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Released Monday, Oct. 4

Archbishop denounces Nigerian bombing CWN - October 4, 2010

A leading Nigerian prelate has denounced the latest violent attempt to destabilize Africa’s largest nation. On October 1, two bombs exploded in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, near the site of a military...

FBI joins with Planned Parenthood to provide training on abortion clinic access CWN - October 4, 2010

Staff of the FBI, the Deparment of Justice, and the National Center for Women and Policing joined with staff of the National Abortion Federation and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to...

New Franciscan community combines radical poverty, fidelity to Magisterium CWN - October 4, 2010

A new Franciscan community, formally approved by Bishop Kevin Rhoades in 2009, combines fidelity to the Pope, a daily horarium of prayer that begins at midnight, and radical poverty. A dozen men...

Largest 40 Days for Life campaign begins CWN - October 4, 2010

40 Days for Life, the pro-life apostolate characterized by prayer, fasting, and peaceful witness outside abortion facilities, has begun its largest campaign to date. Local campaigns, which will...

Dershowitz defends Pope’s handling of abuse scandal, blames law enforcement CWN - October 4, 2010

Alan Dershowitz, the famed Harvard Law School professor and civil liberties lawyer, has defended Pope Benedict’s handling of the abuse scandal in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting...

More women die from RU-486 CWN - October 4, 2010

Two more women have died recently in the United States from RU-486, according to the New England Journal of Medicine,bringing the number of mothers killed by the abortifacient into the dozens-- in...

Vatican bank may challenge impounding of funds CWN - October 4, 2010

The Vatican bank is reportedly ready to ask an Italian court to release the $30 million in funds that were seized by Italian authorities investigating money-laundering complaints. The Vatican...

Pope urges Sicily to reject Mafia CWN - October 4, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI denounced organized crime, and praised the memory of a heroic priest who defied the Mafia, during a one-day visit to Sicily on October 3. "We must be ashamed of evil, of what...

All Christians share the obligation to spread the Gospel, Pope says CWN - October 4, 2010

All Christians have an obligation to spread the Gospel, Pope Benedict XVI said in an October 4 meeting with a group of visiting Brazilian bishops. The Holy Father praised the Brazilian...

Church critics want a voice in Ireland's apostolic visitation CWN - October 4, 2010

Two separate groups of Church critics—representatives of abuse victims and a dissident organization of priests—have asked for an opportunity to participate in the apostolic visitation of the...

Priest accused of porn may have been protecting confessional seal CWN - October 4, 2010

A priest who was fired from his teaching post at a Pennsylvania Catholic college and suspended from ministry may have been protecting the seal of confession, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

English Catholics may see Anglican ordinariates in new light CWN - October 4, 2010

In editorial in England’s Catholic Herald says that in the wake of Pope Benedict’s visit, the prospect of Anglican-Catholic ordinariates can be seen in a more positive light. Whereas one these new...

Philippines: bishops, president agree to tone down dispute-- for now CWN - October 4, 2010

President Benigno Aquino III and the Catholic bishops of the Philippines have agreed to tone down their dispute over plan for a government family-planning drive, at least until the bishops can...

Pope asks Sicilians to be saints CWN - October 4, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI spoke to priests, religious, and seminarians in the afternoon, then to young people early in the evening, on a busy one-day visit to Sicily on October 3. Flying into Palermo on...

Vatican paper chides Berlusconi for crude jokes CWN - October 4, 2010

The Vatican newspaper has chastised Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for his “deplorable” use of anti-Semitic and off-color jokes. Berlusconi’s blasphemous phrases and sexist...

Abortionist arrested after waving gun at pro-lifers CWN - October 4, 2010

An abortionist faces criminal charges after he allegedly waved a handgun at pro-life activists outside his clinic in South Carolina. Dr. Gary Boyle was arrested after the pro-lifers, who were...

Pope's visit illustrates high stakes in Britain's religious struggle CWN - October 4, 2010

In an editorial for Catholic World Report, George Neumayr argues that the visit by Pope Benedict to the United Kingdom makes it clear that the ultimate contest there is one between Catholicism and...

US increases funding for sex-ed programs, cuts abstinence education CWN - October 4, 2010

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced plans for a major increase in funding for programs designed to curb teen pregnancy. But the HHS spending plans show a decrease in...

Faith goes beyond the reach of art, Pope says CWN - October 4, 2010

Following a concert at the Vatican on Friday evening, October 2, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that faith can be aided by the arts, yet faith goes beyond the realm of artistry. “The word of faith has...

Dutch politician on trial for offending Islam CWN - October 4, 2010

The controversial Dutch legislator Geert Wilders has gone on trial for public statements that allegedly incited hatred of Islam. Wilders, the flamboyant leader of the Freedom Party, could face a...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 5

Pope praises French abbey’s Gregorian chant CWN - October 5, 2010

Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as his envoy to celebrate the millennium of the founding of St. Peter’s Abbey in...

Vatican archbishop preaches to 6 Supreme Court justices, emphasizes natural law CWN - October 5, 2010

Preaching at the annual Red Mass in Washington before the beginning of the Supreme Court term, Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of...

Cardinal Schönborn lauds alleged Medjugorje seers CWN - October 5, 2010

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn lauded alleged Medjugorje seers Ivan Dragicevic and Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti as he welcomed them to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna on September 23, according to an...

Bishop warns of threat of war in Sudan CWN - October 5, 2010

A bishop from southern Sudan is traveling to the United Kingdom to warn that the prospects of war there are increasing. “We have been witnesses of acts of unimaginable violence and contempt for...

Historic Buffalo parish church, closed in 2008, to be moved to Atlanta CWN - October 5, 2010

An Italian Renaissance style parish church in Buffalo, built in 1911 and closed in 2008, will be moved to a suburb of Atlanta for $15 million, where it will serve as the new church of a rapidly...

Good Counsel Homes have served 5,600 abandoned mothers, babies CWN - October 5, 2010

The OSV Daily Take blog draws attention to the inspiring work of pro-life activists Chris and Joan Andrews Bell, whose New Jersey-based Good Counsel Homes have served 5,600 abandoned single mothers...

World Youth Day 2011: focus will be on pastoral care, not festivities CWN - October 5, 2010

Vatican officials joined with leaders of the Madrid archdiocese in an October 5 press conference in Rome to outline plans for the World Youth Day celebration that will be held in the Spanish city in...

Middle East Synod participants named; Muslim and Jewish leaders will speak CWN - October 5, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has completed a list of more than 200 bishops, 36 experts and 34 auditors who will participate in the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East, which opens in Rome next week. The...

Canadian bishops' agency blocks access to information on grants CWN - October 5, 2010

The development agency administered by the Canadian Catholic bishops’ conference has obtained a court order to block the request of a Catholic news agency for information about the organization’s...

European bishops' group calls attention to persecution of Christians CWN - October 5, 2010

The Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has launched an effort to support religious freedom, especially for Christians. “Violations of the right to freedom of...

Vatican criticizes Nobel Prize award to in-vitro pioneer CWN - October 5, 2010

The Nobel Prize awarded to Robert Edwards, the pioneer of in vitro fertilization, is “completely out of order,” a Vatican official argued. Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the president of the...

Philippine radio station erred on threat of 'excommunication' for President Aquino CWN - October 5, 2010

A Catholic radio station in the Philippines has admitted that it improperly transcribed an interview with the president of the country’s episcopal conference, creating the impression that the bishop...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 6

Archbishop denies Communion to gay activist students at Catholic college CWN - October 6, 2010

Archbishop John Nienstedt denied Holy Communion to some two dozen gay activist students during a September 26 Mass at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. The students from St. John’s...

Key Russian Orthodox prelate sees new springtime for Christian unity CWN - October 6, 2010

Speaking in Spain, and echoing language used by Venerable John Paul II, the Russian Orthodox Church’s leading ecumenical officer said on October 5 that this century will see a springtime of...

Intercessors of the Lamb foundress resigns amid archdiocesan investigation CWN - October 6, 2010

Mother Nadine Brown, the foundress of Intercessors of the Lamb, resigned on October 4 following an Omaha archdiocesan investigation into its governance, finances, and spiritual life. Archbishop...

Moscow patriarchate criticizes Nobel Prize award for in-vitro pioneer CWN - October 6, 2010

A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has condemned the decision to award the Nobel Prize for Medicine to Robert Edwards, a pioneer in developing in-vitro fertilization. “An embryo is a...

Pontiff pays tribute to contemporary composer Arvo Pärt CWN - October 6, 2010

In an address delivered on October 1 following a concert given in his honor, Pope Benedict paid tribute to two of the giants of classical music-- Franz Josef Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven-- and to...

C-FAM warns: UN youth document’s influence could spread CWN - October 6, 2010

The Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is warning that a document produced at the UN’s World Youth Conference, held in August in León, Mexico, could influence UN action at the...

Papal audience topic: St. Gertrude, great German mystic and theologian CWN - October 6, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of weekly talks on influential Christian women of the Middle Ages, speaking about St. Gertrude at his public audience on October 6. Born in 1256, St....

Moscow blocks Orthodox agreement on papal primacy CWN - October 6, 2010

Although the Russian Orthodox hierarchy has shown a very friendly attitude toward Pope Benedict XVI, the Moscow patriarchate remains loath to recognize any papal authority over the Eastern churches....

Irish priest encourages bishops to blame Rome for abuse CWN - October 6, 2010

Ireland’s four archbishops, who have been called to Rome to help with planning for an apostolic visitation of the Church in Ireland, should reverse the direction of the inquiry and question the...

