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Released Monday, Jan. 4

US court dismisses Holocaust survivors’ case against Vatican CWN - January 4, 2010

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Holocaust survivors cannot sue the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), in US courts. The survivors allege that the IOR...

20 Ugandan priests go into schism CWN - January 4, 2010

Claiming over 10,000 followers, between 20 and 25 priests in Uganda have gone into schism and registered as the Catholic Apostolic National Church. The group, which has dispensed with the discipline...

German bishop allegedly ignored concerns about priest CWN - January 4, 2010

South African prosecutors may press charges against Father Georg Kerkhoff, a priest ministering to members of the German community in Johannesburg. Earlier, priests and laity in the Diocese of...

Montana legalizes euthanasia CWN - January 4, 2010

Montana has become the third state to legalize euthanasia after its high court ruled December 31 that “we find nothing in Montana Supreme Court precedent or Montana statutes indicating that...

Massachusetts city creates historic district to prevent parish’s demolition CWN - January 4, 2010

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, has created Our Lady of Hope Historic District to prevent the demolition or exterior alteration of a recently closed parish. The Italian...

Illinois Catholic college: Major in women’s studies, work for Planned Parenthood CWN - January 4, 2010

The women’s studies department of a Catholic college in Illinois lists Planned Parenthood as a potential employer for majors interested in health care. Founded in 1932 by the Christian Brothers,...

Pope's secretary brings Pope's greetings to Christmas-eve assailant CWN - January 4, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI sent his private secretary, Msgr. Georg Gänswein, to visit the woman who knocked him down during the procession at midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Msgr. Gänswein visited Susanna...

Medjugorje bishop regrets visit by Austrian cardinal [updated] CWN - January 4, 2010

The bishop of the local Mostar-Duvno diocese has issued a statement expressing concern about statements issued by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn during a visit to Medjugorje last week and emphasizing...

Retired Irish cardinal pressed for comment on sex-abuse policies CWN - January 4, 2010

Two Irish bishops have called on Cardinal Desmond Connell, to address criticism of the handling of sex-abuse complaints during his term as Archbishop of Dublin. When the Murphy Commission report...

Underground Chinese bishop dies CWN - January 4, 2010

Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, China, a leader of the “underground” Church who spent 28 years in prison camps, died on December 30 at the age of 87. Chinese government authorities prohibited any...

Malaysian government will appeal court ruling on use of "Allah" CWN - January 4, 2010

The government of Malaysia plans to appeal a court decision allowing the country's Catholic newspaper to use the term "Allah" in reference to the Christian God. The court's ruling-- which struck...

Trust in God is rational, Pope reminds Sunday audience CWN - January 4, 2010

At his first Sunday Angelus audience of 2010, Pope Benedict XVI told the faithful not to be troubled by “improbably prognostications and not even economic forecasts—important though they may be.”...

Vietnamese Redemptorist leader sees government 'afraid of truth' CWN - January 4, 2010

The provincial of the Redemptorist order in Vietnam has defended his religious order against a government propaganda campaign charging that Redemptorist priests are encouraging anti-government...

Atheist group will test Ireland's blasphemy law CWN - January 4, 2010

An organization of Irish atheists plans a court test of a prohibition against blasphemy that took effect on January 1. The group Atheist Ireland, has published a series of 25 quotations that it...

Pope closed calendar year with prayers of thanks for the blessings of 2009 CWN - January 4, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI closed the calendar year with the traditional singing of the Te Deum in the Vatican basilica and the first Vespers for the January 1 feast of the Mother of God. In his homily the...

Italian bishop admits many homilies are 'boring mush' CWN - January 4, 2010

At Italian bishop has encouraged priests to devote more attention to their homilies, acknowledging that a great deal of preaching is “not too nourishing.” Bishop Mariano Crociata, the...

Mary Daly, radical feminist, dead at 81 CWN - January 4, 2010

Mary Daly, a radical theologian who described herself as a “post-Christian feminist,” died in Massachusetts on January 3 at the age of 81, after a long illness. Daly’s 33-year teaching career at...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 5

10 million pilgrims expected at Compostela during holy year CWN - January 5, 2010

Amid the reading of a papal message, the chimes of a thousand bells, and fireworks, a holy year has begun in Compostela, one of Europe’s great centers of pilgrimage. Ten million pilgrims are...

Pontiff: Meditate on Christ’s face, learn from the faces of children CWN - January 5, 2010

Devoting his homily on the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God to “the face of God and the faces of men,” Pope Benedict recalled that several Old Testament passages that refer to...

Pope appeals for peace, calls for greater responsibility towards environment CWN - January 5, 2010

In his Angelus address on the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God-- which the Church also commemorated as the 43rd World Day of Peace-- Pope Benedict appealed to individuals and...

Help refugees fleeing Lord’s Resistance Army, pleads Congo bishop CWN - January 5, 2010

Following a rampage by the Lord’s Resistance Army that left hundreds dead, a parish ransacked, and over 300 abducted, a bishop in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo is pleading for...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Bono, U2 CWN - January 5, 2010

A week after reviewing books devoted to the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Gaetano Vallini has examined the bibilical themes found in the lyrics of the Irish rock band U2, whose principal vocalist and...

Planned Parenthood clinic listed on Jesuit university’s student health services site CWN - January 5, 2010

The web site of the Student Health Services office at Loyola University New Orleans includes Planned Parenthood among its list of local clinics and offers a link to Planned Parenthood of Louisiana...

About 1.7 million attended papal audiences in 2009 CWN - January 5, 2010

About 1.7 million people attended public audiences by Pope Benedict XVI during 2009, according to figures furnished by the pontifical household. There were 1.12 million people in attendance at the...

Pope's synagogue visit on schedule despite controversy CWN - January 5, 2010

The leaders of Rome’s Jewish community have confirmed plans for a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the city’s synagogue on January 17. The January 4 announcement from the synagogue eliminated concerns...

Jerusalem's Jewish leaders move against anti-Christian displays CWN - January 5, 2010

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter notes that religious leaders in Jerusalem are taking action against an ugly form of religious protest that has become common in Jerusalem, although...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 6

Czech cardinal warns: Muslims are conquering Europe CWN - January 6, 2010

Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who has served as Archbishop of Prague since 1991, has warned in an interview that “if Europe doesn't change its relation to its own roots, it will be Islamized.” “Europe...

Vatican cardinal decries fear of Muslims, says Saudi Arabia should permit churches CWN - January 6, 2010

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who served as the Vatican’s foreign minister from 1990 to 2003 and was appointed president of the Pontifical Council for...

Major security operations protect Pakistani Christians CWN - January 6, 2010

Responding to Christians’ fears that they would be the target of suicide bombing attacks, Pakistani security officials conducted major operations at Christmas to protect churchgoers, according to...

German Christian leaders question morality of Afghan war CWN - January 6, 2010

Christian leaders in Germany are questioning whether the presence of the nation’s troops in Afghanistan is morally justifiable. “This war is not justifiable, even by the broadest possible standards...

