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Released Tuesday, Sep. 2

Christians reported safe as Tripoli falls to Islamist militias CWN - September 2, 2014

Three years after NATO intervention helped bring about the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s capital has fallen under the control of Islamist militias. “So far, as a Christian community, we...

Caritas appeal for Indian flood victims CWN - September 2, 2014

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal for $1 million to assist victims of flooding in the eastern Indian state of Odisha...

Papal praise for interreligious charity soccer match CWN - September 2, 2014

Fifty soccer stars took part in an interreligious soccer game in Rome to raise funds for poor children in Buenos Aires. “Tonight's match will certainly be an occasion to collect funds and...

Vatican conference on sports and the culture of encounter CWN - September 2, 2014

The Pontifical Council for Culture is hosting a three-day conference entitled “Sports at the Service of Humanity: From the ‘Results-Oriented Culture’ to a ‘Culture of Encounter.’” Speakers and...

Pope resumes daily Mass at Santa Marta CWN - September 2, 2014

Following a two-month hiatus, Pope Francis has resumed his practice of preaching at weekday Masses for different invited groups at Domus Sanctae Marthae. On September 1, he preached on the word...

Iraq: fearing famine, patriarch calls for return of confiscated fields to Christians CWN - September 2, 2014

In a letter to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako expressed concern that the Christian-owned agricultural fields of the...

Ukrainian Orthodox leader blasts Moscow patriarch, defends Eastern Catholics CWN - September 2, 2014

The head of one of the three rival Ukrainian Orthodox bodies has come to the defense of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which has been the object of strong criticism by leaders of the Russian...

ISIS will spread if not stopped now, warns Maronite prelate CWN - September 2, 2014

A Maronite Catholic archbishop has warned that if the international community does not take prompt action to stop the growth of the Islamic State (ISIS), terrorism will quickly spread beyond the...

Israeli President Peres to meet with Pope on Thursday CWN - September 2, 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet with Pope Francis on September 4, the Vatican has announced. The visit comes at a time of mounting tension in the Middle East. Israel's military...

Tortured to death, Iraqi Christian hailed as martyr CWN - September 2, 2014

A Christian man has died under torture in northern Iraq after refusing to renounce his faith, the AsiaNews service reports. Salem Matti Kourki, a resident of the town of Bartala, in the Nineveh...

Benedict XVI meets with leaders of traditionalist movement for youth CWN - September 2, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI met on Monday with a founder of a Catholic traditionalist movement. Cosimo Marti, who helped establish Juventutum, an international group of young Catholics who promote...

Minneapolis priest calls for archbishop's resignation CWN - September 2, 2014

An outspoken priest of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has called for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt. Father Patrick Kennedy complained of "a pall over the archdiocese that is...

Vatican envoy: international action needed in Iraq CWN - September 2, 2014

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has renewed an appeal for international action to stop the bloodshed in northern Iraq. Speaking to a meeting of the UN Human Rights...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 3

Sant’Egidio brokers peace deal in Mozambique CWN - September 3, 2014

The Community of Sant’Egidio has helped broker a peace deal between the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the government of Mozambique, the Fides news agency reported. In 1992, the...

Bishop compares destruction in Gaza to World War II CWN - September 3, 2014

A delegation from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has returned from a visit to Gaza’s small Christian community. The 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict began on July 8 and paused on August 26 after...

Priest beaten, jailed in India CWN - September 3, 2014

A violent gang vandalized a Catholic school in the east-central Indian state of Chhattisgarh and beat its headmaster, Father Ligo Mathew. Other faculty members suffered injuries in the...

A decade after hostage crisis, Pope writes letter to Russian town’s residents CWN - September 3, 2014

Ten years after Islamic militants took over a school in the Russian town of Beslan, Pope Francis has written a letter to the town’s residents. The hostage crisis ended when Russian troops stormed...

Papal message for interreligious soccer match CWN - September 3, 2014

Pope Francis recorded a video message that was played during an interreligious soccer game in Rome. The September 1 game, in which 50 soccer stars took part, raised funds for poor children in...

Prelate rues rising Islamophobia in wake of Islamic State atrocities CWN - September 3, 2014

Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore, who chairs the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has expressed concern about rising fear...

Organic food company suffers boycott because it opposes HHS mandate CWN - September 3, 2014

Increasing numbers of food cooperatives around the country are refusing to carry products sold by Eden Foods, a leading organic food company. Eden’s CEO, Michael Potter, is a Catholic, and the...

Pope Francis emphasizes: the Church is a mother CWN - September 3, 2014

Pope Francis devoted his September 3 general audience to the maternity of the Church. “She is a true mother who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a...

Guatemalan military officer, convicted of bishop's killing, found running prison crime ring CWN - September 3, 2014

A Guatemalan military officer who was convicted of the 1998 murder of a Catholic bishop has been running a criminal organization from his prison cell, UN prosecutors have charged. Byron Lima, who...

Minnesota judge allows 'public nuisance' lawsuit against Catholic dioceses CWN - September 3, 2014

A Minnesota judge has allowed sex-abuse victims to move forward with a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona caused a “public nuisance” by providing...

Beheadings show brutality typical of Islamic State, says Iraqi archbishop CWN - September 3, 2014

The beheadings of American journalists are typical examples of the brutality of the Islamic State, an Iraqi bishop told the Asia News service. “We are not faced with exceptional deeds,” said...

Gay group will march in NY St. Patrick's day parade; Cardinal Dolan gives OK CWN - September 3, 2014

A homosexual activist group will march in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade next year, with the tacit approval of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Organizers of the parade announced on September 3 that...

CDF prefect to meet with SSPX leader CWN - September 3, 2014

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), will meet with the leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) later this...

Pope raps corporate layoff decision in Italian steel-mill dispute CWN - September 3, 2014

Pope Francis expressed sympathy for striking Italian workers at a German-owned steel mill, during his regular public audience on September 3. Workers at the mill in Terni, Italy, went on strike...

