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Released Friday, Jul. 2

Future Pope Pius XII asked bishops to work to save synagogues CWN - July 2, 2010

Two documents discovered in the Vatican Secret Archives reveal that the future Pope Pius XII sought to preserve Jewish culture, according to the Pave the Way Foundation. On January 9, 1939,...

Indonesian bishops’ official: ‘Fanatical’ Protestant missionaries encourage radical Islam CWN - July 2, 2010

A government weakened by scandals and Protestant missionaries who spread their faith “fanatically” are fostering a climate in which Muslim extremism against the Church is on the rise, according to...

Foundress of American religious order moves closer to beatification CWN - July 2, 2010

A Lithuanian-born nun who founded an American religious communtiy was among those declared venerable by Pope Benedict on July 1. Born in 1880, Venerable Maria Kaupas came to Pennsylvania in 1905 and...

Kenyan cardinal warns priests: Abuse will be punished CWN - July 2, 2010

“A cleric accused of any moral impropriety of a sexual nature, especially the abuse of minors, will attract penalties as stipulated by the Church law, not excluding dismissal from the clerical...

Vatican newspaper highlights work of French scholar Hadjadj CWN - July 2, 2010

In the July 2 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, frequent contributor Lucetta Scaraffia highlighted the work of French philosopher and literature professor Fabrice Hadjadj, the author most recently of...

New York Times rips Pope, says he could have stopped abuse scandal in 1990s CWN - July 2, 2010

In what purports to be a news article rather than an op-ed piece, The New York Times reported on July 2 that the future pope, it is now clear, was also part of a culture of nonresponsibility,...

Disputes between cardinals point to tensions at Vatican, reporter argues CWN - July 2, 2010

After a meeting with the Pope, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has backed away from his criticism of the former Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. But Sandro Magister of L'Espresso...

Irish bishops seen recovering willingness to speak on public issues CWN - July 2, 2010

After months on the defensive because of the sex-abuse scandal, the Catholic bishops of Ireland have begun to speak out once again, notes columnist David Quinn, pointing to a statement on same-sex...

Sri Lanka: archbishop protests anti-Catholic bias in school texts CWN - July 2, 2010

Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patapendige of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has lodged a complaint with the government’s education minister about anti-Catholic bias in the textbooks assigned for history and...

Iraq must protect Christian minority, Pope tells new ambassador CWN - July 2, 2010

Meeting on July 2 with a new ambassador from Iraq to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI called for effective protection of the country’s Christian minority. The Pope reminded the new envoy, Habbib...

WYD organizers receive papal encouragement CWN - July 2, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met with organizers of the World Youth Day 2011 celebration, which will take place in Madrid, and encouraged them to “continue to collaborate generously in this great initiative.”...

Pope congratulates Cardinal Bertone on 50th anniversary of ordination CWN - July 2, 2010

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has published a personal letter from Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, congratulating the Secretary of State on the 50th anniversary of his...

The 'astonishing rise' of Cardinal Ouellet CWN - July 2, 2010

Ten years ago, Father Marc Ouellet was a priest, a seminary rector and theology instructor. This week Cardinal Ouellet was named prefect of the powerful Congregation for Bishops. Writing in Canada’s...

Coming papal document to call for 'new liturgical movement'? CWN - July 2, 2010

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter writes that Pope Benedict XVI will soon release a motu proprio on marriage law. The document itself would ordinarily not warrant much public attention,...

Pope leaving Vatican for summer residence on July 7 CWN - July 2, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican for his summer stay at Castel Gandolfo on July 7, the Vatican press office has announced. Leaving Rome on Wednesday, presumably after his regular midday...

Another murder conviction in Orissa's anti-Christian violence CWN - July 2, 2010

The special court set up to try criminal charges arising from the orchestrated anti-Christian violence in the Kandhamal district of India’s eastern Orissa state has handed out yet another murder...

Vietnamese bishops surprised by Vatican move toward diplomatic ties CWN - July 2, 2010

Vietnamese bishops were surprised by the Vatican’s announcement earlier this week that it would appoint a “non-resident representative” to Hanoi. Local Church leaders seemed bewildered by the move,...

Sale of Boston Catholic hospitals could end Catholic identity, director concedes CWN - July 2, 2010

At a public hearing on the sale of Caritas Christi, the health-care system of the Boston archdiocese, the director of the 6-hospital system admitted that he could not guarantee the continuation of...

Released Monday, Jul. 5

Melbourne archbishop issues apology, says 60 priests abused children CWN - July 5, 2010

Offering “a sincere and unreserved apology to all those victims who have suffered the pain and humiliation of sexual abuse and to their families,” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has issued a...

Syria: Church losing members to Islam CWN - July 5, 2010

Despite a government that keeps violence against Christians in check, Syria’s minority Catholic population is slowly losing members to Islam because of intermarriage and the nation’s education...

AP examines how dioceses monitor priests who committed abuse CWN - July 5, 2010

The Essential Norms for Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors that arose from the US bishops’ June 2002 meeting in Dallas envision that elderly or infirm priests who have sexually abused a child...

Retired California bishop calls for ‘Vatican III’ on sexuality CWN - July 5, 2010

Bishop Francis Quinn, who served as bishop of Sacramento from 1979 until his resignation at the age of 72 in 1993, has called for a Vatican Council III to examine Church teaching on human...

Las Vegas bishop requires fingerprinting of ushers, other Church volunteers CWN - July 5, 2010

Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas is requiring the fingerprinting of all parish volunteers, whether or not they work directly with children, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The newer...

Alaska bishop pays tribute to nation’s religious roots CWN - July 5, 2010

In a July 4 newspaper column, Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau paid tribute to the religious faith associated with the founding of the United States. “Faith in the Lord is not only seen in documents...

Pope venerates St. Celestine, hermit, who became Pontiff and resigned CWN - July 5, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Sulmona, in Italy’s Abruzzo region, on July 4, to join in celebrations there for the 700th anniversary of the death of St. Celestine V, the hermit who was elected Pope...

India: Muslim vigilantes punish professor for 'blasphemy' by severing his arm CWN - July 5, 2010

Muslim extremists abducted a professor who had been accused of insulting Muhammad and cut off his arm in India’s southern Kerala state. The brutal assault on T. J. Joseph occurred on Sunday, July...

Gay bishop's appointment could fuel Anglican disputes CWN - July 5, 2010

An openly homosexual cleric is the leading candidate to become the Anglican Bishop of Southwark. The appointment could trigger a new round of angry confrontations within the Anglican...

Belgian police confirm death threats in sex-abuse investigation CWN - July 5, 2010

Police in Belgium are investigating death threats against people who provided information about sexual abuse by Catholic clerics. “There are some threats against certain people around the case,”...