Israeli Muslim leader who protested papal visit is arrested on terror charges CWN - October 6, 2010

Israeli officials have arrested two Muslims on terrorism charges. One of those arrested, the imam of a mosque in Nazareth, demonstrated against Pope Benedict XVI during the papal visit there last...

Irish archbishops, Vatican discuss plans for apostolic visitation CWN - October 6, 2010

Following the meetings the Irish bishops’ conference reported that the visitation will “give particular attention to victims of abuse and their families, but will also meet with and listen to a...

Australian priest denies Bl. Mary MacKillop was excommunicated for reporting abuse CWN - October 6, 2010

An Australian priest has sharply criticized the country’s ABC television network for citing him as the source of a report that Blessed Mary MacKillop, who will be canonized later this month, was...

Vietnamese bishops face criticism from loyal Catholic activists CWN - October 6, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Vietnam discussed the criticism they have encountered among lay Catholics during a meeting of the episcopal conference this week. Bishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, the vice...

Ecumenical forum in Karnataka strengthened by anti-Christian violence CWN - October 6, 2010

More than 100 Church leaders from across India’s southern Karnataka state attended the second general assembly of the Karnataka United Christian Forum (KUCF) on October 5 at Bangalore, the state...

How abortion nurse exploited her daughter for the cause CWN - October 6, 2010

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek tells a horrifying story about a woman raised by a mother who worked in an abortion clinic, and sacrificed her child's welfare to advance the cause of the abortion...

Canadian Orthodox archbishop steps down after abuse claim CWN - October 6, 2010

Archbishop Seraphim, the Canadian leader of the Orthodox Church in America, has stepped down from his post after being accused of sexual...

Beatification cause opens for Vietnamese cardinal CWN - October 6, 2010

The cause for beatification of Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan will open in Rome later this month with the commencement of a diocesan inquiry into his life and work. The Vietnamese...

Cornerstone laid for John Paul II Museum in boyhood home CWN - October 6, 2010

Neighboring apartments will be redone to house exhibits documenting John Paul's entire life. The future pope was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice in May 1920. He died at the Vatican in April...

Italian law on assisted fertility under judicial review CWN - October 6, 2010

Italy’s law on assisted human reproduction faces a legal challenge in the country’s Constitutional Court. The Italian law, passed in 2003 with strong support from Catholic activists, forbids the...

Key issues for Middle East Synod: religious freedom, Jerusalem, enduring Christian presence CWN - October 6, 2010

The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which opens in Rome next week, will focus not on the region’s political problems but on the need for an active and apostolic Christian presence, according...

Released Thursday, Oct. 7

Priest, 12 laymen arrested for organizing Mass at Saudi hotel CWN - October 7, 2010

Saudi religious police stormed a private Mass taking place in a Riyadh hotel on October 1, arresting 12 Filipino organizers and a French priest, according to media reports. Approximately 150...

Abortion rates declining worldwide CWN - October 7, 2010

The rate of abortions per women of childbearing age peaked in 1982 in Italy, 1988 in India, and 2001 in Japan. Pro-abortion and pro-life commentators are debating the causes of the ensuing decline....

Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of Christmas carol ban CWN - October 7, 2010

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a court decision upholding a New Jersey school district’s decision to ban the performance of Christmas carols at public concerts. “Religion...

Nigerian prelate mourns Muslim leader with whom he worked for peace CWN - October 7, 2010

The archbishop of Jos, Nigeria-- where Muslims killed hundreds of Christians earlier this year-- is mourning the loss of a local Muslim leader with whom he worked for peace. Emir Haruna Abdullahi of...

German Catholic organization calls for ‘Santa-free zones’ CWN - October 7, 2010

The Boniface Association-- an organization founded in 1849 to assist Catholics in predominantly Protestant areas of Germany-- has launched a campaign to restore devotion to St. Nicholas by calling...

Family scholar Carlson optimistic about marriage’s future CWN - October 7, 2010

In a National Marriage Day address delivered in Australia, Allan Carlson, founder of the World Congress of Families and president of the Howard Center, expressed optimism about the future of...

Musical on Bl. Mary MacKillop is sellout hit CWN - October 7, 2010

A musical based on the life of Blessed Mary MacKillop opened to a sellout audience in Sydney, Australia. The canonization of Australia’s first native saint, which will take place in Rome on October...

Palin speaks on 'culture of life' vs. 'culture of death' CWN - October 7, 2010

Using terms made popular by Pope John Paul II, Sarah Palin—the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, and a possible contender for the presidency in 2012—told a Texas crowd that this year’s...

Sale of Boston Catholic hospitals to private firm wins approval CWN - October 7, 2010

The attorney general of Massachusetts has approved the sale of Boston’s Catholic health-care system to a private corporation that will convert the 6-hospital system into a for-profit...

Pope welcomes new Chilean ambassador, speaks on Church-state cooperation CWN - October 7, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sympathy for Chilean earthquake victims, and for the workers still trapped in a mine there, as he met on October 7 with a new ambassador from Chile to the Holy See....

Promote truth, promote faith, Pope urges Catholic journalists CWN - October 7, 2010

"Catholic journalists must seek the truth with impassioned minds and hearts,” Pope Benedict XVI told a group of journalists at a private audience on October 7. Greeting the participants in a...

Vatican conference to examine 1990 Code of Canon Law for Eastern churches CWN - October 7, 2010

At an October 7 press conference in Rome, Vatican officials briefed reporters about a conference taking place this weekend, marking the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of a new Code of Canon...

Two key appointments to Roman Curia CWN - October 7, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has made two key appointments to the Roman Curia, naming Archbishop Mauro Piacenza as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and Archbishop Robert Sarah as president of...

Push against acceptance of euthanasia Australian archbishop encourages faithful CWN - October 7, 2010

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia, has released a statement opposing a move toward legal acceptance of euthanasia, saying that it is “the opposite of care.” The archbishop warned that...

Dutch prosecutors covered up clerical abuse, new book charges CWN - October 7, 2010

A Dutch journalist has charged that prosecutors dropped cases against Catholic priests who had been accused of sexual abuse despite clear evidence. In his book Pious Sinners, Joep Dohmen says...

Bishops denounce conference on abortion training in Northern Ireland CWN - October 7, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have issued a statement denouncing a conference on abortion practice, saying that the conference is “clearly designed to undermine the rights and welfare of...

New York archdiocese readies list of schools likely to close CWN - October 7, 2010

The Archdiocese of New York will soon release a list of the Catholic schools that may be closed in a consolidation plan. Informed sources say that about 30 of the 216 parochial schools in the...

Vatican bank asks Italian court to release frozen funds CWN - October 7, 2010

The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works, has asked an Italian court to release the €23 million in funds that have been frozen by Italian banking authorities in connection with a...

Iranian leader thanks Pope-- for something the Pope never said CWN - October 7, 2010

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has thanked Pope Benedict XVI for denouncing an American fundamentalist pastor’s plan to burn the Qu’ran—although the Pope never made such a public statement. In...

Irish bishops working to limit scope of apostolic visitation? CWN - October 7, 2010

Irish Church leaders sought to limit the scope of a Vatican investigation when they met this week with officials of the Holy See, according to a report in the Irish Catholic. Ireland’s leading...

Released Friday, Oct. 8

US Orthodox-Catholic dialogue outlines vision of unity CWN - October 8, 2010

The Pope would no longer select most bishops in a vision of restored Christian unity outlined by the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. The North American...

Catholics in US overwhelmingly support homosexual unions CWN - October 8, 2010

Catholics form a relatively low percentage of participants the Tea Party movement, have similar views to most Americans on abortion, and overwhelmingly support the legal recognition of homosexual...

Vatican newspaper examines crisis in sacred music CWN - October 8, 2010

In a lecture delivered October 6 and printed in L’Osservatore Romano, Father Uwe Michael Lang discussed the views of Popes Benedict XIV and Benedict XVI on sacred music. Lang, a consultor to the...

Obama administration fails to support religious freedom in Muslim nations, say critics CWN - October 8, 2010

Advocates for religious freedom are increasingly concerned by the Obama administration’s record on the issue, including a shift in language from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship.” The...

Ugandan bishop blasts witchcraft's continued influence CWN - October 8, 2010

A Ugandan prelate is criticizing the continued belief in witchcraft and fetishes in his area of the nation. Many residents, said Bishop Paul Ssemogerere of Kasana-Luweero, attribute disease to...

Newspaper criticizes Church on same-sex marriage, defends Church’s free speech rights CWN - October 8, 2010

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published a lengthy editorial criticizing Archbishop John Nienstedt’s actions in defense of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At the same time, the...

Will Vatican probe of abuse scandal look into overall health of Irish Church? CWN - October 8, 2010

Writing in the Irish Herald, Garry O’Sulivan, the editor of the Irish Catholic follows up on his earlier suggestion that the Irish bishops have sought to limit the scope of an apostolic visitation...

Journalist who interviewed Pope promises surprises in new book CWN - October 8, 2010

A Reuters correspondent finds it frustrating to speak with Peter Seewald, the German journalist whose lengthy interview with Pope Benedict XVI forms the basis for the forthcoming book, Light of the...

Immigration debate flares as Pope meets Sarkozy CWN - October 8, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Vatican on October 8, for a 30-minute talk that touched on the peace process in the Middle East, religious freedom for Christians...

