cardinal Kasper dismisses African prelates' objections to Synod proposals CWN - October 15, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper said that African prelates should not have much influence on the Synod of Bishops, in an interview with the Zenit news agency. The German cardinal said that bishops from...

Released Thursday, Oct. 16

Papal tribute to St. Teresa of Ávila CWN - October 16, 2014

Pope Francis has written a message to the bishop of Ávila, Spain, as the Church prepares to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa (1515-82). In his October 15 message, the...

Benghazi bishop asks for prayers as army, Islamists battle CWN - October 16, 2014

As the Libyan army battles with Islamist militants for the control of Benghazi, the city’s apostolic vicar said that frightened residents have locked themselves in their homes. “The population is...

Polish missionary priest kidnapped in Central African Republic CWN - October 16, 2014

A rebel group in the Central African Republic kidnapped a Polish missionary priest on October 12. Father Mateusz Dziedzic was abducted by members of the Democratic Front of the Central African...

Islamic State desecrates Catholic monastery CWN - October 16, 2014

Three months after a 4th-century Syriac Catholic monastery was taken over by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, confirmation has been received that the monastery has been...

Number of women religious in US falls below 50,000 CWN - October 16, 2014

The number of women religious in the United States has fallen below 50,000, according to a new report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The number of religious sisters grew...

St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism CWN - October 16, 2014

In the wake of continued protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Archbishop Robert Carlson recently called for prayer and for a nonviolent response to racism. “The sin of racism in our cities and our...

Houston subpoenas pastors, demands sermons on homosexuality, gender identity CWN - October 16, 2014

City officials in Houston have issued subpoenas demanding that five pastors turn over “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to ... homosexuality or gender identity prepared by, delivered...

Cardinals Kasper, Müller deny making controversial remarks [updated] CWN - October 16, 2014

Two prominent cardinals have denied making statements that were widely attributed to them about the workings of the Synod of Bishops. But in one case, a journalist has posted a recording of the...

Two prelates added to committee drafting final Synod report CWN - October 16, 2014

Pope Francis has added two members to a committee that will write the final report of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican has discussed. Apparently responding to complaints that the drafting...

Synod participants voice dissatisfaction with interim report CWN - October 16, 2014

Reports from small working groups within the Synod of Bishops have revealed a widespread dissatisfaction with an interim report released early this week. On October 16, the Vatican released...

Vatican envoy says military action alone will not curb power of Islamic State CWN - October 16, 2014

Archbishops Giorgio Linqua, the apostolic nuncio in Jordan, has disclosed that Vatican officials are convinced that military action will not be sufficient to break the growing power of the Islamic...

Ebola vaccines being developed from aborted fetal cell lines CWN - October 16, 2014

Vaccines being developed to fight the Ebola epidemic use cell lines drawn from aborted babies, reports the non-profit group Children of God for Life. “There is absolutely no reason to use...

Kansas City diocese pays $10 million settle old abuse cases CWN - October 16, 2014

The Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri has reached a settlement agreement with sex-abuse victims, agreeing to pay almost $10 million in damages. The settlement, resolving a group of 30 different...

Pakistani court affirms Christian woman's death sentence for blasphemy CWN - October 16, 2014

An appeals court in Pakistan has upheld the conviction of Asia Bibi, the young Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. After repeatedly postponing hearings in the case, the High...

Archbishop Forte identified as author of section on homosexuality in Synod's interim report CWN - October 16, 2014

Archbishop Bruno Forte, the secretary of a committee formed by Pope Francis to draft an interim report for the Synod of Bishops, wrote a controversial section on accepting homosexuals, the Associate...

Released Friday, Oct. 17

Congo’s bishops condemn attack on priests, declare days of prayer CWN - October 17, 2014

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have condemned “acts of aggression and barbarism” that took place on October 12 against two priests in Lodja, a town of 70,000. The nation’s...

Former Catholic parish bombed in Iraq CWN - October 17, 2014

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has bombed a Syriac Catholic church in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh). After the Islamic State took over the northern Iraqi town in...

Bishop asks Notre Dame to affirm fidelity to Catholic teaching on marriage CWN - October 17, 2014

Following the overturning of Indiana’s marriage law and the consequent legalization of same-sex marriage, the University of Notre Dame extended marriage benefits to those in a same-sex marriage--...

Cardinal Pell: ‘we’re not giving in to the secular agenda’ CWN - October 17, 2014

Cardinal George Pell said in an interview that the October 16 publication of the synod fathers’ criticism of the synod’s interim report has finally given the faithful a true picture of the views of...

Sistine Chapel rented out as part of ‘exclusive Porsche tour of Rome’ CWN - October 17, 2014

The Sistine Chapel is being rented out on the evening of October 18 to the Porsche Travel Club as part of an "exclusive Porsche tour of Rome" for 40 tourists, according to the auto company and to...

