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Released Thursday, Jun. 2

CWN closed for Ascension Thursday CWN - June 2, 2011

The editorial offices of Catholic World News are closed today, June 2, for Ascension Thursday. Barring unexpected news developments, CWN will not be posting headline stories on Thursday. We will...

Released Friday, Jun. 3

Preview: Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to Croatia CWN - June 3, 2011

On June 4, Pope Benedict will begin a two-day journey to Croatia, his nineteenth apostolic journey outside Italy. Blessed John Paul visited the nation three times following its 1991...

Ireland: Archbishop Martin laments slowness of apostolic visitation CWN - June 3, 2011

Stating that “the coming five years will be among the most critical in the history of recent Irish Catholicism,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin called for the speedy release of the results of...

US bishops to consider statement on assisted suicide CWN - June 3, 2011

At their June 15-17 meeting in Seattle, the bishops of the United States will discuss a statement on assisted suicide. “After years of relative inaction following legalization of...

Peruvian bishops issue election statement CWN - June 3, 2011

The bishops of Peru have issued a statement ahead of the June 5 presidential runoff between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori. Supporters of legalized abortion and same-sex marriage have backed...

Pakistani Catholics lament murder of journalist CWN - June 3, 2011

Human rights activists and members of religious minorities in Pakistan, including Catholics, are lamenting the murder of Asia Times reporter Syed Saleem Shazad. “We cannot keep silent about the...

New head of US bishops’ child protection office CWN - June 3, 2011

Deacon Bernard Nojadera, a psychiatric social worker and therapist who has led the Diocese of San Jose’s child protection office since 2002, has been named head of the United States Conference of...

Biden in surprise meeting with Pope Benedict CWN - June 3, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met privately with US Vice President Joseph Biden at the Vatican on June 3. The meeting had not been announced in advance, and neither the Vatican nor the American government...

Pope meets Palestinian leader, supports separate state CWN - June 3, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 3 with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. During their discussion the Pontiff underlined the need for a just and lasting solution to the...

Vatican official exhorts Chinese clerics to resist government pressure CWN - June 3, 2011

The Hong Kong-born secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Evangelization is urging Chinese bishops to resist pressure to participate in illicit episcopal ordinations. Divisions within the...

Italy releases frozen funds of Vatican bank CWN - June 3, 2011

Italian banking officials have released the €23 million ($33 million) in funds from the Vatican bank that were frozen last September in connection with a probe into money-laundering...

NLRB again denies religious character of a Catholic university CWN - June 3, 2011

Last week a regional official of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that St. Xavier University in Chicago must allow adjunct professors to form a union. The ruling marked the second...

Bishop of Tripoli decries NATO bombing attacks, cites civilian casualties CWN - June 3, 2011

“In order to destroy Qaddafi, NATO is killing dozens of innocent people,” charges Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli, Libya. “Bombs are becoming our Calvary,” says Bishop...

Vietnamese priests elected to government bodies CWN - June 3, 2011

Seven Catholics priests have been elected to Vietnam’s national assembly and provincial councils, according to official results of the voting conducted on May 22. At least 20 priests won election to...

Cardinal Burke pulls out of English conference; cites controversy CWN - June 3, 2011

Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Apostolic Signatura, has withdrawn from a scheduled speaking appearance in London, citing the controversy raised by the sponsoring organization and its...

Israeli priest, convert from Judaism, named to top Vatican tribunal CWN - June 3, 2011

In Israel, the media have taken notice of the appointment of an Israeli-born priest, a convert from Judaism, to the top appeals court at the Vatican. Father David Maria Jaeger, a native of Tel...

Maronite Patriarch hosts talks on Lebanon's future CWN - June 3, 2011

Maronite Catholic Patriarch Beshara Rai has brought together lay Catholic leaders from the country’s contending political factions to discuss the Christian presence in Lebanon. The talks, held at...

Cardinal Scola seen as leading choice for Milan post CWN - June 3, 2011

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice is the leading candidate to be named the new Archbishop of Milan, according to Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa--who has established an enviable record...

Boston archdiocese weighs radical reorganization plan CWN - June 3, 2011

The Archdiocese of Boston is weighing plans to ease “a spiral of financial distress” by group its 291 parishes into clusters, sharing priests and resources, AP reports. Citing an internal...

Could the ordinariates draw Evangelicals toward Catholicism? CWN - June 3, 2011

Commenting on the Angican ordinariates, Father Dwight Longenecker remarks that many conservative Anglicans are not ready to enter the Catholic Church, because their outlook is distinctly Protestant....

The New York Times as a religion CWN - June 3, 2011

"In my house growing up,” says the newly appointed editor of the New York Times, “the Times substituted for religion. If the Times said it, it was the absolute truth.” James Taranto of the Wall...

Released Monday, Jun. 6

Religious superiors laud new Vatican prefect’s irenic approach CWN - June 6, 2011

The heads of confederations of men and women religious are praising Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz, the new prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic...

105,000 Christians martyred yearly, says European official CWN - June 6, 2011

Every year 105,000 Christians are killed because of their faith. This shocking figure was disclosed by Italian sociologist Massimo Introvigne, representative of the OSCE (Organization for...

African bishop kidnapped, released CWN - June 6, 2011

A bishop in the Central African Republic was kidnapped by rebel forces on June 2 and soon released. Bishop Edouard Mathos was abducted as he traveled to a village to administer the Sacrament of...

Nepal may ban conversion, evangelization CWN - June 6, 2011

The parliament of Nepal, a Hindu monarchy until 2006, is considering a measure that would ban evangelization and conversion from one religion to another. “The article prohibits any act which may...

Bishop decries bombing of church, warns against partition of Libya CWN - June 6, 2011

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli is warning that the partition of Libya would “create breeding ground for terrorist acts.” Following extensive damage to a Coptic Orthodox church during a NATO...

Bishop fears Syria will become next Iraq CWN - June 6, 2011

An auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem told Vatican Radio that he fears that a regime change in Syria could create a climate in which the nation’s 1.5 million Christians face active persecution. “The...

Court: New York schools, in offering community access, may bar worship CWN - June 6, 2011

A panel of a federal appeals court has ruled that New York City may prevent religious organizations from holding worship services in public school buildings. The ruling overturned a federal district...

Pope speaks on Euro-skepticism, notes EU bureaucracy CWN - June 6, 2011

In a conversation with reporters who accompanied him on a June 4 flight to Croatia, Pope Benedict XVI said that Croatia’s entry into the European Union should help to reinforce the sense of Europe’s...

In Croatia, Pope warns: Europe without faith will collapse CWN - June 6, 2011

During a weekend visit to Croatia on June 4-5, Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly emphasized the Christian roots of European civilization, suggesting that Croatian entry into the European Union might help...

Pray, work for strong Christian families, Pope urges congregation in Zagreb CWN - June 6, 2011

“In today’s society, the presence of exemplary Christian families is more necessary and urgent than ever,” said Pope Benedict XVI, as he celebrated Mass for well over 300,000 people at a racetrack...

Apostolic visitation of Irish dioceses concluded; follow-up on religious orders due CWN - June 6, 2011

An apostolic visitation of the four archdioceses of Ireland has been concluded, the Vatican announced on June 6. However, further probes will be made of some Irish religious orders. The apostolic...

Pope affirms heroism of Cardinal Stepinac CWN - June 6, 2011

During his weekend visit to Croatia, Pope Benedict XVI mounted a strong defense of the memory of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, the wartime Archbishop of Zagreb who has been the object of a bitter...

Detroit's Archbishop Vigneron cautions clergy against joining in dissidents' conference CWN - June 6, 2011

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit has cautioned the clergy of his archdiocese against participation in a conference organized by dissident Catholics. In a June 3 letter to priests and deacons...

Mexican bishops oppose bid to decriminalize marijuana CWN - June 6, 2011

The Catholic bishops of Mexico have rejected calls for the legalization of marijuana. “The fight against drugs must be a global effort, not a unilateral action,” said Archbishop Carlos Aguiar...

Ordinariate growing: 54 ordinations in England; Anglican parish in Maryland to enter CWN - June 6, 2011

On Pentecost Sunday more than 50 former Anglican clerics will be ordained as Catholic priests for the English ordinariate of Our Lady of Walshingham. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark will...

Philadelphia priests reject plea-bargain offer; will fight abuse charges CWN - June 6, 2011

Three Philadelphia priests and a lay Catholic schoolteacher have rejected a plea-bargaining deal that would have had them serve at least 7 years in prison on child-molestation charges. The four have...

UN calls for probe of abuse in Church-run institutions; notes state connection CWN - June 6, 2011

The UN Committee Against Torture has called for an investigation of abuses in Ireland’s Church-administered Magdalene Laundries, and said that victims of the institutions should receive...

Southern Sudan faces new threats on eve of independence: Vatican spokesman CWN - June 6, 2011

The director of the Vatican press office has called attention to the forthcoming independence of southern Sudan, and the threats already facing the new nation. In a weekly editorial, Father...

New York Times columnist rips Church, praises one Irish prelate CWN - June 6, 2011

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd proclaims Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin as the sole hero of Ireland’s sex-abuse scandal, in a column scattered with errors of fault and logic. Dowd...