Curial appointments seen as signal that Pope plans no dramatic change CWN - October 8, 2010

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter is perceptive, as usual, in his analysis of the latest appointments by Pope Benedict to the Roman Curia. With the appointments announced on...

Eastern churches will dominate Synod for the Middle East CWN - October 8, 2010

The Eastern Catholic churches will play a central role in the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which opens in Rome on Sunday. Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, the secretary general of the Synod...

Woman with crowbar destroys blasphemous 'art' CWN - October 8, 2010

A Montana woman faces criminal charges after she used a crowbar to destroy a blasphemous exhibit at a gallery in Colorado. Kathleen Folden was arrested after she smashed an exhibit that depicted...

Australian bishop warns: acceptance of euthanasia would expand CWN - October 8, 2010

Acceptance of legal euthanasia could lead quickly to new threats on human life, an Australian bishop was warned. Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta said that legislation allowing for euthanasia...

Brazilian president threatens to reconsider accords with Church CWN - October 8, 2010

Brazilian President Luiz “Lula” da Silva has threatened to review the government’s agreements with the Church if Catholic leaders continue to question his likely successor’s stand on...

Released Monday, Oct. 11

Persecution of Church looming in Sudan? CWN - October 11, 2010

The secretary general of the Sudanese bishops’ conference is expressing concern that the Church in the northern part of the nation will suffer persecution if the residents of southern Sudan opt for...

Russian Orthodox patriarch lauds Putin’s leadership CWN - October 11, 2010

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church lauded Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the Russian prime minister’s 58th birthday. The former KGB agent served as the nation’s president from 1999 to...

New York priest: Ground Zero mosque controversy reminiscent of anti-Catholicism CWN - October 11, 2010

The pastor of New York State’s oldest parish says that the controversy over the construction of a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attack is similar in some ways to the controversy over...

Vatican newspaper again pays tribute to U2 CWN - October 11, 2010

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, has again paid tribute to the Irish rock band U2. Lauding the band’s performance before 75,000 in Rome on October 8, Giuseppe Fiorentino and Gaetano...

Thousands honor Mother Angelica in Ohio hometown CWN - October 11, 2010

An estimated two thousand Catholics traveled to Canton, Ohio, this past weekend to pay tribute to 87-year-old Mother Angelica in her hometown. Bishop George Murry of Youngstown offered Mass, and the...

91-year-old priest recalls St. Maximilian Kolbe CWN - October 11, 2010

A 91-year-old Polish Franciscan priest who remains active in ministry in Massachusetts has recounted his days as a seminarian under St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe. Recalling the saint’s intelligence,...

Opening Synod, Pope urges attack on 'false gods' of materialism, terrorism, hedonism CWN - October 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI opened the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East on October 11 with an address in which he said that a vigorous and apostolic Church in that region must combat the “false gods” such...

At Sunday audience, Pope asks prayers for Middle East Synod CWN - October 11, 2010

At his Angelus audience on October 11, Pope Benedict XVI asked for prayers for the success of the Middle East Synod, which he had formally opened with a Eucharistic liturgy that Sunday...

Middle East Synod opens discussions: summary CWN - October 11, 2010

The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East began its deliberations on October 11, with a long report on the themes that have emerged from preparatory discussions. Pope Benedict XVI addressed the...

Synod bishops raps Israeli plan for citizenship oath to Jewish state CWN - October 11, 2010

During the opening session of the Middle East Synod on October 11, two prelates criticized a new proposal by the government of Israel that would require new citizens to swear allegiance to a “Jewish...

Church should welcome bloggers' energy, Catholic columnist advises CWN - October 11, 2010

Speaking last week at a Vatican conference on new modes of journalism organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, columnist Anna Arco of London’s Catholic Herald commented that...

New York gubernatorial candidates spar on gay rights CWN - October 11, 2010

A candidate’s reference to “dysfunctional homosexuals” sparked an angry exchange between the two leading candidates to be the next Governor of New York. Republican Carl Paladino criticized his...

US court strikes down state policy barring religious themes on license plates CWN - October 11, 2010

A US federal appeals court has overturned a Vermont state law that prohibits motorists from choosing religious messages for their automobile license plates. About 38,000 Vermont car owners have...

Australia to restrict commercial use of Bl. Mary MacKillop's name CWN - October 11, 2010

The Australian government plans to set restrictions on the commercial use of the name of Blessed Mary MacKillop, responding to a rush of ventures hoping to exploit popular interest in Australia’s...

Archbishop of Canterbury visits tomb of Mother Teresa CWN - October 11, 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury began a 2-week visit to Indian on October 9 by visiting the tomb of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Dr. Rowan Williams, the worldwide leader of the Anglican communion,...

New office of Roman Curia will be formally unveiled tomorrow CWN - October 11, 2010

A papal motu proprio formally establishing the new Pontifical Council for New Evangelization will be introduced on October 12, the Vatican press office has announced. The papal document, entitled...

Eastern tradition of canon law links Catholic, Orthodox churches, Pope notes CWN - October 11, 2010

The Eastern Catholic churches should protect and maintain their own distinctive traditions, Pope Benedict XVI said on October 9 during an audience with participants in a conference on the Code of...

Croatian president meets with Pontiff CWN - October 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on October 11 with President Ivo Josipovic of Croatia. Their discussion focused on the status of the Croatian people in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as in their own...

Film on murdered Cistercians tops French box office CWN - October 11, 2010

A film recounting the murder of seven Cistercian monks in Algeria has claimed the top spot in French box-office revenues. Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois, tells the story of the...

Minnesota bishops: no 'right' to same-sex marriage CWN - October 11, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Minnesota, pursuing their energetic campaign to safeguard marriage, have released a statement saying that same-sex attraction does not create a legal “right” to same-sex...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 12

Sudan’s cardinal survives assassination attempt CWN - October 12, 2010

Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako of Khartoum survived an assassination attempt on October 10 while celebrating Mass, according to Sudan Catholic Radio. During the Mass, a man carrying a dagger ran...

Philippine president, bishops discuss reproductive health bill CWN - October 12, 2010

Philippine President Benigno Aquino met with bishops on October 11 to discuss his controversial plan to provide funding for condoms and other contraceptives. “Both sides realized it would be...

Egypt's Christians suffer increasing intolerance from Muslims CWN - October 12, 2010

While Christians in Egypt do not face the daily threat of death for their faith, they are suffering increased tolerance, according to Reuters. “In the streets, I do feel discrimination when a...

Cardinal, Vatican newspaper laud Nobel literature winner CWN - October 12, 2010

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima and L’Osservatore Romano have praised the Nobel Prize committee’s decision to award the 2010 prize in literature to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas...

ACLU: Religious hospitals should be required to perform ‘emergency’ abortions CWN - October 12, 2010

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to require religious hospitals to offer “emergency” abortions. Former Senator Rick Santorum’s recent...

Bishop Olmsted speaks on abortion excommunication, Arizona immigration law CWN - October 12, 2010

In a wide-ranging Catholic World Report interview, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix speaks about the extraordinary form of the Mass, the Arizona immigration law, the automatic excommunication of a...

Pontifical Council for New Evangelization inaugurated CWN - October 12, 2010

With the October 12 promulgation of a motu proprio entitled Ubicumque et Semper, Pope Benedict XVI has established a Pontifical Council for New Evangelization. The new Vatican office is charged...

Belgium's top court orders new hearings on evidence seized in raid on bishops' headquarters CWN - October 12, 2010

Belgium’s highest court has ruled that prosecutors should not have been required to return all the evidence that was seized during a June raid on the offices of the episcopal conference. Lower...

Analyst's question: What will new Vatican dicastery actually do? CWN - October 12, 2010

Sitting in on the press conference at which the new Pontifical Council for New Evangelization is announced, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter asks some pointed questions about how the new...

Christian exodus emerges as key theme of Middle East Synod CWN - October 12, 2010

The challenge of maintaining an active Christian presence in the Middle East, despite a increasingly assertive Muslim majority, emerged as a key theme during the first full day of discussions of the...

Vatican unfurls new papal coat of arms CWN - October 12, 2010

A new coat of arms for Pope Benedict XVI was introduced at the papal audience on Sunday, October 10. The new design incorporates the traditional triple crown of the papacy: the tiara or triregno,...

Text of Pope Benedict's remarks to the opening Synod session CWN - October 12, 2010

At the October 11 opening session of the Synod on the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI spoke at some length without a text. Sandro Magister of L'Espresso has provided a full English-language...

Catholic hospital chief rebuked for statement questioning Obama health-care system CWN - October 12, 2010

In Scranton, Pennsylvania, when a Catholic health-care system that includes three hospitals was put up for sale, the chief executive said that the financial conditions prompting the sale were...

Accused priests served in most Chicago parishes, critics' study shows CWN - October 12, 2010

During the past several decades, most of the parishes in the Chicago archdiocese were served, at one time or another, by a priest who was the target of a credible sex-abuse complaint, according to a...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 13

British bishops suggest Eucharistic adoration, saint costumes on Halloween CWN - October 13, 2010

The bishops of England and Wales are urging Catholics to witness to their faith on Halloween. “Halloween is now the biggest commercial festival after Christmas and Easter, and it is time we...

Sudan's Christian leaders urge UN: Prepare for humanitarian disaster CWN - October 13, 2010

Speaking at the UN on October 11, Sudanese Christian leaders, including two Catholic bishops, urged the international community to prepare now for the humanitarian emergencies that may take early...

