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Released Monday, Jan. 3

Church bombing in Egypt kills 21; imam condemns Pope's remarks CWN - January 3, 2011

Coptic Orthodox Christians clashed with police in Alexandria following a January 1 church bombing that left 21 dead. Egyptian religious and civil authorities decried the violence. Pope Benedict...

3 Anglican bishops received into Catholic Church CWN - January 3, 2011

Three former bishops of the Church of England-- John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton-- were received into the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral on January 1 during a Mass...

Large rally for the family in Spain CWN - January 3, 2011

Tens of thousands of Spaniards attended an outdoor Mass and rally for the family in Madrid on January 2. Pope Benedict addressed the gathering via satellite. “Whenever the true worth of matrimony...

Bishop: pro-abortion governor will evangelize the state CWN - January 3, 2011

New York’s new governor and lieutenant governor, Andrew Cuomo and Bob Duffy, attended Sunday Mass at Albany’s cathedral, where Bishop Howard Hubbard preached that the work of government was an...

Director discusses forthcoming film on Opus Dei founder CWN - January 3, 2011

Roland Joffé, twice nominated for the Academy Award for best director, discusses his forthcoming film There Be Dragons, in which St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-75), the founder of Opus...

‘Father Oprah’ denounces Church in new book CWN - January 3, 2011

A former Miami archdiocesan priest whose television, radio, and newspaper outreach extended to outlets as varied as Telemundo and EWTN has denounced the Church in a new book. Alberto Cutié, whose...

Pope calls for inter-faith peace pilgrimage to Assisi CWN - January 3, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has asked the world’s religious leaders to join him in Assisi in October 2011, in a joint prayer for peace. During his Angelus audience on Sunday, January 1, the Pope announced...

Ahmadinejad sends Christmas greetings to Pope CWN - January 3, 2011

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent Christmas greetings to Pope Benedict XVI. The Iranian leader—who has made several efforts to gain diplomatic support from the Holy See—offered his...

Cardinal Pell raps Catholic politicians who defy Church teaching CWN - January 3, 2011

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, took aim at Catholic politicians who defy Church teachings during an interview with the Herald Sun. The cardinal said he found it "incongruous for...

Pope challenges Compostela pilgrims to re-evangelize Europe CWN - January 3, 2011

In a message for the closing of the Holy Year at Santiago de Compostela, Pope Benedict XVI said that the pilgrims who have visited the famous Spanish shrine during the year should now take up the...

Spanish study shows contraceptive use, abortion rate rise together CWN - January 3, 2011

Spain’s abortion rate more than doubled from 1997 to 2007, despite a steep rise in the use of contraceptives, a new study shows. The authors of the study, puzzled by the results, conclude: “The...

Italian envoy prods EU on anti-Christian violence CWN - January 3, 2011

Italy's ambassador to the Holy See has said that "Europe could do more" to protect Christians from religious violence. Speaking to the AGI news service after Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal...

Police under scrutiny in abuse inquiry for Irish diocese CWN - January 3, 2011

An official inquiry into the handling of sex-abuse complaints in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, has focused on the conduct of the Gardai (police), the Sunday Business Post reports. The newspaper...

False abuse accusations against priests common, lawyer argues CWN - January 3, 2011

A veteran attorney has warned a California court of rampant fraud in sex-abuse claims against Catholic priests. Donald Steier has submitted a statement to Los Angeles County Superior Court saying...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 4

Vatican responds to Egyptian imam: ‘No war may be waged in God’s name’ CWN - January 4, 2011

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, has responded to criticism of Pope Benedict by the former grand mufti of Egypt. Following a January 1 church bombing of a Coptic...

Islamist threats against Coptic churches in Europe CWN - January 4, 2011

Civil authorities in several European nations are providing police protection for Coptic Orthodox churches following threats by Islamists. A Coptic Orthodox priest in France described “threats made...

Ex-Anglican bishops to be ordained Catholic priests CWN - January 4, 2011

The three former Anglican bishops who were received into the Catholic Church on January 1 are spending 12 days as Catholic laymen. On January 13, John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton...

Cardinal: Bombing of Egyptian church is ‘perversion of religion’ CWN - January 4, 2011

The president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has condemned the New Year’s bombing of a Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt that left 21 dead. “This is a perversion of...

Cuban cardinal welcomes Castro’s proposals for freer economy CWN - January 4, 2011

Cardinal Jaime Ortega has welcomed President Raul Castro’s proposals for a freer economy. During a January 1 Mass, the cardinal prayed publicly “for the successful implementation of this process of...

Nevada: 2 bishops celebrate special Mass for new pro-abortion governor CWN - January 4, 2011

Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas and retired Bishop Philip Straling of Reno concelebrated a special Mass preceding the on January 3 inauguration of Brian Sandoval, a pro-abortion Catholic, as...

New prefect for Congregation for Religious CWN - January 4, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has named a Brazilian prelate, Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz of Brasilia, to become the new prefect of the Congregation for Religious. Archbishop Braz de Aviz replaces Cardinal...

Beatification this year for John Paul II? CWN - January 4, 2011

The beatification of Pope John Paul II could take place this year, according to the respected Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale. Tornielli—who has been consistently accurate in...

Milwaukee archdiocese to seek bankruptcy protection CWN - January 4, 2011

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has announced plans to file for bankruptcy protection. In a public announcement released January 4, the archdiocese said that the bankruptcy filing is the...

Cardinal Pell ready to meet with same-sex marriage proponents CWN - January 4, 2011

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, has offered to meet with proponents of same-sex marriage, provided that they are willing to forego anti-Catholic rhetoric. Responding to a request from...

Egyptian Copts fearful about Christmas celebrations CWN - January 4, 2011

The Coptic Orthodox Church, which celebrates Christmas on January 7, is approaching the feast day this year with anxiety, after a wave of violence against Copts in Egypt. Pope Shenouda III, the...

Nigerian archbishop says violent attacks organized by outside forces CWN - January 4, 2011

There is a “clear religious motivation” behind recent attacks on Christians in Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos has told the Fides news service. Whereas previous violent...

Columnist echoes US nuns' critique of Vatican inquiry CWN - January 4, 2011

Writing in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, columnist Michael O’Malley offers an analysis of the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of American women’s religious orders, from a perspective highly sympathetic...

Little fanfare as Anglicans enter Catholic Church CWN - January 4, 2011

Father Dwight Longenecker—himself a former Anglican—recalls that when Anglicans were received into the Catholic Church in the 1990s, the process was almost secretive. Catholic leaders deliberately...

Slain Pakistani governor had sought change in blasphemy law CWN - January 4, 2011

Taseer had become the target of Islamic fundamentalists recently after he initiated an unsuccessful clemency bid for Aasia Bibi, the 45-year old Christian mother of five children, who was to death...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 5

‘Blow up the churches while they are celebrating Christmas’ CWN - January 5, 2011

A “Jihadi Encyclopedia for the Destruction of the Cross,” developed by al-Qaeda and widely circulated on the Internet, likely influenced the perpetrators of the New Year’s bombing of a Coptic...

Cardinal Turkson on hunger, persecution, condoms, and GMOs CWN - January 5, 2011

In an interview with the Vatican newspaper, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, lamented indifference to violence against Christians...

Sudan’s bishops continue efforts for peace CWN - January 5, 2011

Amid international concerns that bloodshed could follow southern Sudan’s January 9 referendum on independence, the nation’s bishops are continuing to pray for a peaceful outcome. Archbishop Paolino...

Hepatitis risk from Communion at Long Island parish CWN - January 5, 2011

The Nassau County Department of Health is urging 1,300 people who attended two Christmas Day Masses at a Long Island parish to receive hepatitis A vaccines. A minister of Holy Communion at the...

‘The unborn paradox’ CWN - January 5, 2011

Writing in The New York Times, Ross Douthat reflects on the paradox of rampant abortion in a society where so many who suffer from infertility desire children. “This is the paradox of America’s...

Theologian responds to Milwaukee priest’s views on women’s ordination CWN - January 5, 2011

Monica Migliorino Miller, a theology professor at Madonna University in Michigan, has defended Catholic teaching on women’s ordination in response to a recent newspaper column by Father Victor...

Keep living Christmas celebration, Pope urges audience CWN - January 5, 2011

At his first weekly public audience of 2011, Pope Benedict XVI reminded the faithful that the Church is still celebrating the Nativity, and urging them to “live this Christmas period with...

Victims' advocates question timing of Milwaukee archdiocesan bankruptcy filing CWN - January 5, 2011

Representatives of sex-abuse victims are charging that the Milwaukee archdiocese chose to file for bankruptcy protection in order to avoid further disclosures of abuse by priests and cover-ups by...

Pope names members to Pontifical Council for New Evangelization CWN - January 5, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has named 19 prelates to the newly created Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. The Pope named 9 cardinals, 8 archbishops, and 2 bishops to join the Pontifical...