Saudis limit Filipino pilgrims to Mecca to cut down illegal immigration CWN - July 5, 2010

Saudi Arabia has imposed a limit on the number of Muslim pilgrims traveling to Mecca from the Philippines, in order to curb illegal immigration. A quota of 500 visas will be issued to Filipino...

Pope opens new Vatican fountain dedicated to St. Joseph CWN - July 5, 2010

On July 5, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a new fountain in the Vatican gardens, dedicated to St. Joseph. The fountain—adorned with five bronze panels depicting scenes from the life of St. Joseph,...

Vatican officially confirms schedule for September papal visit to Britain CWN - July 5, 2010

The Vatican has officially confirmed plans for the visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Great Britain in September. The plans for the papal trip has been known for weeks, and last month bishops of...

Car bomb damages Iraqi archbishop's residence CWN - July 5, 2010

A car bomb damaged the residence of the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Kirkuk, Iran on July 4. The primary target of the bomb was apparently not the Catholic Church but a Sunni Muslim leader...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 6

Notorious Australian priest sentenced to prison, abused 39 children CWN - July 6, 2010

John Denham, a former priest of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for abusing 39 children between 1968 and 1986. His victims’ ages ranged from five to...

UK government urges anti-papal protestors to show restraint CWN - July 6, 2010

Chris Patten, the British government’s special representative for the September papal visit, is urging anti-papal protestors to show restraint. “It would be an extraordinary irony if those who...

Spain: Bishops denounce new abortion law CWN - July 6, 2010

A new Spanish law that declares abortion a woman’s right and permits abortion on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy went into effect on July 5. Spain’s bishops denounced the law “because...

Australian prelate speaks out against euthanasia CWN - July 6, 2010

After Tasmania’s attorney general spoke in favor of a bill that would permit euthanasia in the Australian state, Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart denounced her support of the measure. “It is...

Russian Orthodox Church welcomes appointment of Cardinal Kasper’s successor CWN - July 6, 2010

Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, has welcomed the appointment of Bishop Kurt Koch of Basel as the new president of the...

New bishop praised Pope's handling of abuse scandal, criticized ‘Eucharistic sanctions’ against pro-abortion politicians CWN - July 6, 2010

Pope Benedict on July 6 named Msgr. Robert W. McElroy, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. An alumnus of Harvard University and Stanford...

Vatican to issue new norms for sex-abuse cases CWN - July 6, 2010

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) will soon issue new rules for the handling of sex-abuse cases, reports John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter. The new rules will extend...

Indonesian Muslim militants disrupt Mass in private home CWN - July 6, 2010

Muslim extremists burst into a private home in Indonesia where a Mass was being celebrated, and scattered the congregation. The owner of the home, who had arranged for the Mass to celebrate his...

Vatican approves exhumation of Mafia figure in notorious Italian case CWN - July 6, 2010

The Vatican has given permission for Italian police to exhume the grave of a notorious Mafia figure in the search for information about a girl who disappeared 27 years ago. Emanuela Orlandi, the...

Belgian prosecutors questioning cardinal about knowledge of sex-abuse complaints CWN - July 6, 2010

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the retired Archbishop of Brussels, is being questioned by authorities about the sex-abuse cases that prompted a stunning police raid on his home and the headquarters of...

Chinese priest, nun killed; motive unknown CWN - July 6, 2010

A Catholic priest and nun working with the “underground” Church in China’s Ningxia diocese were killed on July 5. The bodies of Father Jospeh Shulai Zhang, the vicar general of the diocese, and...

Catholic beaten to death by Vietnamese police CWN - July 6, 2010

In the latest in a series of official assaults against the Church in Vietnam, a Catholic layman was beaten to death by police for his protest against the seizure of his parish cemetery. Nam...

Another Iraqi Christian killed in Mosul CWN - July 6, 2010

A Syrian Orthodox man was killed on July 5, in the latest of a series of targeted acts of violence against Christians in Mosul, Iraq. Behnam Sabti died when an explosive device planted in his car...

Top English prelate downplays organizational woes for Pope's trip CWN - July 6, 2010

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has brushed aside reports that organizational woes have complicated plans for Pope Benedict’s trip to the United Kingdom in September. In a Vatican Radio...

Connecticut priest charged with taking $1.3 million from parish funds CWN - July 6, 2010

A Connecticut priest has been arrested on felony charges, allegedly having stolen $1.3 million from his parish to pay for his homosexual lifestyle. Father Kevin Gray allegedly misappropriated...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 7

Chávez rebukes papal nuncio, blasts cardinal during independence day speech CWN - July 7, 2010

Addressing the national assembly on July 5-- Venezuela’s independence day-- President Hugo Chávez denounced Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas as a “troglodyte” who is “unworthy of calling...

Malaysia: church firebombing trial begins CWN - July 7, 2010

Three young Malaysian Muslims have gone on trial for firebombing a Protestant church in the Asian nation in January. The spate of anti-Christian violence-- which included the firebombing of eight...

Hawaii’s governor vetoes civil union bill CWN - July 7, 2010

Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii on July 6 vetoed a bill that would have granted homosexual couples and heterosexual couples civil union status. “I am vetoing this bill because I have become convinced...

Holy See: Honoring motherhood is part of women’s empowerment CWN - July 7, 2010

Addressing a UN meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment, Archbishop Celestino Migliore praised the increasing place of women in public life and noted that men and women, while equal in...

Bishop O’Connell, successful Catholic University president, criticized by dissenters CWN - July 7, 2010

Coadjutor Bishop David O’Connell of Trenton transformed the Catholic University of America from a school with “a lot of theology but no faith” to one with a resurgent Catholic identity, according to...

North Carolina priest accused of abuse CWN - July 7, 2010

The Diocese of Charlotte announced on July 6 that one of its priests has been placed on leave following an allegation of “sexual misconduct with a young person” in the 1970s. Father Joseph Kelleher,...

Cardinal McCarrick turns 80; number of cardinal-electors drops to 107 CWN - July 7, 2010

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington, DC, celebrates his 80th birthday today and thus becomes ineligible to vote in a papal conclave. Born in New York, Cardinal...

Belgian police grill Cardinal Danneels on sex-abuse cases CWN - July 7, 2010

Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels was questioned by police for 10 hours on July 6, and emerged visibly shaken by the interrogation. A spokesman for prosecutors said that the retired Archbishop...

Pope, at audience, traces theological influence of Duns Scotus CWN - July 7, 2010

At his regular weekly public audience on July 7—the last Wednesday audience before his summer vacation—Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the contributions of Duns Scotus, the 13th-century theologian whose...

Pope begins summer vacation CWN - July 7, 2010

Following his regular midday audience on Wednesday, July 7, Pope Benedict XVI left Rome for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, where he will remain until September. Having chosen to forego...

Cuba answers Church request, begins releasing political prisoners CWN - July 7, 2010

The Cuban government has decided to release dozens of political prisoners, responding to requests from the Catholic Church, the Cuban bishops’ conference has announced. After a meeting with...