Judge declares US policy on gays in military unconstitutional CWN - October 13, 2010

A US district judge in California has declared that the 1993 federal law on gays in the military-- popularly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy-- is unconstitutional. The law bars those...

Canonization preview: 2 new saints of the Renaissance CWN - October 13, 2010

On October 17, Pope Benedict will canonize six religious, two of whom lived in the fifteenth century. Blessed Stanislaw Soltys Kazimierczyk (1433-89), a Krakow priest, entered the Canons Regular...

El Salvador prelate denounces prison conditions CWN - October 13, 2010

Speaking at a press conference on October 10, El Salvador’s leading prelate denounced prison conditions in the Latin American nation. “I maintain the belief that these prisoners need to be...

Hitchens, Blair to debate religion CWN - October 13, 2010

Tony Blair and famed atheist Christopher Hitchens will take part in a debate in Toronto next month over whether “religion is a force for good in the world.” Blair, who served as prime minister of...

American archbishops: no objection of married priests for Eastern churches CWN - October 13, 2010

Speaking from Rome, where they are participating in the Middle East Synod, the archbishops of Detroit and Toronto said that they would not object if the Eastern Catholic churches chose to ordain...

Jewish speaker cautions Synod against hostility toward Israel CWN - October 13, 2010

Political conflicts in the Middle East should not deter progress in relations between Christians and Jews, a Jewish representative said in his October 13 address to the Synod of Bishops for the...

Synod hears fears of disappearing Christian presence in Middle East CWN - October 13, 2010

The Christian presence in the Middle East is gravely endangered by political conflicts and by accelerated emigration, several prelates agreed in presentations to the Synod of Bishops on October 12...

California bishop opposes ballot measure to delay environmental rules CWN - October 13, 2010

Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California, has voiced his opposition to a ballot measure that would delay implementation of some environmental rules. The California ballot question,...

New York City may place more restrictions on crisis-pregnancy centers CWN - October 13, 2010

New York’s City Council is weighing new regulations that would require crisis-pregnancy centers to advertise their pro-life stand, in response to abortionists’ complaints that the centers give...

Detroit archdiocese warns against dissident Catholics' conference CWN - October 13, 2010

The Archdiocese of Detroit has warned the faithful against participating in a conference organized by dissident Catholics, and directed parishes and Church institutions not to cooperate with the...

Croatian archdiocese gives cherished relic to Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem CWN - October 13, 2010

The Archdiocese of Zadar, Croatia, has handed over a relic of St. Simeon to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in an ecumenical gesture that the Orthodox Archbishop Theofylactus said...

Car bombing in Lebanon is warning to Iran's allies CWN - October 13, 2010

During the visit by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon, a bomb destroyed the car of an Islamic cleric in Beirut who is an ally of the Iranian leader. There were no casualties, but the...

Australian retailers protest restrictions on use of saint's name CWN - October 13, 2010

The president of an Australian federation of small-business owners has asked Pope Benedict XVI to intervene against a government proposal to restrict the commercial use of the name of the country’s...

Faith and prayer kept Chilean miners' hopes alive, columnist is certain CWN - October 13, 2010

Writing in London's Catholic Herald about the dramatic rescue of trapped Chilean miners, William Oddie argues that the media have not given adequate attention to the miners' religious beliefs. "One...

Philippines: bishops will not compromise on family-planning bill CWN - October 13, 2010

After a meeting with President Benigno Aquino, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines have reiterated that they will not waver in their opposition to an aggressive national family-planning...

Papal audience focus on Bl. Angela of Foligno CWN - October 13, 2010

During his weekly public audience on October 13, Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of talks on influential Catholic women of the Middle Ages, speaking about Blessed Angela of Foligno. Born...

Pope praying for Chilean mine rescue, Hungarian mud victims CWN - October 13, 2010

During his regular weekly public audience on October 13, Pope Benedict XVI revealed that he was praying steadily for the success of the rescue operation mounted to release 33 Chilean miners who had...

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Pakistan: violence against Christian girls ‘part of daily life’ CWN - October 14, 2010

Violence against Christian girls is “unfortunately common” in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, according to Father Khalid Rashid Asi, vicar general of the Diocese of Faisalabad. Lubna Masih, 12,...

4 Russian police officers suspected in murder of Catholic CWN - October 14, 2010

Four police officers are among the suspects in the robbery and murder of a Catholic near Moscow. According to Russian media reports, Akhmed Merizov was carrying $1,400 on Church-related business...

Study: abortion increases breast cancer risk by 193% CWN - October 14, 2010

A study conducted by Iranian university researchers and published in Medical Oncology has found that women who have had an abortion face a 193% greater chance of breast cancer. The study is the...

Mass attendance in diocese up 7% following ‘Catholics Come Home’ ads CWN - October 14, 2010

Mass attendance in the Diocese of Green Bay increased 7.4% following the airing of commercials produced by Catholics Come Home, according to a diocesan survey. 53% of pastors reported an increase in...

Nigerian scammers steal Chicago bishop’s identity, start Facebook page CWN - October 14, 2010

Nigerian con artists have stolen a Chicago bishop’s identity and have gained perhaps tens of thousands of dollars in donations for a non-existent orphanage. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry was...

Canonization preview: Italian, Spanish nuns from early 1900s CWN - October 14, 2010

On October 17, Pope Benedict will canonize six religious, two of whom founded religious institutes in historically Catholic nations. Beatified in 1996, Bl. Cándida María de Jesús Cipitria y...

Synod fathers cite hardships, religious intolerance facing Christians in Middle East CWN - October 14, 2010

The harsh life facing Christians as a religious minority in the Middle East and the absence of religious freedom in Islamic countries were prominent themes in the discussions of the Synod of Bishops...

Ugandan rebel group threatens expanded violence in Darfur CWN - October 14, 2010

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the armed group that has waged a campaign of terror and human-rights violations beginning in northern Uganda and spreading through central Africa, has now set its...

Danish prosecutors end abuse inquiries: no charges filed CWN - October 14, 2010

Prosecutors in Denmark have completed a review of sex-abuse charges involving Catholic priests, and decided against pressing charges in any of the cases. Danish Church officials noted that the...

Giotto crucifix back in church after intensive restoration CWN - October 14, 2010

A magnificent crucifix designed by Giotto has been returned to display in All Saints church in Florence, Italy, after an arduous 5-year restoration effort. The 14th-century work had been severely...

Sarkozy's wife unwelcome at the Vatican? CWN - October 14, 2010

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was asked by Vatican officials not to bring his wife Carla Bruni with him when he met with Pope Benedict XVI last week, according to a report in the Daily...

Muslim leaders address Synod CWN - October 14, 2010

Setting a new precedent at the Vatican, two Muslim leaders addressed the Synod of Bishops on October 14. Representing the two main strands of Islam, the Sunni scholar Mohammad al Sammak of...

Coptic cleric may face criticism for travel to Jerusalem CWN - October 14, 2010

A Coptic Orthodox bishop faces criticism for traveling to Jerusalem, despite a ban by Coptic Pope Shenouda III on all travel to Israel. A spokesman for Bishop Theodosius of Giza, Egypt, said that...

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Public rift among Brazil’s bishops over presidential election CWN - October 15, 2010

The National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB) has issued a remarkable rebuke to the bishops of the conference’s South Region 1, who have urged Catholics not to vote for candidate Dilma...

Bolivian bishops criticize new anti-racism law, defend freedom of the press CWN - October 15, 2010

Citing the possibility of “censorship” and “forms of authoritarianism,” Bolivia’s bishops have issued a statement warning against possible applications of the nation’s new Law Against Racism and All...

Archbishop Burke laments effect of dissenting bishops, pro-abortion politicians CWN - October 15, 2010

In an address to a Human Life International conference, Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, lamented the scandal brought about by dissenting bishops and politicians who...

Historic British seminary will likely close CWN - October 15, 2010

The trustees of Ushaw College, northern England’s last remaining seminary, have announced a proposal to close the seminary in the spring. Cardinal William Allen founded Douai College in France...

Pittsburgh: pro-life advocates win legal victory for free speech CWN - October 15, 2010

Siding with pro-life advocates, a US district court judge has blocked enforcement of a Pittsburgh ordinance banning the placement of leaflets on windshields. “At issue is the right of pro-life...

Canonization preview: Blesseds Mary MacKillop, André Bessette CWN - October 15, 2010

On October 17, Pope Benedict will canonize six religious, the most famous of whom are Blessed Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909) and Blessed André Bessette (1845-1937). At the age of 24,...

At UN, Vatican envoy speaks on malaria in Africa, children in combat CWN - October 15, 2010

The Vatican’s permanent observer at the United Nation called for greater efforts to combat malaria in Africa, and a concerted campaign against the use of children in armed combat, in two separate...

Hong Kong diocese stages prayer vigil for religious freedom in China CWN - October 15, 2010

In a significant victory for freedom of expression, the Hong Kong diocese has won approval to hold a prayer vigil for religious liberty in China, despite strong resistance from government...

Anglican bishop to resign, join Catholic ordinariate CWN - October 15, 2010

A bishop of the Church of England has announced his plan to resign before the end of this year, and join an Anglican ordinariate in the Catholic Church. Bishop John Broadhurst of Fulham is the...

Synod focus on rights of Christians in Middle East CWN - October 15, 2010

The rights of Christian minorities in the Middle East, and especially in Iraq, were in focus as the Synod of Bishops continued its discussions in plenary sessions on October 14 and 15. “Churches...

