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Released Friday, Sep. 2

US bishops to Congress: ‘not justifiable to weaken the national safety net’ CWN - September 2, 2011

Acknowledging that “the fiscal status quo is unsustainable, with mounting deficits and growing debt for our children,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging the Joint...

Tiny Indian diocese has 1,000 converts each year CWN - September 2, 2011

The Diocese of Asansol, located in an overwhelmingly Hindu and Muslim area of eastern India, now has 29,000 Catholics--twice the number it had when it was founded in 1997. “We are a growing Church,...

Congressman, once Catholic, discusses conversion to Islam CWN - September 2, 2011

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the nation’s first Muslim congressman, left the Catholic faith because “I just felt it was ritual and dogma.” “Of course, that’s not the reality of Catholicism, but...

Action urged on contraception, sterilization mandate CWN - September 2, 2011

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)--which works closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on abortion-related legislation--is urging pro-life Americans to...

Australia’s bishops welcome court ruling on asylum seekers CWN - September 2, 2011

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed a high court decision that forbids the nation’s government from returning two asylum seekers to Malaysia. “Now is the time for all people...

Vatican newspaper: translator Nida a ‘new Jerome’ CWN - September 2, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Eugene Nida, the recently deceased Protestant scholar who developed the dynamic-equivalence theory, which emphasizes “thought-for-thought” translations over...

Vatican ready to deliver reply to Irish government criticisms CWN - September 2, 2011

The Vatican has completed, and will soon release, a detailed response to criticism from the Irish government in the wake of the Cloyne report, according to Vatican Insider. In July the apostolic...

Indicted Philadelphia Church official admits he lied to abuse victim CWN - September 2, 2011

The former Philadelphia archdiocesan official who is facing trial on child-endangerment charges has admitted that he lied to an abuse victim, court documents show. In testimony before the grand...

Czech government agrees to return confiscated church properties CWN - September 2, 2011

The government of the Czech Republic has reached a tentative agreement with religious leaders to return church properties confiscated by the Communist regime, or provide compensation for property...

India's bishops brief Pope on anti-Christian violence CWN - September 2, 2011

As the Catholic bishops of India make their ad limina visits to Rome, Pope Benedict XVI has shown a special concern for the anti-Christian violence in regions such as Karnataka, reports Cardinal...

Catholic, Orthodox should join to counter secularism, Pope tells ecumenical meeting CWN - September 2, 2011

In a message to an ecumenical assembly in Greece, Pope Benedict XVI has said that all Christians should work together to counteract “a secularization capable of impoverishing the most profound...

Shots fired at car of priest who criticized Mafia CWN - September 2, 2011

An Italian priest who has been a vocal critic of the Mafia reports that shots were fired at his parked car as “a serious warning.” Father Giuseppe Campisano was not in his car, which was parked...

Sioux Falls diocese settles charges of Medicare/Medicaid fraud CWN - September 2, 2011

The Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has agreed to pay $90,000 to settle charges of false Medicare and Medicaid billing by its Catholic Family Services counseling program. The diocese did...

News service pays tribute to pro-abortion Catholic politician CWN - September 2, 2011

In an article that is appearing in diocesan newspapers across the United States, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is presented as a model Catholic politician. The article begins: The office of...

Irish columnist: proposal to break confessional seal imperils all faiths CWN - September 2, 2011

David Quinn argues that the Irish government is threatening all religious faiths—not just Catholicism—with a proposal to require mandatory reporting of sex-abuse allegations even if they are heard...

Released Monday, Sep. 5

South Korean bishop 1st to visit North in 5 years CWN - September 5, 2011

On September 21, Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-jong of Kwangju will become the first South Korean prelate to visit Communist North Korea in over five years. “It is a very positive sign: the...

Priest slain in Colombia CWN - September 5, 2011

Father Jose Reinel Restrepo Idárraga, a 36-year-old parish priest, was murdered on September 1 in Marmato, a gold-mining town in western Colombia. He was shot twice in the chest while riding a...

India: parishes establish fund to promote large families CWN - September 5, 2011

In an effort to counter pressure from the state government to have smaller families, some parishes in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala--the center of Catholicism in the nation since its...

2 new Catholic schools open near Detroit CWN - September 5, 2011

Two new Catholic high schools are opening in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the result of initiatives by parents. Catholic school enrollment in the archdiocese has plummeted from 203,000 in 1964-65 to...

New York Catholic school teachers work without contract CWN - September 5, 2011

Teachers at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York have been working without a contract since September 1. The teachers’ union is seeking annual 2% raises for teachers over three years; the...

Successful vocations director is also pro tennis umpire CWN - September 5, 2011

Father Paul Arinze, a Nigerian-born priest who serves as vocations director of the Diocese of Madison, is also a tennis umpire who has worked at Wimbledon and the US Open. The diocese projects...

Twin Towers priest recalls 9/11 CWN - September 5, 2011

Father Kevin Madigan, pastor of a parish located a block away from the Twin Towers, discussed the 9/11 terrorist attacks in an interview with the National Catholic Register. “I was going from...

Vatican issues strong response to Irish criticism (news/analysis) CWN - September 5, 2011

On September 3, the Vatican released its detailed response to the Cloyne report and to the criticism expressed by Irish political leaders about Church leaders’ responses to sex-abuse reports....

Dublin archbishop presses government, Church leaders on Cloyne report and response CWN - September 5, 2011

In comments on the Vatican’s response to Cloyne report (see today’s separate CWN headline story), Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin underlined the need to ensure that Church leaders are fully...

New leaders for Vatican city-state administration CWN - September 5, 2011

The Vatican has announced an overhaul in the leadership of the Governatorate that administers the affairs of the Vatican city-state. Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, who has been the apostolic...

Biofuel production aggravates world hunger, instability, corporate CEO notes CWN - September 5, 2011

The chairman of the Nestlé corporation has his own special perspective on global-hunger problems. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal he is arguing for acceptance of genetically modified...

Analyzing Irish politicians' statements, Vatican response CWN - September 5, 2011

Writing for First Things, Father Raymond de Souza provides an excellent analysis of the Vatican's response to the Cloyne report. Father de Souza makes a number of incisive observations about the...

Papal sympathies for Chilean crash victims CWN - September 5, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of condolence after an accident that killed all 21 passengers on a Chilean military plane on September 3. The Pope’s message, conveyed in a telegram to Archbishop...

Christians should correct sinners, Pope reminds audience CWN - September 5, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the prayer of prayer, and the obligation for Christians to admonish sinners, during his Angelus audience on Sunday, September 4. Fraternal love, the Pope said,...

Turkey: Orthodox patriarch welcomes government return of confiscated properties CWN - September 5, 2011

The Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople has said that he is “satisfied” that Turkey’s government plans to return properties that had been seized from the Church. But Patriarch Bartholomew I makes...

Australian bishops deplore rising incarceration rate CWN - September 5, 2011

The Australian Catholic bishops’ conference has called for action to reverse the explosive growth in the country’s prison population. The number of prisoners in Australian jails has nearly...

Cardinal Deskur, confidant to Pope John Paul II, dead at 87 CWN - September 5, 2011

Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur, the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, died on September 4 at the age of 87. The Polish prelate had worked for decades at the...

Russian Orthodox opposing invitation for Pope to visit Serbia? CWN - September 5, 2011

Serbian Orthodox officials are considering an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to join in celebrations marking the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. Although Russian Orthodox Church leaders...

Retired Calcutta archbishop recalls Mother Teresa's example, recounts her exorcism CWN - September 5, 2011

“Mother Teresa was the face of compassion to the world,” remarked the retired Archbishop Henry D’Souza of Calcutta on the 15th anniversary of the renowned nun’s death. “Compassion is what the world...

WikiLeaks claim: Vatican urged Filipino bishops not to back 2005 coup CWN - September 5, 2011

The Vatican urged Filipino bishops not to become actively involved in a bid to oust President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005, according to revelations in WikiLeaks cables. The WikiLeaks...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 6

Prelate: Catholics in Tripoli safe CWN - September 6, 2011

Speaking from Italy, where he is undergoing medical treatment, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli said that Catholics in Libya’s capital were safe following the entry of rebel forces into the...

Cuba: Church denounces attacks on dissidents CWN - September 6, 2011

The Church in Cuba has reiterated its condemnation of attacks on “defenseless persons” amid reports of increasing harassment of members of the dissident organization Ladies in White. “It is well...

20 masked men desecrate Kerala parish CWN - September 6, 2011

Twenty masked men destroyed the altar, confessionals, and vestments in a parish in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala on the evening of September 4. “We have had, in recent years, a growth...

Malawi: priests, religious defend prelate following criticism by president CWN - September 6, 2011

Malawi’s priests and religious have rallied to the defense of a prominent prelate after the nation’s president accused him of being influenced by the political opposition. Bishop Joseph Mukasa...

Unprecedented Vatican Museums loan of Raphael painting CWN - September 6, 2011

For the first time, the Vatican Museums are lending Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno to another institution. With Pope Benedict’s approval, the Madonna of Foligno will be displayed in Dresden next to...