Released Thursday, Jul. 8

China: ‘Underground’ bishop freed from detention CWN - July 8, 2010

Bishop Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding, a 75-year-old bishop faithful to the Holy See, was released from detention on July 8, according to the Cardinal Kung Foundation. Bishop Jia, whose ministry is not...

South African bishop rips Tridentine Mass, conservative youth, papal leadership CWN - July 8, 2010

In a June address that was published on July 7, Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg offered strong criticism of the extraordinary form of the Mass and of what he characterizes as the “restorationist”...

China: ‘Underground’ vicar general, nun murdered CWN - July 8, 2010

Father Joseph Zhang Shulai, the vicar general of the underground Church in the Diocese of Ningxia, and Sister Mary Wei Yanhui, a nun, were murdered at the nursing home where they worked in Wuhai, a...

Pope names successor to Bishop Mixa CWN - July 8, 2010

One week after Pope Benedict directed retired Bishop Walter Mixa to devote himself to “silence, meditation, and prayer,” the Pontiff on July 8 appointed a new bishop of Augsburg. Bishop Mixa’s...

Catholic-Methodist dialogue examines Eucharist, environment CWN - July 8, 2010

Participants in the dialogue between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United Methodist Church met from June 28-30 to discuss the relation between the Eucharist and the...

Scholar: Worshippers fare better 'on every observable outcome' CWN - July 8, 2010

“It’s little known to the public or to elite commentators in the national discourse,” notes Patrick Fagan, director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council....

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Mahler CWN - July 8, 2010

Paying tribute to the late Romantic composer Gustav Mahler on the 150th anniversary of his birth, L’Osservatore Romano has reprinted a 1936 essay on Mahler by Bruno Walter, one of the leading...

Revised Vatican norms will cover abuse of mentally impaired adults CWN - July 8, 2010

New Vatican norms for the handling of sex-abuse complaints will treat abuse of mentally incompetent adults as equally serious as abuse of children, the AP reports. The Congregation for the...

Chavez pushing Venezuela into dictatorship, cardinal charges CWN - July 8, 2010

President Hugo Chavez is leading Venezuela down the road to totalitarianism, warns Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas. After Chavez denounced him as a “troglodyte,” Cardinal Urosa fired back...

Gay Anglican cleric rejected as Church of England bishop? CWN - July 8, 2010

A prominent homosexual cleric has been passed over for the second time after being considered for appointment as a bishop of the Church of England, according to multiple media reports. Rev....

Washington state, facing lawsuit, agrees to protect pharmacists' conscience rights CWN - July 8, 2010

The state of Washington has agreed to adopt conscience-protection policies for pharmacists who find it morally repugnant to fill prescriptions for abortifacient pills. In a lawsuit filed by...

Hindu fundamentalist leader, convicted of murder, released on bail before appeal CWN - July 8, 2010

A Hindu militant leader accused of leading anti-Christian mobs in India’s eastern Orissa state has been released on bail, just a week after his conviction of murder charges made national...

LCWR leaders questioned at Vatican about support for health-care bill CWN - July 8, 2010

Leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) were questioned by Vatican officials in April about their group’s support for President Obama’s health-care bill, which the US bishops...

Malaysia brings Muslims to trial for attacks on Christian church CWN - July 8, 2010

Prosecutors in Malaysia have brought three young Muslim militants to trial on charges of bombing a Christian church. The bombing was one of several such incidents that took place in January, as...

Released Friday, Jul. 9

Bishop: ‘Central India is in the hands of Hindu extremists’ CWN - July 9, 2010

Following a death threat against a Church spokesman, Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal of Indore told the Fides news agency that “the central part of India, from east to west, is in the hand of Hindu...

Judge rules part of Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional CWN - July 9, 2010

In a ruling that applies only to Massachusetts but creates a potential precedent for other states, a US district judge has declared part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Judge...

New York Times editorial blasts Pope CWN - July 9, 2010

Claiming that Pope Benedict has handled “the pedophilia scandal with no great distinction,” The New York Times blasted the Pontiff in a July 9 editorial, calling upon him to apply the norms of the...

Catholic relief to Haiti: $46.8 million has aided 2.3 million people CWN - July 9, 2010

In the six months following the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 Haitians, the Church’s relief efforts have aided 2.3 million people at the cost of $46.8 million, according to a...

5th allegation against Chicago ex-priest McCormack CWN - July 9, 2010

Three years after Daniel McCormack, then a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was sentenced to a five-year prison term for the homosexual abuse of five minors, an additional lawsuit has been...

China: Monk arrested in murder of priest, nun CWN - July 9, 2010

A 43-year-old monk who is a member of the underground Church in China has confessed to the recent murder of a priest and a nun, according to the Chinese state news agency. Father Joseph Zhang...

In southern Sudan, a bishop on the front lines CWN - July 9, 2010

The National Catholic Register profiles Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan, who presides over a poor and troubled diocese “on the front line of radical Islam.” Bishop Gassis expresses his...

Treat pro-life activists like terrorists, late-term abortionist urges CWN - July 9, 2010

A notorious late-term abortionist has called for more aggressive police action to curb pro-life activism. “Treat them like terrorists,” LeRoy Carhart suggested in an interview with the Boston...

Archbishop of St. Louis warns: 'pro-choice' is not a Catholic option CWN - July 9, 2010

Writing in the local Catholic newspaper, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis takes a hard look at the implications of the Fifth Commandment, particularly on disputed issues such as abortion,...

Cardinal Danneels protests leaks from Belgian police investigation CWN - July 9, 2010

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the retired Archbishop of Brussels, has lodged a complaint about media reports based on leaks from a secret police investigation of sex-abuse complaints. Cardinal...

English journalist calls for resignation of Dean of the College of Cardinals CWN - July 9, 2010

William Oddie, the former editor of London’s Catholic Herald, argues that Cardinal Angelo Sodano should step down from his post as Dean of the College of Cardinals; otherwise, he suggests, a scandal...

CHA backs Obama's controversial choice for key health-care post CWN - July 9, 2010

The Catholic Health Association (CHA), which broke with the US bishops’ conference by endorsing President Obama’s health-care reform bill, has backed the White House plan again, applauding the...

Vatican to tighten discipline for 'ordination' of women? CWN - July 9, 2010

New Vatican norms for the disciplinary handling of clerical misconduct could include treating the attempted ordination of women among the “most serious offenses” brought before the Congregation for...

Pope appoints delegate to supervise Legionaries of Christ CWN - July 9, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, the president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, as his delegate to supervise reform efforts in the Legion of...

Released Monday, Jul. 12

Church of England rejects compromise on women bishops; 70 clerics meet with Catholic bishop CWN - July 12, 2010

Paving the way for the ordination of women bishops with full governing powers, the House of Clergy of the Church of England has rejected a compromise proposal put forward by Archbishop Rowan...