Bishop Vasa: Prelates should publicly rebuke wayward politicians CWN - January 6, 2010

Devoting his diocesan newspaper column to the topic of excommunication, Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker (Oregon) writes that publicly confronting wayward Catholic politicians is an act of charity not...

Chicago Catholic college posts internship for Planned Parenthood PR position CWN - January 6, 2010

The School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago posted an internship for an e-publicist at Planned Parenthood of Illinois, according to the university’s web site. “Planned Parenthood of...

Magi are models of using both faith and reason, Pope notes CWN - January 6, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI offered the Magi as an example of “unity between intelligence and faith” as he spoke to a crowd in St. Peter’s Square on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. Earlier, in the...

Security slightly tighter around Pope CWN - January 6, 2010

Security has tightened visibly around Pope Benedict XVI since the Christmas Eve incident in which a woman leapt over crowd barriers and pulled him to the floor. But the Holy Father has obviously...

TV network challenges Obama to allow broadcast of health-reform negotiations CWN - January 6, 2010

The C-SPAN television network, which regularly broadcasts debates in the US Congress, has challenged President Obama and the House and Senate majority leaders to allow television coverage of the...

Vietnam: Hanoi parish attacked by police CWN - January 6, 2010

The Archdiocese of Hanoi is protesting a January 6 police raid on a parish in Dong Chiem, and the destruction of a crucifix that had stood on a boulder outside the parish church. An armed team of...

Federal study acknowledges links between breast cancer and abortion, contraception CWN - January 6, 2010

A study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, concluded in April 2009, showed a strong correlation between the use of oral contraceptives and a particularly deadly form of breast cancer....

North Korea seen as world's foremost persecutor of Christians CWN - January 6, 2010

The government of North Korea persecutes Christians more aggressively than any other in the world today, according to a non-denominational American Christian group. Open Doors USA, which is...

Portugal moving toward acceptance of same-sex marriage CWN - January 6, 2010

Proponents of legal recognition for same-sex marriage expect parliament to give quick approval to the policy in a vote scheduled for January 8. The Socialist governing coalition led by Prime...

Released Thursday, Jan. 7

US bishops announce massive postcard campaign for immigration reform CWN - January 7, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a massive postcard campaign to encourage Congress to enact immigration reform. At least 1.5 million postcards are expected to be...

Egypt: 6 Christians killed in drive-by shooting at church CWN - January 7, 2010

At least six Coptic Christians have been slain in a drive-by shooting in Naj Hammadi, Egypt, as they were leaving the nighttime Christmas liturgy. Most Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox...

Mexico archdiocese: Pro-gay marriage political party hates Church, wars on society CWN - January 7, 2010

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City has accused the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution-- one of the nation’s three largest political parties-- of displaying “its true face ......

Anger in Milwaukee at Archbishop Weakland cathedral appearance, bronze image CWN - January 7, 2010

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is expressing anger at the appearance of Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk as keynote speakers at the 7th National...

California priest suspended after admitting abuse of minor CWN - January 7, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Stockton has been suspended after admitting that he abused a minor two decades ago. “Father Leo Suarez has expressed deep sorrow over the hurt he has caused,” said...

Marquette Law School lists Planned Parenthood among community service opportunities CWN - January 7, 2010

Marquette University Law School includes Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin on its list of community organizations with which students and faculty “may wish to connect … as a volunteer,” according to...

Vatican-Israel negotiations continue with 'cordial' exchange CWN - January 7, 2010

A negotiating session between Vatican and Israeli diplomats ended with a joint statement reporting cordial and productive talks. The negotiations are scheduled to continue with a session in...

Papal liturgist sees need for 'reform of the reform' CWN - January 7, 2010

Msgr. Guido Marini, the master of ceremonies for papal ceremonies, called for a liturgical “reform of the reform” in a January 6 address to a conference organized by the Confraternity of Catholic...

Turkey could be bridge between Islam and West, Pope tells new envoy CWN - January 7, 2010

As he welcomed a new ambassador from Turkey to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI said that the country could serve as “a bridge between Islam and the West,” thus serving the cause of peace—especially...

American nun rallies resistance to Vatican's apostolic visitation CWN - January 7, 2010

Sister Sandra Schneiders, who last year called for “non-violent resistance” to a Vatican investigation of American women’s religious orders, has renewed that argument, with a series of five essays...

Mourners brave cold, defy police at funeral for 'underground' Chinese bishop CWN - January 7, 2010

Despite snow, freezing temperatures, and active discouragement by government officials, an estimated 4,000 Chinese Catholics attended the funeral of Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, who died...

Papal appreciation for carabinieri CWN - January 7, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI offered his thanks for the protection of the Italian carabinieri who patrol Vatican City, expressing his appreciation for their “vigilant yet discreet presence.” Their service, he...

Accused Illinois priest attempts suicide CWN - January 7, 2010

A priest of the Joliet, Illinois diocese who had been suspended after an accusation of sexual abuse attempted suicide on January 6, jumping from the choir loft of a church. Father Alejandro Flores,...

Msgr. Graham Leonard, former Anglican Bishop of London, dead at 88 CWN - January 7, 2010

Msgr. Graham Leonard, the former Anglican Bishop of London who became the highest-ranking Anglican cleric to enter the Catholic Church in recent years, died on January 6 at the age of 88. Bishop...

Released Friday, Jan. 8

3 churches firebombed in Malaysia CWN - January 8, 2010

Three Christian churches in Malaysia have been firebombed following a recent court decision that permitted Catholic publications to use the word “Allah” to refer to God. Condemning the attacks,...

Ugandan president, bishops: Remove death penalty from anti-homosexuality legislation CWN - January 8, 2010

Echoing a recent statement by the nation’s bishops, President Yoweri Museveni has made clear his opposition to homosexuality activity but asked the legislature to remove a provision from a bill that...

Czech bishops denounce European court’s crucifix ruling CWN - January 8, 2010

Quoting a statute from which the European Court of Human Rights derives its authority, the bishops of the Czech Republic have condemned a recent court decision that ruled against the presence of the...

New Jersey senate rejects same-sex marriage CWN - January 8, 2010

In a 20-14 vote, New Jersey’s state senate has rejected an attempt to legalize same-sex marriage. Advocates of homosexual marriage had attempted to push the bill through the legislature before...

Bishop Pelotte dead at 64; may have suffered assault in 2007 CWN - January 8, 2010

Retired Bishop Donald Pelotte of Gallup, who may have suffered a severe assault in 2007, has died of an undisclosed illness at the age of 64. Following his severe injuries, the bishop insisted he...

3 Planned Parenthood clinics on Catholic college’s health ‘referrals and resources’ list CWN - January 8, 2010

Three Planned Parenthood clinics are included on the “referrals and resources” list of the health and wellness services office at a California Catholics college. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame...

Spanish premier seen pushing for fast-track divorce throughout European Union CWN - January 8, 2010

Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero is working “to radicalize Europe” in terms of family policy, charges Mariano Martinez-Aedo, the vice president of the European Network of the Institute for...