Pope declines appeal on closed parishes in Boston CWN - January 5, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has declined an appeal from a group of Boston Catholics seeking to stop the closing of their parishes. In a December 15 letter to Peter Borre, the chairman of the Council of...

Sex-abuse victim says lawyers claims nearly all of award CWN - January 5, 2011

An Oregon man who won a $900,000 settlement from the Portland archdiocese in a sex-abuse case has complained that his lawyers claimed nearly all of the funds. The abuse victim, who has been...

Released Thursday, Jan. 6

70 Christians arrested in Iran CWN - January 6, 2011

Iranian authorities have arrested 70 evangelical Christians in recent weeks. “The leaders of this movement have been arrested in Tehran province and more will be arrested in the near future,”...

Vietnamese police attack US diplomat during meeting with priest CWN - January 6, 2011

Vietnamese police attacked Christian Marchant, a US diplomat in Hanoi, as he was speaking with Father Nguyen Van Ly, a pro-democracy activist who was recently released from prison. There were...

Bishop Cordileone named US bishops’ point man on same-sex marriage CWN - January 6, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has named Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense...

Cross that honors military veterans ruled unconstitutional CWN - January 6, 2011

Three judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled that the Mount Soledad cross-- erected on public land in San Diego in 1954 to honor Korean War veterans-- is unconstitutional and must...

Discovery Channel to air series on exorcisms, claims Vatican cooperation CWN - January 6, 2011

The Discovery Channel will air a series entitled “The Exorcist Files” that re-enacts exorcisms conducted by priests. The network claims that it secured the Vatican’s cooperation with the...

Coptic journalist rips moderate Muslims for rising bigotry against Christians CWN - January 6, 2011

Writing in Al-Ahram-- a government-owned newspaper that is Egypt’s most popular-- Hani Shukrallah lamented the transformation of Egyptian society from a nation tolerant of Christians to an...

Universe is product of design, not chance, Pope says CWN - January 6, 2011

The universe reflects “the wisdom of the Creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily as he celebrated Mass for the feast of the Epiphany, January...

Italian cardinal decries anti-Christian violence CWN - January 6, 2011

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference spoke out against the recent worldwide wave of anti-Christian violence during his homily at a Mass for the feast of the Epiphany. Cardinal Angelo...

Victims' group protests support for accused Orthodox prelate CWN - January 6, 2011

Representatives of sex-abuse victims in Canada have criticized a Russian Orthodox parish in Vancouver for helping to raise funds for the legal defense of an accused prelate. In December the Synod...

Pope visits hospitalized children CWN - January 6, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI visited a Roman hospital on Wednesday evening, blessing a new ward and spending time with the children who are being treated there. The new ward in the Gemelli hospital will...

Disaffected Belgian Catholics unhappy with Archbishop Leonard CWN - January 6, 2011

Belgian Catholics are generally dissatisfied with the country’s new Catholic primate, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, according to a new public-opinion survey. The poll found that 77% of Flemish...

Mexican police arrest death cult leader CWN - January 6, 2011

Mexican police have arrested the leader of the “Saint of Death” cult, which has gained popularity with drug traffickers by promising occult protection from rivals and from the police. David...

India: Christian pastor arrested after being beaten by Hindu extremists CWN - January 6, 2011

Anti-Christian violence in India’s southern Karnataka state has taken a new turn, with the January 5 arrest of a pastor who was under treatment in a hospital after being injured in Hindu...

Catholic hospital investigating staff doctor's Planned Parenthood connection CWN - January 6, 2011

A Catholic hospital in Virginia is reviewing the employment of a doctor who has reportedly performed abortions at a nearby clinic. Authorities at Bon Secours Depaul Medical Center in Norfolk...

Weigel praises Bishop Olmsted's fidelity CWN - January 6, 2011

George Weigel praises Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix for cutting ties with a hospital that would not conform to Catholic ethical standards. With that case, he observes, “an important marker has...

Another reason for American nuns not to fear Vatican inquiry? CWN - January 6, 2011

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter sees the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for Religious, Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz, as a "centrist" who comes to his new responsibilities...

Released Friday, Jan. 7

Copts celebrate Christmas amid tight security; 'human shields' CWN - January 7, 2011

Amid tight security-- 70,000 policemen were stationed at Coptic churches throughout Egypt, and cars were banned from parking in front of churches-- the nation’s Coptic Christians commemorated...

USCCB announces revised edition of New American Bible CWN - January 7, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced it has canonically approved the publication of New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE). The first edition of the New American...

US bishops lament indifference to plight of persecuted Christians CWN - January 7, 2011

In three recent letters and statements, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has condemned recent attacks on Christians around the world. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York,...

US Catholics invited to pray novena for Haiti CWN - January 7, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics in the United States to pray a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for Haiti. The novena begins on January 12-- the anniversary of...

Father Groeschel’s friars in Ireland CWN - January 7, 2011

Public Radio International recently profiled the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal’s apostolate in Moyross, a suburb of Limerick that is one of Ireland’ poorest communities. Unemployment in Moyross...

Archbishop Dolan rallies New York to discourage abortions CWN - January 7, 2011

Describing the abortion rate in New York City as “downright chilling,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan headlined a January 6 news conference in which religious leaders called for action to curtail the...

Accused priest who fled prosecution reported dead in exile CWN - January 7, 2011

A former priest who fled the US after being accused of sexual abuse has been reported dead in Martinique, where he had lived in hiding to escape prosecution. Laurence Brett, who had been accused...

Turkish official's visit confirms new status of Orthodox Patriarchate CWN - January 7, 2011

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople met on January 6 with the deputy prime minister of Turkey. It was the first meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch and a Turkish government...

Jerusalem's Christian groups join for ecumenical prayers CWN - January 7, 2011

Jerusalem will be later than elsewhere in the world, so as not to conflict with the liturgical calendar of the Armenian Orthodox Church, which marks the feast of Epiphany according to the old Julian...

US envoy to Vatican sees no major damage from Wikileaks revelations CWN - January 7, 2011

Diplomatic relations between the US and the Vatican have not been severely damaged by the unauthorized release of Wikileaks documents, according to the US ambassador to the Holy See. In an...

One in five young British women used morning-after pill CWN - January 7, 2011

Roughly 20% of all the British women of child-bearing age used the morning-after pill last year, according to a stunning new Co-Operative Pharmacy study. The survey of women between the ages of...

Released Monday, Jan. 10

Pakistan: bishop urges caution as 50,000 Muslims praise blasphemy law CWN - January 10, 2011

As 50,000 Muslims took to the streets in Pakistan’s largest city to defend the nation’s law against blasphemy, a bishop cautioned Christians against taking part in opposing public protests. The...

Holy See overrules Japanese bishops on Neocatechumenal Way CWN - January 10, 2011

The Vatican Secretariat of State has overruled the Japanese bishops’ decision to suspend the activities of the Neocatechumenal Way in the nation for five years. A group of Japanese prelates met...

Vatican denies collaboration with Discovery Channel on exorcism show CWN - January 10, 2011

The director of the Holy See Press Office has denied a recent claim by the Discovery Channel that the Vatican collaborated in the production of a forthcoming television series on exorcism. “I...

Honduran cardinal denounces socialist governments, UN, Planned Parenthood CWN - January 10, 2011

In a wide-ranging interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras discussed his discernment of his priestly vocation, the Honduran people’s devotion...

Nuncio to Egypt defends Pope against imam’s charges CWN - January 10, 2011

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, apostolic nuncio to Egypt, has issued a statement defending Pope Benedict against charges by the imam of al-Azhar Mosque that the Pontiff is interfering in the...

The Pope who devised an abacus CWN - January 10, 2011

In an interview with Religion Dispatches, Nancy Marie Brown, author of The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, discusses the achievements...

Vatican anniversary Mass will commemorate Haiti earthquake victims CWN - January 10, 2011

The Vatican has scheduled a commemorative Mass on January 12 to mark the anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti last year. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will be the principal celebrant...

Baptizing babies, Pope underlines importance of Christian names CWN - January 10, 2011

Faith is “the most precious thing in life: the most authentic and most beautiful reason to live,” Pope Benedict XVI said as he baptized 21 infants in a January 9 ceremony in the Sistine...

Pope underlines his top public priority: religious freedom (NEWS/ANALYSIS) CWN - January 10, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI signaled that the defense of religious freedom will be the centerpiece of the Holy See’s foreign policy, in a January 10 addressing to the Vatican diplomatic corps. The Holy...

Abandon 'Saint of Death' cult, Mexican archdiocese urges CWN - January 10, 2011

The Mexico City archdiocese is urging people to abandon the “Saint of Death” cult, following the January 6 arrest of the cult’s leader on kidnapping charges. Msgr. Hugo Valdemar, the public...