Holy See’s budget deficit quadrupled in 2009 CWN - July 12, 2010

The Holy See’s 2009 budget showed a deficit of €4,102,156 ($5,186,556), four times 2008’s figure of $1.27 million, according to a statement released July 10 by the Council of Cardinals for the Study...

Haiti: 2 million still living on the streets CWN - July 12, 2010

Six months after a devastating earthquake killed over 220,000 of the nation’s 8.8 million people, some 2 million Haitians are still living on the streets, according to the Fides news agency....

Recalling St. Benedict, Pope urges faithful to remember needy CWN - July 12, 2010

Reflecting upon the parable of the Good Samaritan during his July 11 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Benedict urged the faithful to act as “‘neighbors’ to whoever has need of help.” Quoting his 2005...

University fires Catholic professor who said homosexual acts violate natural law CWN - July 12, 2010

Following a student complaint, the University of Illinois refused to renew the contract of Dr. Kenneth Howell, an adjunct religion professor, who wrote in an e-mail that “Natural Moral Law says that...

Philippine bishops urge new president to oppose contraceptive mentality CWN - July 12, 2010

At the conclusion of its annual meeting on July 11, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called upon President Benigno Aquino III “to listen to the call of the Philippine Church that...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 13

Belgian bishop abused nephew for eight years, says priest CWN - July 13, 2010

Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who resigned in April after he admitted sexually abusing a minor, molested the boy-- his nephew-- over a period of eight years, according to Father Rik Devillé, a priest who...

US bishops lament court’s rejection of Defense of Marriage Act CWN - July 13, 2010

Speaking on behalf of his brother bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Argentine bishops speak out against same-sex marriage, urge faithful to demonstrate CWN - July 13, 2010

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has urged the faithful to participate in a massive rally on July 13 as the nation’s senate discusses the legalization of same-sex marriage. On...

Relic of True Cross stolen from Boston cathedral CWN - July 13, 2010

A relic of the True Cross was stolen from Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross on June 30 or July 1, according to a Boston Globe article published on July 13. The relic was given to Boston’s first...

Former seminary rector arrested in Virginia for abusing minor CWN - July 13, 2010

A religious-order priest who once served as a seminary rector in Africa and has taught at three Catholic colleges in the United States has been charged in Virginia with aggravated sexual battery of...

Solidarity chaplain dead at 73 CWN - July 13, 2010

Father Henryk Jankowski, who offered the first Mass for striking Solidarity workers at the Gdansk shipyard in 1980, has died at the age of 73. “I saw around 8,500 people at the entrance gate,...

Heart of St. Camillus travels to Ireland CWN - July 13, 2010

The heart of St. Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of the sick, was brought from Rome to Ireland on July 9 for the veneration of the faithful. The relic will be venerated in Westmeath, Dublin, and...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 14

Venezuela’s bishops rip Chávez regime CWN - July 14, 2010

Lamenting the “violence and corruption” in their nation-- “the insecurity, the violent deaths in streets and prisons, and the outrageous loss of food and medicines”-- Venezuela’s bishops blasted...

France: national assembly votes to ban Muslim face veils CWN - July 14, 2010

By a 335-1 margin, France’s national assembly has voted to ban veils that cover the face. The nation’s senate is expected to approve the measure in September. Legislator Berengere Poletti called...

Indian state expels Dutch missionary CWN - July 14, 2010

Father Jim Borst, a Dutch priest who has worked in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir since 1963, has been ordered to leave the state by the end of the month. “It is a great loss for me and the...

Archbishop: Japan must examine its past, repent CWN - July 14, 2010

A century after Japan’s annexation of Korea, a leading Japanese prelate has called upon his nation to conduct an honest examination of its past. “It is essential that we all re-examine...

Pope to discuss religious freedom in 2011 World Day of Peace message CWN - July 14, 2010

The Holy See Press Office announced on July 13 that the theme of the 2011 World Day of Peace will be “religious freedom, the path of peace.” “As is well known, in many parts of the world there...

Vatican cardinal lauds release of ‘underground’ bishop CWN - July 14, 2010

Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has sent a message to Bishop Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding, a 75-year-old bishop faithful to the Holy See who was...

Holy See embassy hid top secret Polish documents for decades CWN - July 14, 2010

During the transition between the surrender of Nazi Germany and the installation of a Communist regime in Waraw, members of the Polish diplomatic mission in Canada smuggled archival material-- 10%...

Registration open for World Youth Day CWN - July 14, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is recommending that Catholic youth register early for the next World Youth Day, which will begin on August 15, 2011, in Madrid. An estimated 600,000...

Released Thursday, Jul. 15

Papal delegate: General chapter will reconsider charism, constitution of Legionaries of Christ CWN - July 15, 2010

Visiting the headquarters of the Legion of Christ, the newly appointed papal delegate who will supervise the reform of the order announced that an extraordinary general chapter will be held “to...

Bishop consecrated in China; diocese lacked bishop since 1962 CWN - July 15, 2010

Msgr. Antonio Xu Jiwei, ordained a priest in 1985 and now age 75, was consecrated bishop of Taizhou on July 10 with the approval both of the Holy See and of the Chinese government. Taizhou is a city...

Tucson bishop: Illegal immigrants should learn English, ‘get in the back of the line’ CWN - July 15, 2010

Addressing the issue of immigration reform, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson told a congressional subcommittee on July 14 that “the US Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB] wholeheartedly agrees...

Indian government rules out coercion to curb population growth CWN - July 15, 2010

Despite population forecasts predicting that India will overtake China as the most populous nation in the world by 2050, India’s federal government has said emphatic no to adopt coercive measures to...

Papal condolences for Ugandan bomb victims CWN - July 15, 2010

Pope Benedict has expressed his condolences following two bomb explosions in Kampala that left 74 dead. Somali terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda have claimed responsibility. “We are all deeply...

Disgraced bishop pled the Fifth for 3 hours CWN - July 15, 2010

Bishop Thomas Dupré, who resigned from his position in 2004 and was later indicted on charges of raping two boys when he was a parish priest, pled the Fifth Amendment for three hours during a recent...

Report: Vatican commission will ask alleged visionaries to reveal Medjugorje ‘secrets’ CWN - July 15, 2010

The six alleged Medjugorje visionaries will testify before a Vatican commission, most likely in early autumn, and will be asked to reveal the “secrets” with which they say they have been entrusted,...

Dominican bishops lament increasing violence CWN - July 15, 2010

The bishops of the Dominican Republic issued a statement at the close of their recent annual meeting lamenting the violence that is afflicting the Caribbean nation. “We are deeply concerned and...

Vatican revises norms for clerical abuse of minors, other ‘exceptionally serious’ crimes CWN - July 15, 2010

The Holy See Press Office has published a revised edition of the 2001 norms dealing with clerical abuse of minors and other “exceptionally serious” crimes against faith and morals. “The norms of...