Hanoi archdiocese protests police 'sacrilege' CWN - January 8, 2010

The destruction of a crucifix at a parish cemetery was a sacrilege and a direct insult to the Catholic faith, the Archdiocese of Hanoi has said in a statement protesting the action. The crucifix was...

Portugal moves to recognize same-sex marriage CWN - January 8, 2010

The Portuguese parliament has approved a bill to recognize same-sex unions as legal marriages. Prime Minister José Socrates introduced the motion, which would take the force of law in April of this...

Heavy 'marriage tax' in Obama health-care plan CWN - January 8, 2010

Under the health-care reform proposals pending before the US Congress, married couples could pay as much as $2,000 a year more than unmarried couples living together, according to a Wall Street...

Egyptian gunmen planned to assassinate Coptic bishop CWN - January 8, 2010

Gunmen who killed 7 Egyptian Christians on January 6 were apparently aiming to assassinate the Coptic Bishop Anba Kirollos. The shooting of worshippers at a Coptic church in Nag Hammadi, where...

Belarus bars two longtime Catholic pastors CWN - January 8, 2010

The government of Belarus has refused to grant permission for two Catholic priests—both pastors in the country—to engage in religious activities. Father Jan Bonkowski, a Capuchin, and Father Edward...

Belgian Cardinal Danneels stepping down after 30 years CWN - January 8, 2010

Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels will say goodbye to his flock this weekend as he prepares to step down after a remarkable 30 years as the leading figure of the Catholic Church in Belgium....

Released Monday, Jan. 11

Malaysia: 9 Christian institutions attacked CWN - January 11, 2010

A ninth Christian institution was attacked on January 11 as a four-day spree of firebombings of churches and other Christian institutions continued. “Christians,” said Archbishop Murphy Pakiam of...

Grenade thrown at Philippine cathedral CWN - January 11, 2010

For the second time in three months, a grenade has exploded at the cathedral of the Vicariate Apostolic of Jolo in the southern Philippines. No one was injured in the blast, which took place before...

Calm returning to Egypt, says Catholic bishop CWN - January 11, 2010

“Security has improved” and “the situation is calm” following the slaying of six Coptic Orthodox Christians on January 7, says Coptic Catholic Bishop Youhannes Ezzat Zakaria Badir of Luqsor (Luxor)....

Caritas: Millions at risk of starvation in Ethiopia CWN - January 11, 2010

Caritas Internationalis, the international consortium of Catholic relief agencies, has issued an appeal on behalf of 6.2 million Ethiopians who need emergency food and water aid following a drought...

Vatican newspaper draws attention to ‘hidden epidemic’ of premature births CWN - January 11, 2010

Dr. Carlo Bellieni, who teaches in the Department of Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Siena, has written an article for L’Osservatore Romano in which he...

Notre Dame web site posted job opening for firm that advocates for Planned Parenthood CWN - January 11, 2010

“Now we have to take our place in history, alongside President Obama and the expanded majorities in the House and Senate. Hope is only the beginning; it's time to work for the change we need,” notes...

Pope visits cardinal injured during Christmas Eve incident CWN - January 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI visited Cardinal Roger Etchegaray in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Friday evening, January 9. Cardinal Etchegaray is recovering from a broken hip that he suffered during the confusion...

Madagascar's Cardinal Razafindratandra dead at 84 CWN - January 11, 2010

Cardinal Armand Gaetan Razafindratandra, the former Archbishop Antananarivo in Madagascar, died on January 9 at the age of 84. A native of Madagascar, he had been ordained as a priest in 1954 and...

Filipino prelate scolds participants in unruly procession CWN - January 11, 2010

Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of Manila expressed dismay at the excessively emotional displays that occurred during an annual procession honoring the revered Black Nazarene icon. A stampede...

Pope sees special role for Catholicism in US CWN - January 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 9 with students, alumni, and staff of the Pontifical North American College, where generations of American priests have trained. The NAC is celebrating its 150th...

Newspaper survey finds staggering losses for Church in France CWN - January 11, 2010

A survey for the French daily La Croix has found a stunning secularizing trend in France in the past generation. The number of French respondents identifying themselves as Catholic dropped form 81%...

Pope condemns violence: against immigrants and against Christians CWN - January 11, 2010

At his midday audience on Sunday, January 10, Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against anti-immigrant violence in Italy, and anti-Christian oppression in other countries. The Holy Father—who had...

Baptizing infants, Pope speaks of 'adventure of being disciples' CWN - January 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI baptized 14 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, January 10, in a traditional ceremony marking the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Holy Father said that the 7 boys and 7...

Pope stresses environment in 'state of the world' address CWN - January 11, 2010

In his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps—informally known as his “State of the World” address—Pope Benedict XVI laid heavy stress on care for the environment. In doing so, the Holy...

Faith cures Russian society's error, Orthodox patriarch says in Christmas message CWN - January 11, 2010

In his Christmas message to the Orthodox world, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow encouraged the faithful to let the light of the Incarnate Christ illumine the world, exposing the truth about the meaning...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 12

US bishops launch massive effort to keep abortion out of health legislation CWN - January 12, 2010

Launching a massive 11th-hour effort to keep abortion out of the health care legislation that will emerge from a House-Senate conference committee, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Brazilian bishops denounce president’s human rights program CWN - January 12, 2010

Brazilian bishops are offering strong criticism of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s new National Program for Human Rights. While most media coverage has centered on the creation of a truth...

Cardinal Schönborn compares Medjugorje to Lourdes, calls it 'a school of normal Christian life' CWN - January 12, 2010

Recalling that his interest in Medjugorje dates back to the 1980s, when Viennese Dominicans were associated with a Medjugorje prayer circle, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has told an Austrian...

Chinese officials: Catholics must refer to late bishop as ‘clandestine shepherd’ CWN - January 12, 2010

Braving the snow and defying a government ban, thousands of Catholics attended the funeral of 86-year-old Coadjutor Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, who had spent nearly three decades in detention...

Malaysian bishops meeting with government, Muslim leaders following attacks on churches CWN - January 12, 2010

Lamenting the recent attacks against churches and other Christian buildings, the bishops of Malaysia have noted that “meetings with civil authorities and dialogue with Muslim leaders are ongoing and...

US bishops laud New Jersey, New York for rejecting same-sex marriage CWN - January 12, 2010

Calling the defense of marriage “one of the premier social justice issues of our time,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc...

Maryland Catholic college lists Planned Parenthood among ‘family and children services’ CWN - January 12, 2010

Classifying Planned Parenthood among “family and children services,” the College of Notre Dame of Maryland lists Planned Parenthood among the “research opportunities that are available, or have been...

Another killing in Mosul: violence against Iraqi Christians continues CWN - January 12, 2010

A Christian merchant was shot and killed, execution-style, outside his home in Mosul, as the campaign of “ethnic and religious cleansing” directed at Christians there continues. Hikmat Sleiman was...