Lesbian teacher complains Catholic school fired her because of 'non-traditional' pregnancy CWN - September 3, 2014

A schoolteacher in Michigan has complained that she was dismissed from her job in a Catholic high school after she announced a “non-traditional” pregnancy. Barbara Webb, who lives with a lesbian...

Anglican ordinariate moves parish into Washington, DC CWN - September 3, 2014

The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established to serve the pastoral needs of former Anglicans in the US, is opening a parish community in Washington, DC. St. Luke’s, an Episcopalian...

Boston Globe launches 'Crux' site, dedicated to Catholicism CWN - September 3, 2014

Crux, a new web site sponsored by the Boston Globe and dedicated to Catholic affairs, was launched on September 2. As the service made its debut, John Allen, the former National Catholic Reporter...

Released Thursday, Sep. 4

Catechesis published for World Meeting of Families CWN - September 4, 2014

The World Meeting of Families 2015, which will take place in Philadelphia, has announced the publication of its preparatory catechesis, a book entitled Love Is Our Mission. Prepared by the...

Ecuador approves further recognition of same-sex civil unions CWN - September 4, 2014

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has announced that homosexual civil unions, which are allowed under the nation’s 2008 constitution, may now be listed on national identification cards. “Gays,...

Boko Haram commits massacre in Cameroon church CWN - September 4, 2014

Thousands of people fled their homes as the Islamist militant group Boko Haram continued to gain ground in Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon. A spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner...

Christian refugees in Pakistan recount Taliban horrors CWN - September 4, 2014

Amid struggles between the Pakistani army and the Taliban for the control of the Pakistani region of North Waziristan, Christian refugees who have fled to Bannu, a city in a neighboring province,...

Pope recalls outbreak of World War II, rues persecution of Iraqi Christians CWN - September 4, 2014

At the conclusion of his September 3 general audience, Pope Francis recalled the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. He prayed for “those who lost their lives for their love of...

Western nations should act against Russian aggression, says nuncio in Ukraine CWN - September 4, 2014

Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine, called upon the West to act against the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Russian aggression in Ukraine. The prelate told...

Patriarch blasts Iraqi government, international community for failure to help persecuted Christians CWN - September 4, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has renewed his criticism of the Iraqi government and the international community for their failure to address the persecution of Iraq’s Christians. “The...

Italian bishops defend work of anti-Mafia priest CWN - September 4, 2014

The Italian Episcopal Conference has issued a statement of support for Father Luigi Ciotti, a priest who has vowed to continue his anti-Mafia activities despite a threat from a powerful...

Dispute between dioceses stalls cause for beatification of Fulton Sheen CWN - September 4, 2014

A dispute between the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has blocked progress toward the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria made a...

Admission of sin is crucial step toward Christ, Pope tells congregation CWN - September 4, 2014

In his homily at a September 4 morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis told his congregation that recognizing one’s own sinfulness is essential to spiritual progress. “If a...

Respect of 'human ecology' will foster respect for environment: Cardinal Parolin CWN - September 4, 2014

In an address to an organization of Italian farmers, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that “human human ecology is a prerequisite for a proper environmental ecology.” The Vatican Secretary of State...

Former Israeli leader proposes united religious effort against terrorism CWN - September 4, 2014

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres proposed a worldwide organization uniting religious leaders against terrorist violence, during a September 4 meeting with Pope Francis. The Pope also met on...

Islamic leader blames Vatican for attacks on mosques CWN - September 4, 2014

The head of Turkey’s religious-affairs department has charged that the Vatican bears responsibility for a rise in the number of attacks on mosques in Europe. Mehmet Gormez cited statistics...

Irish bishop questions Catholic charity's grant to LGBT resource center CWN - September 4, 2014

An Irish bishop is questioning why a Catholic charitable group donated €45,000 to establish a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resource center. Bishop Martin Drennan asked leaders of the...

Released Friday, Sep. 5

Patriarch calls for UN force to liberate territory captured by Islamic State CWN - September 5, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has called upon the United Nations Security Council to liberate Iraqi territory captured by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Patriarch...

Federal court upholds Louisiana marriage amendment CWN - September 5, 2014

A federal district court has upheld the constitutionality of the State of Louisiana’s definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman-- the first such federal court ruling since the Supreme...

Vatican official: Church has underemphasized being a mother, overemphasized being a teacher CWN - September 5, 2014

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has told a group of bishops from Bolivia and Peru that the Church’s bishops, in making use of social media, should embody the...

Pope meets with directors of new Vatican charity CWN - September 5, 2014

On September 4, Pope Francis met with the directors of Scholas Occurentes, a charity founded by the Pontiff in 2013. The Pope praised the directors for their assistance in organizing a recent...

Mideast patriarchs to gather in Washington, meet with lawmakers CWN - September 5, 2014

Six Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East will gather in Washington from September 9-11 to join lawmakers at a conference on the plight of persecuted Christians. Participants will...

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks seminary, convent CWN - September 5, 2014

The Islamist militant organization Boko Haram has attacked a seminary and convent in the Diocese of Maiduguri, according to the president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference. In an interview...

Ukrainian bishop calls for prayer, fasting: ‘the Titanic is sinking’ CWN - September 5, 2014

A Latin-rite bishop who ministers in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are active, said that local Catholics are angry at the apparent indifference of Christians in other areas of the...

Holy See, Vietnam to continue negotiations toward diplomatic relations CWN - September 5, 2014

Diplomats from the Holy See and Vietnam will meet in Hanoi on September 10-11 to continue negotiations towards diplomatic relations, according to a statement from the Holy See Press Office. It...

Dispute over beatification of Archbishop Sheen can be resolved, columnist argues CWN - September 5, 2014

In a column for the National Catholic Register, Father Roger Landry says that the Diocese of Peoria chose to halt the proceedings toward beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen: a decision that he...

Cardinal Dolan: Islamic leaders must speak out against terrorism CWN - September 5, 2014

Islamic leaders should be challenged to speak out in condemnation of terrorists, Cardinal Timothy Dolan on New York has said. In an interview with John Allen of the new Crux news site, Cardinal...