Giotto produced Shroud of Turin, Italian author claims CWN - June 6, 2011

In a new book, an Italian author has made the claim that the Shroud of Turin was fabricated by Giotto in 1315. Luciano Buso says that a careful examination of the Shroud shows “a number of...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 7

Philippine bishops denounce proposal to legalize divorce CWN - June 7, 2011

Bishops across the Philippines are denouncing a measure that would legalize divorce. “Being a country where divorce is not legal is an honor that every Filipino should be proud of,” said...

Colonial-era bishop, governor of Mexico beatified CWN - June 7, 2011

Nearly three centuries after Pope Benedict XIII introduced his beatification cause, Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-59), who briefly governed Mexico during the colonial era, was beatified on...

UK: Cameron calls for limits on immodest advertising CWN - June 7, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the recommendations of a new report on the commercialization and sexualization of childhood. “I particularly welcome those recommendations to make public...

Pakistani think tank laments persecution of Christians CWN - June 7, 2011

The Jinnah Institute, a Pakistani public-policy think tank chaired by a Muslim, has issued a report documenting and denouncing the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the...

Libya: bishop laments desecration of cemetery CWN - June 7, 2011

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli has condemned the desecration of an Italian cemetery by Libyans angered by NATO airstrikes. Libya was an Italian colony from 1912 to 1947. “We must make it clear...

Bishop Finn apologizes for handling of priest’s cases CWN - June 7, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City - St. Joseph has renewed his apology for the manner in which he handled allegations involving Father Shawn Ratigan, who has pled not guilty to child pornography...

Vatican newspaper: reflections on future of Catholic publishing CWN - June 7, 2011

In an essay that appeared in the June 6-7 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the director of the Madrid-based Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos reflected upon the challenges facing Catholic publishers...

Illinois dioceses sue to stop enforcement of same-sex adoption rule CWN - June 7, 2011

Three Catholic dioceses in Illinois have filed suit to block enforcement of a new law that would require adoption agencies to give equal treatment to homosexual couples. The dioceses of Peoria,...

China postpones illicit ordination of new bishop CWN - June 7, 2011

Chinese officials have postponed plans to ordain a new bishop without Vatican approval. The ordination of Father Shen Guoan as Bishop of Hankou had been scheduled for Friday, June 10. Chinese...

Scottish archbishop discourages use of extraordinary form CWN - June 7, 2011

A Scottish archbishop has told his priests that there is “no requirement or indeed encouragement for any of us to promote the so-called extraordinary form” of the Mass—despite the clear Vatican call...

Texas governor issues call for prayer, fasting for US CWN - June 7, 2011

Governor Rick Perry of Texas has issued a call for prayer and fasting for the welfare of the US, and encouraged his fellow governors to join him in a day of prayer on August 6. Two governors—Sam...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 8

Pakistan: political party leader calls for banning of Bible CWN - June 8, 2011

Citing the nation’s blasphemy laws, a Pakistani political party leader has called upon the nation’s supreme court to ban the Bible on the grounds that “pornographic” passages have been inserted into...

‘Sincere repentance’ necessary to renew Church in Ireland, says cardinal CWN - June 8, 2011

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, who conducted the apostolic visitation of the Archdiocese of Armagh in Ireland, says that “sincere repentance” and transparency are necessary for the renewal and...

Pro-life Catholic elected speaker of Canada’s Parliament CWN - June 8, 2011

Andrew Scheer, a 32-year-old Catholic and father of four from Saskatchewan, has been elected the youngest speaker in the history of Canada’s Parliament. Described by a Canadian pro-life newspaper...

Pope Paul VI’s unedited talk on St. Thomas Aquinas CWN - June 8, 2011

Relying on decades-old audio from Vatican Radio, L’Osservatore Romano has published the unedited version of a 1974 speech given by Pope Paul VI in Aquino, the birthplace of St. Thomas Aquinas. A...

Brazil: bishops condemn murder of environmental activist CWN - June 8, 2011

The Brazilian bishops’ Commission for the Pastoral Care of Charity, Justice and Peace has condemned the murder of José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife. The activist, who opposed illegal...

Boston archdiocese opens canonization cause for Spanish-born priest CWN - June 8, 2011

The Archdiocese of Boston has opened the canonization cause of Father Joseph Muzquiz (1912-83), a Spanish-born priest of Opus Dei who ministered in Chicago, Washington, and Boston. A civil engineer...

Vietnamese refugee to be ordained bishop in Australia CWN - June 8, 2011

An Australian newspaper has published a profile of Father Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a Conventual Franciscan friar who will be ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne on June 23. The priest, who was 13...

At audience, Pope recaps visit to Croatia CWN - June 8, 2011

Following his usual pattern after a foreign trip, Pope Benedict XVI devoted his weekly public audience on June 8 to reflections on his visit to Croatia the previous weekend. Breaking from his...

Lesbian comic denied speaking date at Toronto Catholic school CWN - June 8, 2011

A lesbian comic claims that she was blocked from an appearance at a Toronto Catholic high school when Church leaders learned about her same-sex marriage. Dawn Whitwell had been considered as a...

Vatican paper explores history of Vatican ties with 1930s Spanish Republic CWN - June 8, 2011

The Vatican newspaper has published an account of the troubled diplomatic relationship between the Holy See and the Spanish Republic in the 1930s, based on documents from the Vatican...

Vatican clarifies: no altar girls at traditional Mass CWN - June 8, 2011

The Vatican has indicated that girls should not serve at the altar when Mass is celebrated in the extraordinary form. In response to queries on the subject, the Ecclesia Dei commission explained...

Cloyne abuse report still delayed CWN - June 8, 2011

A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Ireland’s Cloyne diocese may not be made public until the nation’s High Court resolves arguments about material that should be withheld, justice minister...

Pakistani commission probes report of girl's kidnapping, forced marriage CWN - June 8, 2011

Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and Peace is investigating the case of a Christian girl who was reportedly kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage. “On the case of Farah Hatim,...

Journalists avoid asking tough questions about women claiming ordination CWN - June 8, 2011

At GetReligion, journalist Terry Mattingly critiques a Baltimore Sun report on two Maryland women who claim to have been ordained as Catholic priests. As is so often the case, Mattingly observes,...

Notre Dame board member resigns; faced criticism for donations to pro-abortion group CWN - June 8, 2011

A Chicago hedge-fund executive has resigned from the board of directors of the University of Notre Dame, after a controversy erupted over her donations to a pro-abortion group. Roxanne Martino,...

Released Thursday, Jun. 9

Cathedral bombed in Nigeria CWN - June 9, 2011

The cathedral in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri was heavily damaged in a June 7 bombing. “St. Patrick’s Cathedral was seriously damaged, windows and doors [were] destroyed, the whole...

Venezuela’s bishops lament attacks on sacred images CWN - June 9, 2011

The officers of Venezuela’s episcopal conference have issued a statement expressing their “shock and firm repudiation” of recent attacks on sacred images. “These attacks are added to other...

Sister Johnson rips USCCB critique of her work CWN - June 9, 2011

Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson has written a 38-page letter defending her 2007 book Quest for the Living God against a recent critique by the Committee on Doctrine of the...

Poll: 92% of Americans believe in God CWN - June 9, 2011

92% of Americans believe in God, according to a new Gallup survey--down from 98% in 1967. When asked whether they believe in God or a “universal spirit,” 80% of Americans say they believe in God,...

British pro-lifers adopting ‘US tactics’ CWN - June 9, 2011

Pro-lifers in the United Kingdom are making greater use of “US tactics” such as prayer vigils, according to a recent article in The Guardian. Msgr. Philip Reilly of the Helpers of God’s Precious...

Caritas renews appeal for Japan CWN - June 9, 2011

Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of Catholic relief and development agencies, has announced a new program to assist those made homeless by the March 11 earthquake. “Life is not easy...

Libya: bishop modifies statement on desecration of cemetery CWN - June 9, 2011

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli has modified an earlier statement on the desecration of an Italian cemetery. On June 6, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli had told the Fides news agency that “I called the...

Libyan bishop denies rumor that he is sheltering Qaddafi CWN - June 9, 2011

The leading Catholic prelate in Libya has denied rumors that he has given refuge to the country’s embattled leader, Muammar Qaddafi, in his offices. Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the apostolic...

Strong papal endorsement for environmentalism CWN - June 9, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI delivered a strong message of support for environmentalism on June 9, in a meeting with six new ambassadors to the Holy See: from Belize, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Moldova, New...

Detroit to host opposing conferences by radical group, orthodox Catholics CWN - June 9, 2011

Detroit’s leading newspapers has called attention to conferences organized by two competing Catholic groups, to be held in the metropolitan area this weekend, offering dramatically different visions...

Muslim worker sues Catholic diocese for religious discrimination CWN - June 9, 2011

A Muslim woman has filed a religious-discrimination lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, claiming that she was dismissed from her job at the diocese because of her...

Chicago prison chaplain charged with aiding imprisoned Mafia boss CWN - June 9, 2011

A Catholic priest in Chicago has been charged with helping an imprisoned mob leader conduct business from behind bars. A federal indictment charges that Father Eugene Klein, a prison minister,...

John Allen on the Caritas struggle and Catholic identity CWN - June 9, 2011

In a perceptive account of the Vatican’s effort to assert control over the activities of the Catholic charitable consortium Caritas International, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter makes...