Vietnamese police assault priest, Catholic journalist CWN - January 12, 2010

Vietnamese police, joined by pro-government thugs, attacked a priest and a Catholic journalist in the village of Dong Hoi, about 40 miles south of Hanoi, on January 11. The priest, Father Nguyen Van...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 13

Pope meets, forgives Christmas-Eve assailant CWN - January 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met with Susanna Maiolo, the woman who leapt a crowd barrier to confront him during Mass on Christmas Eve, after this regular public audience on Wednesday, January 13. Father...

Agca, prepared for release, promises answers on attempted assassination of John Paul II CWN - January 13, 2010

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, has promised that he will answer questions about the assassination attempt after his scheduled release from a...

Pope pleads for emergency help for devastated Haiti CWN - January 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI issued an urgent appeal for help for the people of Haiti at the conclusion of his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, January 13. He called attention to the “tragic...

Malaysia's leaders appeal for calm CWN - January 13, 2010

Political and religious leaders in Malaysia are joining in public pleas for calm after an outburst of violent rioting following a court ruling that allowed the country’s Catholic newspaper to use...

Proposed legislation could bankrupt diocese, Milwaukee archbishop warns CWN - January 13, 2010

Newly installed Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee has warned a Wisconsin legislative panel that a proposal to extend the statute of limitations for child-abuse lawsuits could push local...

Egypt has no religious liberty, Coptic attorney charges CWN - January 13, 2010

Religious freedom is virtually non-existent in Egypt, a Christian lawyer has charged in the wake of murderous Christmas-eve attack on Copts. Caroline Doss, herself a Coptic Christian, points to “a...

Franciscans, Dominicans brought needed renewal to 13th-century Church, Pope tells audience CWN - January 13, 2010

At his weekly public audience on January 13, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the influence of the mendicant religious orders that arose in the 13th century, particularly the Franciscans and...

Pope set to name new Belgian primate? CWN - January 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will soon name a conservative Belgian bishop to replace Cardinal Godfried Danneels as Archbishop of Brussels and primate of Belgium, according to a report by the noted Vatican...

Rembrandt work discovered in closet at Catholic University in Washington CWN - January 13, 2010

An etching that was discovered last year in the cabinet of a bathroom on the campus of Catholic University in Washington, DC, has been confirmed as the work of Rembrandt. Father David O’Connell, the...

San Francisco archbishop rebuts Pelosi's argument on conscience CWN - January 13, 2010

Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco has written that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who lives in his archdiocese, betrayed “some fundamental misconceptions about Catholic teaching on...

Court postpones Bishop Lahey's case CWN - January 13, 2010

A Canadian court has postponed a hearing on the case of Bishop Raymond Lahey, who faces child-pornography charges. The court set a February 3 date for the hearing, at which the former Bishop of...

Archbishop Weakland defends his handling of sex-abuse cases CWN - January 13, 2010

Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland has defended his handling of sex-abuse complaints, with an email message to Associated Press saying that he did his best, given what he knew at the time....

Mass exodus from Catholic Church in Austria CWN - January 13, 2010

Austrian Catholics left the Church in record numbers in 2009, Deutsche Press agency reports. The dissident group We Are Church claims that the exodus was motivated by “self-defense,” and claims that...

Diocesan school superintendent accused of sexual misconduct CWN - January 13, 2010

The superintendent of Catholic schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been granted a leave of absence, apparently because he was accused of sexual misconduct. Diocesan officials have not confirmed...

Gambling priest gets probation CWN - January 13, 2010

A New York priest has been sentenced to 5 years of probation after pleading guilty to larceny. Father Patrick Dunne admitted having used $432,000 in parish funds for gambling. After he acknowledged...

Skeptical Vatican cardinal joins debate on Medjugorje CWN - January 13, 2010

The former prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has weighed into a revived debate on the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, expressing skepticism about their authenticity....

Released Thursday, Jan. 14

Catholic institutions in ruins, says nuncio to Haiti CWN - January 14, 2010

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio in Haiti, has offered a first-hand account of the devastation caused by the earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince on January 12. “Port-au-Prince is...

Caritas aid reaching Haiti; US parishes to take up special collection CWN - January 14, 2010

Caritas, the international consortium of Catholic relief agencies, is offering first aid and distributing tents and blankets to the victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. “The immediate needs...

Vatican cardinal emphasizes: extent of clerical abuse limited CWN - January 14, 2010

In an interview with the Vatican newspaper, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy, decried the clerical abuse of children and emphasized that its extent was...

Ukrainian disputes are main obstacle to Pope-Patriarch meeting, says Orthodox spokesman CWN - January 14, 2010

Disputes over parishes in Ukraine are the principal stumbling block preventing a meeting between Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, according to Archbishop Hilarion, who leads the Moscow...

New Canadian bishop is descendant of martyr CWN - January 14, 2010

Canada’s first Asian-born bishop is the great-great-grandson of a Vietnamese martyr who suffered drowning rather than renounce his faith. “The executioners tied him to a post in the river and waited...

Pope Pius XII said key to Catholic underground saving Jews CWN - January 14, 2010

An elderly Italian priest who served as a chaplain to Mussolini’s forces during World War II has revealed that Pope Pius XII set up an underground network to rescue Jews from the Nazi Holocaust....

Authentic sex education supports marriage and family, Pope says CWN - January 14, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI said that young people must be given “a lofty vision of human love and sexuality,” during a January 14 meeting with Italian politicians. He decried a approach to sexuality that...

Catholic, Jewish scholars in exchange on environmental concerns CWN - January 14, 2010

A special Catholic-Jewish dialogue committee, set up by the Vatican and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, will meet this weekend to discuss concern for the environment. ...

Cardinal Cañizares speaks on liturgical reform CWN - January 14, 2010

Encouraging fresh hopes for Vatican initiatives that will promote a liturgical “reform of the reform,” the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has said that his goal is “promoting...

Released Friday, Jan. 15

10th church attacked in Malaysia CWN - January 15, 2010

A tenth church has been vandalized in Malaysia following a court decision that permitted a Catholic publication to use the word “Allah” to refer to God. In all, eight churches have been firebombed,...

Nuncio reports no gas, water, electricity in Port-au-Prince CWN - January 15, 2010

Reporting on the situation in Haiti’s capital. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio to Haiti, has told the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples that “we are in great distress. We...

European, North American prelates lament ‘deteriorating situation’ in Holy Land CWN - January 15, 2010

At the conclusion of a five-day visit to the Holy Land, a group of European and North American bishops-- including Bishop Gerald Kicanas, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic...

‘Defending the New Roman Missal’ CWN - January 15, 2010

A defense of the more accurate and eloquent liturgical translations approved by the US bishops has been published in an unlikely venue: America. The new translation of the Roman Missal “is a vast...

True doctrine serves Church unity, Pope tells CDF CWN - January 15, 2010

In a January 15 meeting with members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Benedict XVI said that the congregation-- which he had headed of years-- serves the "ministry of unity"...

Massive new pipe organ for Croatian cathedral CWN - January 15, 2010

Archbishop Ivan Prendja of Zadar (Zara)-- a diocese with 158,000 Catholics-- blessed a massive new pipe organ for his cathedral on January 14. The organ, which has 4,026 pipes, is the third largest...