Released Friday, Jul. 16

2 states prevented from funding abortion in new health insurance pools CWN - July 16, 2010

Following an outcry from pro-life advocates, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on July 14 that it would exclude abortion coverage from the new...

Argentina legalizes homosexual marriage CWN - July 16, 2010

In a 33-27 vote, Argentina’s senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage on July 15. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires and other Argentine prelates had urged opposition to the measure,...

Vatican official: Anglican women bishops an ‘enormous obstacle’ to Christian unity CWN - July 16, 2010

In an interview published July 15, Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, called the prospect of the appointment of women bishops in the Church of...

US bishops praise revised Vatican norms on clerical abuse CWN - July 16, 2010

Bishop Blase Cupich, the bishop-designate of Spokane and chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Protection of Children and Young People, issued a statement on July 15 praising the inclusion of the...

Dutch bishop suspends priest who acted as goalie, wore orange during Mass CWN - July 16, 2010

Bishop Joseph Punt of Haarlem-Amsterdam has suspended a parish priest, Father Paul Vlaar, who wore orange vestments-- the color of the Netherlands’ World Cup team-- during Sunday Mass on July 11....

Archbishop Wuerl welcomes inclusion of women’s ordination among ‘extremely serious’ crimes CWN - July 16, 2010

Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington welcomed the inclusion of “the attempted...

Archbishop Chaput defends reputation of falsely accused priest CWN - July 16, 2010

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver issued a statement on July 13 announcing that Msgr. William Higgins, a priest who died in 1967, had been falsely accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. “More...

Scholar critiques judge’s ruling on Defense of Marriage Act CWN - July 16, 2010

Judge Joseph Tauro ruled last week that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional insofar as it prohibits the distribution of federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally...

Released Monday, Jul. 19

1st woman Lutheran bishop resigns; reportedly mishandled abuse allegation CWN - July 19, 2010

The first woman Lutheran bishop has resigned following reports that she may not have been truthful when she said that she had been unaware of abuse allegations against a Lutheran pastor until...

Pope: Works without prayer are ‘sterile activism’ CWN - July 19, 2010

Reflecting upon the day’s Gospel reading (Lk. 10:38-42) during his July 18 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Benedict said that “listening to the Word of the Lord” is “the one thing that is truly...

Indian-born archbishop to represent Holy See at United Nations CWN - July 19, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Francis Chullikatt as the new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. The July 17 appointment to one of the Holy See’s most important...

Parishioners back suspended Dutch priest CWN - July 19, 2010

Parishioners are “furious” with Bishop Joseph Punt of Haarlem-Amsterdam for suspending their parish priest, Father Paul Vlaar, according to a Radio Netherlands report. Father Vlaar wore orange...

Vatican a victim of cyber attack CWN - July 19, 2010

The Vatican was the target of a cyber attack on July 17. Those who typed “Vatican” into Google’s search engine were directed to the web site pedofilio.com. Google apologized for the problem, which...

Vatican foundation for Latin America to consider 230 projects CWN - July 19, 2010

The administrative council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation will meet in the Dominican Republic from July 20-23 to consider 230 proposals for funding development projects in Latin America and...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 20

Pakistan: 2 Christians accused of blasphemy released CWN - July 20, 2010

After determining that the accusations were false, police in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have released two Christians accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed. Rashid Emmanuel, a...

US bishops urge extension of unemployment benefits CWN - July 20, 2010

In a July 19 action alert sent via e-mail, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development urged Catholics to call their senators to support the...

EU, religious leaders discuss poverty, social exclusion CWN - July 20, 2010

The presidents of the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Parliament took part in their sixth annual meeting with religious leaders on July 19. Bishop Adrianus van Luyn of...

Louisiana bishops: No guns in church CWN - July 20, 2010

Following the passage of a state law that permits religious leaders to allow worshippers to carry concealed weapons, Louisiana’s bishops have announced that Catholics will not be permitted to bring...

Another bishop ordained in China CWN - July 20, 2010

With the approval of the Holy See and the consent of Chinese authorities, another bishop has been ordained in China. Msgr. John Baptist Yang Xiaoting, 46, was ordained coadjutor Bishop of Yan’an, a...

Ohio priest laicized for abuse CWN - July 20, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has removed Thomas Crum, 61, from the priesthood, following three allegations of abuse. The priest was serving as a pastor at a parish in the Diocese of Youngstown last year when a...

Irish bishop: ‘Secular hierarchy’ needs to examine sexual abuse of drunken teens CWN - July 20, 2010

Calling alcohol abuse “a national disgrace” and citing figures stating that “25% of 15-16 years olds in this country get drunk at least three times a month,” an Irish bishop said that “many children...

Interview with rumored British ambassador to the Holy See CWN - July 20, 2010

The New Statesman has published a lengthy interview with Ann Widdecombe, a convert to Catholicism who served in Parliament from 1987 to 2010 and is rumored to be a leading candidate to become the...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 21

2,000 Muslim militants go on rampage in Faisalabad; acquitted Christians murdered CWN - July 21, 2010

Two Pakistani Christians acquitted of blasphemy charges were murdered on July 19 as they left the courthouse. A police officer who accompanied them was injured in the attack. Rashid Emmanuel and...

Russian Orthodox patriarch praises Pope, rips Protestant compromises with secularism CWN - July 21, 2010

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, praised Pope Benedict and blasted Protestant bodies that have accepted women’s ordination and caved in to the...

Communists angry after Kerala bishops urge vote for ‘God-fearing’ candidates CWN - July 21, 2010

Bishops in Kerala-- the southwestern Indian state that has been the Church’s stronghold in India since its evangelization by St. Thomas the Apostle-- told the faithful in a July 18 pastoral letter...

Apostolic Signatura upholds Boston parish closings CWN - July 21, 2010

The Church’s highest tribunal has upheld a ruling by the Congregation for the Clergy supporting Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s decision to close nine Boston parishes. “The Archdiocese is in receipt of...

China: Underground bishop cites ‘amazing’ example of St. Thomas More CWN - July 21, 2010

National Public Radio has published a profile of the Church in China, focusing on moves towards reconciliation in recent years. The profile includes bitter criticism of the Vatican by the head of...

Cure of St. Louis woman could lead to Blessed Chaminade’s canonization CWN - July 21, 2010

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has concluded its investigation into the cure of a 27-year-old woman who had suffered from sarcoma and bone marrow cancer. The cure is being attributed to the...

Sainthood cause of ‘Rosary priest’ proceeds to Rome CWN - July 21, 2010

The Archdiocese of Baltimore on July 20 concluded the diocesan phase of the canonization cause of Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), the “Rosary priest” famous for the adage, “The family that prays...