Indian archbishop is nominee for Nobel Peace Prize CWN - June 9, 2011

Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati, India, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work for reconciliation among different religious and ethnic groups in northeast...

Vietnam prosecuting Catholic human-rights leader CWN - June 9, 2011

Authorities in Vietnam are pressing criminal charges against Peter Pham Minh Hoang, a Catholic university professor, charging that he has sought to overthrow the government. Hoang, who has been...

Moscow authorities close down Orthodox soup kitchen CWN - June 9, 2011

The city council in Moscow has ordered an Orthodox parish to close down a soup kitchen that feeds dozens of homeless people. The city council said that the soup kitchen harms the image of the...

Pope calls for 'real reforms,' open negotiations to resolve crisis in Syria CWN - June 9, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has called for “real reforms” to resolve the political crisis in Syria, urging negotiations that would take “a deliberately comprehensive approach” and include all the “legitimate...

Released Friday, Jun. 10

Mexico: cardinal condemns ‘sexual preference’ amendment CWN - June 10, 2011

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez of Guadalajara has condemned the swift approval of a constitutional amendment that bans discrimination on the basis of “sexual preference.” “By protecting sexual...

Intense persecution of Church in Laos CWN - June 10, 2011

Catholics in northern Laos are suffering from an increasingly intense persecution, according to UCA News. Local officials in the Communist nation are requiring some Catholics to miss Mass and...

Bishop sees ‘tolerant’ Islam in the Comoros CWN - June 10, 2011

A year after his appointment as the first bishop of the overwhelmingly Muslim Comoros--which consists of three islands between mainland Africa and Madagascar--Bishop Mahuza Yava told Aid to the...

Jesuit parish cancels Qur’an reading CWN - June 10, 2011

A Jesuit parish in Charlotte has canceled plans to read the Qur’an from the pulpit on June 26, the feast of Corpus Christi. “Just having something public is not going to be a big, big deal here,...

Obama administration official lauds worldwide gay pride rallies CWN - June 10, 2011

The deputy assistant secretary of the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor said he was “delighted to be able to wish everyone a Happy Pride” on behalf of Secretary of...

New UN report calls for sex education at 10 CWN - June 10, 2011

A new UN report calls for the adoption of comprehensive sexuality education beginning at age 10 in order to combat the spread of AIDS, according to the Catholic Family & Human Rights. “It is time...

Online chat with Southern Sudan bishop CWN - June 10, 2011

Catholic Relief Services is hosting a live online chat with a Southern Sudanese bishop on June 15. When Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, 47, was an infant, troops from the north killed his...

Vatican diplomacy is priestly work, Pope reminds future envoys CWN - June 10, 2011

During a June 10 visit to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy—the institution that trains young clerics for the Vatican diplomatic service—Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that every Vatican diplomat...

Vatican to unveil revamped web site CWN - June 10, 2011

The Vatican is preparing to launch a newly designed web site, with a cleaner and more attractive graphic presentation. Although the new site is not yet active--so that links do not work--the new...

Archbishop of Canterbury ignites British debate on welfare, politics, and faith CWN - June 10, 2011

With a sharp attack on the British government’s welfare policies, the Archbishop of Canterbury has thrust the Church of England into a heated political debate, and exposed differences between the...

Filipino president likens bishop's criticism to Nazi propaganda CWN - June 10, 2011

A dispute between President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines and Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblo of Butuan turned ugly when a spokesman for the president compared the bishop’s criticism with Nazi...

Kansas City's Bishop Finn names prosecutor to head independent probe of abuse cases CWN - June 10, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City has appointed a former federal prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation into sex-abuse complaints in his diocese. Bishop Finn announced the...

French lawmakers turn down embryonic stem-cell research CWN - June 10, 2011

French lawmakers have rejected a bid to allow embryonic stem-cell research, in a vote that the Vatican newspaper characterized as a “positive turnaround.” Rejecting the recommendations of a...

Cardinal Scola seen likely choice for Milan appointment CWN - June 10, 2011

The Congregation for Bishops has voted to recommend the appointment of Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice as the next Archbishop of Milan, according to two noted Italian journalists specializing in...

New Chaldean eparchy created for Iraqi Catholic refugees in Canada CWN - June 10, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has established a Chaldean Catholic eparchy in Canada, and appointed Archbishop Hanna Zora as its first bishop. The establishment of a new ecclesiastical jurisdiction reflects...

Catholic opposition forced China to halt illicit ordination CWN - June 10, 2011

China’s plans to ordain a new bishop without permission from the Holy See were thwarted by the concerted opposition of the Catholic laity, and the resistance of the priest who was chosen for...

Papal audience with Gypsies set for Saturday CWN - June 10, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI will hold a special audience with over 2,000 European Gypsies on June 11. Pope Benedict will hear testimony from leaders of four different Gypsy communities, and deliver his own...

Opinion Roundup CWN - June 10, 2011

Several unrelated, but interesting, observations today: The Archbishop of Canterbury has sparked an interesting debate in England, with a statement on political affairs a statement on political...

Released Monday, Jun. 13

Vatican spokesman calls for dialogue, reconciliation in Syria CWN - June 13, 2011

Describing the “persistent violence and apparent lack of solutions” in Syria as “especially worrisome,” the director of the Holy See Press Office called for “dialogue, reconciliation, and peace” in...

Bishop calls for international intervention in Central African Republic CWN - June 13, 2011

A bishop in the Central African Republic has called upon the international community to provide the “necessary logistical and material support to the fight against the growing insecurity in the...

Southern Africa’s bishops blast Swaziland’s ‘brutal’ regime CWN - June 13, 2011

Speaking on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban called for prayers for “meaningful change” in Swaziland. “Swaziland is a country in...

Holy See diplomat praises draft UN document on violated children CWN - June 13, 2011

The representative of the Holy See at UN offices in Geneva offered praise for a draft document that would establish a procedure under which child victims of child trafficking, pornography, or...

Kidnapped Pakistani Christian may be sold abroad CWN - June 13, 2011

Pakistani Catholic sources have told the Fides news agency that a 24-year-old Christian woman who was kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and forced to marry a Muslim may soon be sold...

Christians fleeing Eritrea face horrible suffering in Egypt CWN - June 13, 2011

Eritreans who have fled one of the world’s most repressive regimes are facing unimaginable suffering once they arrive in Egypt, where an estimated 200 have fallen into the hands of human...

Caritas to aid 100,000 in South Sudan CWN - June 13, 2011

Caritas International, the confederation of Catholic relief and development agencies, has announced that it will provide aid to 100,000 people in South Sudan over the next year. Two million lost...

Pope holds rare 'cabinet meeting' with top Vatican officials CWN - June 13, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI held a special meeting on June 13, with the leaders of the Roman Curia. The Vatican did not disclose the purpose of the Monday-morning meeting. Pope Benedict has only rarely...

Brazilian bishop-elect declines appointment to care for ailing mother CWN - June 13, 2011

A Brazilian priest who was named an auxiliary bishop has declined the appointment in order to care for his mother. On May 4, Pope Benedict XVI named Father José Aparecido Hergesse to be an...

Pope hopes for Gypsy integration into European society CWN - June 13, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 11 with 2,000 Gypsies, and told them—using the words of Pope Paul VI—“You are in the heart of the Church." The Gypsies, coming from many different European...

Holy Spirit animates Church, Pope tells Pentecost audience CWN - June 13, 2011

Pentecost marks the “baptism of the Church,” Pope Benedict XVI told a midday audience on the feast day, June 12. At Pentecost, the Pope said, God gave the Church his law of love, “writing by...

German priest, martyred by Nazis, is beatified CWN - June 13, 2011

Father Alois Andritzki, a German priest who died at Dachau, was beatified on June 13. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the Monday...

Priest defies archbishop, presides at illicit Mass at dissidents' conference CWN - June 13, 2011

A Benedictine priest faces possible disciplinary action after he presided at a Mass celebrated for a conference of Catholic dissidents in Detroit, defying a warning by Archbishop Allen...

Pope to visit Ireland next year? CWN - June 13, 2011

A papal visit to Ireland in 2012 now seems likely, according to press reports in that country. Ranking Vatican officials were reportedly in Dublin last week. Their presence was taken as an...

Blood of Bl. John Paul II becomes relic for altar in Krakow church CWN - June 13, 2011

A vial of blood taken from Blessed John Paul II has been placed in the altar of a church in Krakow, Poland, where the late Pontiff once served as archbishop. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the...

New English translation of Mass unveiled in Australia CWN - June 13, 2011

The new English-language translation of the Roman Missal has been introduced in Australia, drawing a strong positive response. “People are quietly appreciative,” said Cardinal George Pell of...

Why Catholic University is returning to same-sex dorms CWN - June 13, 2011

John Garvey, the president of Catholic University of America, explained in a Wall Street Journal column that the school will house all incoming freshmen in same-sex dorms. He points to studies...

Boston archdiocese forces change in plans for 'Gay Pride' Mass CWN - June 13, 2011

The Boston archdiocese has forced an urban parish to cancel plans for a special Mass celebrating Gay Pride Month. But the pastor earned applause from his congregation with Sunday sermons welcoming...

Cuban dissidents were tricked to accept Spanish exile, reporter writes CWN - June 13, 2011

Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes that when Cuban dissidents were freed from prison and allowed to travel to Spain, their departure represented a propaganda victory for the...