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Pope John Paul's would-be assassin released from prison, may face military service CWN - January 18, 2010

Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, has been released from a Turkish prison. After spending 19 years in an Italian prison for the attempted...

Israel asks Vatican to open wartime archives CWN - January 18, 2010

Echoing previous statements of Jewish leaders, a senior Israeli government official has asked the Holy See to open the Vatican archives to research on Pope Pius XII’s activity during World War II....

Muslim youth attack Catholics in Nigeria CWN - January 18, 2010

Violence has again erupted in the northern Nigerian city of Jos, and 35 arrests were made after band of Muslim youths attacked Catholics who were going to Mass. “There was a breach of the peace by a...

Bankrupt diocese wants to pay $10,000 per month to accused priests CWN - January 18, 2010

In a move that has angered abuse victims, the Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware) has petitioned a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to pay $10,000 in combined monthly benefits to six priests...

Anger at Iowa Newman center after bishop fires transgendered employee CWN - January 18, 2010

Nearly 100 laity are boycotting Mass at an Iowa Newman center after Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines fired a transgendered housekeeper who had quietly offered counseling services and formed a...

Planned Parenthood presentation on ‘reproductive health’ at Texas Catholic college CWN - January 18, 2010

A Planned Parenthood presentation on “reproductive health” took place last year at Our Lady of the Lake University, according to the university’s web site. The presentation was conducted by Karina...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 19

Amid warm welcome at synagogue, Pope mourns victims of Holocaust CWN - January 19, 2010

Twenty-four years after Pope John Paul II made history by visiting the Great Synagogue of Rome, Pope Benedict-- welcomed by shouts of “Viva il Papa!”-- visited the synagogue late in the afternoon of...

‘Belgian Ratzinger’ named nation’s primate; government blasts choice CWN - January 19, 2010

Pope Benedict on January 18 named Bishop André-Mutien Léonard of Namur, a member of the International Theological Commission, as Archbishop of Malines-Brussels. Succeeding the influential Cardinal...

Prominent rabbi blasts Israel’s treatment of the Vatican CWN - January 19, 2010

Describing Israel’s behavior towards the Holy See since 1994 as “outrageous,” Rabbi David Rosen, director of the American Jewish Committee's Department of Interreligious Affairs, said that “any...

Pope prays that dialogue with Lutherans will lead to ‘perfect, visible unity’ CWN - January 19, 2010

On the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25)-- and the feast of St. Henrik, patron of Finland-- the Pope received a Finnish Lutheran delegation, as has been customary...

Pope urges nations to protect refugee children CWN - January 19, 2010

Recalling that the child Jesus was a refugee in Egypt, Pope Benedict urged the nations of the world to protect refugee children. He made his remarks during his Angelus address on January 17, the...

Oregon Catholic college philosophy professor affiliated with Planned Parenthood, NARAL CWN - January 19, 2010

A professor who teaches the introduction to philosophy course at a Catholic university in Oregon lists the National Abortion Rights Action League and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America...

A brighter view of orphanages CWN - January 19, 2010

With countless thousands of Haitian children suddenly facing life without parents, it's some comfort to hear that-- contrary to a widespread impression-- orphanages can provide excellent care and...

Austrian cardinal apologizes to Medjugorje bishop CWN - January 19, 2010

Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has written to Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar, apologizing for any problems he might have caused with his “private” visit to Medjurgorje in December. Bishop...

Two more Iraqi Christians killed; 'ethnic cleansing' continues CWN - January 19, 2010

Two more Iraqi Christians were killed in Mosul, as a methodical campaign of violence against the Christian minority in that city continues. Christian leaders are bitterly protesting the government’s...

Muslim rioters in Nigeria attack Catholic parish; 40 dead CWN - January 19, 2010

At least 40 people were killed when a Muslim mob attacked worshipers outside a Catholic parish church, sparking a major riot. An estimated 200 young Muslim militants assembled at the home of a man...

Vatican asks US bishops' agency to coordinate Haiti relief effort CWN - January 19, 2010

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the official papal charity, has asked Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the US Catholic relief agency, to coordinate Church efforts in Haiti. CRS, with support from...

Viet government officials deny blowing up crucifix, block Catholic sites CWN - January 19, 2010

Vietnamese government officials have denied reports that they used explosives to remove a crucifix from the disputed grounds of a Catholic cemetery in Dong Chiem. The crucifix was removed during a...

Candid working document outlines troubles for Middle East Synod CWN - January 19, 2010

The Vatican has released the lineamenta, or preliminary working document, for the October discussions at a special Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. The document, introduced at a January 19...

Catholic bishops from Europe, America lament stalled Israel-Palestine peace process CWN - January 19, 2010

At the conclusion of an annual visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, a group of Catholic bishops from Europe and America has issued a statement warning that "the two-state solution does...

Pope will preside at Vespers service closing Christian Unity week CWN - January 19, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will preside at a Vespers service in the Roman basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls on January 25 to mark the closing of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Representatives...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 20

Report: Pope summons Irish bishops to Rome CWN - January 20, 2010

The Irish Catholic newspaper is reporting that Pope Benedict has summoned the Irish bishops to Rome to discuss the content of the Ryan and Murphy reports, which examined the abuse of children by...

Bishop Williamson: Vatican, SSPX hold 'absolutely irreconcilable' positions CWN - January 20, 2010

In an interview with a French politician, Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X said that talks currently underway between the Society and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...

US bishops’ chief doctrine official criticizes leading American theologian CWN - January 20, 2010

The current issue of Origins reprints an essay by Father Thomas G. Weinandy, executive director for the Secretariat of Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that is strongly...

Hawaii bishop blasts homosexual civil union proposal CWN - January 20, 2010

Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu has urged Catholics to inform legislators of their opposition to a bill that would create homosexual civil unions. “The truth is that God made complementary sexes,...

New Mexico’s bishops oppose domestic partnership legislation CWN - January 20, 2010

New Mexico’s bishops are opposing an effort by Gov. Bill Richardson, a Catholic, to create domestic partnerships for homosexual couples. “The bishops are instructed by Catholic teachings not to give...

Colorado Catholic college: ‘Hands-on experience’ at Planned Parenthood CWN - January 20, 2010

The psychology department of a Jesuit university in Colorado notes that it has placed students in internships with dozens of local agenices, including Planned Parenthood. “Psychology majors can...

Prayer is best approach to Christian unity, Pope tells audience CWN - January 20, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI devoted his regular weekly audience to a plea for all the faithful to join in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The unity of the Church, he remarked, is “first and foremost a...

Joint Vatican-Israeli statement supports cause of environment, sanctity of life CWN - January 20, 2010

The 9th meeting of a commission established by the Vatican and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel ended on January 20, with a joint statement calling for concerted action to addrss “a unique...

Malaysia arrests 8 suspected of anti-Christian violence CWN - January 20, 2010

Authorities in Malaysia have announced the arrest of 8 young Muslims who will be charged with setting fire to a Protestant church in Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital city. The Assembly of God...