Lawyer specializing in suits against Church going international CWN - January 10, 2011

Minnesota attorney Jeffrey Anderson, who has gained international prominence representing sex-abuse victims in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, has opened a new legal office in London to expand...

Half-million Vietnamese Catholics join in ceremony at Marian shrine CWN - January 10, 2011

An estimated 500,000 people attended the closing ceremonies of Jubilee Year for the Vietnamese Catholic Church, braving heavy rain and official discouragement by the government to participate in the...

Australian politician raps Cardinal Pell for asking Catholics consistency CWN - January 10, 2011

The premier of the Australian state of New South Wales has charged that Cardinal George Pell is being “condemnatory and threatening” in his call for politicians to oppose legal recognition of...

Rhode Island bishop rejects governor's stand on church-state separation CWN - January 10, 2011

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island has rebuked the state’s Governor Lincoln Chafee for claiming that an inaugural prayer service would violate the separation of Church and state. In...

German scholars attempt textual criticism of Qu'ran CWN - January 10, 2011

The Bavarian Academy of Science has revived a long-neglected effort to find a definitive text of the Qu’ran, searching through ancient manuscripts to uncover and resolve discrepancies in the...

Pence bill would end US funding for Planned Parenthood CWN - January 10, 2011

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana has introduced legislation in Congress that would deny US federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other institutions that promote abortion. "Last year, Planned...

Italian Catholic activist to head OSCE office on religious discrimination CWN - January 10, 2011

The Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Audronius Azubalis, due to be sworn in on January 12, as the new president of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has appointed an...

Hindus claim religious bias in admissions to Indian Catholic school CWN - January 10, 2011

Hindu militants have protested admissions policies at a Catholic school in Ujjain, India, claiming that the school discriminates on the basis of religion. “The school management insulted our...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 11

Sudan: the calm before the storm? CWN - January 11, 2011

Two Sudanese bishops expressed concerns about the possibility of military conflict, persecution, and humanitarian disaster following the weeklong referendum on southern Sudanese independence....

Jerusalem patriarch laments Muslim, Jewish extremism CWN - January 11, 2011

Addressing representatives from bishops’ conferences in Europe and North America who were making an annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem lamented the...

Arizona shootings: murdered judge attended daily Mass CWN - January 11, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement decrying the January 8 shooting in Arizona that left six dead, including...

US ambassador to Vatican: Obama committed to promoting religious freedom CWN - January 11, 2011

Miguel Diaz, the US ambassador to the Holy See, welcomed Pope Benedict’s annual address to the diplomatic corps and said that the Obama administration and the Holy See are of “one heart” in...

Taiwan’s bishops outline priorities for 2011 CWN - January 11, 2011

In their 2011 pastoral letter, Taiwan’s bishops have outlined four priorities for the new year: “loving the Eucharist, constantly participating in the best way at the celebration of the Holy...

Anglican ordinariate to be established this week? CWN - January 11, 2011

The first “ordinariate” for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church will be established in England this week, according to Archbishop Vincent Nichols. In a January 11 announcement, Archbishop...

Pope's words encourage struggling Christians: Iraqi archbishop CWN - January 11, 2011

By strong emphasizing religious freedom in his message for the World Day of Peace and his address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, Pope Benedict XVI has provided welcome encouragement to embattled...

Pakistani protestors decry papal opposition to blasphemy law CWN - January 11, 2011

Islamic demonstrators rallied in Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan, to denounce the call by Pope Benedict XVI for a change in the country's blasphemy laws. A spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami, a group...

Papal envoy bringing relief to Haiti on earthquake anniversary CWN - January 11, 2011

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is in Haiti this week, bringing a message of support and a financial contribution from Pope Benedict XVI as the impoverished...

Egypt recalls Vatican ambassador, protesting Pope's remarks CWN - January 11, 2011

The government of Egypt has recalled its ambassador to the holy See, in protest against Pope Benedict's charge that Egypt had not done enough to protect Christians from mob violence. In his...

St. Louis archbishop testifies in legal case of rebel parish CWN - January 11, 2011

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis testified on January 10 in a court case that pits the archdiocese against the rebellious board of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish. The archbishop told a...

Italy wants protection for Christians in Nigeria CWN - January 11, 2011

Italy’s foreign minister Franco Frattini has condemned the religious violence that erupted at Christmas Nigeria and demanded action from the African country’s government to protect Christians....

Anglicans joining ordinariate told to leave parish church CWN - January 11, 2011

Anglicans who are planning to enter the ordinariate in the Catholic Church have been informed that they will no longer be able to use the church in which they have been worshipping. Even a "shared...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 12

Policeman shoots 4 Christians in Egypt CWN - January 12, 2011

Less than two weeks after a church bombing in Alexandria left 21 Coptic Christians dead, an off-duty policeman shot four Christians on a train, killing a 71-year-old man. A fifth person was also...

International community, Haitian government ignoring Church CWN - January 12, 2011

One year after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, bishops are charging that the nation’s government and the international community are ignoring the Church to the nation’s detriment. “The...

Christians returning to Palestine; prime minister laments church bombings CWN - January 12, 2011

Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, told a group of European and North American bishops that “we are very disturbed at the recent terrorism against Christians in both...

Delaware diocese offers abuse victims $74 million CWN - January 12, 2011

The Diocese of Wilmington, which declared bankruptcy in 2009, has increased its settlement offer to 150 alleged abuse victims from $28 million to $74 million. “The Church is making this about...

New York archdiocese to close 27 schools CWN - January 12, 2011

Citing declining enrollment and rising costs, the Archdiocese of New York has announced that it will close 26 Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic high school. 4,700 students are...

Bishop offers memorial Mass for shooting victims CWN - January 12, 2011

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson offered a memorial Mass on January 11 for victims of the January 8 shooting that left six dead, including US District Court Judge John Roll, and at least a dozen...

Croatia, UNESCO commemorate Jesuit astronomer CWN - January 12, 2011

The Croatian government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization are paying tribute to Father Roger Joseph Boscovich (1711-87) during the 300th year of his birth....

Miracle approved, beatification looming for John Paul II? CWN - January 12, 2011

recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope John Paul II, according to reliable reports in Rome. The final approval of the miracle would fulfill all the conditions for the...

Pope encourages Haitian rebuilding effort CWN - January 12, 2011

In a message to the people of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI said: “The time has come to rebuild, not only material structures but, and above all, civil, social and religious...

Pray for souls in Purgatory, Pope reminds audience CWN - January 12, 2011

The cleansing fire of Purgatory is “not an exterior fire, but an interior fire,” fueled by the soul’s hatred for its own sins, Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on January 12. The...

Venezuelan bishops say Chavez moving toward totalitarian rule CWN - January 12, 2011

The Catholic bishops of Venezuela have called upon President Hugo Chavez to forego the special powers that were granted to him by the nation’s legislator. In a January 11 statement, the...

Laos: 11 arrested for celebrating Christmas CWN - January 12, 2011

Authorities in Laos arrested 11 Christians for holding a “secret meeting” to celebrate Christmas. Three of those arrested, who are Protestant pastors, remain in custody. The small Protestant...

Former abortion-clinic director's book exposes Planned Parenthood CWN - January 12, 2011

More than 21,000 people participated in a "webcast" announcing the publication of Unplanned, a new book by the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Abby Johnson, whose...

Ordinariate in England faces some strong Anglican opposition CWN - January 12, 2011

A former Anglican bishop, who will be ordained this week as a Catholic priest, offered details of his approach to Rome in an interview with the Catholic Herald. Andrew Burnham told how he sought...

Government regulators may not recognize Catholic universities as religious institutions CWN - January 12, 2011

After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a Catholic university’s fundamental purpose is secular, the Cardinal Newman Society warned that many Catholic institutions are risking...

Released Thursday, Jan. 13

18 dead in new attacks against Christians in Nigeria CWN - January 13, 2011

Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked four non-Muslim villages in central Nigeria on January 10 and 11, killing 18 and burning down a church and over a dozen houses. Soldiers reportedly collaborated in...

Archbishop describes agenda of Pontifical Council for New Evangelization CWN - January 13, 2011

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, discussed the background of the new dicastery and...

British diplomat urges caution in EU defense of persecuted Christians CWN - January 13, 2011

Justin Bedford, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy to the Holy See, told Vatican Radio that the European Union needs to be cautious in defending the rights of persecuted Christians in...

Caritas: 1 million affected by Sri Lanka flooding CWN - January 13, 2011

Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami that left 31,000 dead and displaced over 500,000, according to Caritas Internationalis, the consortium of Catholic relief...

Archbishop Chaput pays tribute to slain federal judge CWN - January 13, 2011

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has paid tribute to US District Court Judge John Roll, who was slain during the January 8 shooting in Arizona that left six dead and at least a dozen wounded,...