Papal message to university students CWN - October 17, 2014

Pope Francis has written a message to the Italian Catholic Federation of University Students on the occasion of the upcoming beatification of Pope Paul VI, who served as the federation’s chaplain...

Pope highlights importance of family farms in World Food Day message CWN - October 17, 2014

In his message for World Food Day, Pope Francis deplored food waste and highlighted the importance of family farms, which he said can address food needs “without destroying the resources of...

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz of Belarus sees flaws in Synod's interim report CWN - October 17, 2014

“The modern world is playing its music but we can’t dance to it,” Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk, Belarus, told Catholic World Report. Interviewed about the work of the Synod of...

Climate change is a moral imperative, says Vatican representative at UN CWN - October 17, 2014

Climate change “is not only an environmental question; it is also a question of justice and a moral imperative.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New...

English archbishop orders investigation of bishop's relationship with married woman CWN - October 17, 2014

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, England, has commission an investigation into the case of Bishop Kieran Conry, who resigned his post as head of the Arundel and Brighton diocese last month after...

Ukrainian primate sees 'humanitarian tragedy' in children growing up without parents CWN - October 17, 2014

The leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has said that the growing number of children worldwide who grow up without their parents is becoming a “new humanitarian tragedy.” Major Archbishop...

Colombian cardinal hopeful on latest peace talks with FARC rebels CWN - October 17, 2014

“We hope peace is near,” Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota told the Fides news service, commenting on prospects for a peace agreement between the government of Colombia and FARC rebels, aimed...

African cardinal sees effort to manipulate Synod CWN - October 17, 2014

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has complained that some influential forces have sought to manipulate the Synod of Bishops. Speaking to the Catholic News...

Benedict XVI will attend beatification of Paul VI CWN - October 17, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the beatification ceremony for Pope Paul VI on Sunday, October 19, the Vatican has announced. The retired Pontiff is one of three living prelates who were...

German cardinal defends Synod document, says Church teaching can change CWN - October 17, 2014

Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church...

Released Monday, Oct. 20

As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20, 2014

The 14th and 15th general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 18. Preaching at Terce, Archbishop Paul...

Pope Paul VI beatified CWN - October 20, 2014

In an October 19 Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, whose 15-year reign (1963-78) saw the conclusion and initial implementation of the Second Vatican Council, the...

Malta’s leading prelate resigns CWN - October 20, 2014

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona, Malta’s leading prelate, at the age of 68. The Dominican prelate, who has led the Archdiocese of Malta since 2006, cited...

New appointments to Pontifical Biblical Commission CWN - October 20, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission for the next five years. One of them is from the United States: Mary Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary...

Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position CWN - October 20, 2014

In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he has held...

Pope Francis meets with Vietnam’s prime minister CWN - October 20, 2014

Pope Francis met on October 18 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, who has led the Communist nation since 2005. The meeting, according to the Holy See Press Office, “marks an...

Vatican message to Hindus emphasizes negative effects of globalization CWN - October 20, 2014

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued its annual message to Hindus for Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October 20 and...

Pope addresses cardinals, decries ‘terrorism of previously unimaginable dimensions’ CWN - October 20, 2014

As he convened a consistory of cardinals on October 20, Pope Francis lamented the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. “We cannot resign ourselves to thinking...

Act now to avert Christian 'genocide' in Middle East: Vatican Secretary of State CWN - October 20, 2014

The international community must take action “to prevent possible new genocides” in the Middle East, Cardinal Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an afternoon address to a consistory of cardinals in...

Idaho: ministers face fines, prison for refusing to preside at same-sex wedding CWN - October 20, 2014

In Idaho, a Protestant couple who operate a non-denominational wedding chapel have been told that they must solemnize same-sex unions or else face imprisonment. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who...

Times profile Vatican cleric now on trial for money-laundering CWN - October 20, 2014

The New York Times has profiled Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the former Vatican financial official who is now on trial in an Italian court on corruption and money-laundering charges. Msgr. Scarano was...

Oregon priest, removed as pastor, threatens to establish rival congregation CWN - October 20, 2014

A Catholic priest whose bishop removed him from his post as a pastor in Bend, Oregon, has announced plans to set up a rival congregation. Father James Radloff, who had been pastor of St. Francis...

Presidential election in Sri Lanka throws into question plans for papal visit in January CWN - October 20, 2014

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa whether a visit by Pope Francis, scheduled to begin next January 13, should be postponed in light of the news...

Head of US bishops' conference says next year's Synod should be transparent CWN - October 20, 2014

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the president of the US bishops' conference, has said that next year's meeting of the Synod of Bishops should be more transparent than this year's...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 21

Thousands of Iraqi Christians in Jordan CWN - October 21, 2014

Three thousand Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State are now being fed at parishes in Jordan, according to Archbishop Maroun Lahham, who serves as an auxiliary bishop of...