Chinese bishops must repent illicit ordinations, Vatican says CWN - June 13, 2011

Chinese prelates who were ordained without Vatican approval, or participated in such illicit ordinations, should make a public display of their repentance, the Vatican has said. A new document...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 14

Pakistan: bishop urges release of woman forced to convert to Islam CWN - June 14, 2011

A Pakistani bishop has pledged that the Church will do “everything possible” to secure the release of Farah Hatim, a 24-year-old woman who has been kidnapped, forced to marry, and forced to convert...

Corruption drives persecution of Church in Vietnam CWN - June 14, 2011

The greed of local Communist officials is a major contributing factor to the persecution of the Church in Vietnam, according to the director of AsiaNews. “In some ways there is more freedom, but...

Colombia: teens desecrate Blessed Sacrament CWN - June 14, 2011

Two teenagers broke into a chapel in the Diocese of Pereira on the evening of June 5-6, stealing $1,000 worth of valuables and desecrating the Blessed Sacrament. The incident took place in...

El Salvador prelate calls for enforcement of child labor laws CWN - June 14, 2011

El Salvador’s leading prelate has called upon those in public office to enforce the nation’s child labor laws. An estimated 10% of the nation’s children currently work in jobs intended for adults....

Vatican newspaper skewers claims of some embryonic stem-cell advocates CWN - June 14, 2011

Writing in the June 13-14 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Augusto Pessina praised the recent French ban on embryonic stem cell research and criticized the outlandish claims of some embryonic...

Continued decline in Southern Baptist membership CWN - June 14, 2011

For the fourth consecutive year, membership in the Southern Baptist Convention--the United States’ largest Protestant denomination--declined in 2010. The number of Southern Baptists now stands at...

Relic of St. Anthony stolen from California parish CWN - June 14, 2011

A relic of St. Anthony of Padua has been stolen from St. Anthony’s Parish in Long Beach, California. The relic, which was last venerated publicly eight years ago, was scheduled to be venerated...

Special Vatican meeting discussed problems of religious life CWN - June 14, 2011

At a special June 13 meeting convened by Pope Benedict XVI, the leaders of the Roman Curia discussed several concerns about religious life, according to the leading Vatican journalist, Andrea...

Islamic, Communist regimes are leading offenders against religious freedom CWN - June 14, 2011

Writing for Forbes, Doug Bandow provides a rundown of the nations regarded by the US State Department as the most flagrant violators of religious freedom. With one exception—Burma—the worst...

Every Christian must evangelize, Pope tells Roman faithful CWN - June 14, 2011

“The Church—each one of us—must bring the world the good news that Jesus is Lord,” Pope Benedict XVI told a congregation at the Roman basilica of St. John Lateran on June 13. “This announcement must...

3 theologians chosen for first 'Ratzinger Prize' awards CWN - June 14, 2011

The Vatican has announced the winners of the first “Ratzinger Prizes,” given to scholars for outstanding work in promoting the truths of Christianity in the context of contemporary culture. The...

Archbishop Dolan blasts proposal for same-sex marriage in New York CWN - June 14, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has staked out his opposition to an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, describing the legislative proposal as “a rush to tamper with a definition...

Discovery of aborted baby girls fuels India's debate on sex-selection abortion CWN - June 14, 2011

The bodies of nine aborted babies, all girls, were discovered in a drain in India’s western Maharashtra state, in one of regions where sex-selection abortion is most commonplace. The fetal...

Bankrupt Wilmington diocese will not pay benefits to priests accused of abuse CWN - June 14, 2011

The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, has abandoned a plan to continue providing financial benefits to 6 priests who were removed from ministry because of abuse charges. The Wilmington diocese,...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 15

‘Another Darfur’ in Sudan; Church workers among those slain CWN - June 15, 2011

Echoing the comments of some Sudanese Christians, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury warned that attacks by the northern Sudanese military on disputed border regions presage a humanitarian...

Turkish Christians see hope in lawyer’s election to parliament CWN - June 15, 2011

One year after the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, Turkish Christians are welcoming the election of a Christian lawyer to parliament as a sign of hope of greater tolerance in the largely Muslim...

Hungary’s new constitution protects life from conception CWN - June 15, 2011

The revised Hungarian constitution, which will take effect on January 1, declares that human life will be protected from the moment of conception. “Human dignity is inviolable,” the constitution...

Panama: bishop denounces corruption, child labor CWN - June 15, 2011

Panama’s leading prelate has denounced government corruption in the Central American nation. “There was, there is and there will be corruption as long as accomplices exist, and we are all...

Following civil war, cardinal promotes unity in Sri Lanka CWN - June 15, 2011

Although Christians form only 8% of Sri Lanka’s population, the Church can play a crucial role in promoting unity in a nation ravaged by civil war, according to Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith...

Vatican cardinal pays tribute to sacred music CWN - June 15, 2011

Offering an overview of the Vatican’s liturgical music manuscripts, the director of the Vatican Library and Secret Archives paid tribute of the Church’s heritage of sacred music. “In virtue of...

Measure would ban patenting of human beings CWN - June 15, 2011

The House of Representatives may soon consider a measure that makes permanent a 2004 amendment banning the patenting of human beings. The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, which works...

Phoenix diocese will post list of accused clerics CWN - June 15, 2011

The Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, has announced plans to post a full list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, on a revamped diocesan web site. The public listing--which is...

Pope encourages traditional June devotions to Sacred Heart CWN - June 15, 2011

At his regular public audience on June 15, Pope Benedict XVI reminded the faithful that the month of June is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As he concluded his weekly...

Illinois bishop asks top court to reconsider abuse case; victim's lawyer decries stall tactics CWN - June 15, 2011

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, has asked the state’s Supreme Court to reconsider a diocesan appeal of sex-abuse case—an appeal that the court has already declined. The renewed...

Australian Anglican bishop becomes Catholic layman CWN - June 15, 2011

A former Anglican bishop who resigned under pressure has been received into the Catholic Church. Ross Davies had been the Anglican bishop of Murray, Australia, until September 2010. He resigned...

US bishops unlikely to change sex-abuse policies despite new criticism CWN - June 15, 2011

At this week’s Seattle meeting, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are not expected to make any significant changes in their policies for handling sex-abuse complaints, despite a recent...

Vatican to host 2012 conference on sexual abuse CWN - June 15, 2011

The Vatican is planning a major international conference on sex-abuse policy, designed to help “bishops and religious superiors adequately respond to requests to bishops’ conferences made by the...

Without God, mankind slips into slavery, Pope tells Wednesday audience CWN - June 15, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI offered a reflection on the encounter between the prophet Elijah and the priests of Baal, during his general audience on June 15. The Holy Father reminded the crowd in St....

Progress reported toward Vatican-Israel accord CWN - June 15, 2011

Negotiators for the Holy See and Israel reported “very significant progress” in their latest talks about a juridical agreement to establish the legal rights of the Church in the Holy Land. The...

Spanish priest suspended for partisan political campaign CWN - June 15, 2011

A Spanish diocese has suspended a priest who campaigned successfully for a seat on the city council, disregarding the canonical rule that bars priests from engaging in partisan political activity or...

Syrian bishop favors government action to quash rebellion CWN - June 15, 2011

A Syrian Catholic bishop has spoken out strongly in favor of the Assad regime, saying that the government must act decisively to curb a rebellion that could lead to the “destabilization and...

Boston Globe columnist says false accusation ruined a good priest CWN - June 15, 2011

The late Father Charles Murphy was gravely scarred by a false accusation of sexual abuse, writes Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory. Father Murphy was cleared of the charge after an investigation,...

Dissident Catholics (and ex-Catholics) search for signs of hope after Detroit conference CWN - June 15, 2011

Remember Matthew Fox? In the 1980s he came to prominence as a Dominican priest, preaching a form of eco-mysticism that was more attractive to New Agers than to the Vatican. At his Institute for...

Benedictine priest escalates criticism of hierarchy after illicit Mass in Detroit CWN - June 15, 2011

The Benedictine priest who defied Archbishop Allen Vigneron to celebrate Mass at the American Catholic Council meeting in Detroit continued his criticism of the Catholic hierarchy in a conversation...

Released Thursday, Jun. 16

200 churches attacked in Indonesia since 2006 CWN - June 16, 2011

Two hundred churches have been attacked in Indonesia since 2006, according to a report submitted to Aid to the Church in Need. Fourteen churches have been attacked in the first five months of...

Holy See diplomat calls for UN investigation into Pakistani Christian’s kidnapping CWN - June 16, 2011

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s representative to UN institutions in Geneva, has called upon the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights to launch a “formal investigation” into the case of...

US bishops’ immigration campaign urges opposition to E-Verify expansion CWN - June 16, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign is urging Catholics to oppose the expansion of E-Verify in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. E-Verify...

Vatican prelate to lead vigil for migrants who died en route to Europe CWN - June 16, 2011

Archbishop Antonio Maria Vegliò, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant, is leading a prayer vigil on the evening of June 16 in memory of migrants...

Declining interest in Catholic web searches CWN - June 16, 2011

Internet users around the world are less likely to search for the word “Catholic” today than they were in 2004, according to an analysis of Google data conducted by the Center for Applied Research...

European bishops discuss new evangelization CWN - June 16, 2011

Officials of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences are meeting in Vilnius from June 16 to June 21 to discuss aspects of the new evangelization. The meeting’s agenda includes “the...