‘America’s Next Top Model’ candidate becomes chastity speaker CWN - January 13, 2011

The National Catholic Register has profiled Leah Darrow, who pursued a modeling career after becoming one of 14 women who appeared on the “America’s Next Top Model” reality television show. After...

Vatican workers already preparing for beatification of John Paul II CWN - January 13, 2011

Workers at the Vatican have already begun preparations for transferring the body of Pope John Paul II, in anticipation of his beatification. The body of the late Pope, currently buried in the...

Papal representative for Vietnam: a step toward restored ties? CWN - January 13, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a diplomatic “representative” to Vietnam, in an indication of some movement toward the restoration of diplomatic ties. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who has been...

Some Pakistani Muslim leaders back Pope, favor repeal of blasphemy law CWN - January 13, 2011

Rejecting the arguments of militant Islamic leaders, some imams in Pakistan are backing the call by Pope Benedict XVI for repeal of the nation’s blasphemy law. The moderate Islamic leaders say...

Visiting bishops prod Israel on diplomatic accord with Holy See CWN - January 13, 2011

Concluding a visit to the Holy Land, a group of Catholic bishops from Europe and North America said they were “painfully aware of the frustration” among Catholics in Israel over the government’s...

Hindu leader arrested for role in anti-Christian violence CWN - January 13, 2011

Hindu leader Swami Aseemananda-- who shot into limelight by spearheading the orchestrated anti-Christian violence that rocked the Indian state of Gujarat during the Christmas season in 1998—has been...

New archdiocesan policy opens Boston Catholic schools to children of same-sex couples CWN - January 13, 2011

The Boston archdiocese has released a new non-discrimination policy for parochial schools, allowing for homosexual and lesbian parents to send their children to Catholic schools. The new...

Released Friday, Jan. 14

Weigel discusses Communist infiltration of Church institutions CWN - January 14, 2011

George Weigel-- the author of the definitive biography of Pope John Paul II (Witness to Hope)-- has offered additional details of Communist regimes’ efforts to subvert the Church. Speaking at the...

Leading Japanese prelate rips Neocatechumenal Way CWN - January 14, 2011

Days after the Vatican Secretariat of State overruled the Japanese bishops’ decision to suspend the activities of the Neocatechumenal Way in the nation for five years, the president of the Japanese...

Report documents persecution of Christians in Indonesia CWN - January 14, 2011

Theophilus Bela, president of the Jakarta Christian Communication Forum and secretary general of the Indonesian Committee of Religions for Peace, has prepared a report documenting dozens of recent...

Vatican bank’s president criticizes America’s Keynesian economic policies CWN - January 14, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has published an op-ed piece by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi criticizing the United States’ Keynesian economic policies. Tedeschi, who has served as president of the Institute of...

Ambassador warns of worsening food crisis CWN - January 14, 2011

Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, warned of a worsening world food crisis in a January 13 interview with Vatican Radio. Record food prices have led to riots in several nations. “Deep...

Pope meets with Israeli rabbi CWN - January 14, 2011

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat and chancellor of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), met with Pope Benedict on January 12. According to the CJCUC, the...

January 16: World Day of Migrants and Refugees CWN - January 14, 2011

On January 16, the Church will observe the 97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, a commemoration instituted by St. Pius X. Pope Benedict’s brief message for the day is entitled “One Human...

Beatification of John Paul is set: May 1 CWN - January 14, 2011

Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has released a decree, formally approved by Pope Benedict XVI, confirming the authenticity of a miracle...

Columnist sees great promise in new translation of the Mass CWN - January 14, 2011

When the new English translation of the Mass is introduced in November, Jeffrey Tucker says that it will bring several positive changes: a restored sense of reverence, decorum and tradition; an...

Support traditional family, Pope bids Italian political leaders CWN - January 14, 2011

In an annual meeting with local political leaders, Pope Benedict XVI made a strong plea for public support of family life, “founded on marriage between a man and a woman.” Speaking to Mayor...

Kenyan bishop's home attacked; guard killed CWN - January 14, 2011

One security guard was killed and another seriously wounded when armed men attacked the residence of Bishop Philip Sulumeti of Kakamega, Kenya, on January 13. The motives of the assailants are...

Catholic Charities USA to present awards at Mass to honor Martin Luther King CWN - January 14, 2011

Catholic Charities USA will present its “Keep the Dream Alive” awards at a Mass on January 17 honoring the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2nd annual “Keep the Dream Alive” awards...

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First Anglican ordinariate established in Britain CWN - January 15, 2011

The Vatican has established the first personal ordinariate for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church. On January 15, as 3 former Anglican bishops were ordained to the Catholic priesthood, the...

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American priest declared venerable CWN - January 17, 2011

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has issued a decree, formally approved by Pope Benedict XVI, declaring that Father Nelson Baker (1842-1936), a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, New York,...

Vatican moves 13 candidates closer to beatification, canonization CWN - January 17, 2011

With a series of nine decrees, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has advanced the causes of 13 candidates for canonization or beatification. At a private audience with Cardinal Angelo...

Egypt: man sentenced to death for drive-by shooting of Christians CWN - January 17, 2011

An Egyptian man, Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, has been sentenced to death for killing seven people, including six Coptic Christians, in a January 2010 drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt....

2 million expected for beatification of John Paul CWN - January 17, 2011

Italian authorities are expected two million pilgrims for the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II, according to press reports. An estimated three million people attended his funeral in...

Brazil suffers worst floods in 40 years CWN - January 17, 2011

Caritas Internationalis, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal for aid to Brazil, which is suffering from its worst floods and landslides in 40 years. The...

Holocaust scholar pays tribute to Pope John Paul CWN - January 17, 2011

Michael Berenbaum, a rabbi and Holocaust scholar, has praised the Vatican announcement of Pope John Paul II’s beatification. “Jews have no right to register an opinion on whom the Roman Catholic...

Poland: bishops, chief rabbi recall family slain for sheltering Jews CWN - January 17, 2011

Two Catholic prelates joined the chief rabbi of Poland on January 16 to commemorate the Holocaust and honor Christians who sheltered Jews from Nazi persecution. Archibshop Jozef Michalik of...

Papal encouragement for Finnish ecumenical pilgrimage CWN - January 17, 2011

On January 15, Pope Benedict XVI met in a private audience with an ecumenical delegation from Finland. The group was in Rome on an annual pilgrimage marking the feast of St. Henry, the nation’s...

Pope offers best wishes to Italian police force at Vatican CWN - January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI likened the Italian police who patrol the Vatican area to “guardian angels” during a private audience on January 15 with officials of the General Inspectorate for Public Security...

All Christians form one family, Pope tells Sunday audience CWN - January 17, 2011

Migrants and refugees should be recognized as members of the “one human family,” Pope Benedict XVI said on January 16. Indeed, the Pope reminded Christians, the child Jesus Himself was a...

Irish TV show charges Vatican urged bishops to keep silent on abuse CWN - January 17, 2011

An Irish television documentary, scheduled to be aired on Monday evening, January 17, will report that a leading Vatican official discouraged Irish bishops from reporting priestly abuse to...

Lebanon's top prelate ready to resign? CWN - January 17, 2011

Patriarch Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir—who as head of the Maronite Catholic Church exercises enormous public influence in Lebanon—has reportedly submitted his resignation to the Vatican. The Lebanese...

Coptic leader, fearful of violence in Alexandria, eschews public celebration for Epiphany CWN - January 17, 2011

The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church will not celebrate the liturgy in public on the feast of the Epiphany, which the Copts observe on January 18. For the first time, Coptic Pope Shenouda III...

USCCB backs Obama on easing travel to Cuba CWN - January 17, 2011

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has praised President Barack Obama for his executive order easing restrictions on travel to Cuba. Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, New York, the chairman of...

India's Catholics mourn deaths among Hindu pilgrims CWN - January 17, 2011

Catholic Church leaders in Kerela, India, have expressed shock and dismay at the death of 102 pilgrims during a stampede at a local Hindu shrine. In the Kanjirapally diocese, where the...

Pope joins in anniversary celebration for Polish Ecclesiastical Institute CWN - January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 17 with members of the Polish Ecclesiastical Institute, which is marking its 100th anniversary. The Polish Ecclesiastical Institute was founded in 1910 to provide...

Pope offers support, caution for Neocatechumenal Way CWN - January 17, 2011

In a sign of support for the Neocatechumenal Way, Pope Benedict XVI held a private audience on January 17 for members of the controversial lay movement. But the Pope also offered words of caution,...

UNESCO leader visits with Pontiff CWN - January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 17 with Irina Bokova, the director-general of the UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The conversation, according to a brief...