Released Thursday, Jan. 21

Nigerian archbishop slams media reports on Muslim-Christian fighting CWN - January 21, 2010

Criticizing the accuracy of earlier media reports, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the north-central Nigerian city of Jos has denied that a Muslim attack on a parish spawned the recent violence...

Jewish writer blasts media treatment of Benedict XVI, Pius XII CWN - January 21, 2010

The Vatican newspaper has reprinted a January 20 Corriere della Sera article blasting media caricatures of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Pius XII in their dealings with Jews. The article was written by...

Warm meeting between Catholic, Muslim leaders in Uganda CWN - January 21, 2010

Accompanied by 150 priests, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala paid his first visit to Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, the leader of Uganda’s Muslims. “I am overwhelmed by your warm...

Less than year after ordination, Illinois priest attempts suicide, charged with abusing boy CWN - January 21, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Joliet who survived a suicide attempt has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a boy. The...

Notorious Washington priest accused of molesting residents of boys’ home CWN - January 21, 2010

Father Patrick O’Donnell, whose abuse of dozens of boys in the State of Washington helped bankrupt the Diocese of Spokane, has been accused of abusing residents of the Morning Star Boys Ranch, a...

Pennsylvania Catholic college lists Planned Parenthood among ‘career paths and opportunities’ CWN - January 21, 2010

A Catholic college in Pennsylvania lists Planned Parenthood among the “career paths and opportunities” available to its women’s studies majors. Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child...

Vietnam: parish under siege; Hanoi archdiocese protests police violence CWN - January 21, 2010

The Hanoi archdiocese has strongly protested the continuing violent attacks against Catholics at a Dong Chiem parish, after a Redemptorist brother was severely beaten and left unconscious. The...

Pope blesses lambs, renewing Vatican tradition CWN - January 21, 2010

In keeping with an ancient tradition, Pope Benedict XVI blessed two lambs on January 21, the feast of St. Agnes. The wool from those lambs will be used to make the palliums that are conferred upon...

Would-be assassin welcome to pray at late Pope's tomb, says Vatican cardinal CWN - January 21, 2010

If Mehmet Ali Agca is serious about his expressed wish to visit the Vatican and pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul II, he will be welcome, Cardinal Peter Kdowo Turkson told reporters. The African...

Nebraska nun paroled after serving 3 years for theft from archdiocese CWN - January 21, 2010

A Nebraska nun who was convicted in 2006 of stealing over $250,000 from the Omaha archdiocese has been granted parole. Sister Barbara Markey, who confessed that she stole the money to support a...

Lay woman appointed to #3 post on pontifical council CWN - January 21, 2010

An Italian lay woman, Flamania Giovanelli, has been appointed the undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She will be the first woman to serve in 3rd-ranking position in that...

Massachusetts Catholics, pro-lifers react to Senate election CWN - January 21, 2010

Pro-lifers and Catholic activists in Massachusetts (including CWN editor Phil Lawler) spoke to the National Catholic Register about the surprise election of Scott Brown to the US Senate seat....

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Kenyan bishops will oppose new national constitution unless it protects life from conception CWN - January 22, 2010

The bishops of Kenya have announced that they will oppose a new constitution being considered by the nation’s lawmakers unless it explicitly protects the right to life from conception to natural...

Nigerian archbishop clarifies remarks, confirms churches have been burned down CWN - January 22, 2010

As calm returns to the north-central Nigerian city of Jos, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama has clarified comments he made about inaccurate media reports about the violence between Muslims and...

Muslim prayer rooms vandalized in Malaysia CWN - January 22, 2010

A day after Malaysian police arrested eight men for attacking Christian churches, two Muslim prayer rooms have been doused with kerosene in Johor, where a Catholic parish had earlier been attacked....

Notre Dame’s Father Jenkins heads to March for Life CWN - January 22, 2010

Eight months after the University of Notre Dame drew criticism from over 70 bishops for awarding an honorary degree to President Barack Obama, Father John Jenkins has traveled to Washington for the...

Indiana priest convicted of assaulting 2 boys CWN - January 22, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend has been convicted of assaulting two boys. The assault of one boy took place in 1979, a year before former Holy Cross brother James R. Blume was...

Minnesota Catholic college hosted presentation by Planned Parenthood representatives CWN - January 22, 2010

In 1972-- nine years before he founded Human Life International-- Father Paul Marx founded the Human Life Center at St. John’s University in Minnesota. Last year, the College of Saint Benedict and...

Successor chosen for Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles? CWN - January 22, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will soon appoint a coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, according to an American Catholic blogger. Writing on the Catholic Vote Action blog, and citing “reliable authority,”...

Pope extends term of Cardinal Bertone as Secretary of State CWN - January 22, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in his post as the Vatican Secretary of State, the Vatican newspaper reports. The Holy Father declined to accept the resignation that...

Cardinals hear cautiously optimistic report on Vatican finances CWN - January 22, 2010

The council of cardinals who oversee the economic affairs of the Holy See has concluded an annual review of the budget, the Vatican has announced. During a 2-day session, chaired by the Secretary of...

'Troubling' attack on religious influence in court challenge of California's Proposition 8 CWN - January 22, 2010

In a court challenge to California’s Proposition 8—the voter initiative that barred same-sex marriage—plaintiffs have argued that religious groups are “arrayed against the interests of gays and...

Abortion lobby uses Haitian tragedy for fundraising plea CWN - January 22, 2010

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti with a plea for emergency funding, announcing a special mission to support family-planning...

Pro-lifers brave DC rain to join in March for Life CWN - January 22, 2010

Tens of thousands of American pro-life activists joined in the annual March for Life in Washington on January 22, marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The marchers crowded the city's...

Released Monday, Jan. 25

At funeral of Port-au-Prince archbishop, bishop urges Haitians to return to God CWN - January 25, 2010

Eleven days after Haiti’s leading prelate perished in the earthquake that killed over 100,000, the funeral Mass of Archbishop Joseph Miot of Port-au-Prince took place on January 23 adjacent to the...

Nuncio in Sudan: Situation in Darfur improving CWN - January 25, 2010

Archbishop Leo Boccardi, apostolic nuncio in Sudan and Eritrea, has observed that the situation in Darfur is improving. “The humanitarian emergency that some feared when the government in...

Archbishop, Muslim leader condemn violence in Nigeria CWN - January 25, 2010

As violence spreads from the north-central Nigerian city of Jos to surrounding villages, a group of Christians and Muslims, led by Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja and Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad...

Father Matteo Ricci’s beatification cause reopened CWN - January 25, 2010

The cause of beatification of Father Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), originally begun in 1984, was reopened on January 24 at the cathedral of the east-central Italian Diocese of...

Lay leader in vocation-poor diocese calls for discussion on ordination of women CWN - January 25, 2010

As the Diocese of Santa Rosa-- one of the most vocation-poor dioceses in the United States-- continues to struggle to find priestly vocations, a diocesan lay leader has called for “informed debate”...