Feeding the world is a top priority, Pope says in World Food Day message CWN - October 15, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI wrote the “everyone-- from individuals to the organizations of civil society, States and international institutions – needs to give priority to one of the most urgent goals for the...

Media ignore intelligent Christian voices CWN - October 15, 2010

Among the prominent “talking heads” who discuss current events on TV talk shows, few are religious and fewer still are experts on religion, notes Francis Beckwith. He observes: What seems to...

Did Blessed Mary MacKillop report a priest for abuse? Postulator clarifies CWN - October 15, 2010

Blessed Mary MacKillop, who on Sunday will become the first native Australian canonized as a saint, is being hailed as the “patron of whistle-blowers” because of reports that she reported a priest...

Turkish extremists arranged bishop’s murder, prelate charges CWN - October 15, 2010

The president of the Turkish bishops’ conference has charged that the June killing of Bishop Luigi Padovese was an act of “premeditate murder” arranged by “ultra-nationalists and religious...

Honduran Church officials downplay bullet fired into cardinal's office CWN - October 15, 2010

Church officials in Honduras are doing their best to downplay the significance of a bullet fired into the office of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, but admit that the cardinal might move his...

Beatification next year for John Paul II? CWN - October 15, 2010

The cause for beatification of Pope John Paul II has cleared another hurdle, with the report that doctors have no scientific explanation for a cure attributed to his influence, according to reports...

Synod fathers want common date for Easter celebration CWN - October 15, 2010

Bishops participating in the Middle East Synod have expressed a strong interest in fixing a common date for Easter, to be celebrated at the same time by Catholics, Orthodox, and other Christians....

UK should acknowledge role in Mideast instability, Anglican bishop says CWN - October 15, 2010

An Anglican represenative at the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East said that the United Kingdom should recognize its historical role in establishing the political structures that have caused...

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Malta’s bishops lament divorce as lawmakers consider legalization CWN - October 18, 2010

The bishops of Malta have issued a pastoral letter in defense of the indissolubility of marriage as the nation’s lawmakers consider the legalization of divorce. “At no point does Jesus specify...

Northern Ireland official compares Catholic schools to apartheid CWN - October 18, 2010

Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s first minister, has denounced church schools as a “benign form of apartheid,” saying that “we cannot hope to move beyond our present community divisions while our...

Cardinal willing to be jailed over reproductive health bill CWN - October 18, 2010

Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of Cebu, who retired on October 15 at the age of 79, said on the eve of his retirement that he was willing to go to prison rather than accept the provisions in proposed...

Controversy after Belgian primate speaks of ‘inherent justice’ of AIDS CWN - October 18, 2010

Belgian lawmakers are condemning Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Malines-Brussels, the nation’s primate since February, for referring in a newly published book to the “inherent justice” of...

Caritas appeal for Benin CWN - October 18, 2010

Caritas Internationalis, the consortium of Catholic charitable and development agencies, has issued an appeal for flood-ravaged Benin. “We haven’t really seen anything like this before,” says...

California priest may be subject of reality TV show CWN - October 18, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of San Bernardino, in conjunction with a television production company, is seeking to become the subject of a reality television show. The show, at present entitled “Divine...

Anglican parish ready to join Catholic ordinariate CWN - October 18, 2010

An Anglican congregation in Folkestone, England, has voted to leave the Church of England and seek incorporation in an ordinariate of the Catholic Church. Their pastor, Father Stephen Bould, expects...

Synod moves toward approval of message on Middle East CWN - October 18, 2010

The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East has concluded its general discussions, and moved on to begin work on a final message. On Saturday, October 16, the Synod participants heard the first...

Polish president visits Pontiff on anniversary of JPII election CWN - October 18, 2010

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on October 16. During their discussions on Church-state relations in Poland, and current affairs in Europe...

Six new saints canonized, including St. Mary MacKillop, St. André Bessette CWN - October 18, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI presided on October 17 at the canonization of six new saints for the universal Church, including the first Australian ever canonized and the first native Canadian male. In his...

Cardinal Zen reports restrictions on contacts during visit to Shanghai CWN - October 18, 2010

Cardinal Joseph Zen met with several Church leaders on mainland China last week, but reports that he was not able to speak with leaders of the “underground” Church. Cardinal Zen—the retired...

Pope greets pilgrims after canonization ceremony CWN - October 18, 2010

At this Angelus audience on October 17, after presiding at the canonization of six new saints, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that saints are “the living image of God’s love.” The Pope spoke in...

Pope speaks on Church influence, civil war, in meeting envoys from Colombia, El Salvador CWN - October 18, 2010

In separate meetings on October 18 with new ambassadors from Colombia and El Salvador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the role of the Catholic Church in Latin America, saying that...

Belgium's Catholic University of Leuven may drop 'Catholic' from its name CWN - October 18, 2010

The Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium may drop its institutional affiliation with the Church. The Fleming-language University of Leuven—which until 1968 was joined with the French-speaking...

Nebraska archbishop suppresses Intercessors of the Lamb CWN - October 18, 2010

Citing “grave reasons,” Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, has suppressed the Intercessors of the Lamb, an association of clerics and laity living in community. The canonical suppression...

Australian foreign minister praises Catholic influence on nation's history CWN - October 18, 2010

Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd, in Rome for the canonization of St. Mary MacKillop, defended the Catholic Church against critics during a press conference. Noting that the Church has...

St. Mary MacKillop: not a model for rebels CWN - October 18, 2010

Writing from Australia for Inside the Vatican, Andrew Rabel exposes the error of thinking that St. Mary MacKillop can be regarded as a model for rebellious women in the...

Beatification cause for author of With God in Russia CWN - October 18, 2010

A cause for the beatification of Father Walter Ciszek, a Pennsylvania native who spent years as a prisoner of the Soviet regime, is moving forward at the Vatican. Msgr. Anthony Muntone, a...

Vatican newspaper lauds 'The Simpsons' CWN - October 18, 2010

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, evidently determined to shed its reputation as stolid and sensible, has praised the television show The Simpsons as among the few TV programs for children...

Pope offers frank, practical guidance to seminarians CWN - October 18, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has written a message to the world’s seminarians, assuring young men who have chosen to prepare for the priesthood, despite popular resentments against the Church, “you have done a...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 19

Pope: Verdi’s Requiem a ‘musical cathedral’ CWN - October 19, 2010

The Munich-based Klang Verwaltung Orchestra and the Neubeuern Choir, under the direction of Enoch zu Guttenberg, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem on October 16 for Pope Benedict and the Synod of...

Guinea leaving ‘slavery’ for ‘promised land’ of democracy, says prelate CWN - October 19, 2010

A largely Muslim nation with a tortured history of Church-state relations is “on the path of liberation from the shackles of slavery,” its leading prelate said in a pre-election message. After...

Britain’s chief rabbi: ‘Soul touched soul’ in meeting with Pope CWN - October 19, 2010

Describing his meeting with Pope Benedict last month as “a moment I shall never forget,” Great Britain’s chief rabbi said that “soul touched soul across the boundaries of faith, and there was a...

Pakistan: parents of Christian rape, murder victim will not press charges CWN - October 19, 2010

To the consternation of some Christian organizations, the Christian parents of a rape and murder victim have accepted one million Pakistani rupees ($11,636) in return for abandoning charges against...

Mexico: nearly 2 million venerate Virgin of Zapopan CWN - October 19, 2010

Nearly two million people-- thousands of whom made the journey barefoot-- venerated the image of Our Lady of Zapopan during an annual procession in her honor on October 12. At the outdoor Mass...

Catholic websites help those struggling with pornography CWN - October 19, 2010

The National Catholic Register has drawn attention to two apostolates that seek to assist those struggling with temptations to pornography. Matthew Fradd, who converted to Catholicism after...

Pope expected to name new cardinals tomorrow CWN - October 19, 2010

At his regular weekly public audience tomorrow—October 20—Pope Benedict XVI will announce a consistory and name new members of the College of Cardinals, most journalists at the Vatican are...

Muslim man dances on altar of Duomo in Florence CWN - October 19, 2010

A young Muslim man sparked outrage in Florence last week when he climbed onto the altar of the city’s most famous church and danced. The young man, who has been identified by police as an...

Boston group appeals to Pope to stop parish closings CWN - October 19, 2010

The leader of a self-styled group seeking to prevent parish closings in the Boston archdiocese has made a personal appeal to Pope Benedict. Peter Borre of the Council of Parishes delivered a...

New York bishops urge voters to choose life CWN - October 19, 2010

The bishops of New York have issued an election-year statement urging Catholic voters to put moral principles ahead of selfish interests in choosing political candidates. The bishops’ statement...

Australian doctor claims legal victory for RU-486 CWN - October 19, 2010

An Australian obstetrician who helped introduce the abortifacient drug RU-486 in Queensland has hailed a court decision acquitting a couple who used the drug of criminal charges. "The decision in...

Polish bishops blast in vitro fertilization CWN - October 19, 2010

The Catholic bishops have denounced the use of in vitro fertilization, condemning the procedure as “the younger sister of eugenics.” Prime Minister Donal Tusk has promised to provide government...

Synod fathers discuss themes of discussion CWN - October 19, 2010

The participants in the Synod of Bishops met on October 19 in small groups, arranged by language, to explore the themes that had arisen during their first week of discussions. The Synod is now...