Another Iraqi Christian shot in Mosul CWN - January 17, 2011

A Christian doctor in Mosul was shot a point-blank range on January 15, in the latest of a series of targeted attacks on Iraqi Christians. Dr. Nuyia Youssif Nuyia, a prominent cardiologist and...

British health worker disciplined for asking colleagues to consider abortion's impact CWN - January 17, 2011

A Catholic mental-health worker in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has been suspended after encouraging colleagues to read material about the psychological impact of abortion on...

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Head of ordinariate hopes for use of some Anglican parishes CWN - January 18, 2011

Father Keith Newton, the former Anglican bishop who is now head of the first personal ordinariate for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church, told a press conference that he hopes that the...

Non-Catholic named head of pontifical academy CWN - January 18, 2011

Pope Benedict has named Werner Arber, an 81-year-old professor emeritus of microbiology at the University of Basel, as president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Arber, who won the Nobel Prize...

Archbishop calls for greater religious freedom in repressive Myanmar CWN - January 18, 2011

The leading prelate in Myanmar (Burma), one of the world’s most repressive nations, is calling for greater religious freedom. Quoting Pope Benedict’s recent Message for the World Day of Peace,...

Chinese Christian discusses police repression, 1-child policy CWN - January 18, 2011

In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Bob Fu, a student leader at Tiananmen Square who subsequently became a Protestant pastor and fled China, discusses the realities of police repression...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: background CWN - January 18, 2011

In 1908, Rev. Paul Wattson, then an Anglican religious in Graymoor, New York, began a Church Unity Octave with the support of Anglican and Catholic prelates, including Cardinal William O’Connell of...

Vatican office ordered Irish bishops not to report abuse, report shows CWN - January 18, 2011

In 1997, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy directed the Irish bishops not to enforce their new policy calling for mandatory reporting of priests who molested children, an Irish television...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity opens CWN - January 18, 2011

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began on Tuesday, January 18, with the focus on the Christian communities of Jerusalem. Materials for this year’s observance—jointly produced by the...

Blood of John Paul II remains as relic CWN - January 18, 2011

A vial of the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, entrusted by doctors to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, will be recognized as a relic when the late Pontiff is beatified. Cardinal Dziwisz, who for...

Vandals post threats at California churches CWN - January 18, 2011

A threatening anti-Catholic message was spray-painted on the walls of at least two Catholic churches in southern California last week. The message "Kill the Cathlics" (sic) was found on the walls...

Columnist raps efforts to curtail pregnancy-resource centers CWN - January 18, 2011

Picking up on the message that New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other Christian leaders sounded at a press conference last week, Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn questions how the...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 19

US bishops outline 9 legislative priorities CWN - January 19, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), outlined the conference’s nine legislative priorities for the coming year. The top...

Islamic fundamentalist education creating ‘bigoted’ Pakistan, says bishops’ official CWN - January 19, 2011

Peter Jacob, executive secretary of the justice and peace commission of the Pakstani bishops’ conference, in part attributes the increasing fundamentalism of the nation’s Muslims to curricular...

England: new translation of Order of Mass comes to parishes in September CWN - January 19, 2011

The bishops of England and Wales have announced that the new translation of the Order of Mass will be used in parishes beginning in September. “The new translation is a great gift to the Church,”...

American Jesuit found dead in Brazil CWN - January 19, 2011

Father Ferdinand Azevedo, an American Jesuit who went to Brazil in 1975 and served as a religion professor at the Catholic University of Pernambuco, was found bound and killed in the northeastern...

Missionaries should accompany migrants, says Vatican official CWN - January 19, 2011

In a likely reference to missionary priests and religious, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People said that at a recent conference that “it is...

US bishops: Address ‘serious moral problems’ in health-care law CWN - January 19, 2011

“Rather than joining efforts to support or oppose the repeal of the recently enacted health care law,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will “continue to devote our efforts...

Protestant pastor killed in Orissa CWN - January 19, 2011

A 45-year-old Pentecostal pastor was found dead in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, the site of an anti-Christian pogrom in 2008. While local police say that Saul Pradhan died accidentally of...

Abortion ‘the most horrendous taking of human life in history’: Bishop Finn CWN - January 19, 2011

In a column preceding the January 22 March for Life, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City - St. Joseph observed that “almost 60 million surgical abortions have been recorded in the United States” since...

EWTN to purchase National Catholic Register CWN - January 19, 2011

EWTN, the global Catholic broadcasting network founded by Mother Angelica, has reached an agreement to purchase the National Catholic Register. The National Catholic Register-- not to be confused...

Pope explains 4 keys to ecumenical work CWN - January 19, 2011

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was the theme of the weekly public audience by Pope Benedict XVI on January 19, with the Holy Father underlining “the providential fact that prayer is at the...

Pope comforts parents of children who have died CWN - January 19, 2011

At his general audience on Wednesday, January 19, Pope Benedict XVI offered special recognition to an Italian group, Figli in paradiso, which offers support to the parents of children who have died....

Nun killed in Congo; Ugandan bishop urges talks with rebels CWN - January 19, 2011

A Congolese nun, Sister Jeanne Yemgane, was shot and killed by rebels who assaulted the vehicle in which she was traveling on January 13. Sister Yemgane, had been the superior of a St. Augustine...

Newly appointed head of Anglican ordinariate outlines position, plans CWN - January 19, 2011

In a press conference following his ordination as a Catholic priest, a former Anglican bishop explained the “step of faith” he was taking as the first leader of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady...

Boston lawyer releases names of priests in abuse cases CWN - January 19, 2011

A Boston attorney who specializes in sex-abuse cases has released the names of over 100 priests and church employees who have been named in sex-abuse complaints. Mitchell Garabedian, who boasts...

Philadelphia abortionist faces multiple murder counts CWN - January 19, 2011

A Philadelphia abortionist has been charged with 8 counts of murder. Dr. Kermith Gosnell was arrested after a woman died following a botched abortion. Prosecutors charge that he also killed 7...

Pope names members of new Vatican finance authority CWN - January 19, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has named the members of the Vatican’s newly formed Financial Information Authority. Following up on the December 30 motu proprio in which he established new rules for Vatican...

Vatican denies Irish bishops were instructed to withhold abuse evidence CWN - January 19, 2011

The Vatican has denied that Irish bishops were told not to report abuse accusations to law-enforcement officials. A previously secret 1997 letter that was cited in an Irish television program as...

Japanese bishops, Neocatechumenal Way remain at odds, journalist reports CWN - January 19, 2011

This week Pope Benedict XVI offered a strong endorsement to the Neocatechumenal Way, as he led a Vatican "commissioning ceremony" in which members of the lay movement were sent off on missions. The...

English hotel loses legal case for refusing gay couple CWN - January 19, 2011

In England, a homosexual couple has won a £3,600 legal judgment from hotel owners who refused to accommodate them. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, the Christian proprietors of the Chymorvah Hotel, had...

Abortion connection cited in 300,000 extra breast-cancer deaths CWN - January 19, 2011

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer has estimated that abortion has led to 300,000 breast-cancer deaths in the US in the years since the Roe v. Wade decision. Dr. Joel Brind explained that his...

Released Thursday, Jan. 20

Abortion on the rise in the US CWN - January 20, 2011

The US abortion rate rose 1% between 2005 and 2008, according to a new report published by the Guttmacher Institute, the research organization that was originally an arm of Planned Parenthood....

Cardinal, ex-Sistine choir director discusses crisis in Church music CWN - January 20, 2011

Describing Pope Benedict’s decision to name him a cardinal as “a sign of love of the Pope for sacred music,” Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci discussed the crisis in Church music in a recent...

Future Pope secretly ordained Slovak seminarians CWN - January 20, 2011

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Jozef Tomko discussed his decades of friendship with Pope John Paul II. The two met in 1969, when the future Pontiff was Archbishop of Krakow and...

Post report on conflicts between Catholic hospitals, bishops CWN - January 20, 2011

The Washington Post has published a lengthy article on conflicts between Catholic hospitals and bishops over abortion and sterilization. The tendentious article begins: In Texas, a Catholic...

Caritas official sees signs of hope in Haiti CWN - January 20, 2011

The emergency response coordinator for Caritas Internationalis, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencies, sees signs of hope for the impoverished nation. Haitians desire “to put...

Columnist pays tribute to Sargent Shriver’s faith CWN - January 20, 2011

Writing in the National Post, Father Raymond de Souza pays tribute to R. Sargent Shriver as “the most outstanding statesman in a tradition that has almost entirely disappeared-- the principled...

Top Islamic scholars suspend talks with Vatican CWN - January 20, 2011

Egypt’s Al Azhar University, the world’s leading center of Sunni Islamic thought, has suspended talks with the Vatican in protest over the “insulting remarks” by Pope Benedict XVI—a reference to the...