Trustee of Catholic college served as Planned Parenthood board member, received college's highest honor CWN - January 25, 2010

A onetime board member of Planned Parenthood of Western New York serves on the board of trustees of an upstate New York Catholic university, according to the university’s web site. Dr. Ellen E....

Spirit's diverse gifts serve cause of Christian unity, Pope tells audience CWN - January 25, 2010

At his midday audience on Sunday, January 24, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which would close the following day. Referring to St. Paul’s letter to the...

Pope exhorts priests: Use internet to evangelize CWN - January 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI strongly encouraged Catholic priests to use the internet as a tool of evangelization, in his message for the 44th World Day of Social Communications. "Church communities have...

Papal greeting to new Serbian Orthodox Patriarch CWN - January 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to the newly elected Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church, offering his prayers that the new Serbian leader will find “the inner strength to...

Seeking justice, countering Islamic extremism: follow-up for African Synod CWN - January 25, 2010

The special council set up by the Synod of Bishops for Africa concluded a 2-day meeting in Rome with a statement underlining that “the Church in various African countries finds herself at the...

Leader of Vatican-ordered inquiry makes new appeal for American nuns' cooperation CWN - January 25, 2010

The American nun who has been appointed by the Vatican to conduct an apostolic visitation of American women’s religious orders has written to the leaders of women’s religious communities, asking for...

New Belgian primate in debate on homosexuality CWN - January 25, 2010

Less than a week after his appointment as new primate of the Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop André-Joseph Leonard has become the focal point of a national controversy about homosexuality. The...

Pope Benedict revives ecumenical dialogue with Orthodox world, Vatican-watcher finds CWN - January 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has successfully begun a discussion with the Orthodox churches that Pope John Paul II sought but could not bring about, writes Sando Magister of L’Espresso. The German Pope has...

Cleveland diocese opposes bid to give parishes landmark status CWN - January 25, 2010

The Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, is resisting an effort by members of the city council to have six churches declared as landmarks, and therefore protected. A spokesman for the diocese said that the...

Responding to law against homosexuality, US turns against Ugandan regime CWN - January 25, 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced plans to monitor upcoming elections in Uganda, and invite observers from the European Union to do the same. The diplomatic initiative appears to...

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In victory for religious liberty, House of Lords blocks Equality Bill provisions CWN - January 26, 2010

By a 216-178 vote, the House of Lords has blocked provisions of an Equality Bill that could have forbidden churches in the United Kingdom to “restrict jobs to believers and refuse to hire people...

Polish bishop reportedly calls Holocaust a ‘Jewish invention’ CWN - January 26, 2010

A retired Polish auxiliary bishop has created an international controversy after he reportedly called the Holocaust a “Jewish invention.” Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sosnowiec in 1992, Bishop...

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics pray for end to persecution CWN - January 26, 2010

Following the siege of a parish in Hanoi, the brutal beating of a religious, and the desecration of a crucifix, thousands of Vietnamese Catholics gathered on January 24 at the Redemptorist monastery...

Catholic girl brutally murdered in Pakistan CWN - January 26, 2010

Thousands of Pakistani Christians attended the January 25 funeral of Shazia Bashir, a 12-year-old Catholic girl who had been brutally beaten, raped, and murdered three days earlier. The girl had...

Judge approves diocesan bankruptcy plan; bishop to apologize to victims CWN - January 26, 2010

As the Diocese of Fairbanks emerges from bankruptcy, Bishop Donald Kettler has agreed to meet personally with, and offer apologies to, any of the nearly 300 abuse victims who wish to meet with him....

Blatant pro-Planned Parenthood bias in Catholic college’s research guides CWN - January 26, 2010

Students at a Catholic college in Minnesota who are conducting research on contraception and sex education are steered to the web sites of Planned Parenthood and other blatantly biased sites,...

Vatican decries leak of Catholic-Orthodox draft statement on papacy CWN - January 26, 2010

The Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has released a statement decrying the appearance of a leaked document from a joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission discussing different...

All Christians obligated to work toward unity, Pope stresses CWN - January 26, 2010

At an ecumenical prayer service closing the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 25, Pope Benedict XI said that the pursuit of full union among Christ’s followers “is not just a task...

Pope John Paul II considered and rejected resignation, postulator reports CWN - January 26, 2010

Pope John Paul II once told his doctor that “there is no place in the Church for a ‘Pope Emeritus,’” according to the Polish priest. Msgr. Slavomir Oder, the postulator of the cause for...

Irish public says Church should cede control of schools-- yet favors parental choice CWN - January 26, 2010

Most Irish citizens believe that the Catholic Church should relinquish control of the primary schools, according to a poll published by the Irish Times. Only 28% of those surveyed thought the Church...

Two more churches attacked in India's Karnatka region CWN - January 26, 2010

Anti-Christian violence continues in Karnatka, with mobs of Hindu extremists blamed for attacks on two Catholic...

Low-key installation for new Bishop of Antigonish CWN - January 26, 2010

The diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, organized a deliberately quiet ceremony for the installation of its new leader, Bishop Brian Dunn, on January 25. “We gather today as a family of faith...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 27

US bishops: Enact genuine health reform, oppose current language on abortion, conscience protection CWN - January 27, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging members of Congress to “come together and recommit themselves to enact genuine health care reform that will protect the life, dignity,...

Venezuelan bishops: Nation moving away from God CWN - January 27, 2010

In a recent statement, the bishops of Venezuela lamented the growing secularism, corruption, and undermining of democracy in the South American nation. “Our country is experiencing a social,...

Caritas: Poorer nations should have greater voice at UN, WTO CWN - January 27, 2010

Attending the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, the head of Caritas Internationalis-- the consortium of Catholic relief agencies-- said that poorer nations should have a greater voice...

Woman murdered after Mass at Ohio parish CWN - January 27, 2010

An 80-year-old woman was shot in the head in an Ohio parish parking lot following morning Mass on January 23. Each day, Angeline Fimognari attended Mass and spent three hours praying at St....

NC public schools: Pro-life laws, like segregation, are examples of ‘oppressive government’ CWN - January 27, 2010

New curricular guidelines drafted by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction strongly encourage students to view pro-life legislation as an example of “oppressive government” akin to laws...

Texas Catholic college: Interns can ‘expand knowledge of human sexuality’ at Planned Parenthood CWN - January 27, 2010

The web site of an Austin Catholic college has posted an internship position at Planned Parenthood. The “description of duties”: “Expand knowledge of human sexuality. Some directt [sic] work with...

Retired Dublin auxiliary raps Archbishop Martin's handling of sex-abuse controversy CWN - January 27, 2010

A retired auxiliary bishop of Dublin severely criticizes the city’s current Catholic leader, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, in letters that have been obtained by the weekly Irish Catholic newspaper....

Pope offers St. Francis as model for spiritual renewal CWN - January 27, 2010

In his series of weekly talks on the history of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI has reached St. Francis of Assisi, and he devoted his Wednesday public audience of January 27 to that “true giant of...

Abortion advocates protest plans for pro-life ad on Super Bowl broadcast CWN - January 27, 2010

Feminist groups have expressed outrage that the CBS television network will broadcast a pro-life advertisement during its Super Bowl broadcast. The ad, sponsored by Focus on the Family, features the...