Smaller, faithful Church will retain influence, says Minnesota archbishop CWN - October 19, 2010

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul, Minnesota, argues that the Catholic Church can remain a powerful influence on society despite a decline in numbers. In an interview with AP, Archbishop...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 20

Polish city building world’s largest statue of Christ CWN - October 20, 2010

The world’s tallest statue of Christ is nearing completion in Swiebodzin, a western Polish city of 22,000. Begun in 2008 and over 100 feet tall, the statue was designed by Father Sylwester Zawadzki,...

Foreign Policy warns of impending underpopulation, global aging CWN - October 20, 2010

“Not so long ago, we were warned that rising global population would inevitably bring world famine,” writes Phillip Longman in the November 2010 issue of Foreign Policy. “Because of the continuing...

Archbishop Dolan blasts anti-Catholicism of New York Times CWN - October 20, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has again criticized The New York Times for “the common, casual way [it] offends Catholic sensitivity, something they would never think of doing — rightly so —...

Candidate's campaign ads include graphic images of aborted fetuses CWN - October 20, 2010

Missy Smith, the Republican candidate for the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate position, has launched a television ad campaign that includes graphic images of aborted fetuses. The...

Group opposes state-funded purchase of human eggs for cloning CWN - October 20, 2010

Feminists Choosing Life of New York has filed suit to stop the taxpayer-funded purchase of human eggs for research into human cloning. “New York State has gone over an ethical barrier,” says Jean...

Atheists debate how scornful of religion they should be CWN - October 20, 2010

Meeting recently at a conference sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism, 370 American atheists explored the topic “How publicly scornful of religion should we be?” The conference attendees,...

Pope names 24 new cardinals CWN - October 20, 2010

At his regular weekly public audience on October 20, Pope Benedict XVI announced his plan to elevate 24 new members to the College of Cardinals. Confirming the expectations of Vatican...

Synod working to boil down discussions into propositions for approval CWN - October 20, 2010

The leaders of the Synod of Bishops—the relator general and the prelates designated to report from each of the small discussion groups—have begun formulating a series of propositions for the...

Papal audience topic is St. Elizabeth of Hungary CWN - October 20, 2010

In his catechetical talk for his regular weekly audience on October 20—before revealing the names of the 24 new cardinals he will elevate at a consistory in November—Pope Benedict XVI spoke about...

Italian court refuses to lift freeze on Vatican bank funds CWN - October 20, 2010

An Italian court has denied a plea from the Vatican bank to release the €23 million ($31.7 million) that were frozen in connection with a money-laundering investigation. The Vatican bank,...

Archbishop of Canterbury wants a say in planning for Anglican ordinariates CWN - October 20, 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that Anglican leaders should be involved in the planning for ordinariates that are established to accommodate the pastoral needs of Anglicans entering the...

Journalist questions media use of 'evangelical' CWN - October 20, 2010

Christine O'Donnell, the controversial candidate for a Delaware Senate seat, was raised a Catholic. After some youthful experimentation she returned to the Church; she identifies herself as a...

Released Thursday, Oct. 21

German bishops condemn online sale of Body Worlds corpses CWN - October 21, 2010

German bishops are denouncing a decision by Gunther von Hagens, who created the Body Worlds exhibit, to sell his plastinated corpses online. “This is not about new discoveries for science and...

Russian officials to return Catholic parish to Church CWN - October 21, 2010

Officials in the western Russian city Smolensk, a city near the Polish border, have agreed to return a historic Catholic parish building to the Church. Since the Stalin regime, the parish has been...

DC archdiocese to open new seminary CWN - October 21, 2010

The Archdiocese of Washington has announced that it will open a new seminary for college seminarians and seminarians engaged in pre-theology studies. “At a time when the teachings of the Catholic...

Co-founder of Missionaries of Charity Fathers dies CWN - October 21, 2010

Father Joseph Langford, who, together with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, founded the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, has died in Tijuana following a yearlong struggle with cancer. He was 59. In...

Fides presents numerous Church statistics CWN - October 21, 2010

In preparation for World Mission Sunday, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ Fides news agency is offering a statistical picture of the Church, with a breakdown of statistics by...

Cleveland priest ordered to pay $3.5M following embezzlement conviction CWN - October 21, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Cleveland has been ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution following his conviction for embezzlement. Father Sam Ciccolini, who embezzled funds from a drug...

Liturgical struggle in background during Pope's visit to England CWN - October 21, 2010

During the Pope's visit to England, the master of ceremonies for papal liturgies, Msgr. Guido Marini, intervened personally to ensure that the altar would be arranged according to the Pope's wishes...

Cardinal Zen charges distortion of his position on China CWN - October 21, 2010

Cardinal Joseph Zen has charged that "malicious" comments about his visit to China earlier this month have been designed to convey the wrong impression about his trip and his motives. A Chinese...

Transit strike looms in Barcelona during Pope's visit CWN - October 21, 2010

A transport-workers union in Spain has announced plans to go on strike on the day when Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Barcelona. The CGT union says that the 1-day strike is a protest against the...

Author claims L'Osservatore praise for Simpsons was misinterpreted CWN - October 21, 2010

The author of a much-discussed article in the Vatican newspaper about The Simpsons has complained that his words have been misinterpreted. Father Francesco Occhetta, who wrote in L’Osservatore...

Pro-lifer, head of liberal Democratic group clash on abortion funding in health-care legislation CWN - October 21, 2010

A Washington pro-life activist challenged the head of a liberal Catholic organization in a heated exchange on public funding for abortion during a press conference on October 20. The group known...

Egyptian prelate: Synod too late to stop Christian exodus from Middle East CWN - October 21, 2010

A representative of Egypt’s largest Christian church, invited to address the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, said that the meeting may come too late to stem the exodus of Christians from the...

Anglican group laments bishop's decision to become Catholic CWN - October 21, 2010

A tradition-minded group within the Church of England has expressed regret at the announcement that Anglican Bishops John Broadhurst will enter the Catholic Church. The “Catholic Group” within...

Pope praises Korean growth, reminds envoy of need to serve the poor CWN - October 21, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to the energy and initiative that had fueled “remarkable economic growth” in Korea, but cautioned that the country must be mindful of those who are in need, as he met...

Pope pushes for Catholic-Orthodox reconciliation in Romania CWN - October 21, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI prodded the government of Romania to ensure equal justice for all religions, during an October 21 meeting with the nation’s new ambassador to the Holy See, Bogdan...

Synod hears draft of final propositions CWN - October 21, 2010

The Synod of Bishops met on October 21 in a plenary session, to hear a list of propositions that had been developed by the relator general as a proposed summary of the Synod discussions. The Synod...

Released Friday, Oct. 22

Chilean miners, nation's leaders plan thanksgiving liturgy CWN - October 22, 2010

All 33 of the miners who were rescued from the San Jose mine will attend an ecumenical thanksgiving service on October 25 at the national shrine in Maipu. Bishop Alejandro Goic, the president of the...

Irish cardinal raps politician's negative comments on Northern Ireland's Catholic schools CWN - October 22, 2010

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh has criticized a leading government official in Northern Ireland for suggesting that Catholic schools create “a benign form of apartheid.” Peter Robinson, the First...

Government serves the common good, Pope reminds ambassadors CWN - October 22, 2010

Government and the Church should cooperate in serving the common good, Pope Benedict XVI said as he met on October 22 with three new ambassadors to the Holy See: from Slovenia, Portugal, and...

Film biography of Cardinal Newman to feature star actor CWN - October 22, 2010

Actor F. Murray Abraham, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Antonio Salieri in the film Amadeus, will portray Blessed John Henry Newman in a new film biography. Italian director Liana Marabini...

Middle East Synod nears conclusion CWN - October 22, 2010

The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East is nearing its conclusion, with votes scheduled tomorrow—Saturday, October 23—on the final propositions to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI. The Synod’s...

Americans-- Catholics included-- strongly favor embryonic stem-cell research CWN - October 22, 2010

Americans strongly favor embryonic stem-cell research, according to a new public-opinion poll. Catholics favor the research by a margin barely lower than that for the general population. The...

In debate on abortion, philosophers dispute basis for recognizing human rights CWN - October 22, 2010

Bioethicist Peter Singer argued that a human baby “has no moral status because he is not self-aware,” during a debate on abortion at Princeton University. Singer’s debate opponent, Oxford...

Poverty can be defeated, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - October 22, 2010

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New York has argued poverty can be eliminated if nations find the political will for the task. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, speaking at a UN...

Papal delegate reports on reform of Legionaries CWN - October 22, 2010

The prelate appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to supervise the reform of the Legionaries of Christ reports that the troubled religious order is entering a time of “reconstruction and renewal.”...

Dead Sea Scrolls to go online CWN - October 22, 2010

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has announced plans to make the Dead Sea Scrolls available online. With support for major donors and in cooperation with Google, the IAA will make...

Lebanese prelates caution Synod on problems of dialogue with Islam CWN - October 22, 2010

Two Lebanese Catholic prelates questioned the feasibility of dialogue with Islam during discussions on October 21 at the Synod of Bishops. Commenting on propositions advocating inter-religious...

Argentine prelate accuses the UN of secularist neo-colonialism CWN - October 22, 2010

Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina has charged that the UN and its affiliates are engaged in a campaign to undermine the traditional bases of Latin American culture. “Where do these...

California bishops concerned about ballot initiative to legalize marijuana CWN - October 22, 2010

The California Catholic Conference has raised serious questions about Proposition 19, a state ballot initiative that would legalize the use of marijuana. The measure “could have severe unintended...