Berlusconi under pressure for ties with young women CWN - January 20, 2011

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces heavy criticism from leftist groups, feminists, and the Catholic bishops' conference as an investigation continues into his relations with young...

Martyrs show the road to Christian unity, cardinal says CWN - January 20, 2011

The martyrs who die for the Christian faith, even if they come from different denominations, are the most powerful witnesses to the cause of unity among all believers, according to the president of...

Actor plans ambitious pro-life clinic CWN - January 20, 2011

Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui has announced plans to build the largest pro-life clinic in the US, in Los Angeles. Verastegui made his announcement at a dinner raising funds for Mantle of...

Toronto art show features bullet-riddled image of Pope CWN - January 20, 2011

A Toronto art gallery is planning an exhibit of provocative works that includes a picture of a seated Pope Benedict XVI, riddled with bullet holes. The exhibit entitled "Persona Non Grata- The...

Japanese bishop insists: Neocatechumenal Way stays out of diocese CWN - January 20, 2011

A Japanese bishop has announced his determination to suspend the work of the Neocatechumenal Way in his diocese, regardless of the movement’s support from Rome. Bishop Osamu Mizobe of Takamatsu...

Bishop Tobin rips Obama on abortion advocacy CWN - January 20, 2011

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has said that President Barack Obama cannot credibly speak about compassion as long as he aggressively supports unrestricted abortion. In a...

English counselor, charged with bias against homosexuals, says witnesses were threatened CWN - January 20, 2011

A Christian counselor in England, facing legal charges for seeking to help a man leave the homosexual lifestyle, has reported that potential witnesses in the case have received threatening phone...

California Church leaders unite to support persecuted Christians CWN - January 20, 2011

A California bishop has secured the support of 30 other Christian leaders for a strongly worded statement in support of persecuted Christians. In an initiative for the Week of Prayer for...

Released Friday, Jan. 21

European Parliament condemns persecution of Christians CWN - January 21, 2011

Members of European Parliament have passed a resolution condemning violence against Christians in Iraq and Egypt. “I think we are in a very significant moment in the history of the European...

Russian patriarch proposes measures to decrease abortions CWN - January 21, 2011

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has proposed several measures to reduce the nation’s high abortion rate, including ending state health insurance coverage of most abortions...

US bishops to hold conversations with Catholic college presidents CWN - January 21, 2011

In 1990, Venerable John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, his apostolic constitution on Catholic universities. In 1999, the bishops of the United States approved “The Application of Ex Corde...

Australian bishop laments treatment of asylum seekers CWN - January 21, 2011

An Australian bishop has called upon the nation’s government to offer more humane living conditions to those seeking political asylum. “The federal government must ease the suffering of asylum...

Christian leaders respond to King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ CWN - January 21, 2011

In April 1963, eight Alabama clergymen, including a Catholic auxiliary bishop, wrote “A Call for Unity,” a letter urging an end to a “series of demonstrations by some of our Negro citizens, directed...

Columnist contrasts popularity of John Paul II with image of Benedict XVI CWN - January 21, 2011

Francis X. Rocca, a Religious News Service correspondent, writes in the Wall Street Journal that Pope Benedict XVI does not have the same personal popularity as his predecessor, Pope John Paul II....

Prodded by Catholic Church, Hong Kong eases access to residency CWN - January 21, 2011

Hong Kong has eased its migration laws, allowing the adult children of parents living in Hong Kong to apply for residency, even if the children were born in mainland China. Proponents of the new...

Rediscover moral roots of society, Pope urges CWN - January 21, 2011

In a January 21 meeting with police official of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI said that it is crucial to uphold clear moral principles at a time when the public fears “that moral consensus is breaking...

Liberal media outlets discovering pro-life cause? CWN - January 21, 2011

Are some reliably left-leaning journals finally recognizing the validity of pro-life claims? Mother Jones carries a lengthy and mostly sympathetic portrait of a pro-life lawyer and his efforts to...

Cardinal Levada, Indian bishops focus on 'pluralist' theologians CWN - January 21, 2011

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has joined Indian bishops in a week-long discussion of that country's theologians. Cardinal William Levada has joined 28 Indian...

Australian ordinariate will embrace Anglicans in Japan CWN - January 21, 2011

An ordinariate for Anglicans seeking to join the Catholic Church in Australia, which will be set up by Pentecost, will extend to include Anglicans in Japan, according to an Anglican bishop involved...

Bishop calls for new document correcting misinterpretations of Vatican II CWN - January 21, 2011

A bishop from Kazakstan has suggested the preparation of an authoritative document to expose major errors in the interpretation of the teachings of Vatican II. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, an...

Political motives for Al Azhar's break with Vatican? CWN - January 21, 2011

Egyptian politics and personal rivalries may have contributed to the decision by Al Azhar University to break off talks with the Vatican, according to one leading analyst. Father Bernardo...

Pope blesses lambs; wool to be used for pallium CWN - January 21, 2011

Fulfilling an ancient Roman tradition for the feast of St. Agnes, on January 21, Pope Benedict XVI blessed lambs whose wool will be used to make the pallium, the liturgical vestment that symbolized...

Released Monday, Jan. 24

7 Anglican clergy, 300 laity to join ordinariate CWN - January 24, 2011

Seven clergy and 300 laity from six Anglican parishes will join the new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, according to a BBC report. Father Keith Newton, the former Anglican bishop who...

Obama praises Roe, says decision protects women’s health and freedom CWN - January 24, 2011

President Barack Obama issued a statement on January 22 praising Roe v. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision that struck down laws across the nation protecting unborn children. In the 38 years...

European court: right to commit suicide is among human rights CWN - January 24, 2011

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the “respect for private life” found in the European Convention of Human Rights includes the right of individuals to choose freely to commit...

Vatican spokesman: ordinariate for Anglicans ‘something new and beautiful’ CWN - January 24, 2011

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said recently that the new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is not “a sign of division, but a small bridge on the...

Swaziland: a nation of orphans CWN - January 24, 2011

Orphaned children make up more than 10% of the population of the southern African nation of Swaziland, as one quarter of residents between the ages of 15 to 49 have contracted the AIDS virus. There...

Severe famine in Madagascar diocese CWN - January 24, 2011

The people in the southern Madagascar Diocese of Tolagnaro are suffering from a severe famine caused by drought, according to the nation’s leading prelate, Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of...

Electronic giving to parishes on the rise CWN - January 24, 2011

Regular donations to parishes via electronic payment are on the rise, according to a Reuters wire story. One quarter of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington offer the...

Pope: do not presume a 'right' to marry in the Church CWN - January 24, 2011

“No one has the right to a marriage ceremony,” Pope Benedict XVI told a Vatican tribunal on January 24. “The right to contract marriage presupposes that the parties can and do intend to...

Spirits high, crowds huge in DC for 38th March for Life CWN - January 24, 2011

Braving bitter cold in Washington, DC, and virtually ignored by America’s mainstream media, hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists joined in the 38th March for Life. At a rally on the Mall...

Divisions among the faithful offend Christ, Pope reminds Sunday audience CWN - January 24, 2011

The restoration of Christian unity can only come about as the result of “a serious commitment to convert to Christ,” Pope Benedict XVI told a public audience in Sunday, January 23. Speaking about...

Theological talks prepare for future ecumenical unity, Pope tells Lutheran group CWN - January 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 24 with a delegation from the Evangelical Luthern Church of Germany, which had traveled to Rome for the closing ceremonies of this year’s Week of Prayer for...

Pope mourns death of Roman Jewish leader CWN - January 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of condolence to the Jewish community of Rome upon the death of Tullia Zevi, the former president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, who died on...

Pope sees opportunities, dangers in social networks CWN - January 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI strongly endorsed Christians participation in online social networks, but also strongly cautioned against the dangers of superficial relationships, in his message for the 45th...

Pakistani Muslims demonstrate again in favor of blasphemy laws CWN - January 24, 2011

Thousands of Pakistani Muslims demonstrated in the streets of Peshawar and Faisalbad on January 23 to support the country’s blasphemy laws. Islamic leaders called for a new round of mass...

New York Times story points to 'squalid' abortion clinic, lack of oversight CWN - January 24, 2011

The New York Times has called attention to the “squalid” conditions at the abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who now faces multiple criminal charges related to the...

Anglican leaders rap Pope during Week of Prayer for Christian Unity CWN - January 24, 2011

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, several prominent leaders of the Church of England have broken away from the ecumenical theme to protest the establishment of an ordinariate to provide...

Hawaii: vicar general leaves priesthood for government job CWN - January 24, 2011

The vicar general of the Honolulu diocese has left the priesthood to take a job working for the state’s new governor. Father Marc Alexander, who has been vicar general for 5 years, said that it...