US bishops release video in defense of marriage CWN - June 16, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has released “Made for Life,” a video in defense of marriage as the union of a man and a...

¼ of Texas diocese’s priests are from Ghana CWN - June 16, 2011

Sixteen of the 64 priests who minister in the Diocese of Victoria (Texas) are from Ghana. Ghanaian Archbishop Matthias Nketsiah told the southeastern Texas diocese’s newspaper that he is happy to...

US bishops renew Dallas Charter with only minor amendments CWN - June 16, 2011

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has voted to renew the sex-abuse policies established in 2002, with only minor modifications. By an overwhelming vote of 187- 5, the American bishops...

Up to 2,000 Anglicans could join US ordinariate CWN - June 16, 2011

At their meeting this week in Bellevue, Washington, the US bishops heard a report from Cardinal Donald Wuerl about the development of an American ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to enter the...

'Hookup culture' making inroads on American Catholic campuses CWN - June 16, 2011

A “hookup culture” of casual encounters has “become the dominant script for sexual and romantic relationships on Catholic and secular campuses,” according to a new study from the Cardinal Newman...

US envoy backs Gay Pride event in Rome CWN - June 16, 2011

As his first official initiative, Milan’s new secularist leader, Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, has announced that he will support the Gay Pride parade in the Italian city on June 25. Pisapia’s...

Vatican planning conference on adult stem-cell research CWN - June 16, 2011

The Pontifical Council for Culture is organizing a conference on adult stem-cell research. The conference, to be held in November, will be organized in collaboration with an American firm,...

Released Friday, Jun. 17

Holy See opposes condoms, needle-exchange programs in fight against AIDS CWN - June 17, 2011

Speaking at the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, offered a strongly worded reaction to the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS adopted by the UN...

Cardinal Bertone calls upon business leaders to pursue higher goal than profit CWN - June 17, 2011

Speaking at a Vatican conference on Pope Benedict’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone challenged business leaders to seek “a goal greater than profit while not...

US bishops approve statement on physician-assisted suicide CWN - June 17, 2011

By a vote of 191-1, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved “To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide” at its June meeting in Seattle. (The bishops'...

Holy See diplomat welcomes UN document on domestic workers CWN - June 17, 2011

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s representative at UN offices in Geneva, welcomed the International Labor Organization’s approval of the International Convention for Domestic Workers’...

Pakistan: arrest made in Catholic cabinet minister’s assassination CWN - June 17, 2011

Pakistani police have arrested a man suspected of being involved in the March 2 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic cabinet minister slain for his opposition to the nation’s blasphemy...

California: stolen St. Anthony relic recovered, arrest made CWN - June 17, 2011

Police in Long Beach, California, have arrested Maria Solis, 41, in conjunction with the theft of a relic of St. Anthony of Padua from a parish on June 13. The relic was discovered undamaged in her...

Bishop is focus of unity, Pope reminds Indian prelates CWN - June 17, 2011

Speaking on June 17 to a group of bishops from India who were completing their ad limina visits, Pope Benedict XVI concentrated on the role of the bishop as a focus of unity in his...

Knights Templar want Vatican apology for suppression CWN - June 17, 2011

The Italian chapter of the Knights Templar is seeking a Vatican apology for he suppression of the order in the 14th century and the execution of its leader, Jacque de Molay. Although it was King...

Vatican art exhibit salutes 60th anniversary of Pope's ordination CWN - June 17, 2011

The Vatican will host the works by 60 artists this summer, in an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood. The exhibit—which will include...

Courageous bishops needed to uphold unpopular truths: Cardinal Pell CWN - June 17, 2011

Cardinal George Pell said that bishops must show courage in proclaiming unpopular truths, as he ordained a new auxiliary for his Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia. Cardinal Pell reminded the new...

Apostolic visitation of Regnum Christi concluded CWN - June 17, 2011

A Vatican-appointed investigator has concluded an apostolic visitation of Regnum Christi, the lay movement affiliated with the Legion of Christ. Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez of Valladolid, Spain,...

Vatican talks with SSPX concluded; both sides silent on next step CWN - June 17, 2011

Doctrinal discussions between the Vatican and the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X have concluded, and participants in the talks have been unusually reticent about the next steps in the effort...

New Zealand cathedrals may be razed after new earthquake damage CWN - June 17, 2011

Both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals of Christchurch, New Zealand, may face demolition after sustaining new damage in an earthquake on June 13. The quake compounded structural damage that was...

Toronto Catholic school board member raps 'wasteful' government audit CWN - June 17, 2011

Government officials in Ontario have spent nearly $1 million investigating a Toronto Catholic school board, and recovered only $29,000 in improper spending, according to a member of the embattled...

Catholic marriage rate falling dramatically in US CWN - June 17, 2011

The number of weddings celebrated in American Catholic churches has dropped by 60% in the past generation, at a time when the overall Catholic population was growing by almost 17 million. A study...

Ending myths about Ireland's Magdalene Laundries CWN - June 17, 2011

The revelations about abuse that occurred in Ireland's Magdalene Laundry system have given rise to several myths about the institutions, notes David Quinn in a column for the Independent....

BBC charged with glorifying assisted suicide CWN - June 17, 2011

Pro-life groups in Britain have sharply criticized BBC for a documentary on assisted suicide, charging that the program was in effect a propaganda piece for euthanasia. Care Not Killing, a group...

Released Monday, Jun. 20

Morocco: new constitution to recognize freedom of worship CWN - June 20, 2011

King Mohammed VI of Morocco announced a series of proposed constitutional reforms on June 17 that will be voted upon in a July 1 referendum. The new constitution “supports the human rights in all...

Nigeria: prelate denounces Islamist terrorist attack CWN - June 20, 2011

Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja has denounced the June 16 car bombing that took place at the nation’s police headquarters. The Islamist group Boko Haram, which bombed a cathedral in northern...

Vatican spokesman on upcoming 60th anniversary of Pope's priestly ordination CWN - June 20, 2011

In his weekly editorial, the director of the Holy See Press Office recalled that June 29 is the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s priestly ordination and drew attention to the Congregation for the...

US bishops may introduce parts of new missal translation in September CWN - June 20, 2011

Acceding to the requests of several bishops, the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that bishops are permitted to introduce the musical...

Amid concerns, Canadian bishops express confidence in agency CWN - June 20, 2011

The Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed confidence in the work of Development and Peace, the official international development organization of the Church...

Michigan bishop: deacons may not preach at Mass on a regular basis CWN - June 20, 2011

Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette has issued a 19-page pastoral letter to the permanent diaconate, focusing on its history and spirituality. Citing the Latin text of the General Instruction...

‘Gay pride’ Mass rescheduled in Boston CWN - June 20, 2011

Organizers of a June 19 prayer service for gay, lesbian, and transgendered persons at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston have announced that a Mass in commemoration of gay pride month, canceled at the...

Pope's message to San Marino: demand the truth CWN - June 20, 2011

During a one-day visit to the tiny Republic of San Marino, Pope Benedict XVI saluted the Christian heritage of European culture, pleaded for help in building strong families, and urged young people...

Don't blame refugees for conflicts they flee, says Vatican archbishop CWN - June 20, 2011

On the World Day for Refugees, June 20, the president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants lamented a “hardening attitude of countries so that it seems that refugees are the problem, and not the...

Vatican-designed web site will offer 'best practices' guidance on sexual abuse CWN - June 20, 2011

At an international conference on sexual abuse, scheduled to take place at the Gregorian University in February, the Vatican will also launch an internet cite providing educational resources on the...

DC law professor will sue to block single-sex dorm plan at Catholic University CWN - June 20, 2011

After President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America announced plans to make all student residences single-sex dorms, a law professor at nearby George Washington University said that he...

Cardinal Pell warns against acceptance of euthanasia CWN - June 20, 2011

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, argues that the Catholic Church must lead the public fight against acceptance of euthanasia, recognizing that many young people “are moral relativists at...

Minnesota priest challenges law after indictment for affair with woman CWN - June 20, 2011

A Catholic priest who faces criminal charges in Minnesota because of a sexual relationship with a woman he was counseling is challenging the constitutionality of the law under which he was...

Group opposes bid to build Catholic hospital in Maryland CWN - June 20, 2011

Plans to build a new Catholic hospital in Maryland have encountered opposition from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whose representatives note that the proposed Holy Cross...

Hybrid Popemobile will further Vatican's commitment to green technology CWN - June 20, 2011

Mercedes-Benz is making a new "Popemobile" that will rely on an electric motor to transport the Pontiff around Rome, in another step toward green technology at the Vatican. The new vehicle will...

Corapi's departure from priesthood leaves questions unanswered CWN - June 20, 2011

The stunning announcement by John Corapi that he is leaving the Catholic priesthood has raised a series of questions about the man who had earned national attention as a preacher. Corapi, who had...

Suspect's Muslim faith not an issue in Pentagon bomb scare? CWN - June 20, 2011

An Ethiopian-born Marine reservist was arrested near the Pentagon, carrying a notebook with references to Al Qaida and chemicals used in home-made explosives. Newspapers generally reported the...