British Airways worker asks European court to rule on wearing cross at work CWN - October 22, 2010

A British Airways worker has asked the European Court of Human Rights to weigh her discrimination case, which she began when she was ordered not to wear a cross around her neck while she was on the...

Iranian Islamic leader says Muslims are free to accept Christianity-- quietly CWN - October 22, 2010

The Shi’ite Islamic leader who addressed the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East has said that Muslims in Iran are free to embrace the Christian faith, despite strict Islamic law that prescribes...

Polish bishops debate discipline for Catholic lawmakers who support in vitro fertilization CWN - October 22, 2010

Poland’s bishops are apparently divided on the appropriate disciplinary treatment for Catholic lawmakers who support a bill that would provide government support for in vitro...

Released Monday, Oct. 25

Israel, American Jewish Committee blast synod remarks CWN - October 25, 2010

Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee, who had addressed the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, offered strong criticism of comments made near the synod’s conclusion by Archbishop...

Gifts to Notre Dame plunged $120M during year of Obama’s appearance CWN - October 25, 2010

Contributions to the University of Notre Dame fell by over $120 million during the fiscal year in which President Barack Obama was awarded an honorary degree. Several dozen bishops criticized the...

Canadian bishop brutally beaten in rectory CWN - October 25, 2010

Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops (British Columbia) is in serious condition after a man brutally beat him in the cathedral rectory on the evening of October 22. The suspect had escaped from a...

Federal appeals court sides with San Francisco against Vatican CWN - October 25, 2010

Four years after the San Francisco board of supervisors condemned Catholic teaching on homosexuality and urged Archbishop George Niederauer to defy Catholic teaching on adoption by homosexual...

Muslims seize Christian chapel in Pakistan CWN - October 25, 2010

A group of 20 Muslims has illegally occupied a Presbyterian chapel in the northern Pakstani city of Rawalpindi, according to the Fides news agency. Local Christians responded with a nonviolent...

Dignity Mass for gay Catholics ended in San Antonio CWN - October 25, 2010

Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú of San Antonio, who is temporarily administering the archdiocese, has ended a weekly parish Mass sponsored by Dignity, a gay and lesbian organization at odds with...

Pope closes Synod with call for peace, unity in Middle East CWN - October 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI formally closed the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East with a Mass in St. Peter’s basilica on Sunday, October 24. In his homily the Holy Father called for solidarity among the...

Next Synod topic: new evangelization CWN - October 25, 2010

The topic for the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops will be the “new evangelization,” Pope Benedict XVI has announced. During his homily at that Mass concluding the Middle East Synod on...

Synod message pleads for peace, justice in Middle East CWN - October 25, 2010

The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, in a final message on October 22, issued an urgent call for renewal and for peace in the region. “We are now at a turning point in our history,” the...

Vatican bank chairman says charges are part of campaign against Church CWN - October 25, 2010

The chairman of the Vatican bank has charged that a money-laundering investigation is part of a “fierce attack on the Church’s credibility.” Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the chairman of the Institute...

Swiss Catholic church backs condom giveaway CWN - October 25, 2010

A Catholic church in Lucerne, Switzerland, plans to distribute 3,000 condoms in an AIDS-awareness campaign. Neither the Diocese of Basel (in which Lucerne is located) nor the Swiss bishops’...

Archbishop of US military ordinariate comments on allowing homosexuals to enlist CWN - October 25, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, the head of the US military ordinariate, emphasized that there is no “right” to serve in the armed forces, during an interview with the Catholic News...

San Diego diocese releases priests' documents after long court fight CWN - October 25, 2010

The Diocese of San Diego, California, has released thousands of pages of priest-personnel files, after losing a long court battle to maintain their confidentiality. A California court ordered the...

English writer warns against Anglican effort to dissuade others from joining Catholic ordinariate CWN - October 25, 2010

William Oddie of the Catholic Herald-- himself a former Anglican—warns against efforts by the Church of England to dissuade conservative Anglicans from entering an ordinariate in the Catholic...

Pope calls for resolution of Naples garbage strike CWN - October 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has called for a “fair and mutually agreed-upon solution” to a strike that has blocked collection of refuse in Naples. The strike has had a painful effect on the Italian city,...

Catholics set the terms for American public debates CWN - October 25, 2010

Joseph Bottum that the voting patterns of Catholics as a group—barely distinguishable from those of their non-Catholic neighbors—raise questions about the existence of a “Catholic vote” that could...

Synod submits 44 propositions to Pontiff CWN - October 25, 2010

The deliberations of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East concluded on Saturday, October 23, with the approval of 44 propositions that will be presented to Pope Benedict XVI. These 44...

Mission work is essential to Church, Pope tells Angelus audience CWN - October 25, 2010

At his Angelus audience on October 24, Pope Benedict XVI noted that the day marked both the formal close of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, and the worldwide observance of Mission...

President of Seychelles meets with Pontiff CWN - October 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on October 25 with President James Alix Michel of the Seychelles. Their conversation, the Vatican later reported, focused on Church-state relations and on a shared desire to...

Catholic bloggers put pressure on diocesan officials CWN - October 25, 2010

An AP story profiles some of the controversial Catholic bloggers, mostly conservative, who are raising the hackles of diocesan officials by scrutinizing local Church policies and demanding more...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 26

Brazilian bishops threatened with death after urging pro-life election vote CWN - October 26, 2010

Three Brazilian bishops-- Bishop Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini of Guarulhos, Bishop Benedito Beni Dos Santos of Lorena, and Bishop Nelson Westrupp of Santo André-- have received anonymous death threats...

Franciscan official laments discrimination against Christians in Israel CWN - October 26, 2010

In a recent interview, the leading Franciscan in the Holy Land lamented the discrimination that Christians face in Israel and the Palestinian territories. In the latter, “there is a Muslim...

Indonesia: 700 churches attacked in past decade CWN - October 26, 2010

Some 700 Catholic and Protestant churches have been attacked in Indonesia over the past decade, according to the Indonesian Christian Communication Forum. Between October 12 and October 17, a...

New seminary to open in Cuba CWN - October 26, 2010

A new national seminary will open in Cuba in early November-- the first new religious construction permitted in the Communist nation in five decades. Cuba currently has 87 seminarians, according to...

Baltimore Episcopal parish votes to enter Catholic Church CWN - October 26, 2010

The members of Mount Calvary Episcopal Parish in Baltimore voted on October 24 to seek entry into the Catholic Church as an Anglican Use parish. “I am saddened that members of this small...

Minnesota Democrats’ ad shows priest with ‘ignore the poor’ button CWN - October 26, 2010

The state central committee of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is distributing an ad described by a National Catholic Register blogger as “the most anti-Catholic political ad you’ll ever...

Vietnamese bishop questions government property claims, prosecution of protesters CWN - October 26, 2010

The president of the Vietnamese bishops’ conference has strongly protested the government’s prosecution of Catholic activists who protested the seizure of parish property at Con Dau. The Catholic...

Uzbekistan: crippling fine for possession of film about Jesus CWN - October 26, 2010

A Protestant man in Uzbekistan has been slapped with a heavy fine for owning a film about Jesus, Murat Jalalov faces a fine of 3.1 million Soms—a sum that represents more than 7 years’ income at...

Television cameras roll as Hindu mob beats Catholic brother CWN - October 26, 2010

A Holy Cross brother was assaulted and severely beaten by a mob of Hindu activists in a suburb of Bangalore, while television cameras recorded the assault. Police only reluctantly took note of the...

Refugees, migrants should accept host nation's laws, Pope says CWN - October 26, 2010

In an age of globalization, all people should be recognized as members of “one human family,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. The Pope’s message...

CCHD proposes reforms in answer to critics CWN - October 26, 2010

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced “stronger policies and clearer mechanisms” to ensure that grants from the bishops’ anti-poverty agency do not support causes inimical...

Tarik Aziz, Christian deputy to Saddam Hussein, faces hanging CWN - October 26, 2010

Tarik Aziz, the deputy prime minister of Iraq under the regime led by Saddam Hussein, has been sentenced to death for participating in a violent purge of Shi’ite Muslims. Aziz, a Chaldean...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 27

Vatican distances itself from archbishop’s comments on Israel CWN - October 27, 2010

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, has distanced the Vatican from comments on Israel made by Melkite Archbishop Cyrille Bustros at a press conference on October 23, the...

Dominican sisters to purchase John Paul II Cultural Center CWN - October 27, 2010

One of the nation’s most thriving religious communities has signed an agreement to purchase the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the...

Bishop criticizes Father Curran on eve of lecture CWN - October 27, 2010

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has issued a statement criticizing an upcoming lecture by Father Charles Curran, a priest of the Diocese of Rochester and leading dissenter from Catholic moral...

Archbishop lauds military service, calls for new Christian knighthood CWN - October 27, 2010

In a brief lecture delivered October 25 at the United States Air Force Academy, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver praised military service as a potentially ennobling vocation and called for a new...

$4.5 million restoration of Beijing cathedral CWN - October 27, 2010

Xishiku Cathedral in Beijing, constructed in 1887 and once the seat of a cardinal, has been restored to its original splendor at the cost of 30 million yuan ($4.48 million), according to the Fides...

More US nuns over 90 than under 60 CWN - October 27, 2010

In an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online, Mother Mary Clare Millea offers an update on the apostolic visitation of active women religious in the United States. “My task as...