Indian bishops protest court judgment linking missionary's murder to conversions CWN - January 24, 2011

The Catholic bishops of India have protested a statement by the nation’s highest court insinuating that religious conversions were at the roots of anti-Christian violence. “The Church is...

Italian bishops' leader rebukes Berlusconi, chides critics CWN - January 24, 2011

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has joined in the criticism of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is under investigation for prostitution. But he has has also remarked that...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 25

Philippine government will not support reproductive health measures CWN - January 25, 2011

Following meetings with Church officials, the government of President Benigno Aquino III has decided not to endorse controversial reproductive health measures in the nation’s legislature, according...

US bishops urge support for 3 pro-life bills CWN - January 25, 2011

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging members of the House of Representatives...

Vanderbilt changes policy on nursing students taking part in abortions CWN - January 25, 2011

Two prospective nursing students at Vanderbilt University filed a complaint with the federal government after refusing to sign a form that states that nursing students “may be providing nursing care...

Britain: 100 conversions to Islam each week CWN - January 25, 2011

Some 5,200 Britons convert to Islam each year, and 62% are women, according to a survey commissioned by Faith Matters. The typical British convert became a Muslim at age 27 and, according to the...

Update on Father Ciszek’s beatification cause CWN - January 25, 2011

Bishop John Barres of Allentown (Pennsylvania) has formed a historical commission to jumpstart the stalled beatification cause of Father Walter Ciszek (1904-84), the American Jesuit who spent...

‘Catholic yoga’ at Chicago cathedral CWN - January 25, 2011

Indian media are reporting on the presence of “Catholic yoga” classes at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The yoga sessions, which cost $15, are led by two women, one “a devoted Catholic and a...

Pope plans full liturgical schedule for Holy Week, Easter CWN - January 25, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI plans to preside at all of the regular liturgical ceremonies for Holy Week and Easter this year. On January 25, the Vatican released the Pope’s schedule of public liturgical...

Canadian archdiocese probes $500,000 in missing funds CWN - January 25, 2011

The Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland, is investigating the reported misappropriation of $500,000 from archdiocesan pension funds. The archdiocese has asked local police to investigate the...

Distorted translation may have prompted Egyptian Islamic leaders to break with Vatican CWN - January 25, 2011

The decision by Egypt’s Al Azhar University to break off dialogue with the Vatican may have been prompted by a misinterpretation of Pope Benedict XVI, the AsiaNews service reports. Coptic Catholics...

Liverpool archdiocese to put Confirmation before First Communion CWN - January 25, 2011

The Archdiocese of Liverpool has announced plans to change the order in which young people receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation, placing Confirmation before First Communion. Beginning...

Dutch cardinal: abuse arose as major issue in 1990s CWN - January 25, 2011

A Dutch cardinal has admitted that the country’s hierarchy did not make sexual abuse a priority until the 1990s, when reports of clerical abuse began to emerge from the US. Testifying in a case...

Organs harvested from Belgian euthanasia patients CWN - January 25, 2011

Belgian doctors have set up special protocols to harvest vital organs from patients who are choose euthanasia—which is legal in that country. A December presentation to the Belgian Royal Medical...

Pope: mission work 'involves everyone, everything, always' CWN - January 25, 2011

The work of evangelization “involves everyone, everything, always,” Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the 85th World Mission Sunday. The Pope underlines that the Church “is missionary by...

Papal condolences for Moscow bomb victims CWN - January 25, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of sympathy to the families of victims of a January 24 suicide bombing in Moscow’s airport. The Pope’s message, conveyed in a telegram to Russian President...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 26

Leading Italian cardinal warns of ethnic cleansing of Middle East Christians CWN - January 26, 2011

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops’ conference, believes that the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is approaching the level of “ethnic or religious...

Pakistan: bishops declare day of prayer, fasting CWN - January 26, 2011

The bishops of Pakistan have declared Sunday a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the troubled nation. Pakistan “is tense at every level: poverty afflicts large parts of the population;...

Pennsylvania: no abortion clinic inspections for 15 years CWN - January 26, 2011

After Governor Tom Ridge, a “pro-choice” Catholic, became governor of Pennsylvania in 1995, his administration ended inspections of abortion clinics, creating a climate in which abortionists like...

Bishop Vasa requires profession of faith from all catechists, lectors CWN - January 26, 2011

In an interview with Catholic World Report, Bishop Robert Vasa-- recently named the coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa, California-- discusses his concerns about the Catholic Campaign for Human...

Cardinal Kasper on Anglican-Catholic dialogue CWN - January 26, 2011

Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Communion, has awarded the Lambeth Cross to Cardinal Walter Kasper. The award, begun in 1939, is given to non-Anglicans who have...

Cardinal Burke discusses his work in the Curia CWN - January 26, 2011

In an interview with the St. Louis archdiocesan newspaper, Cardinal Raymond Burke discusses the work of the Apostolic Signatura and reflects on the importance of properly forming the consciences of...

Bishop urges prayer for Sudan CWN - January 26, 2011

Amid unofficial reports that 99% of the residents of southen Sudan voted for independence, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio is urging prayers for a peaceful transition. “As so...

Intimidation prompts cancellation of weekly Mass on Spanish campus CWN - January 26, 2011

The University of Barcelona has decided to stop scheduling a Mass on campus every Wednesday until security measures can be adopted to protect Catholic worshipers from a small but aggressive group of...

Ecumenism is obligatory, Pope says CWN - January 26, 2011

At a January 25 Vespers service closing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict XVI said that ecumenical work is a “moral imperative” for all Christians. The Holy Father reminded...

Pope cites St. Joan of Arc as model for political leaders CWN - January 26, 2011

At his weekly public audience on January 26, Pope Benedict spoke about “one of those strong women who brought the light of the Gospel in history at the end of the Middle Ages”—St. Joan of...

New president says Catholic University should promote faith, encourage virtue CWN - January 26, 2011

At his inauguration as the new president of Catholic University of America, John Garvey delivered an address that invoked the thoughts of Blessed John Henry Newman. Garvey argues that Catholic...

Many US campus health plans include abortion coverage CWN - January 26, 2011

At nearly half of the colleges and universities in the US, abortion coverage is included in the health-care insurance programs offered to students, Students for Life has found. Many schools require...

India: court revokes bail for leader of anti-Christian violence CWN - January 26, 2011

The Supreme Court of India has cancelled the bail of one of the convicted ringleaders behind the orchestrated anti-Christian violence in the Kandhamal region of the eastern Orissa state. The...

Catholic journalist, human-rights activist killed in Philippines CWN - January 26, 2011

A crusading Catholic radio journalist was shot and killed in the Philippined on January 24. Gerry Ortega had been involved in human-rights work with indigenous peoples living on Palawan Island,...

Texas: former priest charged with seeking to arrange murder of abuse accuser CWN - January 26, 2011

In Texas, a former Catholic priest will be in court this week to face charges that he tried to hire someone to kill a boy who had accused him of sexual abuse. John Fiala has been behind bars...

Former secretary to Pope John XXIII recalls first announcement to Vatican II CWN - January 26, 2011

An Italian archbishop who once served as private secretary to Pope John XXIII has recounted the announcement of Vatican II, in an article published by L’Osservatore Romano. Archbishop Loris...

Released Thursday, Jan. 27

Muslim population to grow by 700 million in 20 years CWN - January 27, 2011

The world's Muslim population will grow from 1.6 billion to 2.3 billion in the next two decades, according to a report published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. There were 1.1 billion...

Fearing for safety, Pakistani Christians converting to Islam CWN - January 27, 2011

Motivated by fear and better economic prospects, at least 20 Pakistani Christians are converting to Islam each week. In recent weeks, a leading Muslim politician who called for modifications to the...

Bishops condemn Ivory Coast violence CWN - January 27, 2011

The bishops of the Ivory Coast have issued a statement condemning the violence that has afflicted the nation since President Laurent Gbagbo refused to recognize Alassane Ouattara’s victory in the...

Asia Bibi moved to isolation cell CWN - January 27, 2011

Asia Bibi, the 45-year-old Christian mother of five whose death sentence on blasphemy charges has provoked an international outcry, has been moved to an isolation cell in her Pakistani prison for...

Beatification cause begun for nun who restored Blessed Mother’s house CWN - January 27, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City - St. Joseph has begun the cause of beatification of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey (1837), a French nun who acquired and restored what is traditionally believed to...

Daytime TV show for disgraced ‘Father Oprah’ CWN - January 27, 2011

A former Miami archdiocesan priest whose television, radio, and newspaper outreach extended to outlets as varied as Telemundo and EWTN will soon have his own syndicated daytime television talk...

Southern Sudan: a different culture, a quest for independence CWN - January 27, 2011

A referendum in southern Sudan has undoubtedly produced a large majority in favor of independence from the Khartoum government, but the official returns have been delayed-- adding to tensions that...