Released Thursday, Jul. 22

Chilean bishops urge clemency for prisoners, including Pinochet-era criminals CWN - July 22, 2010

As Chile prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, the nation’s bishops are urging President Sebastian Pinera to foster human rights by reforming the nation’s prisons. The bishops also requested that...

Prosecutors end investigation of leading German bishop CWN - July 22, 2010

German prosecutors have ended their investigation of Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German bishops’ conference, who had been accused of transferring a Cistercian priest accused of...

Obama administration decision harms Catholic efforts to treat AIDS, charges priest CWN - July 22, 2010

An American priest who leads an AIDS treatment program in Namibia says that a decision by Obama administration to place greater emphasis on funding governments rather than faith-based organizations...

Slain Oklahoma priest’s sainthood cause proceeds to Rome CWN - July 22, 2010

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma city has concluded the diocesan phase of the canonization cause of Father Stanley Rother (1935-81), a missionary slain in Guatemala. Father Rother translated the Bible...

New Hampshire man alleges he was abused 100 times CWN - July 22, 2010

A 44-year-old man has filed suit against the Diocese of Manchester (New Hampshire) and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, claiming he was abused approximately 100 times by Father George St. Jean, who...

2nd abuse allegation against North Carolina priest CWN - July 22, 2010

A second person has alleged abuse by Father Joseph Kelleher, a retired 82-year-old priest of the Diocese of Charlotte. Supporters of the priest, who was born in Ireland, have held vigils in two...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Guérard, author of work on the sea CWN - July 22, 2010

The July 22 edition of L’Osservatore Romano paid tribute to Cécile Guérard, whose 2006 work on the sea (Philosophie légère de la mer) is now available in Italian. Pierluigi Natalia, the author of...

Released Friday, Jul. 23

Scottish bishop tells Cameron: No same-sex unions in Catholic Church CWN - July 23, 2010

The Catholic Church will never “register civil partnerships” or “celebrate same-sex unions,” Bishop Philip Tartaglia emphasized in a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron. The letter...

Zambian bishops reject draft constitution CWN - July 23, 2010

In a July 20 statement, the bishops of Zambia announced their opposition to a constitution drafted by the National Constitutional Conference. “The common good has always been sacrificed for...

Australian bishop apologizes for priestly abuse, urges victims to call police CWN - July 23, 2010

An Australian bishop has issued a pastoral letter in which he offers a “sincere apology to those who have suffered abuse at the hands of a member of the clergy or indeed, any person representing the...

‘Catholics United’ to raise funds for congressman praised by NARAL CWN - July 23, 2010

Catholics United, a politically liberal advocacy group, has announced that it will raise $500,000 to support the candidacies of four Catholic congressmen who, over the objections of the nation’s...

New children’s book based on Pope Benedict’s audiences CWN - July 23, 2010

A new children’s book based on Pope Benedict’s general audiences on the apostles has been published in Italy. Gli amici di Gesù [The Friends of Jesus] includes an introduction by Father Julian...

Purchase of $300,000 home for auxiliary bishop criticized CWN - July 23, 2010

The Diocese of Joliet is receiving criticism over its decision to purchase a four-bedroom, $300,000 home for Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel. The property is located in an exclusive neighborhood; the...

Dog receives communion at Anglican parish CWN - July 23, 2010

A dog has received communion at an Anglican parish in Toronto. Pets are permitted in the church. “The minister welcomed me and said come up and take communion, and Trapper [the dog] came up with...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to German theologian Peterson CWN - July 23, 2010

The July 23 edition of L’Osservatore Romano paid tribute to Erik Peterson (1890-1960), a theologian who specialized in early Christianity and converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism in Rome in...

Released Monday, Jul. 26

Chile rejects bishops’ call for clemency for Pinochet-era criminals CWN - July 26, 2010

President Sebastian Pinera of Chile has rejected a call by the nation’s bishops to consider pardoning some persons convicted of human rights violations during the military regime of Augusto Pinochet...

New Irish bishop: ‘We have been brought to our knees’ CWN - July 26, 2010

Ireland’s newest bishop compared recent reaction to the clerical abuse scandal to a “surgeon’s knife” that “has been painful but necessary.” “Society has forced us in the Irish Church to look...

Pope to meet with over 50,000 altar servers CWN - July 26, 2010

Over 50,000 European altar servers-- 44,000 of them from Germany-- will meet with Pope Benedict on August as part of a pilgrimage organized by Coetus Internationalis Ministrantium. The association...

Wisconsin priest charged with possession of child pornography CWN - July 26, 2010

Father Pat Umberger, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse who serves as diocese chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and at one time served as diocesan webmaster, has been suspended from ministry...

20,000 pilgrims ascend Croagh Patrick CWN - July 26, 2010

Continuing a tradition that dates back to 441, some 20,000 Irish Catholics ascended Croagh Patrick, the mountain where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. “The truth of past pain is...

US bishops award additional grants to Haiti CWN - July 26, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has recently awarded $212,700 in grants to ten projects in Haiti. The January 12 earthquake there killed...

Papal delegate has sweeping authority over Legionaries CWN - July 26, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has granted sweeping authority to the prelate who will supervise the reform of the Legion of Christ. Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, the Pope’s delegate, will have authority over...

China: episcopal ordinations show progress, but underground Catholics remain cautious CWN - July 26, 2010

The ordination of several new Chinese bishops, approved by both the Vatican and the Beijing regime, have been highlighted in Rome as signs of progress toward genuine religious freedom in China. But...

Cardinal challenges gay priests in Rome: reform or get out CWN - July 26, 2010

Responding to a magazine’s reports on widespread homosexuality in the priesthood, the Pope’s vicar for the city of Rome has challenged gay clerics to amend their lives or leave the...

French nuns win Gregorian-chant recording contract CWN - July 26, 2010

Benedictine nuns at a French abbey that traces its heritage back to the 6th century have won a recording contract with Decca Records. The sisters of Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, outside Avignon,...

Will railway tunnel jeopardize famed Barcelona church? CWN - July 26, 2010

The Sagrada Familia—the Barcelona church that was the masterpiece of the late architect Antoni Gaudi, may be endangered by the construction of a high-speed railway tunnel near its foundation,...

One who prays is never alone, Pope tells audience CWN - July 26, 2010

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, July 25, Pope Benedict XVI said that those who pray are never alone. Commenting on the text of the Lord’s Prayer, the Holy Father observed that when the...

Pope looks forward to November trip to Spain CWN - July 26, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI mentioned his plan to travel to Spain in November during his midday audience on Sunday, July 25. Speaking to a crowd gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel...

World Council of Churches slams Pakistan's blasphemy law CWN - July 26, 2010

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has joined the Catholic bishops of Pakistan in a call for repeal of that country’s blasphemy law. In a letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and...