Caritas appeal for Bangladesh CWN - September 6, 2011

Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of Catholic relief and development agencies, has issued appeal on behalf of Bangladesh, where 1.5 million have been affected by severe flooding. “For...

2005 WikiLeaks cable: Ratzinger ‘lacks enough support’ to become Pope CWN - September 6, 2011

In the latest massive release of Wikileaks documents, one diplomatic cable from an American analyst demonstrates that the documents are not always based on accurate intelligence. One day before...

Cardinal Schönborn plans no disciplinary action against dissident priests CWN - September 6, 2011

Although about 400 Austrian priests have now joined in a call for open disobedience of Church authority, Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn does not perceive a major crisis, a spokesman has...

Irish leader stands by criticism of Vatican 'interference' CWN - September 6, 2011

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has refused to back off his criticism of the Holy See, despite a Vatican statement insisting that the criticism was unfounded. Kenny defended the fiery...

Christian-Muslim violence flares again in Nigeria CWN - September 6, 2011

At least 14 people have died in tribal clashes in central Nigeria in the early days of September. Although the violence has pitted Christians against Muslims, a Catholic bishop insists that religion...

Biographer explains why Cardinal Scola left Milan's seminary years ago CWN - September 6, 2011

In a new biography of Cardinal Angelo Scola, veteran Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli tells how, as a seminarian, the future prelate was maneuvered out of the Milan archdiocese, and eventually...

Melbourne archbishop rejects criticism of sex-abuse response CWN - September 6, 2011

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia, has rejected public criticism of the archdiocesan response to sex-abuse complaints. After an editorial call in The Age for a government...

Rising Finnish politician, a Catholic convert, unabashed about pro-life views CWN - September 6, 2011

Timo Soini, a rising star in the Finnish political firmament, is a convert to Catholicism who makes it clear he needs “nobody’s permission to be pro-life” and “marriage should only be between a man...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 7

Dutch court backs Catholic school’s headscarf ban CWN - September 7, 2011

An Amsterdam court has upheld a Catholic school’s right to issue a dress code that includes a ban on the wearing of headscarves. The father of a Muslim student, Imane Mahssan, had filed suit against...

Pakistan: wealthy Christians kidnapped to fund al-Qaida CWN - September 7, 2011

Wealthy Pakistanis, including Christians, are being kidnapped by members of al-Qaida in order to gain ransom money for funding their operations, according to the national director of the Pontifical...

Indian prelate denounces government cover-up of persecution CWN - September 7, 2011

The leading prelate in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka has denounced a state government report on the persecution of Christians. “The report actually denied that there were any attacks...

Incest fears among children of artificial insemination CWN - September 7, 2011

The discovery that many US sperm donors have fathered 50 or more children has given rise to fears of incest--at once calling to mind Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and manifesting the wisdom of Catholic...

Philadelphia Catholic high school teachers go on strike CWN - September 7, 2011

Teachers at Philadelphia’s 17 Catholic high schools have gone on strike after their union rejected a contract offer from the archdiocese. The union will hold a protest outside archdiocesan...

California: small but important victory at hand for backers of traditional marriage? CWN - September 7, 2011

After Proposition 8 (the 2008 ballot measure in which California voters recognized marriage as the union of a man and a woman) was declared unconstitutional, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and...

Minnesota diocese pays abuse settlement; accused priest still active in India CWN - September 7, 2011

The Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, has paid $750,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she was raped as a child there by a visiting priest from India. The accused priest, Father...

God remains close to the faithful, even when he seems distant, Pope tells audience CWN - September 7, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI resumed his series of talks on “the school of prayer” at his weekly public audience on September 7, reminding the faithful that God hears all pleas from the faithful, especially...

US ambassador to the Vatican reflects on 9/11, aftermath CWN - September 7, 2011

America has changed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US ambassador to the Vatican told a Vatican Radio audience. “With each day we learn anew and appreciate the value and...

Papal reflection on deceased Polish cardinal CWN - September 7, 2011

Near the conclusion of his public audience on September 7, Pope Benedict XVI devoted a few moments to a reflection on the death of Cardinal Andrei Maria Deskur. In remarks addressed particularly...

Judge postpones hearing on Cardinal Bevilacqua's fitness for court testimony CWN - September 7, 2011

A Pennsylvania judge has postponed a hearing to determine whether Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to testify in the trial of one of his former chancery staff members. Prosecutors have...

India: 500,000 take pledge against sex-selection abortion CWN - September 7, 2011

In a dramatic step to reverse an ancient cultural prejudice against female children—which has resulted in an epidemic of sex-selection abortion--officials of a district in northern India have...

Orthodox cleric could add spice to Russia's presidential election CWN - September 7, 2011

An Orthodox priest, suspended from ministry at his own request, has announced his candidacy in Russia’s presidential race, which will be decided next year. Father Ioann Okhlobystin will run as an...

Released Thursday, Sep. 8

Pakistan: bombs damage bishop’s residence, Catholic schools CWN - September 8, 2011

Two suicide bombings in Quetta--the capital of Pakistan’s western province of Balochistan--have damaged the home of Bishop Victor Gnanapragasam, the offices of Caritas, and three Catholic schools....

Berlin: local authorities reject billboards of Pope CWN - September 8, 2011

Local authorities in Mitte, Berlin’s central borough, have rejected a plan by the nation’s ruling party to allow a Catholic organization to make use of large billboards in welcoming the Pope to the...

Nun, priest beaten in China CWN - September 8, 2011

A dozen unknown assailants have beaten a nun and a priest in Kangding, a city of 100,000 in a largely Tibetan area of south-central China. The two were seeking the return of Church properties...

Bishops condemn terrorist attack in India CWN - September 8, 2011

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has condemned a terrorist attack outside the Delhi High Court. A bomb in a briefcase killed 11 and injured 74, according to a CNN report. “We are deeply...

US bishops again call for conscience-protection legislation CWN - September 8, 2011

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has again called upon Congress to pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. “Recent events make this...

UK: abortionists may continue to offer pre-abortion counseling CWN - September 8, 2011

By a 368-118 vote, the British Parliament has voted to continue to allow abortionists to offer pre-abortion counseling. Opponents of the status quo had proposed a mandate for neutral counseling,...

Southern US diocese to build new cathedral CWN - September 8, 2011

Citing a burgeoning Catholic population that has grown 42% since 2000, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh has announced that his diocese will build a 2,000-seat cathedral dedicated to the Holy Name...

Will Irish legislation challenge seal of confession? CWN - September 8, 2011

Legislation put forward by the Irish government to require mandatory reporting of sex-abuse allegations will not specifically mention the matter, but a justice department official says that the bill...

Italian bishop gravely injured in fall during mountain pilgrimage CWN - September 8, 2011

An Italian bishop suffered multiple severe injuries when he fell from a ledge during a nighttime pilgrimage. Bishop Domenico Sigalini of Palestrina was leading a visit to the shrine of the Holy...

Pope underlines value of Catholic schools in India CWN - September 8, 2011

Meeting on September 8 with a group of bishops from India, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the contributions that the Church has made to society in that country, especially through Catholic...

Most US Catholics ignore bishops' political advice CWN - September 8, 2011

Only 16% of American Catholics are acquainted with the “Faithful Citizenship” documents released by the US bishops’ conference as a guide for voters, a new survey shows. Only 3% have actually read...

L'Osservatore essay condemns fear of 'imperfect' children CWN - September 8, 2011

The fear of genetic disorders, which prompts many parents to abort babies who are diagnosed with conditions like Down syndrome, shows “the banality of evil which does not seem to bother anyone,”...

Cardinal condemns pre-election violence in Congo CWN - September 8, 2011

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa has condemned pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Monday night, September 5, the headquarters of the country’s leading...

SSPX resisting acceptance of Vatican II CWN - September 8, 2011

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has indicated that the group will not accept a Vatican requirement that they accept the authority of Vatican II teachings. Bishop...

Scottish cardinal vows full resistance against same-sex marriage CWN - September 8, 2011

Any move to recognize same-sex marriage in Scotland will be “strenuously opposed” by the Catholic Church, Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh told political leaders. In his homily at a Mass for...

British board bans advertisement seen as mocking Christian faith CWN - September 8, 2011

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad that showed a cartoon image of Jesus giving a gesture of approval for a “miraculous” deal on cell-phone service. The advertising...

India: police make arrests for gang-violence damage in church CWN - September 8, 2011

Police have arrested ten members of an armed gang for damage done to a church in the southern Kerela state, as well as for attacks on nearby homes. Father Santhosh Yohannnan, procurator of the...

Church leaders caught off guard by 'Arab Spring,' Maronite patriarch admits CWN - September 8, 2011

Church leaders in the Middle East were not prepared for the “Arab Spring” uprisings in the region, and reacted with concern and embarrassment, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara al Rahi has...

Prince of Liechtenstein would veto measure to allow legal abortion CWN - September 8, 2011

Prince Alois of Liechtenstein has threatened to use his authority to veto legislation to liberalize the abortion laws of the small European country. On September 18, voters in Liechtenstein will...