Notre Dame retreats, will provide contraceptive coverage in student health programs CWN - September 5, 2014

The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other...

Venezuelan bishops object as politician invokes Chavez in the Lord's Prayer CWN - September 5, 2014

Church leaders in Venezuela have rebuked a politician who, as a Socialist Party convention, transformed the Lord’s Prayer into an invocation of the spirit of the country’s deceased strongman, Hugo...

Islamic State's 'war of religion' must be countered, says authoritative Jesuit journal CWN - September 5, 2014

An editorial in the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica has characterized the aggression of the Islamic State as “a war of religion and of annihilation.” The editorial argues that a...

Accept changes, do not rely on Law, Pope says in homily CWN - September 5, 2014

In his homily at a morning Mass on September 5, Pope Francis said that the faithful “must not be afraid of change, not even in the Church.” Jesus makes all things new, the Pope explained, and the...

Obama administration drops appeals on three challenges to contraceptive mandate CWN - September 5, 2014

The Obama administration has dropped its appeal on three lawsuits challenging the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. The three cases (Seneca v. Burwell, Armstrong v....

Pope meets leaders from Panama, Andorra CWN - September 5, 2014

Pope Francis met on September 5 with President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez of Panama and with Antoni Marti i Petit, the head of government of Andorra, in separate private audiences. The Pope’s...

Vatican's Council for Economy meets, setting new structures for Secretariat CWN - September 5, 2014

The Vatican’s newly created Council of the Economy met in Rome on September 4, to discuss the proposed statutes for the Secretariat for the Economy. Led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president...

400,000 children in Gaza need psychological help after violence, Catholic agency says CWN - September 5, 2014

Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic relief agency, has estimated that 400,000 children in Gaza need psychological care because of the damaging effects of military campaigns in the region. Caritas...

Released Monday, Sep. 8

Pope recalls beginnings of Church in Canada, calls for renewed Eucharistic, Marian devotion CWN - September 8, 2014

On September 14, the Church in Canada will commemorate the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the first parish in what is now Canadian territory. Pope Francis has named Cardinal Jaime...

Day of prayer declared for upcoming synod CWN - September 8, 2014

The Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has designated September 28 as a special day of prayer for the upcoming 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is devoted to the...

Pope speaks to Cameroon’s bishops about evangelization CWN - September 8, 2014

Evangelization was the principal topic of Pope Francis’s September 6 address to the bishops of Cameroon, who were in Rome for their quinquennial ad limina visit. The west-central African nation...

Address sin through gentle fraternal correction, not gossip, says Pope CWN - September 8, 2014

Pope Francis spoke about fraternal correction as reflected on the Sunday Gospel (Mt. 18:15-20) during his September 7 Angelus address. “Jesus teaches us that if my brother sins against me, I have...

Papal appeal for peace in Ukraine, Lesotho CWN - September 8, 2014

Following his September 7 Angelus address, Pope Francis appealed for peace in Ukraine and Lesotho. “In recent days, significant steps have been taken in the search for a ceasefire in the regions...

USCCB welcomes court decision on marriage CWN - September 8, 2014

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has welcomed a federal court decision upholding the constitutionality of...

Nigeria: churches in ruins, nearly 100,000 Catholics leave homes as Boko Haram advances CWN - September 8, 2014

As the Islamist militant organization Boko Haram gains ground in northeastern Nigeria, over 90,000 Catholics have fled their homes, Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maidiguri told the Fides news...

Leading Irish prelate retires CWN - September 8, 2014

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland for reasons of age. Cardinal Brady was installed as Archbishop of Armagh in...

‘War is never a necessity,’ says Pope CWN - September 8, 2014

Recalling that Pope Benedict XV had referred to World War I as a “senseless slaughter,” Pope Francis lamented the “many senseless slaughters” that afflict the world today. In a message for an...

Vatican expert predicts lively Synod, sees Economic secretariat as crucial to Pope's reforms CWN - September 8, 2014

Vatican journalist John Allen, writing for Crux, predicts that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops will be much more newsworthy than previous sessions. Pope Francis, Allen explains,...

Italian nuns killed in Burundi CWN - September 8, 2014

Three Italian missionary nuns were murdered in Burundi this past weekend. Sisters Luci Pulici and Olga Raschietti, and Bernadetta Boggian, Xaverian missionaries, were apparently killed at their...

Ukrainian Orthodox patriarch says Putin is agent of Satan CWN - September 8, 2014

Escalating his criticism of Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Kiev patriarchate has said that the Russian president is “a new Cain” who “has fallen under the action...

Italian bishop: Muslim immigrants should denounce terror or leave CWN - September 8, 2014

An Italian bishops has issued a call for Muslims living in Europe to denounce terrorism and persecution, or else leave Europe. Bishop Tommaso Ghirelli of Imola, writing in his diocesan newspaper,...

Vatican curbs shops' sales of papal blessings CWN - September 8, 2014

The Vatican has announced that souvenir shops in Rome will no longer be allowed to sell plaques and parchments with papal blessings. Since the pontificate of Leo XIII, the Vatican has allowed the...

Milwaukee archdiocese, abuse victims, return to mediation in bid to end bankruptcy CWN - September 8, 2014

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is renewing an attempt to reach a mediated settlement with sex-abuse victims, in a bid to resolve an expensive bankruptcy process. The archdiocese has proposed a...

Vatican, Viet officials resume talks to improve ties CWN - September 8, 2014

Vatican representatives are meeting with Vietnamese government officials in Hanoi this week, in the 5th of a series of meetings aimed at improving ties and eventually restoring full diplomatic...

Albanian organizers rush to complete preparations for papal visit CWN - September 8, 2014

Officials in Albania are making last-minute preparations for the visit by Pope Francis later this month, the ANSA news service reports. Organizers in Albania have not completed the restoration of...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 9

Pakistani Christians accused of desecrating Muslim graves CWN - September 9, 2014

Thirty-one Christians in a village near Faisalabad, Pakistan, were accused of desecrating hundreds of Muslim graves, the Fides news agency reported. After a Muslim landowner gave Christian...