Archbishop's remarks on Israel being misinterpreted? CWN - October 27, 2010

John Allen makes several good points about the remarks by Archbishop Cyrille Bustros, which have provoked some angry reactions from Israeli officials and American Jewish leaders: The Synod of...

Women's role is central to the family and the Church, Pope says CWN - October 27, 2010

At his weekly public audience on October 27, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St. Bridget of Sweden (1303- 1373), continuing his series on the role of women in the Church. St. Bridget’s life could...

Holocaust survivors ask European Union to probe role of Vatican bank CWN - October 27, 2010

A group of Holocaust survivors from Yugoslavia and Ukraine have asked European Union authorities to investigate whether the Vatican bank played a role in transferring assets stolen from...

Scottish composer recalls struggle with liturgists over music for papal Mass CWN - October 27, 2010

James MacMillan, a Scottish composer who wrote the music for the Mass at which Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman, discloses that liturgists tried to prevent the performance of...

Ohio priest, convicted of murder, wins access to prosecutor's files CWN - October 27, 2010

A court in Ohio has ordered prosecutors to hand over all relevant files to a priest who was convicted in the killing of a nun. Lawyers for Father Gerald Robinson say that they are anxious to see...

Stiff sentences for Vietnamese lay activists CWN - October 27, 2010

Six Vietnamese Catholic activists were convicted and sentenced for “disturbing public order, disorderly conduct, and attacking state security officers” after a quick trial in which defendants were...

Relief agencies send out urgent plea for Benin flood victims CWN - October 27, 2010

Massive floods have driven at least 200,000 people from their homes in Benin, and triggered an epidemic of disease, prompting urgent calls for help from relief agencies. Caritas Benin, the...

Pope urges aid for disaster victims in Indonesia, Benin CWN - October 27, 2010

At the conclusion of his regular weekly public audience on October 27, Pope Benedict XVI issued two appeals for help: for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia and in Benin. In Indonesia, a...

Released Thursday, Oct. 28

Pontifical council implements Pope’s call for ‘Court of the Gentiles’ CWN - October 28, 2010

In his 2009 year-end address to the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict reflected on the role of the ‘Court of the Gentiles’ at the temple in Jerusalem: it was “a free space for the Gentiles who wished to...

Cardinal Bertone pays tribute to Pope’s theology of the liturgy CWN - October 28, 2010

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone paid tribute to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s theology of the liturgy at the October 27 release of the Italian translation of first volume of the...

Catholic-Orthodox forum insists on respect for religious, educational freedom CWN - October 28, 2010

The Second Catholic-Orthodox Forum, organized by the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, took place in Rhodes (Greece) earlier this...

Archbishop Nienstedt ‘collected, calm, resolved’ amid controversies CWN - October 28, 2010

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published a profile of Archbishop John Nienstedt, whose orthodoxy, defense of marriage, and decision to close parishes have caused controversy in the Archdiocese of...

Muslim students in Malawi desecrate New Testaments CWN - October 28, 2010

Muslim students attending a Catholic primary school in Malawi tore up New Testaments that were being distributed by the Gideons International organization, which promotes the distribution of...

Colombian bishops criticize free sterilizations at hospitals CWN - October 28, 2010

The bishops of Colombia are criticizing a new law that provides for free tubal ligations and vascectomies at hospitals. Such practices are “mutilations of the body, and the body must be respected,”...

Nuns' unusual fundraiser: auctioning a rare baseball card CWN - October 28, 2010

In a unique fundraising effort, the School Sisters of Notre Dame will auction off a Honus Wagner baseball card on November 4, expecting to raise about $100,000. The Honus Wagner card, which is...

Editorial cites Archbishop Burke on Catholic voting duties CWN - October 28, 2010

An editorial in the Washington Times approvingly cites the words of Archbishop Raymond Burke to underline the duty of Catholics to vote to protect human life. The recent announcement that Archbishop...

Vatican calls for cooperative effort in annual message to Hindus CWN - October 28, 2010

In an annual message to the world’s Hindus, the Vatican has suggested that Christians and Hindus should work “together to become artisans of peace.” The message from the Pontifical Council for...

Belgian archbishop cautions against 'vengeance' in pursuit of abusive priests CWN - October 28, 2010

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Brussels has asked for a balanced approach to the punishment of priests who have been guilty of abuse, warning against “a sort of vengeance.” Questioned as to...

Australian poll finds vote will swing against candidates who favor legal abortion CWN - October 28, 2010

A new survey shows that political candidates in Queensland, Australia will lose public support if they favor a proposal to decriminalize abortion. While voters were split on the question of...

Measure science by contribution to common good, Pope suggests CWN - October 28, 2010

The value of science in the 21st century will be measured by “the scientist’s ability to search for truth and apply discoveries in a way that goes hand in hand with the search for what is just and...

Pastors and people must protect life, Pope reminds Brazilian bishops CWN - October 28, 2010

Church leaders “have a grave duty to pronounce moral judgments" on political issues, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of visiting Brazilian bishops on October 28. The Pope told the Brazilian...

Intercessors ask associates for continued support CWN - October 28, 2010

The Intercessors of the Lamb—the civil corporation affiliated with the group that was formally suppressed by Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska earlier this month—has issued a message...

Never vote for a candidate who supports abortion: Archbishop Burke CWN - October 28, 2010

Catholic voters have a “very serious” moral duty to use their ballots to defend the natural law, says Archbishop Raymund Burke. In an interview with Catholic Action, conducted shortly after the...

Synod was not biased against Israel, says Franciscan leader in Holy Land CWN - October 28, 2010

The head of the Franciscan Custody in the Holy Land has rejected complaints that the Synod of Bishops harbored a prejudice against Israel. In an interview with the Italian daily Il Foglio, Father...

Released Friday, Oct. 29

Pope pays tribute to Peterson: ‘From him I learned … what theology really is’ CWN - October 29, 2010

Pope Benedict has paid tribute to Erik Peterson (1890-1960), a theologian who specialized in early Christianity and converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism in Rome in 1930. Unable to secure a...

Indonesia: Catholic villages hardest hit by tsunami CWN - October 29, 2010

Catholic villages were the ones “hardest hit” by the tsunami that has killed over 400 in Indonesia, according to Bishop Martinus Situmorang of Padang. “As a diocese, we rented a boat that will...

US bishops, Reformed communities move towards mutual recognition of baptism CWN - October 29, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and four Reformed ecclesial communities-- the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Presbyterian Church-USA, the Reformed Church in...

US bishops call for more aggressive enforcement of laws against human trafficking CWN - October 29, 2010

Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on migration, praised the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on its tenth anniversary...

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue for birth control for low-income teens CWN - October 29, 2010

Citing “the ability to make medical decisions, with your doctor, without interference from the government,” Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the State of Montana,...

Gubernatorial candidate: Democrats' priest ad is ‘inappropriate’ CWN - October 29, 2010

Mark Dayton, a former US senator who is now the Democratic (DFL) gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, has distanced himself from a campaign ad that has been criticized inside and outside the state...

Vatican bank plans full compliance with European regulations CWN - October 29, 2010

The Holy See has reaffirmed its commitment to bring the operations of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), into line with European regulations. A spokesman for the European...

Pope lauds theologian Guardini's search for truth CWN - October 29, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Romano Guardini, in an address to participants in a conference on the work of the 20th-century theologian. The Holy Father—who studied under Guardini in his...

Italian Catholics resist excesses of Halloween CWN - October 29, 2010

Italian Catholics are taking the lead in a campaign against the adoption of pagan symbols and practices in the celebration of Halloween. “We are faced with a sort of revival of neopaganism,”...

Reformation Day: No reason to celebrate CWN - October 29, 2010

Francis Beckwith, the noted Evangelical scholar who returned to the Catholic Church in 2007, notes that even during his days as a Protestant he had only a “modest” enthusiasm for the celebration of...

Brazilian priest murdered; motive unclear CWN - October 29, 2010

A Brazilian Catholic priest was shot and killed by an unknown assailant. Father Josenir Morais Santana was killed by a gunshot through his back, which penetrated his heart. Authorities have no...

Belgian archbishop, stung by criticism, vows a period of silence CWN - October 29, 2010

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Brussels, who has been dogged by criticism because of recent public statements, says that he will not make any further public pronouncements until after Christmas....

Pope will visit Croatia next year CWN - October 29, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Croatia in 2011, authorities in that nation have disclosed. In their October 29 announcement, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Cardinal Josip Bozanic, the...

In some nations, reporting clerical misconduct to police may be unwise CWN - October 29, 2010

“Since the beginning of the most recent round of the crisis, which erupted in Ireland and then spread across Europe, critics have wondered why Pope Benedict XVI has not imposed a uniform global...

Berlusconi voices pride in playboy image CWN - October 29, 2010

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has been severely criticized in Catholic publications because of frequent flirtations with young women, has announced that he has no plans to adopt a...

Debate at Vatican: will immigration save Italy from demographic collapse? CWN - October 29, 2010

Influential figures around the Vatican are expressing starkly different views on the nation’s demographic future, notes Sandro Magister in L’Espresso. The chairman of the Vatican bank, Ettore Gotti...

Vatican offers statistical portrait of Spanish Church before papal trip CWN - October 29, 2010

Looking forward to the visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Spain next week, the Vatican has released a set of statistics about the Church in that country. About 92.5% of Spain’s 46 million people are...

Pope's November prayer intentions CWN - October 29, 2010

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for November 2010. The Pope’s general intention is: "That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of...

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