Released Friday, Sep. 9

US bishops’ statement on 10th anniversary of 9/11 CWN - September 9, 2011

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. “ We reverently recall those who were most...

Archbishop Chaput installed in Philadelphia CWN - September 9, 2011

Archbishop Charles Chaput was installed as the thirteenth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on September 8. The prelate’s predecessors include St. John Neumann (1852-60), and, in more...

Swiss bishops call for compensated leave time for nursing mothers CWN - September 9, 2011

The Swiss episcopal conference is calling upon the nation’s government to require employers to offer compensated leave time for nursing mothers. “In Swiss legislation, the time necessary for...

USCCB backs Alabama bishops’ efforts to reverse immigration law CWN - September 9, 2011

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement supporting efforts by Alabama’s bishops to...

Police criticized following attack on Indian parish CWN - September 9, 2011

Aid to the Church in Need and Vatican Radio are drawing greater attention to an incident that Catholic World News reported on in August: the desecration of a Syro-Malankara Catholic church in the...

New Jersey: arrest made after dozens of statues vandalized CWN - September 9, 2011

A self-described “born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ” has been arrested on suspicions of damaging dozens of statues at six New Jersey parishes in July. Curtis Condell, 41, has been charged...

Pope Benedict recalls 9/11, American 'courage and generosity' CWN - September 9, 2011

In a letter to New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Pope Benedict XVI has recalled the terrorist attacks of 9/11, especially “brutal assault on twin towers of the World Trade Center,” and paid...

Irish government firm but diplomatic in reply to Vatican CWN - September 9, 2011

In a statement responding to the Vatican’s lengthy answer to the Cloyne report, the Irish government has taken a conciliatory tone, backing away from earlier harsh criticism of the Holy See. The...

Greeting new British ambassador, Pope links riots to 'moral relativism' CWN - September 9, 2011

Welcoming a new British ambassador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI said the Holy See and the British government share a commitment to worldwide development, “with a special care for the needy and...

Pakistani Christian killed on pilgrimage CWN - September 9, 2011

A young Pakistani Christian was kidnapped an killed as he made a pilgrimage to a Marian shrine in the Punjab province. Sunil Masih had left a group of pilgrims walking to the shrine at...

Hindu extremists attack Christians, deter government response CWN - September 9, 2011

In India’s troubled Karnataka region, Hindu zealots have beaten boys who converted to Christianity, seeking to force their return to the Hindu faith. A Church leader in Karnataka, lamenting the...

Most New York abortions are repeat procedures CWN - September 9, 2011

In a thorough study of abortion statistics in New York City, the Chiaroscuro Foundation has found that more than half are obtained by women who have had at least one prior abortion, and more than...

German court rules Catholic institutions can enforce Church marriage laws CWN - September 9, 2011

A German court has ruled that Catholic institutions can dismiss employees who violate Church teachings regarding marriage--as long as all employees are treated equally. The court ruling came in a...

Anglican traditionalist leader reveals: abuse drove him from Catholic priesthood CWN - September 9, 2011

The prominent leader of the Anglicans seeking to enter the Catholic Church has revealed that he was driven out of the Catholic Church by sexual abuse he endured as a seminarian. Anglican...

Caritas Japan: 100,000 earthquake victims need winter housing CWN - September 9, 2011

Six months after a devastating earthquake in Japan, more than 100,000 people are still in need of shelter as winter approaches, the Caritas relief agency reports. The March 11 earthquake caused...

Excommunicated priest refuses to leave Church-owned home; sues for ownership CWN - September 9, 2011

An Irish Catholic priest who was excommunicated in 1998 has sued the Diocese of Down and Connor for the title to the Church-owned home that he has refused to leave. Father Patrick Buckley was...

Bl. John Paul II saw 9/11 as attack on 'all of humanity' CWN - September 9, 2011

Blessed John Paul II recognized the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as an offense against “all of humanity,” recalls the US ambassador who was serving at the Vatican at the time. James Nicholson...

Medical schools weeding out pro-life applicants? CWN - September 9, 2011

American medical schools are screening applicants for pro-life views, and probably rejecting many on that basis, believes Daniel Kuebler, a biology professor at Franciscan University in...

Solutions to Church problems require not just new policies, but enforcement CWN - September 9, 2011

Outside observers often believe that problems in the Catholic Church—such as the sex-abuse problem—could be resolved by setting forth better policies. John Allen, writing in the National Catholic...

Vatican's Islamic interlocutor emerging among leaders of new Libyan regime CWN - September 9, 2011

Aref Ali Nayed, one of the 138 Islamic leaders who answered Pope Benedict’s challenge to engage in inter-religious dialogue, has been named to the “transitional council” planning for the...

Released Monday, Sep. 12

Scottish cardinal: same-sex marriage a ‘grotesque subversion,’ a ‘great wrong’ CWN - September 12, 2011

The bishops of Scotland have pledged their “strenuous opposition” as the Scottish government considers a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. Urging the government not to heed “a vociferous...

Nigerian bishops urge government action against Islamist terrorists CWN - September 12, 2011

The president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference is urging the nation’s government to act more forcefully against Boko Haram (“Western education is a sin”), an Islamist group that has been waging a...

Meatless Fridays return to England this week CWN - September 12, 2011

The bishops of England and Wales are preparing the faithful for the resumption of the obligation to abstain from meat on Fridays. “The law of the Church requires Catholics on Fridays to abstain...

Vatican cardinal pays tribute to Gregorian chant, polyphony CWN - September 12, 2011

Speaking at the Umbrian Music Festival, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi rued the “separation of worship from high-quality music” and said that the directives of the Second Vatican Council should be fully...

Vatican newspaper recalls 9/11 CWN - September 12, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has published a column by Father Robert Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and Boston College theology professor, on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist...

Philippine bishop emphasizes: priests should wear clerical garb CWN - September 12, 2011

A Philippine bishop is emphasizing the obligation of priests to wear clerical garb in public. “The Church is insistent that her ordained ministers wear the ecclesiastical garb,” said Bishop...

Pope prays for 9-11 victims, condemns terrorism CWN - September 12, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI called attention to the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks during his regular midday audience on Sunday, offering his prayers for the deceased and an appeal for...

Australian archdiocese denies ignoring sex-abuse complaint by Anglican archbishop CWN - September 12, 2011

The Archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia, has denied delaying its response to a sex-abuse complaint by Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth—although the Melbourne archdiocese has already concluded its...

More active Christians in China than in Europe? CWN - September 12, 2011

A BBC report highlights the explosive growth of Christianity in China, suggesting that despite the government’s aggressive campaign to curb religious influence, the country’s people feel a deep...

Vatican was ready to cooperate with abuse inquiry, former Irish premier reveals CWN - September 12, 2011

The Vatican showed a willingness to cooperate with commission investigating sexual abuse in the Irish Church, the former Taoiseach (prime minister) revealed. The current Taoiseach, Enda Kenny,...

All faiths must learn to live together, Pope tells ecumenical meeting CWN - September 12, 2011

In a message to an ecumenical meeting in Munich, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “Everything depends on our readiness to understand living together as a commitment and a gift, on finding the path to true...

Council of Europe weighs move against sex-selection abortions CWN - September 12, 2011

The Council of Europe is weighing a resolution that would a ban on sex-determination tests for unborn children, as a way of curbing sex-selection abortions. The draft resolution, which was...

Hindu party leader joins in prayers at Marian shrine CWN - September 12, 2011

A former leader of India’s Hindu-nationalist political party joined with Catholics in prayer at a Marian shrine on September 12: the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Shri L.K. Advani, a major...

India: official promises churches will not be demolished CWN - September 12, 2011

A top government official in the troubled Kandhamal district of India’s eastern Orissa state has assured Christians that orders to demolish churches, or to stop reconstruction of damaged church...

Restore God's central role, Pope challenges Italian faithful CWN - September 12, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Ancona, Italy on September 11, to join in the 25th Italian National Eucharistic Congress. There he delivered a homily urging Italian Catholics to recover “the primacy...

Vatican Secretary of State faces nasty criticism, threats CWN - September 12, 2011

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has received a series of vituperative personal messages and even a veiled death threat. Although the staff of the Secretariat of State...

Government agencies, universities backed unethical experiments in Guatemala in 1940s CWN - September 12, 2011

David Mills of First Things writes about the ugly career of John C. Cutler, a researcher who performed experiments on unwitting human subjects in Guatemala during the 1940s. Although his methods...

Five years later: the importance of the Regensburg address CWN - September 12, 2011

Five years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his memorable address to an academic audience in Regensburg. Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute explains why that address still deserves...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 13

Australian legislator names accused priest; archdiocese 'appalled' CWN - September 13, 2011

Ignoring pleas from the Adelaide archdiocese, an Australian lawmaker has identified the priest who is accused of raping Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth. Speaking before parliament--and thus...

Russian Orthodox official urges Vatican action on Ukrainian church dispute CWN - September 13, 2011

The Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer has told the Reuters news agency that the principal obstacle to a meeting between Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill is the dispute over...