African cardinal: synod will not change Catholic teaching on marriage CWN - September 9, 2014

A South African cardinal has told Vatican Radio that the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will not change Catholic teaching on marriage, which he noted is founded on the words of...

Situation in Crimea reminiscent of Communist era, says Orthodox prelate CWN - September 9, 2014

The actions of the Russia security agency in Crimea, an area of Ukraine annexed by Russia in March, are reminiscent of the Communist era, according to a local prelate of the Ukrainian Orthodox...

Prince Charles, Chaldean patriarch correspond on persecution of Iraqi Christians CWN - September 9, 2014

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has offered his “profound sympathy” to the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church for the “unbearable and barbaric persecution” suffered by Christians...

New report of forced conversions, looting in northern Iraq CWN - September 9, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is supervising the looting of homes in historic Christian villages and is detaining Yazidi women under horrific conditions, according to an update on the...

Jerusalem patriarch laments suffering of Middle East’s Christians CWN - September 9, 2014

Speaking at the Sicilian shrine of Our Lady of Tears, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem lamented the suffering of the Middle East’s Christians. “I cannot but recall the religious violence that...

253 to take part in Synod of Bishops on the family CWN - September 9, 2014

The Holy See Press Office has announced the names of the 253 participants in the upcoming 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is devoted to the pastoral challenges to...

Pope to travel to Turkey in November; Chaldean Patriarch hopes for visit to Iraq CWN - September 9, 2014

Pope Francis will travel to Turkey in late November, according to a report in Crux, the news service recently launched by the Boston Globe. The Vatican has not announced plans for a papal visit...

French Muslim leaders denounce Islamic State, support Christian presence in Middle East CWN - September 9, 2014

The most prominent Muslim leaders in France have joined in an unprecedented condemnation of the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians. In a “Paris Appeal,” issued on September 9 at the Grand...

More homosexual groups seek entry in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade CWN - September 9, 2014

Homosexual activists in New York are pressing organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade to include more gay-rights groups in the march. Following up on last week's announcement that...

Malta: bishop proposes every parish adopt a refugee family from Iraq, Syria CWN - September 9, 2014

A Catholic bishop in Malta has suggested that each parish in his diocese should adopt a family of Christian refugees from persecution in the Middle East. "How can we stay passive when countless...

New Irish primate promises vigilance on abuse, peace in Northern Ireland CWN - September 9, 2014

Archbishop Eamon Martin told Vatican Radio that he is "a little bit nervous and fearful for the future" as he takes up his new responsibilities as Archbishop of Armah and Primate of All...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 10

USCCB president commemorates Civil Rights Act CWN - September 10, 2014

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. “The Civil Rights Act was a monumental step...

Priest, parishioners detained in Crimea CWN - September 10, 2014

Russian security forces in Crimea detained a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and 15 of his parishioners, according to a report from the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Father Bohdan...

Cardinal George: US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia CWN - September 10, 2014

In an archdiocesan newspaper column, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said that American law has “taken upon itself the mantle of a religion and officially told its citizens what they must...

Papal condolences to family of journalist slain by Islamic State CWN - September 10, 2014

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent condolences in Pope Francis’s name to the family of Steven Sotloff, the American-Israeli journalist beheaded by the Islamic State...

Mother Church teaches us the works of mercy, says Pope Francis CWN - September 10, 2014

The Church is a “mother who teaches us the works of mercy,” Pope Francis said in his September 10 general audience. The Pope said that “the Church teaches her sons and daughters to be merciful...

Libya: Catholics are ‘trapped and helpless’ in Tripoli, says priest CWN - September 10, 2014

Catholics in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, fear they will be kidnapped if they leave their homes, according to the vicar of the city’s Franciscan community. Three years after NATO intervention helped...

US Jesuit named Vatican’s top sex-abuse prosecutor CWN - September 10, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed an American Jesuit as the Vatican’s top prosecutor in sex-abuse cases. Father Robert Geisinger, a canon lawyer who serves as the procurator general of the Society of...

Suspect arrests, confesses to murder of nuns in Burundi CWN - September 10, 2014

Police in Burundi have made an arrest in connection with the murder of three Italian missionary nuns. Authorities say that the suspect-- who was found carrying the cell phone of one of the...

Cardinal Zen: Hong Kong democracy activists must be ready to pay a price CWN - September 10, 2014

Cardinal Joseph Zen has warned that pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong may bring on a harsh reaction from the Chinese government. But the retired Bishop of Hong Kong nevertheless urges protesters to...

Papal message of solidarity with Arabic Christians CWN - September 10, 2014

At the conclusion of his regular public audience on September 10, Pope Francis sent another message of encouragement and solidarity to Christians in the Middle East. "May the Lord reward your...

Italian naval program to save migrants wins papal praise CWN - September 10, 2014

Pope Francis has praised the "admirable" work of an Italian naval force in saving migrants who have sought to cross the Mediterranean. The "Mare Nostrum" program was inaugurated by the Italian...

Italian bishops, Vatican Secretary of State meet for lunch with Italian premier CWN - September 10, 2014

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on September 9, along with several other Italian bishops and leading members of the Italian...

Conditions in Gaza 'precarious' after bombing CWN - September 10, 2014

Living conditions in Gaza are "still quite dire and quite unstable," the local director of Catholic Relief Services told Vatican Radio. Matthew McGarry said that while an Israeli military...

Cardinal George meets with music director fired for same-sex marriage plan CWN - September 10, 2014

Cardinal Francis George met privately on September 9 with a man who had been dismissed from his post as a music director in a Catholic parish after he announced plans for a same-sex...

Pakistani court again postpones hearing appeal for Christian woman facing death sentence for blasphemy CWN - September 10, 2014

A court in Lahore, Pakistan, adjourned a September 10 hearing on the appeal of Asia Bibi without hearing arguments, and set a new date of October 16 for a final hearing. Asia Bibi, who was...