Cardinal Nichols: synod’s final document insufficiently welcoming toward homosexuals CWN - October 21, 2014

England’s leading prelate said that the final document of the recent Synod of Bishops on the family did not go “far enough” in its language on persons with same-sex attractions, according to a...

Kenya’s bishops concerned about vaccination campaign CWN - October 21, 2014

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concerned that a tetanus vaccine campaign aimed at women of childbearing years also has contraceptive properties that could render recipients...

Cardinal Kasper expresses regret for remarks on Africans CWN - October 21, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper has expressed regret about controversial remarks on African prelates in a conversation with journalist Edward Pentin, according to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Kasper...

Iranian prelate: current situation reminiscent of early days of Islam CWN - October 21, 2014

A Chaldean Catholic prelate who governs two Iranian dioceses said that the current situation of Christians in the Middle East is reminiscent of the early days of Islam. “I would say Arab Winter –...

USCCB urges US government to back Congo’s bishops on constitutional revision CWN - October 21, 2014

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon the Obama administration to oppose the efforts of Joseph Kabila, the...

Program announced for Pope’s trip to Turkey CWN - October 21, 2014

The Holy See Press Office has formally announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to Turkey from November 28 to 30. On November 28, Pope Francis will arrive in Ankara, the...

Archbishop Forte reports 'widespread consensus' on final Synod document CWN - October 21, 2014

Archbishop Bruno Forte, who served as special secretary for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, has said that there was a “widespread consensus” among the bishops in support of the Synod’s...

Cardinal George: no regrets for defense of Catholic teaching CWN - October 21, 2014

Cardinal Francis Eugene George, who will step down in November after 17 years as Archbishop of Chicago, said that he was sorry that some of his public statements caused controversy, but he did not...

Christians safer under Egypt's new government, but threats remain CWN - October 21, 2014

Egyptian Christians feel considerably more secure since the fall of a government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the spokesman for the country’s bishops reports. But serious tensions remain and...

Christian woman will appeal blasphemy conviction to Pakistan's supreme court CWN - October 21, 2014

An attorney for Asia Bibi has confirmed that the Pakistani woman, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, will appeal the verdict to the country’s supreme court. “I have a very...

Chaldean leader vows to discipline priests who leave Iraq without bishops' permission CWN - October 21, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has announced that priests who have left their dioceses in Iraq face suspension. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako set a deadline of October 22 for priests...

Helen Hull Hitchcock, RIP CWN - October 21, 2014

Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith & Family, died in St. Louis on October 20 after a brief illness. Raised as an Episcopalian, Helen Hitchcock entered the Catholic Church...

Iran: Evangelical pastors given 6-year prison sentences CWN - October 21, 2014

Three Evangelical Christian pastors in Iran have been sentenced to 6-year prison terms for their leadership roles in the house-church movement, the Fides news service reports. Pastors Behnam...

Vatican's UN envoy repeats support for 2-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict CWN - October 21, 2014

Speaking on October 21 at a UN Security Council session on the Middle East, the Holy See’s permanent representative reiterated the Vatican’s support for a two-state solution to the...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 22

Vatican envoy calls for greater respect for indigenous peoples CWN - October 22, 2014

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said in an October 20 statement that “much still needs to be done to safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous...

Iraq: Christian refugees’ plight worsened by flooding CWN - October 22, 2014

Heavy rains have flooded Dohuk, the northern Iraqi city to which 100,000 of the nation’s Christians have fled, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The floods have compounded the...

Ukrainian Catholic leader laments foreign aggression CWN - October 22, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a radio interview that Ukraine is a victim of foreign aggression, and not in the midst of a civil war. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk...

Liturgical items on agenda of US bishops’ meeting CWN - October 22, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss several liturgical items at its November 10-13 meeting. The bishops will vote on a revision of the current (1989) translation of the...

Dallas diocese housed Ebola victim’s fiancée, family CWN - October 22, 2014

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said that the diocese has housed the fiancée of Ebola virus victim Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as her son and two nephews, for several weeks. The four, who had to...

Rhode Island bishop critiques synod CWN - October 22, 2014

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has written a candid and critical series of “random thoughts” on the recent Synod of Bishops. “In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis...

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the Body of Christ CWN - October 22, 2014

Continuing his series of Wednesday catecheses on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 22 general audience to the Church as the Body of Christ. Recalling the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of...

Archbishop Chaput: believers are outsiders in America today CWN - October 22, 2014

Christians should recognize that they are outside the mainstream in American society today, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput said in the annual Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by First Things...

African bishops oppose closing borders in fight against Ebola CWN - October 22, 2014

"The closing of borders is not the solution to Ebola,” the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said in a statement released to the Fides news...