Dowd's attack on Archbishop Dolan: all sarcasm, no substance CWN - June 20, 2011

New York Times columnist used a great deal of sarcasm, but very little logic, in an attack on Archbishop Timothy Dolan, observes canon lawyer Edward Peters. In a post that thoroughly dismantles...

Bishop warns of new bloodshed in southern Sudan CWN - June 20, 2011

As southern Sudan prepares for independence, Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid warns that new fighting is likely on the border that will separate the north from the newly autonomous...

New Vatican web site seen violating basic principles of design CWN - June 20, 2011

In a critique of the new design for the Vatican web site, Matthew Warner of the National Catholic Register finds that the new look ignores many accepted principles and conventions for internet...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 21

Egypt may relax restrictions on building churches CWN - June 21, 2011

The post-Mubarak Egyptian government is considering a proposal to relax restrictions on the building of churches. Currently, only the president may approve the construction of a church; under the...

French martyr beatified CWN - June 21, 2011

Sister Marguerite Rutan, a nun who refused to renounce her faith during the Reign of Terror and suffered martyrdom by the guillotine, was beatified in Dax, France, on June 19 before a crowd of...

Pakistan: Christians demonstrate, call for Anglican pastor’s release CWN - June 21, 2011

Christians took to the streets of Attock--a city of 260,000 in Punjab province in northern Pakistan--to call for a more serious police investigation into the May 14 kidnapping of Robin Javed, an...

Vatican prelate: ‘The Church has something to learn from bloggers’ CWN - June 21, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has published an interview with the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications following a May meeting with bloggers at the Vatican. “The Church has...

CDF official: laity have right to turn to nuncio CWN - June 21, 2011

The lay faithful “must know that they can turn to the nuncio when there are issues that have repercussions in the pastoral ministry of bishops,” according to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...

Support Refugee Protection Act, says US bishops’ official CWN - June 21, 2011

The executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services is urging lawmakers to the support the Refugee Protection Act, which was recently...

NATO bombing turns public back toward Qaddafi, bishop warns CWN - June 21, 2011

The continued NATO bombing campaign in Libya is playing into the hands of Muammar Qaddafi, alienating civilians and pushing them to support the regime, according to the apostolic vicar of...

Roman basilica uses quiet iPods to replace noisy tour guides CWN - June 21, 2011

Officials at St. John Lateran are loaning iPods to pilgrims, in an effort to cut down on the noise in the Roman basilica. The iPods, which are loaded with information about the history and...

Pope will close Italy's Eucharistic Congress CWN - June 21, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Ancona, Italy, to preside at the closing of Italy’s Eucharistic Congress in September. The Holy Father will travel to Ancona on September 11, to preside at a Mass...

Dutch commission recommends payments for abuse victims CWN - June 21, 2011

An independent commission in the Netherlands has recommended that the Catholic hierarchy pay compensation of up to €100,000 apiece to sex-abuse victims. The commission, which was asked by the...

Catholic university professors undermine bishops' work against euthanasia CWN - June 21, 2011

While the US Catholic bishops have taken a firm stand against legal acceptance of euthanasia, their efforts are being undercut by the work of professors at many Catholic universities, notes Patrick...

Western world faces economic decline, says head of Vatican bank CWN - June 21, 2011

The head of the Vatican bank sees a bleak economic future for the world’s industrialized countries, unless they can reverse a decline in productivity. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, writing in...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 22

Sculptor defends unpopular Roman statue of Blessed John Paul II CWN - June 22, 2011

The sculptor who created a controversial statue of Blessed John Paul II, now on display outside Rome's central train station, still believes that his work will eventually be recognized as a...

ID card for Pope John Paul I sold on Ebay CWN - June 22, 2011

An identity card issued by the Venice city council to Cardinal Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I, has been sold on Ebay for €5,200 (almost $7,500). The identity card, which lists the...

Pope John Paul II, Venezuelan bishops reportedly at odds on ousting Chavez CWN - June 22, 2011

The Catholic bishops of Venezuela resisted entreaties from Pope John Paul II to steer clear of efforts to oust the country's strongman, Hugo Chavez, in 2002, according to confidential documents from...

Irish teachers' union objects to religious schools CWN - June 22, 2011

Ireland’s largest teachers’ union has called for government policies that would restrict the religious character of denominational schools. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO)...

Benedict XVI recognized as 'the green Pope' CWN - June 22, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI is gaining greater recognition as "the green Pope," notes Nick Squires of the London Daily Telegraph. Along with his frequent public statements in favor of protecting the...

Paramilitary group blamed for new violence in Northern Ireland CWN - June 22, 2011

The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a pro-British paramilitary group, has been blamed by police for a new spate of violence in Northern Ireland. The violence that erupted in Belfast on June 20,...

A cologne named for the Pope CWN - June 22, 2011

A California firm has generated considerable publicity for its new product, a cologne, “made expressly for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his ordination...

Psalms: the ultimate book of prayer CWN - June 22, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI referred to the Psalms as the “prayer book par excellence,” as he spoke at his weekly general audience on June 22. The 150 Psalms “express all human experience,” the Pope told...

Spanish priests' group protests corporate sponsorship of World Youth Day CWN - June 22, 2011

A small group of Spanish priests is criticizing the organizers of a papal visit for recruiting corporate sponsors. The Priests of Madrid Forum has written an open letter to Cardinal Antonio Maria...

New York debate on same-sex marriage seen as key to nation's handling of question CWN - June 22, 2011

Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten, a frequent critic of the Catholic Church, sees the political debate over same-sex marriage in New York as crucial to the future of the question all across...

Peru: author's criticism of Cardinal Cipriani is inaccurate, archdiocesan spokesman shows CWN - June 22, 2011

The Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, has sharply denied charges by the noted author Mario Vargas Llosa that Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani was silent in the face of a forced-sterilization program during the...

How prudes and libertines are alike CWN - June 22, 2011

A column by Anthony Esolen is invariably worth reading. His commentary on prudery, for The Catholic Thing, is no exception to that rule: The opposite of the prude, then, is not the cynical...

Released Thursday, Jun. 23

Pope presides at Corpus Christi celebration in Rome CWN - June 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the basilica of St. John Lateran, and led a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Rome, as the Vatican observed the feast of Corpus Christi on June...

Preserve Catholic identity of charities, schools: Archbishop Chaput CWN - June 23, 2011

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver underlined the importance of protecting a distinctive Catholic identity as he spoke on June 21 to an audience of Catholic social workers. “The more that...

Pakistani police question man on murder of Catholic cabinet minister CWN - June 23, 2011

Police in Pakistan have arrested a man and held him for questioning in connection with the March 2 murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic cabinet minister. Hafiz Nazar Muhammad is reportedly...

Relief agencies slowly realizing wisdom of Catholic approach to AIDS prevention CWN - June 23, 2011

International agencies are belatedly recognizing the wisdom of Catholic approaches to curbing the spread of AIDS, according to the Vatican’s permanent representative at UN headquarters in...

Dutch politician acquitted on charges of inciting hatred of Muslims CWN - June 23, 2011

A Dutch political leader has been acquitted of legal charges that were brought against him for allegedly inciting contempt for Muslims. Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party was prosecuted for...

Bankruptcy court approves scrutiny of Milwaukee archdiocesan finances CWN - June 23, 2011

A bankruptcy court in Wisconsin has authorized a forensic accountant to examine the financial transactions of the Milwaukee archdiocese, to determine whether Church officials made illicit transfer...

Bishop Finn removes vicar general from abuse-case oversight CWN - June 23, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri has appointed a new priest to handle sex-abuse complaints. The appointment of Father Joseph Powers as vicar for clergy removes the responsibility for...

Malta's archbishop rues failure to stop divorce campaign CWN - June 23, 2011

The leading Catholic prelate of Malta has expressed regret that the Church was not able to do more to fight the acceptance of divorce—which was approved by a voter referendum in May. “We did our...

State constitutions could be obstacles if Roe is reversed CWN - June 23, 2011

American pro-life activists have understandably concentrated their efforts on overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that overturned state laws against abortion. But William Saunders notes that many...

Anglican ordinariates may help renew Catholic liturgy, says Australian author CWN - June 23, 2011

The introduction of Anglican ordinariates could help to bring liturgical renewal to the Catholic Church in Australia, suggests theologian Tracey Rowland, the author of Ratzinger’s Faith. Rowland...

China issues new threat of illicit ordinations CWN - June 23, 2011

Chinese authorities say that they are making plans to appoint new bishops, pointing toward a new clash with the Vatican. The government-controlled Xinhua news agency says that officials plan to...

Serbian Orthodox bishop curses government, hit with hate-speech charge CWN - June 23, 2011

A Serbian Orthodox bishop in Montenegro faces criminal charges for hate speech, after pronouncing a curse on government officials who are planning to raze a church. Bishop Amfilohije Radovic said...

Irish bishop raps 'art' exhibit mocking the Virgin Mary CWN - June 23, 2011

An Irish bishop has decried the display of an art exhibit that includes images mocking the Virgin Mary. The exhibit of works by the Mexican artist Alma Lopez, on display at University College in...

Released Friday, Jun. 24

Pope voices 'anxiety' over Arab Spring unrest CWN - June 24, 2011

The violence and unrest that has spread through the Middle East during the “Arab Spring” has been “a source of anxiety throughout the world,” Pope Benedict XVI said on June 24. The Pope said...