Released Thursday, Sep. 11

Iraqi priest: Mosul’s liberation must precede Christians’ return to homes CWN - September 11, 2014

A Syriac Catholic priest who works with an Iraqi archbishop said that Christians will not return to their homes on Iraq’s Nineveh plain until Mosul, the nation’s 2nd-largest city, is liberated from...

Boko Haram threatens all of West Africa, says priest CWN - September 11, 2014

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, has told the Fides news agency that he believes reports that Muslim figures in the ruling political party have provided financial...

Liturgical changes in Sierra Leone in wake of Ebola CWN - September 11, 2014

To help prevent the spread of Ebola virus disease, Catholics in Sierra Leone now wash their hands with treated water before entering Mass, according to the West African nation’s leading...

Indian government: Jesuit kidnapped in Afghanistan is safe CWN - September 11, 2014

A leading Indian government official said that an Indian Jesuit abducted in Afghanistan in June is safe, the Indo-Asian News Service reported. “Alexis Prem Kumar is safe, and efforts are on to...

Vatican cardinal reflects on international trade, economic crisis CWN - September 11, 2014

Speaking at the release of a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace emphasized that despite...

Ukrainian bishops plead for international intervention in response to Russian aggression CWN - September 11, 2014

The bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, gathered in a synod in Lviv, have asked the international community to restore peace in Ukraine in response to military actions taken by “a...

Pope Francis to address European Parliament CWN - September 11, 2014

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to address the European Parliament, according to a September 11 announcement by the body’s president, Martin Schulz. The Holy See Press Office subsequently...

French court dismisses charges for topless demonstration in Notre Dame CWN - September 11, 2014

A French court has dismissed a criminal complaint against members of the radical feminist group Femen, who had staged a topless protest in the sanctuary of Notre Dame cathedral. The court ruled...

Vatican prelate tells US bishops: situation of 'extreme urgency' for Christians in Middle East CWN - September 11, 2014

In an address to the permanent council of the US bishops’ conference, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches underlined the “extreme urgency” of the situation facing...

Vietnam, Vatican report progress toward closer ties CWN - September 11, 2014

A meeting between Vatican representatives and Vietnamese government officials ended on September 11 in Hanoi, with a joint statement affirming progress toward closer ties. The meeting—the 5th...

Tunisian president meets with Pontiff CWN - September 11, 2014

Pope Francis met on September 11 with President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia, for a conversation that focused on peacekeeping, inter-religious dialogue, and freedom of conscience. A brief...

War in God's name is blasphemy, inter-religious conference affirms CWN - September 11, 2014

An inter-religious meeting sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community has concluded with a statement that “there is no holy war; the elimination of the other in the name of God is always...

Xaverian missionaries doubt police explanation for nuns' murder in Burundi CWN - September 11, 2014

A representative of the Xaverian missionary sisters in Burundi has voiced dissatisfaction with police officials’ investigation into the murder of three nuns. On September 10, police announced the...

Catholic League pulls out of St. Patrick's day parade in New York CWN - September 11, 2014

Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has announced that his group is pulling out of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, charging that he has been...

Senator Cruz booed after lecturing Eastern Catholic prelates on support for Israel CWN - September 11, 2014

Senator Ted Cruz walked off the stage at a Washington conference on the persecution of Christians on September 10, after he was roundly booed for a keynote address in which he focused on support for...

Chinese government disputes Dalai Lama on reincarnation CWN - September 11, 2014

The Chinese government has reacted sharply to the Dalai Lama’s comment that he might be the last in the long line of Tibetan Buddhist leaders. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Dalai Lama is...

Indian bishops make emergency plea for victims of flooding in Kashmir CWN - September 11, 2014

The president of India’s episcopal conference has issued an appeal for help for victims of flooding in the Kashmir region. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis reported “deep anguish over the loss of lives...

Argentine soccer team will name stadium after Pope Francis CWN - September 11, 2014

The San Lorenzo soccer club of Buenos Aires plans to name its new stadium after the club's most famous member: Pope Francis. San Lorenzo announced plans for naming the stadium on September 11....

Vatican tightens controls on Rome hospital administration CWN - September 11, 2014

The Vatican's Secretariat of State has tightened its control of the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. For several years the Secretariat of State has sought to tighten financial and...

Crimea: Catholic priest faces explusion, residency permit not renewed CWN - September 11, 2014

A Catholic parish in Crimea will lose its priest in October, because the Russian government has not renewed the residency permit of the Polish-born pastor. Father Piotr Rosochacki will be...

Released Friday, Sep. 12

Bishop to travel to White House, ask for visas for persecuted Iraqi Catholics CWN - September 12, 2014

Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, the head of a Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in San Diego, will travel to the White House with a list of 25,000 Iraqi Catholics who seek entry into the United...

Christian families fear daughters’ forced conversion, flee Punjab CWN - September 12, 2014

Fearful of the forced conversion of their daughters, parents in “many Christian families” are taking their children out of the southern portion of the Pakistani province of Punjab, according to the...

US House holds hearing on persecution of Christians in Syria, Iraq CWN - September 12, 2014

Two subcommittees of the US House of Representatives held a joint hearing on the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. “The suffering and abuse of Iraqi...

Russian Orthodox leader speaks of ‘organic unity’ of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus CWN - September 12, 2014

Speaking at the blessing of a cathedral’s foundation stone, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized the “organic unity” of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Referring to the medieval state...

Vatican: papal trip to Turkey confirmed (updated) CWN - September 12, 2014

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, reported on September 11 that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November. Earlier the papal spokesman had said that although...

Holy See diplomat decries slavery CWN - September 12, 2014

A leading Vatican diplomat decried the actions of Islamist groups as he lamented contemporary slavery. Commenting on a new UN report on slavery, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who represents the Holy...

Read Luke 6, Pope Francis emphasizes CWN - September 12, 2014

On several occasions during his pontificate, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to read, and reread, the Beatitudes and Matthew 25. Preaching on love of enemies during his September 11 daily...