New book details how Pope John Paul II practiced mortification CWN - January 27, 2010

A new book on the life of Pope John Paul II confirms that the late Pontiff sometimes beat himself with a small belt, practicing “the discipline” that is a traditional form of mortification. He also...

Pope marks Holocaust Remembrance Day CWN - January 27, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI called attention to Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, recalling the “unprecedented cruelty” of the Nazi extermination campaign and praying during his regular weekly audience...

Phoenix diocese tightens requirements for marriage preparation CWN - January 27, 2010

The Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, has inaugurated new policy requiring a more extensive preparation for marriage, in an effort to reverse a trend to marital breakdown. The diocese will require...

Private-property rights at root of Church conflict with Viet government, prelate says CWN - January 27, 2010

A Vietnamese cardinal has said that the government’s denial of any right to own private property lies at the root of recent clashes between Catholic activists and police officials. Cardinal Jean...

Irish priests accused of abuse had worked in Boston CWN - January 27, 2010

The Boston archdiocese has admitted that some Irish priests who were accused of sexual abuse in their native country had served in Boston parishes. The archdiocese said that Church officials in...

New Vatican postage stamp to raise funds for Haiti relief CWN - January 27, 2010

The Vatican post office has issued a new stamp, hoping that sales to collectors will raise new funds for relief efforts in Haiti. The Vatican plans to sell 900,000 copies of the new €0.65 stamp at a...

Released Thursday, Jan. 28

EU condemns anti-Christian violence in Egypt, Malaysia CWN - January 28, 2010

The European Parliament has condemned recent violence against Christians in Egypt and Malaysia, urging the Egyptian government to “guarantee that Coptic Christians and members of other religious...

Canadian bishops warn against human trafficking, prostitution at Vancouver Olympics CWN - January 28, 2010

Lamenting the prospect of forced prostitution at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a...

Caritas calls for allowance for every child in Europe, strengthening of welfare state CWN - January 28, 2010

Caritas Europa, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencices in 44 European nations, has launched a Zero Poverty campaign so that “no one is forced to live on the streets or dies...

Slight decline in 2nd largest men’s religious order CWN - January 28, 2010

An increase of vocations in South Asia and Africa was not sufficient to stem a decline in the number of Salesians of Don Bosco, the Church’s second-largest men’s religious institute. There are now...

284 parishioners sue bishop to prevent parish merger CWN - January 28, 2010

Seeking the return of $1.4 million donated to a parish building campaign before its merger with another parish, nearly 300 parishioners of St. Vincent Pallotti Church in Haddon Township, New Jersey,...

Nursing program director at Maine Catholic college worked for Planned Parenthood CWN - January 28, 2010

A nursing faculty member at a Maine Catholic college has worked as an adult nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, according to the college’s web site. Dr. Lois Hamel, an...

New Serbian Orthodox patriarch suggests worldwide ecumenical encounter CWN - January 28, 2010

Serbia’s newly installed Orthodox Patriarch Irinej has suggested a worldwide ecumenical encounter in 2013, to mark the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. He suggested that the event could...

Irish Christian leaders push for final agreement on Northern Ireland CWN - January 28, 2010

The leaders of Ireland’s Christian churches have joined in a call for renewed effort to reach a final accord ending years of strife in Northern Ireland. The Catholic primate of All Ireland, Cardinal...

Anti-Catholic Italian politician is leading candidate in Rome's region CWN - January 28, 2010

Emma Bonino, a leftist politician with a long record of hostility toward the Catholic Church, is a leading candidate to become governor of the Lazio region in which Rome is located. Her candidacy...

Church must answer society's questions, Pope says CWN - January 28, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the importance of offering authentic Catholic responses to contemporary cultural problems, during a private audience on January 28 with 300 people taking part in a special...

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Bishop Hubbard approves free distribution of needles to drug abusers CWN - January 29, 2010

Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, who serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, has approved a proposal by diocesan...

US bishops call for long-term aid, debt cancellation for Haiti CWN - January 29, 2010

Writing on behalf of the US bishops, Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, praised the...

New morning-after pill is more powerful, can act as abortifacient CWN - January 29, 2010

A new morning-after pill that is available for free by prescription in Great Britain may be available over the counter as soon as 2012. EllaOne provides “protection” from pregnancy for five days--...

Jesuit university’s basketball coach reiterates support for abortion, stem-cell research CWN - January 29, 2010

Two years after receiving a public rebuke from Archbishop Raymond Burke, the basketball coach at a Jesuit university has reiterated his support for legalized abortion and the destruction of human...

Reject easy annulments, Pope tells Vatican tribunal CWN - January 29, 2010

Granting easy access to marriage annulments is an offense against both justice and charity, said Pope Benedict XVI on January 29. The Pope’s message has a particular resonance in the US, whose...

Conservative Anglican group moving toward union with Rome CWN - January 29, 2010

Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth, the head of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), has reported substantial progress toward the goal of entering into communion with the Holy See. The...

Human Rights Watch condemns Irish ban on abortion CWN - January 29, 2010

The New-York based Human Rights Watch has issued a condemnation of Ireland’s laws against abortion, claiming that these laws violate the human rights of women. In Ireland, the Pro-Life Campaign...

Portrait of Cardinal Baum, America's senior presence at the Vatican CWN - January 29, 2010

John Allen reflects on the long career of Cardinal William Baum-- former Archbishop of Washington, former prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, former head of the Apostolic...

Pornography undermines marriages, researcher shows CWN - January 29, 2010

The use of pornography has a corrosive effect on marriage, argues psychologist and researcher Patrick...

Planned Parenthood pushes sexual freedom for children CWN - January 29, 2010

In its new report "Stand and Deliver," the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is demanding that governments, religious institutions and society at large provide "comprehensive...

Vatican archives for WWII era may be opened by 2015 CWN - January 29, 2010

The Vatican’s secret archives for the period of World War II and the papacy of Pius XII should be fully organized and ready for researchers with 5 years, according to the Vatican archivist. Bishop...

Lawsuit forces online dating site to promote gay partnerships CWN - January 29, 2010

Eharmony, a popular online dating service, has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to accept gay and lesbian users seeking same-sex partners. Eharmony reached an agreement with the activists who had filed...

German home-schoolers granted asylum in US to escape 'persecution' CWN - January 29, 2010

An American judge on Tuesday granted asylum to a German couple who wanted to homeschool their children, bringing international attention to the debate in Germany over the rights of parents to freely...

Saudi employees press Filipino migrant workers to accept Islam CWN - January 29, 2010

Filipino migrant workers employed in Saudi Arabia come under heavy pressure from their employers to convert to Islam, the AsiaNews service reports. There are an estimated 200,000 Filipino workers in...

Redouble efforts to wipe out leprosy, Vatican urges CWN - January 29, 2010

Leprosy remains a scourge, particularly in the southern hemisphere, and world leaders should join in efforts to eradicate the disease, the Pontifical Council for Health Care said in a statement...

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