Complaints arise over ticket charges for papal visit to Great Britain CWN - July 26, 2010

Organizers of Pope Benedict’s trip to Great Britain in September are facing criticism for seeking payment from those attending papal ceremonies. Church officials in Great Britain have announced...

Italian bishop condemns Mafia ceremonies at Catholic shrines CWN - July 26, 2010

Bishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini of Locri-Gerace, Italy, has called upon Mafia leaders to cease the practice of holding initiation ceremonies at Catholic shrines. Reacting to the release of police...

St. Louis archdiocese offers reconciliation to rebel parish CWN - July 26, 2010

The St. Louis archdiocese and the leaders of the rebellious St. Stanislaus Kostka parish are weighing a proposed settlement that could end a long legal fight for control of the church, and allow the...

Renovation near completion, Vatican Library will reopen in September CWN - July 26, 2010

The Vatican Library, which has been closed during a 3-year renovation project, will reopen in September, the institution’s prefect has confirmed. Msgr. Cesare Pasini told Vatican Radio that the...

Pope's vacation project: 3rd volume of book about Jesus CWN - July 26, 2010

During his summer vacation, Pope Benedict XVI has been devoting his free time to work on the third and final volume of his work on Jesus, the Pope’s spokesman has disclosed. In a weekly...

Colombia charges that Venezuela's Chavez is financing FARC rebels CWN - July 26, 2010

Colombian diplomats have charged that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has become a main source of support and financing for the FARC rebels who have troubled Colombia for...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 27

Philippine bishops emphasize opposition to sex education, population control bills CWN - July 27, 2010

On the eve of President Benigno Aquino III’s first state of the nation address, the Philippine bishops issued a pastoral exhortation denouncing legislative proposals on sex education and population...

Pakistani bishop laments failure to arrest Christians’ murderers CWN - July 27, 2010

Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad-- the city in which two Christian brothers were murdered on July 19 following their acquittal on blasphemy charges-- is again urging Pakistani police to apprehend...

Poll: California Catholics strongly support homosexual unions CWN - July 27, 2010

A survey of over 3,000 Californians conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in June has found that Catholics strongly support the legal recognition of homosexual unions. Only 22% of...

New York priest changes mind, won’t sell convent for use as mosque CWN - July 27, 2010

Following heated controversy, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York will not sell an unused parish convent to the Muslim American Society for use as a mosque. Father Keith Fennessy had signed a...

Archbishop Dolan rips New York Times coverage of Pope CWN - July 27, 2010

Singling out The New York Times, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York blasted media coverage of the Vatican’s revised norms for the clerical abuse of minors and other exceptionally serious...

Controversy as Florida bishop removes popular priest from parish CWN - July 27, 2010

Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice (Florida) has placed a popular Polish priest on administrative leave for unspecified reasons. “If you worked at the bank or Naples Daily News and these accusations,...

Bishop encourages women to run for political office CWN - July 27, 2010

The bishop of one of the world’s least populous dioceses is encouraging women to overcome cultural barriers and run for local political office. Bishop Vincent Boi-Nai is the first bishop of Yendi,...

Jesuit theologian sees 'relativism' on the right CWN - July 27, 2010

Speaking to Vatican Radio after an international theological convention in Trent, an American Jesuit said that the Church needs to “find the tradition as it needs to be now, in light of what it once...

Newly discovered painting is not Caravaggio's work: Vatican museum director CWN - July 27, 2010

The director of the Vatican Museums has disclosed that a recently discovered painting, which L’Osservatore Romano identified as the work of Caravaggio, is actually the work of a lesser artist....

Russian Orthodox Patriarch faces angry protests in Ukraine CWN - July 27, 2010

A visit by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine has been marred by angry protests leading to multiple arrests, frustrating the Russian prelate’s efforts to promote Orthodox unity....

Spain fines TV network for airing ads criticizing gay demonstrations CWN - July 27, 2010

The Spanish government has imposed a €100,000 fine on the Intereconomia television network for broadcasting ads that criticized homosexual demonstrators. The ads included footage of grotesque...

British Jesuits will appeal record sex-abuse judgment CWN - July 27, 2010

Jesuit officials in Great Britain plan to appeal a court’s decision ordering a payment of nearly $8 million to a sex-abuse victim. The judgment—the largest ever in Britain for such a case—came in a...

English Church official: drop time limit for cases against clerical abusers CWN - July 27, 2010

The head of child-protection efforts for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales has said that the Vatican should remove any statute of limitations for disciplinary action against priests who...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 28

9 abuse allegations against 1st Episcopal bishop to ordain a woman CWN - July 28, 2010

A bishop of the Episcopal Church has announced that he is aware of at least nine allegations of sexual abuse against one of his predecessors. On July 11, Bishop Sean Rowe of the Episcopal Diocese...

Sudan’s bishops issue pastoral letter on southern secession CWN - July 28, 2010

Sudan’s bishops have issued a pastoral letter on the January 2011 referendum that will determine whether the southern part of the nation secedes and forms a new nation. Noting that the government...

El Salvador bishop rips Arizona immigration law CWN - July 28, 2010

El Salvador’s leading prelate has called for the repeal of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. “We are all against the law,” said Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador. “We...

Amid explosive Church growth, African bishops meet CWN - July 28, 2010

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) began its fifteenth plenary assembly in Accra on July 27. The theme of the assembly-- the first since last October's synod of...

Cure may lead to Michigan bishop’s beatification CWN - July 28, 2010

The Diocese of Marquette (Michgian) has completed its investigation into a cure attributed to the intercession of the Servant of God Frederic Baraga (1797-1868), a Slovenian missionary who became...

Catholic college revives medieval-style guilds, explores merger CWN - July 28, 2010

A New Hampshire Catholic college is establishing medieval-style guilds in woodworking, baking, sacred art, and music to complement its academic curriculum. “It is important for students to...

Africa needs to become self-reliant, prelates agree CWN - July 28, 2010

Leading African prelates called for encouragement of native entrepreneurs during a meeting of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Nigerian...

Vatican enforcing rules on modesty in dress CWN - July 28, 2010

The Vatican is enforcing longstanding rules requiring modesty in dress. Tourists visiting St. Peter’s basilica, and natives of Rome using the Vatican pharmacy or post office, are being gently turned...

Cambodian Catholics: genocide figure deserved harsher sentence CWN - July 28, 2010

Some Cambodian Catholics have complained that the 35-year prison sentence imposed on a key figure in the genocidal regime of the 1970s is too light, UCAN reports. Kaing Guek Eay, popularly known...

Radio Free Europe commentary cites Russian Patriarch's ambitions CWN - July 28, 2010

In a commentary for Radio Free Europe (RFE), Vitaly Portnikov argues that Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is seeking to assert greater control over the Orthodox world, particularly in Ukraine. The...

Canadian Anglicans to apply for incorporation as Catholic ordinariate CWN - July 28, 2010

Traditionalist Anglicans in Canada have voted overwhelmingly in favor of union with the Roman Catholic Church. The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC), meeting for a provincial synod in...