Curial decree on feast days of St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II CWN - September 12, 2014

Pope Francis has decided that the feast days of Pope St. John XXIII (October 11) and Pope St. John Paul II (October 22) will be observed as optional memorials on the liturgical calendar, according...

Rev. Ian Paisley, who led anti-Catholic forces in Northern Ireland, dead at 88 CWN - September 12, 2014

Rev. Ian Paisley, the fiery anti-Catholic leader of Protestants in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 88. The founder of the Democratic Unionist Party, Rev. Paisley was a polarizing figure...

Slavery not confined to poor nations, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - September 12, 2014

Slavery today is not a problem confined to the world’s impoverished countries, the Vatican’s representative reminded a session of the UN’s human-rights council. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the...

Scripture research requires deep faith, Pope tells scholars CWN - September 12, 2014

Speaking to Italian scholars who were celebrating the 43rd National Biblical Week, Pope Francis remarked that a proper approach to Scripture scholarship requires a deep sense of faith. The Pope...

Pope advises African bishops to focus on youth CWN - September 12, 2014

“I urge you to be apostles for the youth in your dioceses,” Pope Francis said in a September 12 address to visiting bishops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Pope emphasized...

Released Monday, Sep. 15

Papal tribute to St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows CWN - September 15, 2014

Pope Francis has paid tribute of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838-1862), an Italian Passionist who was canonized in 1920. In a letter on the upcoming consecration of a new church at the...

Pope Francis says ‘one can speak of’ a 3rd world war already occurring CWN - September 15, 2014

Pope Francis traveled to Italy’s World War I War Memorial in Fogliano Redipuglia on September 13 to commemorate the centenary of the war’s beginning and to pray for the victims of all wars. The...

Pope compares married life to Israel in the desert CWN - September 15, 2014

Pope Francis offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and presided over the marriages of 20 couples from his diocese. It is unusual for...

Pope Francis: the Church exalts the cross of Christ CWN - September 15, 2014

Pope Francis devoted his September 14 Angelus address to the cross of Christ. “Why? Why was the Cross necessary? Because of the gravity of the evil which kept us slaves,” he said. “The Cross of...

‘War is madness,’ Pope emphasizes CWN - September 15, 2014

At the conclusion of his September 14 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for the success of an international peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. He recalled that on the...

Council of Cardinals begins 3-day session, adds 9th member CWN - September 15, 2014

The Council of Cardinals, which assists Pope Francis in the governance of the universal Church and in the reform of the Roman Curia, has begun three days of meetings in Rome. It is the 6th...

1st episcopal ordinations in Hong Kong since British rule CWN - September 15, 2014

For the first time since the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, episcopal ordinations have taken place in Diocese of Hong Kong. In July, Pope Francis appointed the...

Cardinals discussing mergers of pontifical councils, creation of new congregations? CWN - September 15, 2014

As the Council of Cardinals holds its 6th meeting (see today’s separate CWN headline story), Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa writes that the discussions will focus on proposals to reorganize the...

Middle East is greatest crisis since World War II, cardinal says CWN - September 15, 2014

Addressing a meeting of Catholic charitable agencies involved with the Middle East, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said that the conflicts in that region have produced “the greatest crisis the...

Victims of Communism will be focus of Pope's visit to Albania CWN - September 15, 2014

During his September 21 visit to Albania, Pope Francis will pay tribute to the victims of Communism, the Vatican has announced. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office,...

85,000 join in petition to stop Black Mass in Oklahoma CWN - September 15, 2014

More than 85,000 people have signed an online petition urging Oklahoma City officials to halt the performance of a Black Mass. The organizers of the Satanic event, which is scheduled to take...

Italian seminarian claims first 'selfie' with Benedict XVI CWN - September 15, 2014

The first known “selfie” photo of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has been posted online by an Italian seminarian. Giuseppe Ricciardi, a seminarian from the Diocese of Aversa, posted a picture of...

Milwaukee archdiocesan synod calls for focus on lay ministry, faith formation, social justice CWN - September 15, 2014

Lay people will be trained for new roles as “ecclesial ministers,” while pastors will focus more attention on social-justice issues, under a plan for the Milwaukee archdiocese, approved by...

Non-Catholic donors financed pressure campaign on San Francisco archbishop CWN - September 15, 2014

A petition campaign urging San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to cancel a speaking engagement at a pro-family rally was funded largely by non-Catholic gay activists, reports Valerie...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 16

Many of Congo’s Catholics fall prey to superstition, says leading bishop CWN - September 16, 2014

The president of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo said that many of the nation’s Catholics still adhere to pagan superstitions. The large Central African nation of 77 million is 53%...

Bishop: over 2,500 Catholics slain by Boko Haram CWN - September 16, 2014

The bishop of Maidiguri, a city in northeastern Nigeria, said that the militant Islamist organization Boko Haram has murdered over 2,500 Catholics in his diocese. Bishop Oliver Doeme is among the...

Honduran cardinal: strong family ties are ‘best defense against poverty’ CWN - September 16, 2014

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, and the Pontifical Council for the Family are holding a seminar on September 18 devoted to the family and the...

Turkish textbooks: Christians were tools of foreign powers in World War I CWN - September 16, 2014

School textbooks in current use in Turkey portray the region’s Christians of a century ago as anti-Ottoman tools of Great Britain and Russia, according to a study conducted by an Armenian...

Vatican cardinal sees ‘widespread hunger’ for Catholic social teaching CWN - September 16, 2014

In a talk entitled “Catholic Social Teaching: A Beacon and Leaven for Europe,” the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said he has witnessed a “widespread hunger” for the...

USCCB welcomes bipartisan childcare bill CWN - September 16, 2014

Two committee chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed a bipartisan agreement on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, which provides vouchers to low-income...

Iraqi prelate welcomes Western involvement, urges UN sanction CWN - September 16, 2014

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has welcomed the agreement among Western nations to intervene against the Islamic State, but has cautioned that “bombs are not a solution.” The...