Released Thursday, Oct. 23

New Chicago archbishop to live in rectory rather than mansion CWN - October 23, 2014

Archbishop-designate Blaise Cupich of Chicago has decided in live the cathedral rectory rather than in the mansion that has been the home of his predecessors since 1885, according to an announcement...

Papal appeal for workers whose jobs are in danger CWN - October 23, 2014

At the conclusion of his October 22 general audience, Pope Francis issued an appeal on behalf of workers at Meridiana, an Italian airline that has announced plans to lay off over 1,300...

Vatican spokesman defends decision not to publish synod fathers’ speeches CWN - October 23, 2014

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the recently concluded Synod of Bishops was “a truly special experience, and very different from that of...

Pope meets with Bavarian soccer team CWN - October 23, 2014

Pope Francis met on October 22 with Bayern Munich, a German soccer team that was in Rome for a soccer game. The team presented the Pontiff with a shirt, and the Pope gave each player a rosary....

Philippine prelate: greater outreach to homosexuals, remarried is needed CWN - October 23, 2014

Following the Synod of Bishops, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called upon pastors to reach out to those with homosexual attractions in order to help them live...

Chaldean patriarch suspends 12 monks, priests CWN - October 23, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has published a decree suspending six monks and six priests. In September, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako had demanded that all priests and religious who...

Pope receives Grenada’s leader CWN - October 23, 2014

Pope Francis met on October 23 with Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, a Caribbean nation of 110,000 that is 54% Catholic. According to the Holy See Press Office, the two spoke about the...

Pope reduces territory of Monte Cassino CWN - 24 hours ago

Pope Francis has reduced the area entrusted to the jurisdiction of Territorial Abbey of Monte Cassino and has named Father Donato Ogliari, the abbot of another Italian monastery, as its new...

Cardinal Sarah: focus on divorce/remarriage distracts from more essential problems of family CWN - 14 hours ago

Cardinal Robert Sarah has expressed regret that “the debate on admission to the Eucharist of divorced and remarried Catholics has taken the focus away from the real important challenges that affect...

Cardinal Kasper claims majority support CWN - 14 hours ago

Cardinal Walter Kasper has claimed that although the final votes at the Synod of Bishops were “totally weird,” a majority of bishops would favor his proposal to allow Communion for Catholics who are...

Pope offers 'absolute condemnation' of death penalty CWN - 14 hours ago

Pope Francis called for the “absolute condemnation of the death penalty” in an October 23 address to the International Association of Penal Law, the Vatican reports. The Pope said that Christians...

New death threats against anti-Mafia priest CWN - 14 hours ago

An Italian priest who vowed to continue his fight against the Mafia despite a threat from the imprisoned “boss of bosses” has received new death threats. Father Luigi Ciotti said that the Mafia...

Egyptian government promoting Christian tourism CWN - 14 hours ago

Egypt’s government is making an unprecedented effort to promote Christian tourism by calling attention to the country’s Coptic heritage. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab referred to the Coptic...

Released Friday, Oct. 24

Australian prelate: ‘modernity has forgotten how to love’ CWN - 2 hours ago

In an article posted on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the newly appointed Archbishop of Sydney has written about G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, recent popes, and the...

Pope Benedict: dialogue is no substitute for mission CWN - 2 hours ago

As the Pontifical Urbaniana University, which educates missionaries, dedicated a lecture hall in honor of Benedict XVI on October 21, the prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein,...

Boko Haram abducts more Christian girls CWN - 2 hours ago

The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram has kidnapped over 60 girls and young women from Christian villages in northeastern Nigeria, according to a CNN report. In April, Boko Haram...

Growth of Church in Zambia highlighted CWN - 2 hours ago

Five decades after Zambia gained its independence, the Church there is looked on with “great respect, and her influence has grown, thanks to her prophetic voice,” said the national director of the...

Vatican envoy: a rising tide does not lift all boats CWN - 1 hours ago

At a UN meeting devoted to poverty, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said that “countries should develop evidence-based policies and strategies to combat extreme...

Bishop shows solidarity following attack on Palestinian mosque CWN - 1 hours ago

An auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem has visited a Palestinian village to express solidarity following a firebomb attack on a mosque. “Such acts do not encourage peace and only serve to stir up...

Pontifical Biblical Commission publishes document on inspiration and truth of Scripture CWN - 0 hours ago

The Pontifical Biblical Commission has published a study on the inspiration and truth of Sacred Scripture, according to the October 24 edition of L’Osservatore Romano. Father Klemens Stock, the...

Pope highlights ecumenical work of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II CWN - 0 hours ago

Pope Francis received a delegation from the Orientale Lumen Foundation on October 24 as its members made a pilgrimage to Rome and to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The pilgrimage was...

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