Archbishop Dolan, Cardinal Egan recall 9/11 CWN - September 13, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Edward Egan preached memorial Mass homilies on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. “What I propose at our Mass this Sunday morning,...

Irish bishop calls for change in celibacy discipline CWN - September 13, 2011

A retired Irish bishop has called for a change in the discipline of clerical celibacy. “I ask myself, more and more, why celibacy should be the great sacred and unyielding arbiter, the paradigm...

Cardinal laments Honduran moral crisis CWN - September 13, 2011

Amid burgeoning drug-related violence in Honduras, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has lamented the moral crisis afflicting the nation. “The crisis is big, and not simply economic, but moral,”...

Another priest slain in Colombia CWN - September 13, 2011

Father Oviedo Arrieta, a 34-year-old priest of the Diocese of Apartadó in northwestern Colombia, was brutally murdered on September 12. “The Catholic Church mourns for this new act of violence...

Victims' groups file charges against Vatican for 'crimes against humanity' CWN - September 13, 2011

An international coalition of sex-abuse victims has lodged charges with the International Criminal Court at the Hague, charging Pope Benedict XVI and other leading Vatican officials with crimes...

Spanish bishop urges Basque separatist group to disband CWN - September 13, 2011

A Spanish bishop has urged the Basque separatist group ETA to dissolve itself and to repent of its past involvement in terrorism. Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian said that ETA should...

Vatican, SSPX close to agreement? CWN - September 13, 2011

The Vatican is close to an agreement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that would regularize the status of the breakaway traditionalist group, according to a report in Le Figaro. Jean-Marie...

Archbishop of Canterbury planning early retirement? CWN - September 13, 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury plans to retire next year, the Daily Telegraph reports. Dr. Rowan Williams will reportedly step down after the diamond-jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. The...

Father Pavone suspended from Priests for Life leadership CWN - September 13, 2011

Father Frank Pavone, the president of Priests for Life, has been suspended from ministry outside of his Amarillo, Texas diocese. Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo revealed, in a letter to other...

Irish priest urges women: protest 'sexist' new Missal translation CWN - September 13, 2011

A prominent Irish priest has encouraged women to protest the use of “sexist language” in the new English translation of the Roman Missal. Father Sean McDonagh, a founding member of the...

Vatican official warns for rising violence against Christians in Europe CWN - September 13, 2011

At a conference on anti-Christian discrimination, organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Vatican’s “foreign minister” called attention to “warning signs”...

Vatican Museums offer free admission for European Heritage Days CWN - September 13, 2011

The Vatican has announced plans to join in the observance of European Heritage Days by offering free admission to the Vatican Museums and the catacombs of Rome. The European Heritage Days, an...

Needed: a fundamental shift in the understanding of Islam CWN - September 13, 2011

Robert Reilly, the author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind, writes that the "Arab Spring" uprisings cannot bring democratic change to the Muslim world unless there is a fundamental change in the...

Appeals to 'conscience' weakened by rise of relativism CWN - September 13, 2011

When Church leaders appeal for government to recognize the rights of the individual conscience, Hadley Arkes remarks, they risk creating confusion, because the contemporary world does not recognize...

Church in Pakistan releases exhaustive documentation on human rights CWN - September 13, 2011

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Pakistani Catholic bishops’ conference has released an exhaustive study on the suffering of religious minorities in that country. Entitled Human Rights...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 14

Australia: accused priest denies Anglican prelate’s allegation CWN - September 14, 2011

Msgr. Ian Dempsey, a former chief chaplain of the Australian Royal Navy and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted Archbishop John Hepworth,...

Catholic Health Association lauds Obama’s healthcare program CWN - September 14, 2011

Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), has issued a statement lauding the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health-reform program...

Philadelphia: strike shuts down Catholic high schools CWN - September 14, 2011

A Philadelphia Catholic teachers’ union strike has now shut down 17 archdiocesan Catholic high schools. Citing the “unique issues facing Catholic schools,” the archdiocese has rejected two union...

Pope’s works to be displayed in Rome, Freiburg CWN - September 14, 2011

In honor of Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to Germany, an exhibition of the works of the Pontiff--both before and after his election to the papacy--will take place at the Teutonic Cemetery in the...

Retired Irish bishop: Latin Mass ‘lifeless and somewhat meaningless’ CWN - September 14, 2011

Bishop Edward Daly, the retired Irish bishop who is calling for a change in the discipline of clerical celibacy, “was ‘deeply disappointed’ by an experience of celebration of the Mass in Latin some...

Newspaper publishes ‘Catholic College Identity Guide’ CWN - September 14, 2011

The National Catholic Register has published an updated edition of its “Catholic College Identity Guide.” The newspaper queried Catholic colleges about co-ed dorms, the availability of daily...

Father Pavone appeals to Vatican CWN - September 14, 2011

Father Frank Pavone has announced that he will appeal Bishop Patrick Zurek’s decision to suspend his ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo. “In 2005, I made a public promise in a Church...

Vatican offers terms for reconciliation to SSPX CWN - September 14, 2011

The Vatican has asked the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) to endorse a statement accepting the central teachings of Vatican II, suggesting that if the traditionalist group fulfills that requirement,...

Pope: prayers of anguish turn to hymns of praise CWN - September 14, 2011

At his weekly public audience on September 14, Pope Benedict XVI assured the faithful that God hears all our prayers, even when we do not feel His presence. The Pope continued his “school of...

East German agency spied on Cardinal Ratzinger CWN - September 14, 2011

The Stasi, the notorious secret service of East Germany under Communist rule, compiled a dossier of “several hundred pages” on Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The Stasi began taking an interest in the...

Released Thursday, Sep. 15

Father Pavone to seek new diocese, bishop extends inquiry; group will picket parishes CWN - September 15, 2011

Father Frank Pavone told reporters that he will seek incardination in another diocese following Bishop Patrick Zurek’s decision to end the priest’s ministry outside his diocese. Speaking at a...

Vatican foreign minister urges action against anti-Christian hate crimes CWN - September 15, 2011

The Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States is urging the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to take greater action against anti-Christian hate crimes. “In order to...

Archbishop Dolan: Late nuncio ‘saw the cross’ CWN - September 15, 2011

Seven cardinals and over six dozen other bishops attended the September 14 memorial Mass for Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died on July 27. The Mass for the late apostolic nuncio to the United...

China: bachelor villages, kidnapped brides CWN - September 15, 2011

Two recent articles in the British press draw attention to one of the consequences of China’s one-child policy and preference for boys: “bachelor villages.” Over the next two decades, up to 50...

Savings crucial to economic recovery, says Vatican bank president CWN - September 15, 2011

Saving is essential to the economic growth that will allow wealthier nations to escape their debt crises, according to the president of the Vatican Bank. Calling upon nations to “stop seeing...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco CWN - September 15, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has praised the “Shakespeare Sonnets” of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), a leading guitar composer who left Italy for the United States in 1939 amid increasing...

Encourage all true apostolic works, Pope tells new bishops CWN - September 15, 2011

Meeting on September 15 with a group of about 100 newly ordained bishops, Pope Benedict XVI reminded them that the key to pastoral ministry is “not extinguishing the Spirit but testing and retaining...

Pope views exhibit of his published work CWN - September 15, 2011

On September 15, Pope Benedict XVI viewed an exhibit of his own published work, which has been set up temporarily at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. The Vatican publishing house...

Accused Australian priest maintains innocence; lawmaker under fire for naming him CWN - September 15, 2011

The Australian priest who was identified in parliament as one of the clerics who molested Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth has heatedly denied the charge. Msgr. Ian Dempsey--who was named by...

SSPX leader plans prompt response to Vatican offer CWN - September 15, 2011

The head of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has acknowledged that the Vatican has asked for the traditionalist group to accept a document regarding the teachings of Vatican II as “a preliminary...

Papal nuncio in Ireland transferred to Czech Republic CWN - September 15, 2011

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, who has been serving as apostolic nuncio in Ireland, has been formally appointed nuncio to the Czech Republic. Czech government officials had revealed in August that...

Washington pastor's apostolic goal: double parish membership CWN - September 15, 2011

At a time when many US dioceses are retrenching and closing parishes, an energetic pastor in Washington, DC is thinking about expansion, and has set the goal of doubling his parish membership within...

Released Friday, Sep. 16

Germany: 100 members of parliament to boycott Pope’s speech CWN - September 16, 2011

One hundred members of opposition parties have announced that they will boycott Pope Benedict’s speech to the German parliament. “That is so small-minded that one doesn't know whether to laugh...

Muslim prayers banned in streets of Paris CWN - September 16, 2011

The French interior ministry has banned public prayers by Muslims in the streets of Paris. As the Muslim population has grown, mosque seating has become insufficient; the government will permit...

Swiss bishops apologize for insufficient action against apartheid CWN - September 16, 2011

The Swiss episcopal conference has apologized for not doing more to combat apartheid in South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s. The apology follows the publication of a study that found that Swiss...

Italian priest honored as ‘righteous among nations’ CWN - September 16, 2011

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, has honored the late Father Ottavio Posta, enrolling him in the list of “Righteous among the Nations.” An Italian priest...