Papal envoy: refugees in Iraq must be protected CWN - September 16, 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who recently visited Iraq as a special papal envoy, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Christians and Yezidis need help to stop the aggression of the Islamic State. But...

Vatican undaunted by report Islamic State targets Pope Francis CWN - September 16, 2014

The Vatican is downplaying a report that the Islamic State has targeted Pope Francis, and the Pope has refused to take extra security precautions during his visit to Albania on September...

Guide on family life prepares for 2015 World Meeting for Families in Philadelphia CWN - September 16, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family have published a catechetical guide to family life, as a preparation for next year’s World Meeting for Families. At a...

Final openings filled on Vatican bank's board CWN - September 16, 2014

With the appointment of two veteran finance executives, the new Board of Superintendence of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), is now complete. The IOR announced on...

Rhode Island bishop: 'status quo is unacceptable' on divorce and remarriage CWN - September 16, 2014

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has said that some change is needed in the Church’s approach to Communion for divorced and remarried couples, because “the status quo is...

Obamacare funds subsidizing abortions, despite legislative guarantees CWN - September 16, 2014

American taxpayers are subsidizing abortions through the new federal health policy, despite federal law that prohibits federal funding for abortion, a new study has found. The Government...

Irish bishop bows to pressure, shelves plans for permanent diaconate CWN - September 16, 2014

An Irish bishop has decided not to institute the permanent diaconate in his diocese, because of protests from supporters of women’s ordination. Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe had begun...

Cocaine found in car registered to Vatican CWN - September 16, 2014

Vatican officials have reacted with embarrassment after a car carrying Vatican diplomatic plates was stopped by French police, who discovered several pounds of cocaine in the vehicle. The car...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 17

Prelate hopeful about Central African peace prospects CWN - September 17, 2014

The Central African Republic’s leading prelate, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, expressed hope that the introduction of a UN peacekeeping force would help restore order in the strife-torn...

Sri Lankan cardinal hopes papal visit will foster national reconciliation CWN - September 17, 2014

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s leading prelate, has expressed both that Pope Francis’s January visit to the South Asian nation will foster reconciliation between both sides in the...

Sistine Chapel Choir to perform in East Asia CWN - September 17, 2014

The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at concerts in Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan between September 19 and September 23, according to an announcement from the Holy See Press Office. Taiwan is an...

Pope Francis reflects on Church’s missionary nature CWN - September 17, 2014

Pope Francis devoted his September 17 audience to the Church’s catholicity and missionary nature. “Perhaps among the many young people present today in [St. Peter’s] Square there is someone who...

Pope seeks prayers for trip to Albania CWN - September 17, 2014

At the conclusion of his September 17 general audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers, through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel, for his forthcoming apostolic journey to...

4 sainthood causes advance CWN - September 17, 2014

In a September 17 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of an Indian priest and an Italian religious sister and...

Demotion coming for Cardinal Burke? CWN - September 17, 2014

Cardinal Raymond Burke will soon be removed from his post as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed patron of the Knights of Malta, according to Vatican jounalist Sandro Magister of...

Vatican mourns death of Chinese bishop who joined in illicit ordinations CWN - September 17, 2014

Vatican Radio and Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, have announced the death of Archbishop John Wu Shizhen of Nanchang at the age of 93. Fides...

Cardinals weigh creation of two new Vatican congregations CWN - September 17, 2014

The Council of Cardinals has concluded a 3-day session, during which the nine papal advisers discussed a plan to merge several pontifical councils. The Council also began drafting a new apostolic...

Scots nervous as independence vote approaches, bishop reports CWN - September 17, 2014

The people of Scotland are “highly nervous” about the independence referendum that will be decided by vote on September 18, a Scottish bishop told Vatican Radio. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley...

Rio cardinal is armed-robbery victim CWN - September 17, 2014

Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro was robbed by gunmen in broad daylight on September 16. A spokesman for the Rio archdiocese reported that the cardinal was traveling to a local...

Kurdish forces free some Christian villages CWN - September 17, 2014

Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State out of seven Christian villages in northern Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports. The Kurdish Peshmerga fighters said that American air support was...

Argentine judge who ordered probe of bishop's death meets with Pontiff CWN - September 17, 2014

Pope Francis met on September 15 with an Argentine judge who was instrumental in securing the conviction of former military officers for the death of a Catholic bishop during the country’s “Dirty...

Wisconsin diocese will not adopt Common Core in schools CWN - September 17, 2014

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will maintain their own educational standards, rather than adopting the Common Core standards, the diocese has confirmed. After...

Knoxville diocese investigating reported miracle in cause of Father Isaac Hecker CWN - September 17, 2014

The Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee is reviewing reports of a miracle which, if verified, could advance the cause for beatification of Father Isaac Hecker. Bishop Richard Stika has appointed a...

Scottish bishops oppose 'opt-out' system for presumed consent to organ donation CWN - September 17, 2014

The Catholic bishops of Scotland have objected to proposed legislation that would establish a presumption of consent for organ donation. Although claiming that the Catholic Church is “an...

Italian archdiocese protests city's registration of same-sex unions CWN - September 17, 2014

The Archdiocese of Bologna, Italy, has protested the city’s decision to offer legal recognition for same-sex unions. A spokesman for the archdiocese said that the city’s policy, which took effect...

Bishops in Congo oppose constitutional change allowing president to serve 3rd term CWN - September 17, 2014

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have come out against changes in the country’s constitution, the Fides news agency reports. In a pastoral letter, the country’s bishops reiterate...

Pakistani Catholic group protests resumption of capital punishment CWN - September 17, 2014

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic bishops of Pakistan is arguing strenuously against the resumption of capital punishment, saying that the move would “bring Pakistan back in time,”...

Released Thursday, Sep. 18

Jordan’s king pledges to protect Arab Christians CWN - September 18, 2014

In the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, King Abdullah II of Jordan, a ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, has pledged to protect Arab...

Church leaders in Middle East call for UN intervention to defeat Islamic State CWN - September 18, 2014

Eight Middle Eastern church leaders, including the patriarchs of the Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Catholic churches, gathered at United Nations offices in Geneva and urged international intervention...