US government officials questioning Catholic identity of universities CWN - June 24, 2011

Patrick Reillly of the Cardinal Newman Society alerts the reading audience of the Wall Street Journal to the incursions by federal bureaucrats into the policy decisions of Catholic universities. The...

Canadian radio broadcaster charges he was fired for supporting traditional marriage CWN - June 24, 2011

A Canadian radio personality charges that he was dismissed from his job because he spoke out privately against same-sex marriage. Damian Goddard lost his free-lance post with Rogers Sportsnet...

Christians more threatening than Muslims, says head of British equality commission CWN - June 24, 2011

The chairman of Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission says that he sees Christians as a greater threat to religious freedom than Muslims. "I think the most likely victim of actual...

China planning illicit ordination on feast of Church unity? CWN - June 24, 2011

Chinese officials are threatening to install a new bishop for the Leshan diocese, ignoring the Vatican’s warning that the ordination of a bishop without approval from the Holy See will bring the...

Israel ambassador salutes Pope Pius XII for sheltering Jews from Holocaust CWN - June 24, 2011

Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See has confirmed that Pope Pius XII was responsible for protecting many Jews from the Holocaust. Speaking at an event honoring Father Gaetano Piccinini as a...

New Mexico judge orders removal of billboard lamenting abortion CWN - June 24, 2011

A judge in New Mexico has ordered the immediate removal of a billboard in which a man laments his girlfriend’s abortion. The judge told Greg Fultz to take down the billboard, which is currently...

Italian newspaper launches 'Vatican Insider' coverage CWN - June 24, 2011

The Italian daily La Stampa has inaugurated a new service designed to provide in-depth information and analysis regarding developments at the Vatican. The “Vatican Insider” will be a...

Eucharist frees the faithful from egocentrism, prompts solidarity, Pope says at Corpus Christi celebration CWN - June 24, 2011

As he celebrated Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi on June 23, Pope Benedict XVI said that the day’s traditional Eucharistic procession through the streets of Rome was a reminder “that the risen...

Developing countries, not affluent nations, bear the costs of refugees CWN - June 24, 2011

Although politicians in the developed world often call attention to the economic and social costs of admitting refugees, most of those who have fled from war and oppression are actually living not...

Evangelical leaders optimistic in developing world, pessimistic in affluent nations CWN - June 24, 2011

A new international survey conducted by the Pew Forum shows that Evangelical Protestants in the developing world are generally optimistic about the future prospects for their churches, while those...

Tax-spend policies less important to economy than healthy families, study argues CWN - June 24, 2011

A new study from the Family Research Council argues that the health of the family is the single most important factor in the American economy. “The key investors in both physical and human...

Pope meets leader of Montenegro; Vatican announces new pact CWN - June 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 24 with Prime Minister Igor Luksic of Montenegro. Their discussions centered on a new accord between Montenegro and the Holy See, establishing the legal status of...

Delta connection with Saudi Arabia under scrutiny CWN - June 24, 2011

A new agreement by Delta Airlines to carry passengers to Saudi Arabia has come under criticism because of inaccurate reports that Delta had agreed to exclude Jewish passengers and to ban Bibles from...

Russian city to host first Corpus Christi procession since 1918 CWN - June 24, 2011

The Russian city of St. Petersburg--known for decades as Leningrad--has granted permission for a Corpus Christi procession for the first time since the Russian Revolution in 1918. Archbishop...

Pawlenty's faith, and why Catholics don't study Scripture CWN - June 24, 2011

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, a prominent contender for the Republican presidential nomination, was a practicing Catholic, but moved to a non-denominational Protestant church when he...

Make John Paul II patron saint of modern communications, Italian journalists urge CWN - June 24, 2011

An Italian journalists’ union has suggested that if and when Pope John Paul II is canonized, he should be named the patron saint of modern communications. The Roman Reporters’ Union observed...

Suit against Catholic U. seen as test for Catholic liberals CWN - June 24, 2011

Political theorist Robert George sees a special significance in the lawsuit that John Banzhaf is bringing against the Catholic University of America, for switching to single-sex dormitories. That...

Cardinal Scola's 'think tank' reflects on future of Islam CWN - June 24, 2011

Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, convened an impressive conference last week to discuss the implications of the “Arab spring.” Jean-Marie Guénois of Le Figaro reports that the...

Cardinal Scola seen as Pope's clear choice for Milan CWN - June 24, 2011

Most Vatican journalists now agree that Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice will soon be named the new Archbishop of Milan, ending months of speculation over the appointment to the most prestigious see...

Released Monday, Jun. 27

‘Patriarch of Burma,’ priests martyred by Nazis among newly beatified CWN - June 27, 2011

On June 25, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification of three priests martyred by the Nazi regime in 1943. An estimated 5,000...

New York bishops lament passage of same-sex marriage CWN - June 27, 2011

The bishops of New York State have issued a statement lamenting the State Senate’s 33-29 vote approving the legalization of same-sex marriage. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, signed the measure...

Mob torches Christian homes in Egypt CWN - June 27, 2011

Amid rumors that a church was being constructed, a mob of 200 Muslims looted and burned eight Coptic Christian homes in the village of Awlad Khalaf, Egypt, according to the Assyrian International...

Okinawa bishop: Close US military bases CWN - June 27, 2011

The bishop of Naha--Okinawa’s capital city--has called for the closure of US military bases in the Japanese prefecture. “Japan has enjoyed peace for over 60 years, but the war has still not ended...

USCCB welcomes proposed EPA air pollution standards CWN - June 27, 2011

Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed the Environmental Protection...

Vatican spokesman discusses Eucharist and globalization CWN - June 27, 2011

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, has devoted his weekly editorial to the Eucharist and globalization. The Eucharist, said Father Lombardi, is “the dynamism of...

China: episcopal ordination postponed, bishop-elect arrested CWN - June 27, 2011

For the 2nd time this month, Chinese officials have abruptly abandoned plans for the ordination of a bishop—after the priest who was to have been consecrated as a bishop obtained the approval of the...

New multimedia Vatican news site goes live June 28 CWN - June 27, 2011

The Vatican is launching a multimedia internet portal to provide news coverage of the Holy See. The new site—www.news.va—will go live on Tuesday evening, June 28: the eve of the feast of Sts....

Vatican reporting preparing guidelines for diocesan downsizing CWN - June 27, 2011

The Vatican is preparing instructions for the reorganization of American dioceses that are facing severe financial pressures in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal, according to a report on the new...

Portuguese cardinal sees no theological argument against women's ordination CWN - June 27, 2011

A Portuguese cardinal has said that there are no major theological arguments against the ordination of women as priests. Cardinal José da Cruz Policarpo, the Patriarch of Lisbon, said that he is...

Eucharist is antidote to egotism, Pope tells audience CWN - June 27, 2011

At his midday audience on Sunday, June 26, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the feast of Corpus Christi, which was being celebrated in many dioceses around the world that day. (The Vatican had...

Israeli ambassador modifies stand on Pope Pius XII CWN - June 27, 2011

Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, who said last week that Pope Pius XII had acted effectively to save Jews from the Nazi Holocaust, has backed away from that judgment, saying that it might be...

Leaders of Legionaries likely to step down soon CWN - June 27, 2011

The leaders of the Legion of Christ are likely to step down at the order’s next general-chapter meeting, the vicar general told the Catholic News Agency. Father Luis Garza said that a change the...

Schedule set for Pope's August trip to World Youth Day in Madrid CWN - June 27, 2011

The Vatican has released the official schedule of an August visit to Madrid by Pope Benedict XVI, where the Pope will participate in the 26th World Youth Day. Pope Benedict will leave Rome on...

19 candidates cleared for beatification CWN - June 27, 2011

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has issued a series of decrees clearing the way for the beatification of 19 people, and attesting to the “heroic virtue” of 8 other candidates who may now...

Poland asks Vatican to curb outspoken priest-broadcaster CWN - June 27, 2011

The Polish government has asked for Vatican assistance in curbing the influence of the Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, the fiery Radio Maryja broadcaster. The government sent a diplomatic note to the...

Focus on spiritual life, Pope tells Vatican volunteers CWN - June 27, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 25 with the members of the Association of Sts. Peter and Paul, a group of volunteers who assist tourists and help with liturgical and charitable functions at the...

Profile of Bishop Trautman, opponent of new Mass translation CWN - June 27, 2011

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pennsylvania, who has submitted his resignation upon reaching the age of 75, after playing a leading role in opposition to the...

Gay activists play major role in Boston parish CWN - June 27, 2011

The Boston Globe provides a glimpse of active role that gay activists play in St. Cecilia’s parish, where a Mass celebrating Gay Pride was recently scheduled, postponed on orders from the Boston...

Would Obama administration cut health care to preserve abortion funding? CWN - June 27, 2011

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Charmaine Yoest and Denise Burke of Americans United for Life decry the pressure that the Obama administration is putting on states that have or may cut off...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 28

Canadian bishops issue document on youth with same-sex attractions CWN - June 28, 2011

The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a document on Pastoral Ministry to Young People with Same-Sex Attraction. “While always insisting...

Caritas warns of humanitarian disaster in Sudan CWN - June 28, 2011

Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of Catholic relief and development agencies, is urging the international community to “deploy every diplomatic resource, employ every incentive, and apply...