Omaha: archbishop rallies opposition to Planned Parenthood clinic CWN - July 28, 2010

Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has called the faithful to organize in opposition to the opening of a new Planned Parenthood clinic in the Nebraska city. “Make your voice heard in opposition to the...

Released Thursday, Jul. 29

Arizona bishops welcome judge's decision on immigration law CWN - July 29, 2010

The bishops of Arizona welcomed a federal judge’s July 28 ruling that prevented parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law from taking effect. “We, the Roman Catholic Bishops in Arizona,...

Irish priests form new organization, call for ‘reevaluation of Catholic sexual teaching’ CWN - July 29, 2010

Distressed by the Irish hierarchy’s response to the abuse scandal, some Irish priests are forming a new association whose aim is to represent the nation’s priests in their dealings with...

Australian archbishop concerned by prime minister’s atheism CWN - July 29, 2010

An Australian archbishop has expressed concern that the nation’s new prime minister, Julia Gillard, is an atheist. The prime minister assumed office on June 24. “While there is no indication that...

Peruvian bishops: Do not forget the poor CWN - July 29, 2010

In a July 28 independence day message, the bishops of Peru called upon the nation’s citizens to remember the needs of the poorest Peruvians. “The situation of Peru's poorest citizens should not...

Homosexuality is a disorder, former Vatican prefect emphasizes CWN - July 29, 2010

The gay community in Chile is reacting with indignation to recent comments by 83-year-old Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez, who led the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the...

Probation for Tennessee priest who admitted molestation CWN - July 29, 2010

A 76-year-old Tennessee priest who admitted committing homosexual abuse in the late 1970s was sentenced to two years’ probation and a $500 fine on July 28. Warren Tucker alleges that Father...

Vatican praises Chinese clerics, urges continued work toward unity CWN - July 29, 2010

The leaders of the Congregation for Evangelization has sent a special message to Catholic bishops priests in China, thanking them for their service and acknowledging “how some of you suffered in the...

Cardinal Zen: Beijing still in 'tug of war' for control of Catholic hierarchy CWN - July 29, 2010

Cardinal Joseph Zen issued a strong caution against the belief that the Chinese government is willing to cooperate with the Holy See on the appointment of Catholic bishops. The retired bishop of...

Obama health-care policy leaves opening for abortion funding, says Congressional report CWN - July 29, 2010

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a memo indicating that an executive order by President Barack Obama does not fully resolve the issue of abortion funding in the new health-care...

Irish bishop will air evidence of British soldiers' misconduct in 1971 killings CWN - July 29, 2010

An Irish Catholic bishop has announced plans to release documented evidence of misconduct by British troops in the killing of 11 people at Ballymurphy in August 1971. Bishop Noel Treanor of...

India: lawyers confident of justice for rape victim CWN - July 29, 2010

Lawyers representing the Catholic nun who was raped during the mass violence against Christians in India’s state of Orissa in August 2008 now believe that prosecutors can proceed with the case, free...

2nd volume of Pope's book on Jesus due in early 2011 CWN - July 29, 2010

The second volume of Pope Benedict’s 3-volume work on Jesus of Nazareth will be published in English by Ignatius Press early next year. The first volume of the Pope’s work, published in 2009,...

Vatican Museums will feature Matisse works CWN - July 29, 2010

The Vatican Museums will soon open a room dedicated to the work of Henri Matisse, featuring the French artist’s “Stations of the Cross,” a set of three enormous drawings that were donated to the...

Chinese 'underground' priest released, then re-arrested CWN - July 29, 2010

A priest of the “underground” Catholic Church in China who was released from prison after a 3-year term was immediately re-arrested, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Peter Wang of the Xiwanzi...

Released Friday, Jul. 30

UK announces ‘unprecedented focus’ on contraception, ‘safe’ abortion in aid to poor nations CWN - July 30, 2010

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has announced that the United Kingdom will “put family planning at the heart of its approach to women’s health in the developing world.” The nation’s...

Key US bishop praises judge's decision on immigration law CWN - July 30, 2010

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration has joined the bishops of Arizona in praising a federal judge’s July 28 ruling that prevented parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law...

2 decades after death, Congo proclaims persecuted cardinal a national hero CWN - July 30, 2010

Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, one of Africa’s leading prelates, has lauded a decision by Congolese President Joseph Kabila to proclaim the late Cardinal Joseph-Albert Malula a...

UN: Access to drinking water is a human right CWN - July 30, 2010

By a 121-0 vote, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution stating that access to drinking water and sanitation is a human right. The United States and 40 other nations...

Caritas appeal for flood-ravaged Burkina Faso CWN - July 30, 2010

Recent torrential rain has left 26,000 homeless in Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest nations, notes Caritas Internationalis, the international consortium of Catholic relief and development...

Pittsburgh diocese sued after alleged abuse victim commits suicide CWN - July 30, 2010

Two months after a man who alleged abuse by a Pittsburgh priest committed suicide at a psychiatric facility in Massachusetts, the man’s family has filed suit against the Diocese of Pittsburgh....

Pope screens film about his pontificate CWN - July 30, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI attended an advance screening of a film about his pontificate on July 29 at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. After watching Five years of Pope Benedict XVI, by the...

Oxford lecturer claims discrimination after conversion to Christianity CWN - July 30, 2010

An Oxford University professor has charged that she suffered discrimination after her conversion to Christianity. Tali Argov, who came from Israel to teach in Jewish studies, says that her faculty...

Iraqi Christian kidnapped as intimidation campaign continues CWN - July 30, 2010

An Iraqi Christian businessman was abducted outside his office in Kirkuk on July 29, in the latest of a series of targeted attacks on the country’s religious minority. Yonan Daniel Mammo, a...

Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for August 2010 CWN - July 30, 2010

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for August 2010. The Pope’s general intention is: "That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need...

Jerusalem officials threaten to cut water supply for Church of the Holy Sepulchre CWN - July 30, 2010

City officials in Jerusalem are threatening to cut off the supply of water for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the AsiaNews service reports. The city has provided free water service to the...

Kenyan Church leaders unite to oppose new constitution CWN - July 30, 2010

In a remarkable display of ecumenical solidarity, the Christian leaders of Kenya have issued a statement opposing a new draft constitution, saying that the document “in its current form is not good...

University of Illinois offers to reinstate Catholic professor fired for his views CWN - July 30, 2010

The University of Illinois has offered to reinstate a Catholic faculty member who was dismissed after he explained Church teachings on homosexuality. University officials announced that they...

Bishop airs evidence of British troops' misconduct in 1971 shootings in Northern Ireland CWN - July 30, 2010

An Irish bishop has released a group of previously unpublished documents that point to serious misconduct by British troops in shootings that caused 11 deaths and multiple injuries in Northern...

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