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Released Thursday, Feb. 2

South African bishops lament 15 years of legalized abortion CWN - February 2, 2012

Writing on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg has issued a statement lamenting the fifteenth anniversary of the legalization of...

Continued discrimination against Bosnian Catholics CWN - February 2, 2012

Over 16 years after the conclusion of the Bosnian War, Catholics in Bosnia and Herzegovina continue to suffer discrimination. Father Anton Maric, diocesan financial director in Banja Luka, told...

Washington senate approves same-sex marriage CWN - February 2, 2012

In a 28-21 vote, the Washington state senate approved a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage. The bill is expected to pass in the state house and be signed into law by Gov. Christine...

Background: World Day of Consecrated Life CWN - February 2, 2012

February 2 is the 16th World Day of Consecrated Life, a commemoration begun by Blessed John Paul II in 1997. In his message for the 1st World Day of Consecrated Life, the Pontiff explained that...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to photojournalist CWN - February 2, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first female photojournalist, who died on January 15 at the age of 98. “With her camera, she documented such salient moments of...

First Friday: US Catholics asked to fast, reflect on climate change CWN - February 2, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to “fast” on Friday, February 3, by limiting their food spending to the allotment on the USDA Modified Thrifty Food...

Sex abuse dropping where 'code of silence' is broken, says Vatican official CWN - February 2, 2012

The Vatican’s chief prosecutor in sex-abuse cases sees a decrease in the incidence of clerical abuse in those countries where the “code of silence” has been broken. Msgr. Charles Scicluna reports...

Pope's blessing silenced possessed men, says veteran exorcist CWN - February 2, 2012

An outspoken veteran exorcist has reported that two men who were apparently possessed by demons reacted dramatically when Pope Benedict XVI blessed them. Father Gabriele Amorth said that the two...

Prominent New York priest sentenced to life of penance CWN - February 2, 2012

A prominent New York priest has been directed to life "a life of prayer and penance" to atone for sexual abuse. Wallace Harris, who was once the president of the New York priests' senate, and...

Vatican Secretary of State under fire as internal disputes emerge CWN - February 2, 2012

Sandro Magister, the Vatican-watching journalist for L'Espresso, claims that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is increasingly isolated at the Vatican, with other prelates complaining about his...

Dangers seen in Catholic use of Enneagram CWN - February 2, 2012

Writing for Catholic World Report, Anna Abbott reports that Church officials have real concerns about the use of the Enneagram in Catholic retreat centers and other institutions. Archbishop...

Irish prime minister may reconsider closing of embassy at Vatican CWN - February 2, 2012

Facing considerable public backlash after closing his country's embassy at the Vatican, Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has said that he may reconsider the decision. Kenny--whose...

Judge dismisses complaint against Vatican in swindle case CWN - February 2, 2012

A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a complaint against the Vatican, brought by insurance commissioners in connection with an elaborate financial scheme conducted by a man who had no...

Church is attacking on HHS mandate, says Boston Globe columnist CWN - February 2, 2012

In a remarkable reversal of most other analyses, columnist Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe argues that in a confrontation over mandated coverage of contraception in health-care policies, it is the...

Irish police mishandled sex-abuse claims, report shows CWN - February 2, 2012

A report on the handling of sex-abuse complaints in Ireland has found serious flaws in the response of the police. The Garda, the Irish police force, routinely failed to report sex-abuse...

Released Friday, Feb. 3

European evangelization initiative to spread to 72 cities CWN - February 3, 2012

The president for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has announced that the metropolitan missions that are taking place in 12 European cities this Lent will expand to 72...

5 priests arrested in China CWN - February 3, 2012

Five priests affiliated with the underground Church in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have been arrested in Erenhot, a small city of 16,000 on the Mongolian border. The five were discussing...

English bishops to distribute 1 million ‘faith cards’ CWN - February 3, 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has printed one million “faith cards” for distribution to the faithful. “It’s an idea that we had to remind people that they are Catholic,”...

Vatican Observatory cosponsors exhibition on astronomy CWN - February 3, 2012

The Vatican Observatory, joined by Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Pisa University’s physics department, is sponsoring “Stories from Another World,” an exhibition in Pisa. The...

Writer plans London temple to atheism CWN - February 3, 2012

A Swiss writer and philosopher has announced plans to build a £1M ($1.58 million) temple to atheism in London. “Normally a temple is to Jesus, Mary, or Buddha, but you can build a temple to...

Obama address at National Prayer Breakfast CWN - February 3, 2012

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on February 2, President Barack Obama discussed how his faith has influenced his policies and avoided any reference to the religious-liberty...

Romney rips Obama on HHS mandate; critics rip Romney CWN - February 3, 2012

In an editorial column for the Washington Examiner, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has denounced the Obama administration for requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptive...

Pope celebrates Presentation, Day of Consecrated Life CWN - February 3, 2012

Celebrating the feast of the Presentation and the Day of Consecrated Life at Vespers in St. Peter’s basilica on February 2, Pope Benedict XVI tied the two observances together in his homily. At...