Focus on aiding victims of violence, not arming rebels, says Caritas leader CWN - September 18, 2014

In an apparent criticism of calls to arm Syrian rebel forces, the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies, called upon political...

USCCB: statement for Respect Life Month CWN - September 18, 2014

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued a statement for Respect Life Month, which takes place in...

Russian government announces joint art exhibition with Vatican CWN - September 18, 2014

President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on international cultural cooperation has announced that Russia and the Vatican will hold a joint exhibition on biblical art in 2016. Mikhail Shvydkoy...

Ukraine’s bishops: voters should support defense of nation against foreign invasion CWN - September 18, 2014

The synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told voters that upcoming parliamentary elections “are the most complex and important ones in the history of independent Ukraine.” “For almost a...

Report: Pope invites China’s president to Vatican CWN - September 18, 2014

Pope Francis has invited President Xi Jinping of China to the Vatican to discuss world peace, according to an America magazine report. According to the report, Ricardo Romano, the leader of an...

Successor named for Cardinal Pell in Australia CWN - September 18, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta as the new Archbishop of Sydney. Australia’s leading see has been vacant since February, when Cardinal George Pell was appointed...

Jewish leaders visit Pope in advance of Rosh Hashana CWN - September 18, 2014

Pope Francis met on September 17 with a group of Jewish leaders, in an early observance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish celebration of the new year. "We want to share with the Pope our message of...

Cardinal Dolan defends decision to remain as Grand Marshall of St. Patrick's day parade CWN - September 18, 2014

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has defended his decision to accept the presence of a homosexual group in the St. Patrick’s day parade, in a column for his archdiocesan newspaper. Emphasizing...

Don't be isolated from the faithful, Pope advises new bishops CWN - September 18, 2014

Addressing a group of newly ordained bishops on September 18, Pope Francis said that “nothing is more important than introducing people to God!” “Love the people that God gave you,” the Pope...

Pope asks bishops of Ivory Coast to build a sense of fraternity CWN - September 18, 2014

In a September 18 address to visiting bishops from Ivory Coast, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of close fraternal relations among bishops and encouraged careful inculturation of the...

VP Biden sides with nuns in conflict with Vatican CWN - September 18, 2014

US Vice President Joseph Biden inserted himself into a debate over the Vatican-mandated reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as he appeared at an event sponsored by the activist...

Salvation requires recognizing one's sinfulness, Pope tells congregation CWN - September 18, 2014

Salvation is available “only to those who open their hearts and acknowledge that they are sinners,” Pope Francis told a congregation at Mass on September 18. The Pope pointed out that Jesus was...

England's Richard III: a Catholic king, buried in a Protestant cathedral? CWN - September 18, 2014

Writing in the Catholic Herald, columnist William Oddie protests the plans to rebury the remains of England's King Richard III in a Protestant cathedral. Richard III, Oddie observes, "was the...

Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18, 2014

Several influential cardinals have criticized a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried, in a rare display of open disagreement among...

Released Friday, Sep. 19

Central African priest receives human rights award for sheltering Muslim civilians CWN - September 19, 2014

Human Rights Watch has bestowed an award upon Father Bernard Kinvi, a priest in the Central African Republic who sheltered hundred of Muslims whose lives were threatened by anti-Balaka...

Vatican diplomat: the elderly should not be victims of a culture of efficiency CWN - September 19, 2014

A leading Holy See diplomat has expressed concern about the ways in which the elderly are discarded by a culture that values economic efficiency above all else. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who...

Iraq: bishop, residents return to town as Kurdish forces advance CWN - September 19, 2014

Bishop Mikha Pola Maqdassi, the Chaldean Catholic bishop of Alqosh, has joined 75% of residents in returning to their northern Iraqi city, according to a report from the Assyrian International News...

Before trip to Albania, Pope prays at St. Mary Major CWN - September 19, 2014

In preparation for his September 21 apostolic journey to Albania, Pope Francis made a visit to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, to pray before the image of the Virgin, Salus Populi...

Nigerian bishop: Boko Haram now controls 25 towns CWN - September 19, 2014

Comparing the brutality of Boko Haram to that of the Islamic State, a Nigerian bishop said that Boko Haram has taken control of 25 towns in northeastern Nigeria. “We are faced with a huge...

Papal message links pursuit of holiness, Catholic social teaching, evangelization CWN - September 19, 2014

Pope Francis has linked personal conversion, Catholic social teaching, and evangelization in a brief message to participants in a Madrid conference. “The Holy Father encourages you to deepen your...

Miracle of St. Januarius repeated: blood liquefies CWN - September 19, 2014

The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples. St. Januarius, who was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian, is...

Scottish bishops react to referendum CWN - September 19, 2014

Following the decision of the voters of Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, the Scottish bishops issued a statement saying that their conference "recognizes and respects the result of the...

Pope donates skull cap for charity auction CWN - September 19, 2014

An Italian television show has persuaded Pope Francis to donate a zucchetto for a charity auction, and the bidding has already soared to $130,000. The host of the show Le Iene appeared at the...

Indonesia: Muslim protests force cancellation of LGBT seminar at Catholic university CWN - September 19, 2014

A Catholic university in Indonesia has cancelled a seminar on homosexuality because of intense opposition from Muslim activists, the AsiaNews service reports. The psychology department of the...

Bodily resurrection is a final transformation, Pope says CWN - September 19, 2014

Preaching on the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body, Pope Francis told a congregation at daily Mass on September 19 that for many people, resurrection is more difficult to accept than...

Human trafficking brings shame on southeast Asia, says Myanmar archbishop CWN - September 19, 2014

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar has issued a letter denouncing human trafficking and challenging the country’s government to stop the outrage, the AsiaNews service reports. The...

Armenian president visits Pontiff CWN - September 19, 2014

Pope Francis met on September 19 with President Sezh Sargsyan of Armenia, for talks that centered on the role of Christianity in shaping that country’s history and culture. The talks also touched...

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