Venezuelan cardinal asks prisoners to end revolt CWN - June 28, 2011

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas is calling upon inmates at a prison outside Caracas to end a 10-day-old revolt. One inmate has been killed and 20 National Guard troops have been injured in...

Washington Theological Union to close CWN - June 28, 2011

Citing financial concerns, the Washington Theological Union has announced that it will close in 2013. Founded by six religious orders in 1968, the graduate school of theology and ministry has 1,400...

California bishops oppose ‘political correctness’ in history textbooks CWN - June 28, 2011

The California bishops’ public policy arm is urging members of the state assembly to reject a bill that would prohibit “discriminatory content” in history textbooks. “Professional educators and...

San Diego parish cancels funeral Mass for owner of ‘gay bar’ CWN - June 28, 2011

A parish in San Diego has canceled the funeral Mass of a parishioner who owned a lounge described in online reviews as a “legendary gay and lesbian bar.” Our Lady of the Rosary Church, the city’s...

Fundraiser stole $360,000 from Catholic school CWN - June 28, 2011

The president of KAM Fundraising, Inc., has pleaded guilty to stealing over $360,000 from a Massachusetts Catholic school that had hired him to assist in raising funds for a capital campaign. The...

Cardinal Scola to become Archbishop of Milan, top papabile CWN - June 28, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has named Cardinal Angelo Scola to become the Archbishop of Milan. The appointment, announced on June 28, confirms reports that have circulated in recent days, and puts...

Over 400,000 already registered for World Youth Day in Madrid CWN - June 28, 2011

More than 400,000 people have already registered to participate in the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Spain in August, Vatican officials disclosed at a press conference on June...

Pope welcomes Orthodox delegation for patronal feast CWN - June 28, 2011

On June 28, Pope Benedict XVI greeted a delegation of Orthodox Church officials to the Vatican, where they will join in the celebration of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. The...

Vatican news site goes live CWN - June 28, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI officially launched the new Vatican news site with a click of the mouse on Tuesday evening, June 28. The Pope opened the news service with a short personal message, which went...

Vatican Museums discover an original Correggio painting CWN - June 28, 2011

Researchers at the Vatican Museums have concluded that a painting on display there, which was thought to be a copy of a masterpiece by Correggio, is actually the work of Correggio himself. A...

What the mainstream media miss about sex-selection CWN - June 28, 2011

New York Times editorial columnist Ross Douthat notes that mainstream observers in the West have finally noticed the problem of sex-selection, which has produced a striking disproportion in the...

Australian university pressed to cancel lecture by global-warming skeptic CWN - June 28, 2011

The University of Notre Dame in Freemantle, Australia, is under pressure to cancel a scheduled lecture by Lord Monckton, a global-warming skeptic. An open letter, signed by a group of prominent...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 29

Pope reflects on Christ's friendship, 'almost frightening faculty' of priestly power CWN - June 29, 2011

As he celebrated Mass for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29, Pope Benedict XVI devoted much of his homily to reflections on the 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, which fell...

China challenges Vatican with new bishop's ordination CWN - June 29, 2011

Ignoring warnings from Rome, authorities in China have ordained a new Catholic bishop without the approval of the Holy See. The illicit ordination took place on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter...

Vatican paper reproduces Pope's memories of ordination CWN - June 29, 2011

As Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, L’Osservatore Romano has reprinted the Pope’s account—originally written in German—of the day of that...

Rabbi's arrest raises tensions in Jerusalem CWN - June 29, 2011

The arrest of a controversial rabbi in Jerusalem has sparked unrest in the city and raised tensions among political leaders. Rabbi Dov Lior was taken into custody on June 27 after he endorsed a...

Los Angeles archbishop speaks on receiving pallium CWN - June 29, 2011

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles spoke with Vatican Radio about the June 29 ceremony in which he received the pallium, indicative of the authority of a metropolitan archbishop and his ties to...

Austrian cardinal faces suit for alleged failure to aid abuse victim CWN - June 29, 2011

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, is the target of a lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse, who charges that the prelate failed to respond to a plea for help. The abuse...

New Center will work to revive Catholic orthodoxy on campus CWN - June 29, 2011

William Saunders and Robert George welcome the news that the Cardinal Newman Society has launched a new Center for the Advancemetn of Catholic Higher Education, located at Mount St. Mary’s...

Appointment in Milan shows Pope's decisive action CWN - June 29, 2011

Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli of the Italian daily La Stampa sees the appointment of Cardinal Angelo Scola in Milan as the choice of “a pope who consults everyone, but in the end chooses for...

French woman files involuntary-labor charges against Opus Dei CWN - June 29, 2011

A French woman has brought suit against leaders of Opus Dei, charging that she was essentially held in servitude against her will at a school run by members of the group. The woman, identified...

Discovered: 6th-century fresco of St. Paul CWN - June 29, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has reported the “sensational” discovery of a 6th-century fresco of St. Paul, in the catacombs of St. Januarius in Naples. The image, discovered during restoration work in...

Journalists reflect on Church role in New York's vote for same-sex marriage CWN - June 29, 2011

Three different journalists offer interesting perspectives on the role that Catholicism played in the political battle over same-sex marriage in New York: Columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York...

Released Thursday, Jun. 30

Vatican planning to investigate Cleveland parish closings? CWN - June 30, 2011

The Vatican is investigating a series of parish-closing decisions by Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland, an Italian journalist reports. Marco Tosatti of La Stampa writes that the Vatican plans an...

Pope optimistic on Catholic-Orthodox dialogue CWN - June 30, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI suggested that the theological differences between the Catholic and Orthodox churches are sometimes exaggerated, as he met with a group of Orthodox prelates representing Patriarch...

Pakistan: Al Qaida branch planned murder of Shabhaz Bhatti CWN - June 30, 2011

Shabhaz Bhatti was murdered by Islamic fanatics, and the Pakistani government is now pursuing the killers, according to the brother of the slain Catholic leader. "The investigations into the...

ICEL director says new English translation of Mass is overdue CWN - June 30, 2011

A new English translation of the Mass, which will be introduced in the US at the beginning of Advent, is “long overdue,” according to the executive director of the International Commission on...

Pope's prayer intentions for July 2011 CWN - June 30, 2011

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for July 2011. The Pope’s general intention is: “That Christ may ease the physical and spiritual sufferings of those who are...

Pope salutes L'Osservatore on 150th anniversary CWN - June 30, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano must act as “a paper of ideas, an organ of formation and not only of information,” Pope Benedict XVI said in a message to the paper’s editor, Giovanni Maria Vian, as the Vatican...

Pope reminds new archbishops of bonds to suffragan dioceses, Holy See CWN - June 30, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI held a private audience on June 30 with the 40 archbishops who had received the palllium in a ceremony the previous day. The Pope reminded the newly appointed archbishops—who...

Pope devotes Wednesday audience to talk on pallium, anniversary of ordination CWN - June 30, 2011

At his midday public audience on Wednesday, June 29—the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul--Pope Benedict XVI interrupted his series of weekly talks on prayer to speak about the day’s ceremonies, the...

God is not a subject for scientific testing, Pope reminds theologians CWN - June 30, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI awarded the first Ratzinger Prizes on June 30 to three theologians, and used the occasion to warn that theology becomes “empty and baseless” if it is not enlivened by faith. The...

German Cardinal Sterzinsky dead at 75 CWN - June 30, 2011

Cardinal George Sterzinsky, the retired Archbishop of Berlin, died on June 30 at the age of 75 after a long illness. Born in 1936, George Sterzinsky was trained in what was then East Germany and...

Zimbabwe makes inroads on AIDS with moral approach CWN - June 30, 2011

Zimbabwe has made impressive progress in curbing the spread of AIDS. The rate of adult AIDS infection was cut nearly in half—from 29% to 16%--in a decade. But the media rarely report on Zimbabwe’s...

Christian groups agree on ethical limits of proselytism CWN - June 30, 2011

Catholic and Protestant leaders representing “over 90% of the world’s total Christian population” have reached an agreement on standards for evangelization, aimed to counteract complaints of...

Tony Blair says world leaders must recognize role of faith CWN - June 30, 2011

Former British prime minister Tony Blair argues that “the rights of religious minorities are a central issue for today,” in an interview with Vatican Insider. Blair explains that his new...

Say what's wrong with homosexuality, journalist urges bishops CWN - June 30, 2011

Reacting to the approval of same-sex marriage in New York, John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews issues an appeal to American bishops to speak out boldly in defense of marriage. The public debate will...

Hong Kong faithful rally for religious freedom in China CWN - June 30, 2011

Catholics in Hong Kong rallied on June 29, under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph Zen, to call for religious freedom in mainland China and the release of the imprisoned bishops and priests of the...

Indian: Christian pastors assaulted--then arrested CWN - June 30, 2011

Two Christian pastors were assaulted by Hindu militants, then arrested by local police, after being accused of forcing Hindus to accept the Christian faith. The Global Council of Indian Christians...

Bishop Tobin warns Catholics cannot join civil unions CWN - June 30, 2011

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has issued a strong statement lamenting the passage of legislation allowing for civil unions in Rhode Island, and warned Catholics that they cannot be involved in...

California bishop resigns; delayed report of sexual abuse CWN - June 30, 2011

A California bishop who was heavily criticized for his failure to report a priest’s sexual abuse has resigned. Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa stepped down on June 30 at the age of 73—nearly...

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