Pakistan: judge asks Christian accused of blasphemy to leave country CWN - September 16, 2011

A Pakistani court has advised a Christian accused of blasphemy to leave the country. The Fides news agency reports that an anonymous Christian teacher in a Punjabi public school was accused by...

Prelate: calm returns to Tripoli CWN - September 16, 2011

Returning to Tripoli after a trip to Italy for medical treatment, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli reported an atmosphere of calm. “Libya has changed,” says Bishop Giovanni Martinelli. Emphasizing...

DC human-rights office hears complaint against Catholic U. for single-sex dorms CWN - September 16, 2011

Lawyers for the Catholic University of America (CUA) appeared on September 15 before the Office of Human Rights in Washington, DC, at a hearing on a charge that the school is engaging in illegal...

Indian Prime Minister urges end to bias against religious minorities CWN - September 16, 2011

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India has called for urgent steps to remove the “perceived bias” among law-enforcement officials against the nation’s religious minorities. "Such a perception is...

Vatican official to UN: 'unacceptable' to divert medical funds to abortion, contraception CWN - September 16, 2011

The Vatican’s representative at UN offices in Geneva has condemned the diversion of funds from genuine medical care and spend those funds on contraception and abortion. Speaking at a session of...

Texas Catholic hospitals to furnish 'morning-after' pill for rape victims CWN - September 16, 2011

The Seton Healthcare network in Texas has begun providing the “emergency contraceptive” Plan B pill to rape victims. The Plan B pill can prevent a fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterus,...

Australian lawmaker raps Adelaide archbishop CWN - September 16, 2011

Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, who drew controversy earlier this week by identifying the priest who was accused of molesting an Anglican prelate, has chided Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson...

Released Monday, Sep. 19

Cardinal urges opposition to assisted suicide CWN - September 19, 2011

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston is urging Catholics to opposition a ballot initiative that would legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts. “We hope the citizens of the Commonwealth will not be...

Jewish groups concerned about Vatican outreach to SSPX CWN - September 19, 2011

Some Jewish organizations are expressing concern that the “Doctrinal Preamble” presented to the Society of St. Pius X by Vatican officials at a September 14 meeting would not require the society to...

Liechtenstein: voters reject abortion CWN - September 19, 2011

By a 52%-48% margin, voters in Liechtenstein have rejected a measure that would have legalized abortion during the first trimester. 80% of the principality’s 34,000 residents are Catholic,...

Tentative agreement between archdiocese, Philadelphia Catholic teachers CWN - September 19, 2011

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Catholic high school teachers’ union have reached a tentative agreement that could lead to the reopening of 17 Catholic high schools. Terms of the tentative...

CDF official on Newman, conscience CWN - September 19, 2011

A year after the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has examined Blessed John Henry Newman’s sometimes misunderstood teaching...

India: bishop sees increased education, devotion in diocese CWN - September 19, 2011

A bishop in western India has told Aid to the Church in Need that as the lay faithful have become more highly educated, religious practice has increased. “I was a priest in this region in the...

Pope's message for trip to Germany: restore a place for God CWN - September 19, 2011

Appearing on a German television show on September 19, Pope Benedict XVI said that during his September 22-25 visit to his native country he will bring a simple but challenging message: “We must...

'Unofficial' annual publication summarizes Vatican activity CWN - September 19, 2011

How many alleged apparitions did the Holy See investigate in 2010? How many annulments did the Roman Rota consider, and how many were confirmed? How much money did papal charities grant to...

Family members, too, covered up sexual abuse, Irish priest argues CWN - September 19, 2011

Catholic bishops are not alone in failing to confront the problem of sexual abuse, an Irish priest argues; the families of victims also share a portion of the blame. Father Paddy Banville writes...

Pope sees 'vast horizons' for the new evangelization CWN - September 19, 2011

At his Sunday Angelus audience on September 18, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that “the Gospel has transformed the world and continues to transform it.” The Pope centered his brief address on St....

Pope to India's bishops: do not be deterred by threats, criticism CWN - September 19, 2011

Church leaders in India must be prepared “to walk in the footsteps of Christ, Who was Himself misunderstood, despised, falsely accused and Who suffered for the sake of truth,” Pope Benedict XVI told...

Promiscuity makes life tougher for young people in several ways CWN - September 19, 2011

In an excellent essay on the damage done to society by “Nice Fornicators,” Anthony Esolen explains how the popular approval of serial monogamy, without any permanent commitment, places heavy burdens...

Austrian cardinal fears 'serious conflict' if priests continue defiance CWN - September 19, 2011

Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has warned rebellious priests against their defiance Church teachings on clerical celibacy, the ordination of women, and the indissolubility of marriage....

Chinese government puts pressure on seminary to reinstate ousted rector CWN - September 19, 2011

After a Chinese seminary dismissed a rector because of alleged embezzlement, government authorities have come to the accused priest’s defense, pressing for his reinstatement and refusing to allow...

Adelaide archdiocese, Anglican archbishop continue at odds on abuse complaint CWN - September 19, 2011

Officials of the Adelaide archdiocese complained to the Vatican that Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth was acting irrationally in his pursuit of claims that he had been sexually abused during his...

Catholic firm managing condom distribution in Australian jails? CWN - September 19, 2011

The largest Catholic health-care system is helping to distribute condoms to prison inmates, the Herald Sun reports. The St. Vincent’s Health system was reportedly asked by government officials...

Arab Spring could bring more militant Islam, Iraqi archbishop fears CWN - September 19, 2011

The “Arab Spring” uprisings are threatening to unleash Islamic fundamentalism, an Iraqi Catholic prelate has warned. Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said that in the Middle East, the Christian...

English bishop sees court bias against Christians CWN - September 19, 2011

An English Catholic bishop has charged that British courts are misinterpreting human-rights laws to punish Christians. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark complained of “wooly thinking” by judges...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 20

Archbishop Dolan urges US bishops to preach on poverty, unemployment CWN - September 20, 2011

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging his brother bishops to “focus public attention and priority on the scandal of so much poverty and so many without work in...

Nuncio analyzes strengths, weaknesses of Church in Germany CWN - September 20, 2011

On the eve of Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to his native land, Archbishop Jean-Claude Périsset, the apostolic nuncio to Germany since 2007, has offered an overview of the visit as well as the...

Mexico: Protestant villagers asked to leave or be crucified CWN - September 20, 2011

Seventy Protestants have left San Rafael Tlanalapan, a south-central Mexican village, after “traditionalist Catholics” threatened to crucify or lynch them if they remained, according to a report by...

Beijing: churches full despite increasing state control CWN - September 20, 2011

Anthony Clark, an Asian history professor at Whitworth University, has analyzed the state of Catholicism in Beijing. Despite increasing government control, he writes, “churches continue to fill, the...

Syro-Malankara Church to hold 1st general assembly CWN - September 20, 2011

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church with 420,000 faithful, is holding the first general assembly in its history. The church’s history reaches back to the apostolic age....

University to pay $500,000 to Catholic student group following court decision CWN - September 20, 2011

In the wake of an appellate court decision that ordered the University of Wisconsin not to discriminate against a Catholic student organization in funding student activities, the university will pay...

One year after visit to Britain, Pope repeats call for new evangelization there CWN - September 20, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to the Catholics of Great Britain, marking the 1st anniversary of his visit there, thanking them for their “warm welcome.” The Pope reminded the faithful in...

Loss of Illinois state adoption contracts will 'devastate' Catholic Charities CWN - September 20, 2011

The cancellation of a state contract for adoption services will be "devastating" to Catholic Charities in Illinois, the Church agencies said in a court plea. Asking an Illinois judge to...

Russian Orthodox priest ends presidential campaign CWN - September 20, 2011

A suspended Orthodox priest has withdrawn from Russia's presidential campaign, having failed to gain support from the Orthodox Church. Father Ioann Okhlobystin, who had withdrawn from ministry to...

Palestinians will resent US veto of statehood vote, bishop says CWN - September 20, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is asking for UN status as an observer, and a vote on that petition would be tantamount to UN recognition of a Palestinian state. Bishop William Shomali, an auxiliary of...

Cardinal McCarrick, other US religious leaders, meet Iran's Ahmadinejad CWN - September 20, 2011

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington, joined Christian and Muslim leaders in a diplomatic mission to Iran, seeking the release of Americans hikers who are being held as...

Moscow officials demolish hospice founded by Mother Teresa CWN - September 20, 2011

Authorities in Moscow have demolished a hospice that had been founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and run by her Missionaries of Charity. Officials brushed aside a plea by the Russian Orthodox...

Adelaide archdiocese, Anglican archbishop continue to swap charges CWN - September 20, 2011

A heated dispute continues in Australia about the sexual-abuse charges lodged by Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth. Msgr. Ian Dempsey, who was named by Senator Nick Xenophon as one of Hepworth’s...