Vatican bank problems: both external and internal CWN - January 27, 2011

The Vatican Bank, working assiduously to gain "white list" status in the European banking system, now has a new oversight body and a new set of operating rules. But the bank, the Institute for...

Peoria diocese revives beatification cause for Archbishop Sheen CWN - January 27, 2011

The cause for beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, which was suspended last November because of a disagreement between two American dioceses, has been started up again. The Diocese of...

Murder in India shows persistence of caste prejudice CWN - January 27, 2011

A dalit Catholic has been murdered in the town of Thatchur, in India’s southern Tamil state, after he dug a grave for another dalit Catholic in a cemetery previously reserved for members of...

Moscow Patriarch praises outgoing papal nuncio CWN - January 27, 2011

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow praised the former apostolic nuncio in Russia, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, for “your personal contribution to settling difficult problems in relations...

Vatican plans outreach to non-believers, starting in France CWN - January 27, 2011

Vatican plans for a "Courtyard of the Gentiles," to promote dialogue with non-believers, will take shape in March with a series of events in France. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of...

Vietnamese court confirms sentences of Catholic activists CWN - January 27, 2011

A Vietnamese court has rejected the appeal of 6 lay Catholic activists who were convicted of causing social unrest after a series of demonstrations over the government’s seizure of parish...

Philippines: bishops pledge help in AIDS fight CWN - January 27, 2011

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have announced their plans to work aggressively for efforts to combat the spread of AIDS and to help victims of the disease. But the Church leaders stressed...

Internet forum reveals psychological scars of IVF children CWN - January 27, 2011

Children born through in vitro fertilization and other advanced reproductive technologies often feel pain and resentment about their experiences, a new internet forum reveals. Discussing their...

Released Friday, Jan. 28

Leading African prelate responds to CDF statement on condoms CWN - January 28, 2011

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg, one of Africa’s leading prelates, addressed the bishops of South Africa, Botswana, and Swaziland on January 25. Archbishop Tlhagale said that the three...

Council of Europe condemns violence against Middle East Christians CWN - January 28, 2011

Denouncing “Christianophobia,” the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution condemning violence against Christians in the Middle East and calling for the development...

French senate rejects euthanasia CWN - January 28, 2011

In a 170-142 vote, the French senate rejected a measure that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide. Prime Minister François Fillon had spoken out against the bill, as had several...

Indian missionaries prepare to evangelize Bhutan CWN - January 28, 2011

Authorities in Bhutan have signaled that they will permit the registration at least one Christian organization in the landlocked Asian nation. Currently, Christians are permitted to worship in their...

Bishop, exorcist praise new exorcism movie CWN - January 28, 2011

The January 28 release of “The Rite,” a movie based upon the training of an exorcist, has attracted a spate of media coverage, with some articles informative and others condescending. “This is...

Los Angeles Catholic schools add 20 days to school year CWN - January 28, 2011

Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 210 elementary and middle schools will adopt a 200-day school calendar, 20 more than most schools around the nation and 25...

Vatican cardinal’s address on priestly celibacy CWN - January 28, 2011

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy since October, has delivered a magisterial address on the teachings of the popes since Pope Pius XI on priestly celibacy. The address...

South Africa's bishops praise Mandela as model leader CWN - January 28, 2011

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have praised former President Nelson Mandela as “a veritable patriarch who stands for and is an example of the virtues of a truly great and loving Father, who...

Vatican official hopes to revive dialogue with Al Azhar CWN - January 28, 2011

Despite the decision by Al Azhar University to break off talks with the Holy See, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue plans to pursue all opportunities for dialogue...

Terrorist threat against Catholic cabinet minister in Pakistan CWN - January 28, 2011

Terrorist groups in Pakistan are plotting the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the federal government’s minister for religious minorities, the Fides news service reports. Bhatti, a Catholic, is...

Pope encourages talks with Oriental Orthodox churches CWN - January 28, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 28 with members of a joint commission for dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox churches. The Pontiff expressed appreciation for their work...

India: Christians outraged by 'whitewash' commission report on violence in Karnataka CWN - January 28, 2011

Christian leaders in India’s southern Karnataka state have decried a report that absolved the local government, police, and Hindu groups of responsibility for violent attacks on Christians in the...

Maltese 'visionary' caused stir at papal audience CWN - January 28, 2011

A Maltese man caused a minor disruption at the weekly papal audience on January 26, when he shouted for the Pope’s attention, hoping to give him a letter about an alleged Marian...

Released Monday, Jan. 31

700,000 Poles to travel to Rome for Pope John Paul’s beatification CWN - January 31, 2011

An estimated 700,000 Poles will travel to Rome for the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II, according to a Polish news agency. Some Polish travel agencies are donating 5% of proceeds to...

Canadian bishops issue pastoral letter on chastity CWN - January 31, 2011

The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a pastoral letter to young people on chastity. “Living chastity is no easy business in the...

Missionary’s account of protests in Egypt CWN - January 31, 2011

An anonymous missionary in Egypt has offered an eyewitness account of protests in Cairo to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. “The police have retreated...

Bishop Kicanas urges Catholic colleges to strengthen Catholic identity CWN - January 31, 2011

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson has called upon Catholic colleges to “place Catholic identity first” among their concerns. “Catholic is not just an adjective accidental to who you are,” he told...

Caritas appeal for Brazil flood victims CWN - January 31, 2011

Caritas Internationalis, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal on behalf of the victims of Brazil’s worst natural disaster in four decades. An estimated...

Philippines: nuns dance by cathedral altar to rock tune CWN - January 31, 2011

Thirty nuns danced to the tune of “Toyang,” a 1993 song by the Eraserheads, in the hopes of attracting vocations to the religious life. The dance took place on January 29 by the altar of the...

US bishops express confidence in CHA, despite disagreements CWN - January 31, 2011

Although the Catholic Health Association (CHA) worked for passage of the Obamacare legislation that the US bishops opposed, and offered its support for the Arizona hospital that Bishop Olmsted...

New prelate to join Vatican bank leadership? CWN - January 31, 2011

The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), will soon have a new prelate on its leadership team, according to Italian media reports. Msgr. Luigi Misto, who handles financial...

Pope meets with members of Pontifical Ethiopian College CWN - January 31, 2011

On Saturday, January 29, Pope Benedict XVI met with teachers and students from the Pontifical Ethiopian College, and urged them to “walk resolutely on the path to sanctity.” The Pontifical...

Papal tribute highlights 400th anniversary of Pontifical University in Philippines CWN - January 31, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a videotaped message of congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff of the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila, which is celebrating its 400th...

Vatican backs further efforts against leprosy CWN - January 31, 2011

In observance of the 58th annual World Leprosy Day, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care released a statement expressing “gratitude for the commitment of millions of workers,...

Beatitudes provide a new standard of human happiness, Pope says CWN - January 31, 2011

At this Sunday audience on January 30, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Beatitude offer “a new program for life, to free ourselves from the false values of the world and open ourselves to true...

Pope offers prayers for peace in Middle East CWN - January 31, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers for peace in the Middle East, and especially in the Holy Land, as he concluded his Angelus audience on Sunday, January 30. Two young members of the Italian...

India's justice minister wants federal probe into attacks on Christian churches CWN - January 31, 2011

With Christian leaders in India angrily denouncing a report that absolved local officials from responsibility for the violent attacks on Christian churches in the Karnataka state, the nation’s...

Australian Anglicans plan for their ordinariate CWN - January 31, 2011

Australian Anglicans who are interested in entering the Catholic Church will gather at Coomera this week for a 3-day conference, planning for the establishment of a new ordinariate in Australia....

Vatican denies bid to name Pope as defendant in abuse case CWN - January 31, 2011

The Vatican has turned down a bid by a high-profile American lawyer to name Pope Benedict and other top Vatican officials as defendants in a sex-abuse lawsuit. Jeffrey Anderson, a Minnesota...

Will Bhutan allow Christian missionaries? Dissident is skeptical CWN - January 31, 2011

The government of Bhutan has announced that it is accepting the establishment of a Catholic mission in the country. But an exiled dissident warns that no formal recognition has been granted, and...

EU resolution to downplay concern for persecution of Christians? CWN - January 31, 2011

As a response to an appeal to defend persecuted Christians, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Council of Europe, foreign ministers of the European Union are said to be preparing on a document...

Egyptian strife puts new pressure on Coptic Christians CWN - January 31, 2011

The explosion of unrest in Egypt comes just a few weeks after an outbreak of violence against the country's Coptic Orthodox. Religion reporter Terry Mattingly asks a question that few media reports...

Federal court strikes down Baltimore rule restricting pregnancy-resource centers CWN - January 31, 2011

A federal court in Maryland has struck down a law that would have required pregnancy-resource centers to post signs advertising their opposition to abortion. The court ruled that the requirements...

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