Beehives donated for papal summer residence CWN - September 20, 2011

An Italian agricultural group has donated several beehives to the small working farm on the grounds of the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. The bees were presented to the papal household as...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 21

Bangladesh: archbishop struck by stone as Islamists go on rampage CWN - September 21, 2011

Islamists seeking the release of prisoners detained on war-crimes charges went on a rampage in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, burning cars and looting shops. The nation’s leading prelate, Archbishop...

Victory for religious liberty in Boise homeless shelter case CWN - September 21, 2011

In an important victory for religious liberty, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously that Boise Rescue Mission--a Christian homeless shelter that does not accept government...

3,000 Christians in prison in Eritrea CWN - September 21, 2011

The government of Eritrea--one of the most repressive in the world--has placed 3,000 Christians in prison, “where they face mistreatment and deprivation of food and medical treatment, pending...

Blood of St. Januarius liquifies CWN - September 21, 2011

The blood of St. Januarius, a bishop martyred during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, has again liquified. When Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples removed the phial of the saint’s blood from...

City officials to decide whether lawn cross violates zoning regulations CWN - September 21, 2011

Officials of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety will soon decide whether a 24-foot-high cross that a Catholic laywoman has placed in her front lawn violates zoning regulations. “It is...

$100M campaign for Los Angeles Catholic schools CWN - September 21, 2011

The Catholic Education Foundation has launched a $100 million fundraising campaign to provide tuition assistance to Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “Catholic schools have...

Pope skips regular weekly audience CWN - September 21, 2011

In a rare departure from his usual practice, Pope Benedict XVI did not hold a public audience this Wednesday, September 21. The regular weekly public audience was cancelled several weeks ago, to...

Pope imposes pallium on Milan's Cardinal Scola CWN - September 21, 2011

On September 21, Pope Benedict XVI imposed the pallium on Cardinal Angelo Scola, the newly appointed Archbishop of Milan. Ordinarily the Pope imposes the pallium on all new metropolitan...

New head for Vatican Prefecture for Economic Affairs CWN - September 21, 2011

Archbishop Giuseppe Versaldi of Alessandria, Italy, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to become the new president of the Vatican’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs. Archbishop Versaldi replaces...

US bishops reach out to orthodox young theologians CWN - September 21, 2011

The US Catholic bishops are seeking to build up relationships with orthodox young Catholic theologians, hoping to encourage the “new evangelization” in college theology departments. Cardinal...

Government forfeits public trust with same-sex unions, Scottish bishop says CWN - September 21, 2011

A Scottish bishop has said that the government does not deserve public trust because of its support for same-sex unions. “A government which favors and allows for same-sex marriage does wrong,”...

Wales: Anglican prelate denounces 'presumed consent' for organ donation CWN - September 21, 2011

The Anglican Archbishop of Wales has urged the government to abandon its plan to inaugurate a “presumed consent” policy on organ donation, assuming that all people are organ donors unless they...

German lawmakers criticized for boycotting papal address CWN - September 21, 2011

Leading German politicians have chastised colleagues who are organizing a boycott of the address to the Bundestag by Pope Benedict XVI. Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said that the...

Pope's brother says he should retire if health fails CWN - September 21, 2011

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger believes that his younger brother, Pope Benedict XVI, should retire if health problems make it impossible for him to fulfill his pastoral duties. "If it is not going well...

Patriarch of Jerusalem speaks to US leaders on recognition of Palestine CWN - September 21, 2011

Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, has been in Washington this week to speak with American leaders about the proposal for UN recognition of a Palestinian...

Released Thursday, Sep. 22

Archbishop Dolan urges Obama: end campaign against marriage, religious freedom CWN - September 22, 2011

In a remarkable letter to President Barack Obama, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York strongly criticized “recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and...

Diocese limits Communion under both kinds, laments excessive extraordinary ministers CWN - September 22, 2011

The Diocese of Phoenix has announced that it will issue norms specifying the conditions under which Holy Communion may be distributed under both species. “The new norms will promote unity in the...

Catholic college withdraws invitation to Ellen Goodman CWN - September 22, 2011

St. Francis University, a Franciscan college in central Pennsylvania, has withdrawn an invitation to pro-abortion writer Ellen Goodman to deliver a prestigious lecture. The decision followed...

Healing attributed to intercession of Archbishop Sheen CWN - September 22, 2011

A diocesan tribunal in Peoria is examining whether the healing of an infant Illinois boy is a miracle that can be attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979). James Fulton...

Jesuits publish special report on ecology CWN - September 22, 2011

The Society of Jesus--the Church’s largest male religious institute, with 18,516 members--has issued a special report on ecology. “Our commitment to follow Jesus Christ in poverty, the...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Pope Marcellus II CWN - September 22, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Pope Marcellus II, the Renaissance Pontiff in whose honor Giovanni de Palestrina composed his most famous polyphonic Mass. The Pope died after only 20 days...

In powerful address to German lawmakers, Pope warns of 'cultureless' Europe CWN - September 22, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI gave a powerful defense of the natural-law tradition, and an equally powerful critique of moral relativism, in an address to lawmakers during the first day of his visit to...

In Germany, Pope urges faithful to remain 'together against the storm' CWN - September 22, 2011

As he began a 4-day visit to his native Germany on September 22, Pope Benedict XVI said simply that he had come “to meet people and speak about God.” In the days leading up to the Pope's arrival,...

On flight to Berlin, Pope downplays confrontation with German critics CWN - September 22, 2011

In a question-and-answer session with journalists who accompanied him on his September 22 flight to Berlin, Pope Benedict XVI sought to ease tensions about confrontations with his German critics and...

Pope calls for 'ethical renewal' in Italy: a rebuke to Berlusconi? CWN - September 22, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI called for “ethical renewal” in Italy, in a September 22 message to that country’s President Giorgio Napolitano. The Pope’s message was widely interpreted as a comment on the...

Supreme Court case could affect suits against Church for discrimination CWN - September 22, 2011

A case pending before the US Supreme Court could produce an important new precedent regarding the right of religious groups to set standards for their ministers and other employees. The...

Dublin archdiocese seeks more parish funds to ease financial crisis CWN - September 22, 2011

The Archdiocese of Dublin is seeking new funds from parishes to help meet the costs of sex-abuse settlements, the Irish Catholic reports. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said that the funds from...

Boston archdiocese says unauthorized vigil shows parish church used for 'religious purposes' CWN - September 22, 2011

In an effort to avoid taxes on the property of a parish that has been formally closed, the Boston archdiocese is claiming that the building is still being used “for religious purposes”—by a group...

Acclaimed PBS series Catholicism debuts CWN - September 22, 2011

A landmark 10-part television series, entitled simply Catholicism debuts September 22 on some local PBS stations. The series, inspired by Kenneth Clark’s Civilization, is the work of Father...

Released Friday, Sep. 23

Ghana: prelate warns against Islamic extremism CWN - September 23, 2011

A prelate in north-central Ghana is warning that Islamic extremists trained in Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia before entering the African nation “are going to have a very negative effect for...

Religious leaders visit North Korea CWN - September 23, 2011

Religious leaders, including Catholic leaders, from democratic South Korea are visiting Communist North Korea, one of the world’s most repressive nations. “The visit of a delegation of religious...

Pakistan: Christian flood victims denied government, Muslim aid CWN - September 23, 2011

Christian and Hindu flood victims are being denied aid by the Pakistani government and Muslim organizations, charges Father Mario Rodrigues, national director of the Pontifical Mission...

Opus Dei members on trial in France CWN - September 23, 2011

Two members of Opus Dei, the personal prelature founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-75), are on trial in France on charges of involuntary labor. Catherine Tissier, who came into...

Canadian bishops issue message to youth on social justice CWN - September 23, 2011

The Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement to youth on social justice. “The Catholic Church shares all of humanity’s common quest...

USCCB spokesman compares Obama officials to Letterman, Leno CWN - September 23, 2011

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, compares Obama administration officials in the Departments of Justice and Health and Human...

Pope underlines ecumenical imperative in visit to Luther's monastery CWN - September 23, 2011

“It was the error of the Reformation period that for the most part we could only see what divided us and we failed to grasp existentially what we have in common in terms of the great deposit of...

Papal outreach to German Jews, Muslims CWN - September 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met separately with Jewish and Muslim leaders during the first 24 hours of his pastoral visit to Germany. The Pontiff met with representatives of the German Jewish community in...

Pope meets quietly with abuse victims in Germany CWN - September 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met with victims of sexual abuse on Friday, September 23, during the 2nd day of his visit to Germany. Following what has become a pattern in his foreign travels, the Pope met...

Media perspectives on Pope's visit to Germany CWN - September 23, 2011

The world’s major media outlets offered differing perspectives on the first days of Pope Benedict’s visit to Germany, with many reporters suggesting that the Pontiff had been successful in drawing...

Archbishop of US military ordinariate issues blunt warning against attacks on DOMA CWN - September 23, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who head the US military ordinariate, has joined New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan in calling upon President Obama to “call off his administration’s attack on the...

Australian senate says accused priest has right to respond to lawmaker's abuse charge CWN - September 23, 2011

Australia’s Senate has ruled that a priest who was identified by a lawmaker as a rapist has the right to respond to the accusation. Msgr. Ian Dempsey was named by Senator Nick Xenophon as one of...

UN report calls for abolition of laws restricting abortion CWN - September 23, 2011

A report from the UN Human Rights Council has condemned all laws restricting abortion. “Criminal laws penalizing and restricting induced abortion are the paradigmatic examples of impermissible...

Cardinal Law did diplomatic work in Vietnam, WikiLeaks documents show CWN - September 23, 2011

Documents from the US State Department, made public by WikiLeaks, show that Cardinal Bernard Law has engaged in diplomatic work for the Vatican in Vietnam, seeking to improve relations between the...

Young Canadians cling to traditional gender roles; experts horrified CWN - September 23, 2011

A survey by the international development agency Plan International has found that many teenage Canadian boys believe that a woman’s primary role is to care for a family. About one-third of the...

Irish columnist: faithful should share cost of abuse settlements CWN - September 23, 2011

With the Irish Catholic Church embroiled in a debate about the use of parish funds to pay sex-abuse settlements, one Catholic columnist has announced that he would not object if his donations are...

Could International Criminal Court case work in Vatican's favor? CWN - September 23, 2011

Most international-law experts agree that sex-abuse victims will fail in their effort to bring charges against the Vatican at the International Criminal Court. But John Allen of the National...

Released Monday, Sep. 26

Bosnia: 5 martyred nuns beatified CWN - September 26, 2011

Five Bosnian nuns--Sisters Jula Ivanisevic, Berchmana Leidenix, Krizina Bojanc, Antonija Fabjan, and Bernadeta Banja--were beatitfied on September 24 in Sarajevo. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of...

Church bombed in Indonesia CWN - September 26, 2011

A suicide bomber has attacked a Protestant church near Surakarta (also known as Solo), a city of over 500,000 in central Java. The bomber killed himself and injured 20 worshippers. Urging...

Nigerian bishops lament refusal to implement minimum wage CWN - September 26, 2011

The bishops of Nigeria are lamenting the refusal of state governments to implement a new national minimum wage. “We believe that our nation has enough resources to ensure a fair wage to our...

Philippines: missionary warns of rise of Islamic fundamentalism CWN - September 26, 2011

Father Sebastiano D’Ambra, a missionary committed to Catholic-Muslim dialogue in the Philippines, is warning of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism on Mindanao, the nation’s second-largest island and...

Feds remove children from Houston Catholic Charities shelters CWN - September 26, 2011

Following a July 1 sexual assault of a minor, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement is removing immigrant children from three shelters run by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of...

Maryknoll priest rips ‘Roman persecution’ of Church in Asia CWN - September 26, 2011

Father William Grimm, a Maryknoll priest who serves as publisher of the UCA News service, is blasting the Vatican for what he calls the “Roman persecution” of the Church in Asia. Father Grimm...

New Zambian president pledges to support Church CWN - September 26, 2011

By 43%-36% margin, Michael Sata has been elected president of Zambia, defeating incumbent Rupiah Banda. “This government will be governed on the Ten Commandments,” pledged Sata. “For the first...

Reject 'worldly' vision of Church, Pope urges German faithful CWN - September 26, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly called for reform within the Catholic Church—as well as efforts to counteract a secularizing trend in society—during the final hours of his visit to Germany on September...

Christianity must rescue modern culture: Cardinal Scola CWN - September 26, 2011

Cardinal Angelo Scola said that the Church must respond to a crisis in contemporary culture, during his installation as Archbishop of Milan. The modern world is experiencing a “convulsive...

Cardinal Zen sees Chinese bid to 'brainwash' students CWN - September 26, 2011

Cardinal Joseph Zen has complained that new plans to introduce “national education classes” in Chinese schools amount to a program of “brainwashing” students. “Does national education mean...

Vatican deflates report that Pope is preparing to resign next year CWN - September 26, 2011

Vatican officials have quickly dismissed a report that Pope Benedict XVI may plan to resign in 2012 when he reaches the age of 85. Italian journalist Antonio Socci of Libero had claimed that the...

SSPX to review Vatican document for reconciliation in October CWN - September 26, 2011

Leaders of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) will meet in Albano, Italy, on October 7 and 8 to review a document that the Vatican has asked the breakaway traditionalist group to affirm. A...

Press roundup of papal trip CWN - September 26, 2011

Media coverage of Pope Benedict’s 4-day visit to Germany ranged from supportive to caustic, with the most favorable reports focused on the Pope’s addresses, while the most hostile were dominated by...

Excess deference to Church, state seen a factor in Irish abuse scandal CWN - September 26, 2011

Amnesty International has issued a report saying that the mistreatment of Irish children in Church-run institutions was tantamount to torture. In an analysis of official reports on abuse of...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 27

Iran: faced with death sentence, Christian convert refuses to revert to Islam CWN - September 27, 2011

An Iranian Protestant pastor, sentenced to death in 2010 for apostasy, has refused to convert back to Islam during two court hearings. The Supreme Court of Iran has ruled that if Yousef Nadarkhani...

Respect Life statement decries abortion, contraception, militant secularism CWN - September 27, 2011

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has decried abortion and attacks on religious freedom in a statement...

Religious freedom: State Dept. cites 8 ‘countries of particular concern’ CWN - September 27, 2011

In its recently-released July-December 2010 International Religious Freedom Report, the US State Department has designated eight nations as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) because of...

Bolivia: bishops denounce socialist government’s repression CWN - September 27, 2011

Bolivia’s bishops have denounced the government of socialist President Evo Morales for its violent repression of a protest by Amazonian Indians. The Amazonian Indians oppose a government plan to...

USCCB urges Catholics to lobby on behalf of anti-poverty programs CWN - September 27, 2011

The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to lobby on behalf of anti-poverty programs by contacting...

Catholic Health Association renews criticism of contraception mandate CWN - September 27, 2011

The Catholic Health Association (CHA)--which broke with the nation’s bishops by supporting health-care legislation passed in March 2010--has renewed its criticism of a new mandate that requires...

President Bush rebuffed Pope John Paul's plea for peace in Iraq, source recalls CWN - September 27, 2011

In 2003, when Blessed John Paul II sent a special envoy to speak with President George W. Bush in a last-minute effort to avoid a war in Iraq, the American leader set aside the Pope’s personal...

Spelling error leads to blasphemy charge for Pakistani schoolgirl CWN - September 27, 2011

A 10-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan has been charged with blasphemy because she misspelled a word in a reference to Mohammed in response to a test question. Faryal Bhatti was expelled from...

Adelaide archdiocese again under fire in abuse case CWN - September 27, 2011

The Archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia has rejected charges that officials there tried to cover up sexual abuse at a local school for disabled children. The Australian ABC television network, in...

FDA finds risks with some versions of Pill, but won't take action CWN - September 27, 2011

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that some birth-control pills may cause a 50% increase in the risk of blood clots for the women who take them. In reaction to the finding about...

Moscow patriarchate signals support for Putin CWN - September 27, 2011

The Russian Orthodox Church has signaled approval for the decision by President Dmitri Medvedev to nominate his prime minister, Vladimir Putin, to be his successor. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin,...

Italian cardinal's speech seen as repudiation of Berlusconi CWN - September 27, 2011

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has caused a stir with a speech condemning the corruption spreading “like an octopus” in the nation’s political system, and saying that “the air must...

Illinois judge rejects Catholic Charities appeal on adoption contracts CWN - September 27, 2011

An Illinois judge has rejected an appeal by Catholic Charities for reconsideration of his decision allowing the state government to end contracts with the Catholic agencies for adoption and...

Iraqi envoy: Christians are right to worry about 'Arab Spring' uprisings CWN - September 27, 2011

Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican argues that Christians in the Middle East have good reason to be skeptical about the “Arab Spring” rebellions. The Christian minority in the region is righlty...

Schedule set for October papal visit to Italian towns CWN - September 27, 2011

The Vatican has unveiled the schedule for an October 9 visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the towns of Lamezia Terme and Serra San Bruno, Italy. The Pope will fly from Rome to Lamezia Terme on Sunday...

IVF babies face extra health risks, doctor reveals CWN - September 27, 2011

A Canadian doctor who has been active in in vitro fertilization now believes that the procedure is "creating a population of sick babies." Dr. John Barrett told the Canadian Fertility and...

When Vatican II documents are seen as political compromises CWN - September 27, 2011

Anthony Esolen notes that in reading the documents of Vatican II, he is struck by commentary that is often at odds with the content of the documents themselves; the commentators suggest that the...

How California rules on teaching about homosexuality threaten religious freedom CWN - September 27, 2011

Hadley Arkes finds it chilling that in California, new regulations require a positive treatment of homosexuality in school curricula. That regulation, he points out, could be applied to private...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 28

Nigerian prelate: no negotiations with Islamist terrorists CWN - September 28, 2011

One of Nigeria’s leading prelates is urging the nation’s government not to negotiate with Boko Haram (“Western education is a sin”), the Islamist terrorist group active in northern Nigeria. “The...

Indonesia: more attempted church bombings CWN - September 28, 2011

In the wake of the bombing of a Protestant church in Java, two more bombs have been found outside churches in Indonesia. Rev. Andrew Yewangoe, president of the Indonesian Communion of Churches,...

Holy See diplomat addresses intellectual property rights CWN - September 28, 2011

Intellectual property is a right with a “social mortgage,” the Holy See’s chief envoy to UN institutions in Geneva said at a conference on intellectual property rights. “In this and in other...

Sierra Leone: in wake of brutal war, churches full CWN - September 28, 2011

Nearly a decade after a civil war in which 50,000 were killed, thousands were mutilated, and every church in the nation’s largest diocese was destroyed, Sierra Leone’s leading prelate has offered an...

Malawi: numerous government spies at bishops’ meeting CWN - September 28, 2011

As Malawi’s bishops meet amid civic unrest, “there is heavy circulation of regime spies” attempting to intimidate the bishops and “sniff what is being discussed,” according to a cleric present at...

Law professors decry HHS contraceptive mandate CWN - September 28, 2011

Three law professors--Helen Alvaré, Gerard Bradley, and O. Carter Snead--write the Obama administration’s contraception and sterilization coverage mandate “threatens our nation’s healthcare by...

Reflecting on trip, Pope sees bright hope for Church's future in Germany CWN - September 28, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI reported on his visit to Germany, describing it as a “great feast of the faith,” during his public audience on September 28. Speaking to about 20,000 people gathered in St....

Liturgical reform is goal as Pope amends canon law CWN - September 28, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has removed some canonical cases from the jurisdiction of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in an administrative move designed to give that Congregation's work a sharper focus...

Vatican official salutes close Church-state collaboration in Italy CWN - September 28, 2011

An influential Vatican official spoke of the “harmonious and supportive collaboration” between the Holy See and the Italian government, at a September 28 ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of...

Moscow to raze 2nd hospice run by Mother Teresa's nuns? CWN - September 28, 2011

Public officials in Moscow, who recently demolished a hospice founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, are now threatening to raze another hospice operated by the Missionaries of Charity. City...

US House subcommittee investigating Planned Parenthood CWN - September 28, 2011

A subcommittee of the US House of Representatives has opened an investigation of the “institutional practices and policies” of Planned Parenthood. Rep. Cliff Stearns, who chairs the oversight...

British court rules against withdrawing food and water from brain-damaged patient CWN - September 28, 2011

A British judge has refused to approve an order to withdraw food and water from a brain-damaged woman, saying that she has some degree of consciousness and there is a possibility that her condition...

New York town clerk faces bid for removal for rejecting same-sex marriage CWN - September 28, 2011

Roe Marie Belforti, the part-time town clerk in the little community of Ledyard, New York, says that she cannot in conscience sign a marriage license for a same-sex couple. A committed Christian,...

Massachusetts legislation would abolish statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children CWN - September 28, 2011

New legislation introduced into the Massachusetts legislature would abolish the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex crimes in which children are victims. Proponents of the change argue...

New Mass translation delayed another year in Hong Kong CWN - September 28, 2011

The Hong Kong diocese has announced that it will postpone the introduction of the new English translation of the Roman Missal for another year. The new translation will be unveiled in most...

Released Thursday, Sep. 29

Fundamentalism greatest danger facing Asia, says prelate CWN - September 29, 2011

The president of the evangelization office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences has told the Fides news agency that fundamentalism is the greatest danger facing the Church in the...

Iran: convert awaits execution, refuses last chance to revert to Islam CWN - September 29, 2011

An Iranian Protestant pastor, sentenced to death in 2010 for apostasy, refused to renounce his Christian faith and revert to Islam during a third and final court hearing this week on September 28....

Hearing on China’s 1-child policy: victims recount brutality CWN - September 29, 2011

Victims spoke of the horror of China’s one-child policy during a recent US congressional hearing held on the thirty-first anniversary of its implementation. “It is an insidious policy causing the...

Remember African famine, urges Catholic Relief Services CWN - September 29, 2011

In an interview with Vatican Radio, a Catholic Relief Services staff member in Kenya emphasized that the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa continues, even as the story fades from the news...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Dag Hammarskjöld CWN - September 29, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Dag Hammarskjöld, the second secretary-general of the United Nations, on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. “What made Hammarskjöld withstand the...

European bishops to discuss new evangelization CWN - September 29, 2011

In preparation for the upcoming synod of bishops, the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences is focusing on the new evangelization during a four-day meeting in Tirana. Jean Luc Moens, who has...

Archbishop Hannan, JFK eulogist, dead at 98 CWN - September 29, 2011

Retired Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans died on September 29 at the age of 98, after a long illness. Born in Washington, DC, Philip Hannan was ordained to the priesthood there in 1939....

Pope says goodbyes at summer residence, prepares to return to Rome CWN - September 29, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has given his thanks to the staff at his summer residence, and local officials at Castel Gandolfo, as he prepares to return to the Vatican. The Pontiff offered his “deep...

Papal greetings to Rome's rabbi for Rosh Hashanah CWN - September 29, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to Rome’s Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, as the Jewish world celebrates the feasts of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. The Pope’s message included the...

Schedule set for Pope's November visit to Africa CWN - September 29, 2011

The Vatican has released the full schedule for a November trip by Pope Benedict XVI to Benin, where he will release his apostolic exhortation concluding the work of the Second Synod for...

Silence will be Pope's theme for 2012 message on communications CWN - September 29, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has chosen an unusual theme for the World Day for Social Communications in 2012: Silence. “Silence and Word: path of evangelization” is the full theme for next year’s Day for...

Vatican police celebrate feast day CWN - September 29, 2011

The Vatican Gendarmerie celebrated its patronal feast on September 29, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, with a ceremony in front of the offices of the Vatican city-state...

Maronite Patriarch riles French, American government leaders with stand on Syria CWN - September 29, 2011

Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai has roused concerns among French policy-makers, and signs of dissatisfaction in Washington, with public statements on the political crisis in Syria. During...

18 Catholic universities join in appeal against contraceptive mandate CWN - September 29, 2011

A group of 18 Catholic colleges and universities have joined in an appeal to the Obama administration to back away from a mandate that would require the institutions to provide contraceptive...

Top Russian Orthodox ecumenical officer meets with Pope CWN - September 29, 2011

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the chief ecumenical-affairs officer of the Russian Orthodox Church, met with Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo on September 29. The Russian prelate, who was...

Zenit's founding editor forced to resign CWN - September 29, 2011

The founder and director of the Zenit news agency has resigned, disclosing that he was asked to step down after a series of disagreements with officials of the Legion of Christ, which owns the...

Released Friday, Sep. 30

Egypt: desire for divorce drives Coptic-Muslim tensions CWN - September 30, 2011

A desire for divorce is the cause of much of the tension between Muslims and Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt, according to a newly published article in the Catholic Near East Welfare...

Dozens of churches closed or demolished in Indonesia CWN - September 30, 2011

Over 50 Christian churches have been shut down or demolished in Indonesia since January 2010, according to the Jakarta Christian Communication Forum. In most cases, the closing of churches has...

Alabama bishops welcome immigration ruling CWN - September 30, 2011

The bishops of Alabama have welcomed a federal judge’s ruling that struck down a provision of the state’s controversial new immigration law. “The court enjoined a key part of the statute that...

Diocese may push for assassin’s canonization CWN - September 30, 2011

The Archdiocese of Seoul may launch a cause for the beatification of Thomas An Jung-geun, a Korean Catholic who assassinated the Japanese prime minister when Korea was under Japanese rule. The...

Murder-suicide in Spanish church CWN - September 30, 2011

A gunman walked into a parish in Madrid as evening Mass was about to begin, shot and killed a pregnant woman, and then killed himself before the altar. Remarkably, the baby was saved as rescuers...

‘A new generation of theologians’ CWN - September 30, 2011

Ryan N.S. Topping, a theology professor at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, writes that the new generation of English-speaking theologians is largely orthodox. “The majority of young...

India's Christians document continued mistreatment in Orissa CWN - September 30, 2011

The Global Council of Indian Christians has presented a petition to the national civi-rights commission listing the continuing offenses against the Christian minority in the troubled state of...

Vatican encourages laicized priests' involvement in parish life CWN - September 30, 2011

The Vatican has given diocesan bishops greater latitude for allowing former priests to become actively involved in parish life, the Catholic Herald reports. Cardinal Ivan Dias, the prefect of the...

Anthony Esolen on the poetry of the new Mass translation CWN - September 30, 2011

Anthony Esolen, the noted literature scholar and translator of Dante, explains why he finds the new English translation of the Mass such an improvement, in terms of its literary quality as well as...

Vatican official addresses UN on humanitarian needs, persecution of Christians, economic crisis CWN - September 30, 2011

In an address to the UN General Assembly, the Vatican’s “foreign minister,” Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, concentrated on three topics: humanitarian crises, religious persecution, and the worldwide...

Pope's prayer intentions for October 2011 CWN - September 30, 2011

The Vatican has disclosed the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for October 2011. The Pope’s general intention is: "That the terminally ill may be supported by their faith in God and the...

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