Cardinals called to day of reflection before February consistory CWN - February 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has called all members of the College of Cardinals to join in a day of reflection on February 17, on the eve of the consistory at which he will create 21 new cardinals. The day...

AP story summarizes HHS-mandate debate CWN - February 3, 2012

For those just catching up with the dispute between the Obama administration and the Catholic hierarchy, an AP story accurately sketches the...

Milwaukee archdiocese faces 550 abuse claims in bankruptcy proceeding CWN - February 3, 2012

More than 550 people have filed claims for compensation because of sexual abuse by clerics of the Milwaukee archdiocese. The claims were filed just before a deadline imposed by bankruptcy-court...

Komen Foundation, under fire, reverses policy on Planned Parenthood CWN - February 3, 2012

Facing enormous public pressure, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has rescinded a decision to drop funding for Planned Parenthood, and issued a public apology for announcing that decision earlier this...

Retired general withdraws from speech at West Point, citing Islamic protests CWN - February 3, 2012

A retired US Army general has withdrawn from a commitment to speak at the US Military Academy because of complaints from Islamic groups. Lt. Gen. William Boykin, a decorated veteran of the Delta...

Obama mandate inverts Jefferson's notion of religious freedom, says columnist CWN - February 3, 2012

Francis Beckwith argues that the Obama administration's mandate for contraceptive coverage betrays a radical approach to religious freedom, and one fundamentally at odds with the original American...

SSPX leader: 'we have to say no' CWN - February 3, 2012

The head of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has indicated that the traditionalist group remains at odds with the Vatican on key issues regarding the teachings of Vatican II. In a sermon...

Secularists seen moving aggressively against Catholicism in Ireland CWN - February 3, 2012

“Ireland used to be full of one-eyed nationalists,” writes columnist David Quinn in the Irish Independent. “Today, it is full of one-eyed secularists.” Quinn points to a Labor Party proposal that...

Indian nun may face arrest for refusing to allow Hindu ceremony in classroom CWN - February 3, 2012

Militant Hindus are charging that a Catholic nun “wounded the religious sentiments of the community” when she disrupted a Hindu religious ceremony organized by a student during class in a Catholic...

Released Monday, Feb. 6

Abuse victims among speakers at Vatican conference on abuse scandal CWN - February 6, 2012

Representatives of 100 bishops’ conferences and 30 religious orders are meeting in Rome from February 6-9 to discuss the clerical abuse scandal. Abuse victims are among the conference speakers, and...

Prelate describes how current, former Anglicans can enter US ordinariate CWN - February 6, 2012

Father Jeffrey Steenson, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, has issued his first pastoral letter. The ordinariate was established on January 1 to assist Anglicans in...

HHS mandate: Catholic governor criticizes ‘hyperventilating’ CWN - February 6, 2012

A Catholic governor has defended the Obama adminstration’s contraceptive-coverage mandate, which would compel many Catholic institutions to offer coverage for contraception and...

Vatican spokesman discusses abuse, financial scandals CWN - February 6, 2012

It is imperative “to show a firm determination to continue to give a coherent witness to moral values” in the face of the sexual abuse and financial scandals that have affected the Church, the...

Priest murdered in Mexico CWN - February 6, 2012

The president of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) has announced that one of his archdiocesan priests was murdered on January 28. Father Jenaro Aviña García, 63, heard a noise early...

Vatican issues another defense against financial corruption charges CWN - February 6, 2012

The Vatican has issued a new response to charges of financial mismanagement, saying that accusations of cronyism are based on “incorrect evaluations, or are based on fears not backed up by...

Archbishop Chaput airs anger over theft of archdiocesan funds CWN - February 6, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has written that the faithful of the archdiocese are right to be angry over reports that a senior financial offered stole $900,000 from the archdiocesan...

Pope speaks on faith in the face of illness CWN - February 6, 2012

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, February 5, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the physical cures that Jesus performed, recorded frequently in the Gospels. All four Gospels, the Pope observed, show...

Ireland not ready to receive Pope, says archbishop CWN - February 6, 2012

Ireland is not prepared to receive a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the Archbishop of Dublin has said. Speaking on RTE radio, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that Pope Benedict is still considering...

Jesuit college backs down, permits lesbian couple to enter Valentine’s contest CWN - February 6, 2012

A Jesuit college in Philadelphia is permitting a lesbian alumni couple to enter its “How I Met My Hawk Mate” Valentine’s Day contest. The Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association had...

Army censors archbishop's letter on HHS mandate CWN - February 6, 2012

The US Army has instructed Catholic chaplains not to read a letter from the archbishop responsible for the military forces. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Archdiocese of the Military...

Orthodox prelates join Catholic bishops in protesting Obama mandate CWN - February 6, 2012

A group of Orthodox bishops in the US have joined their Catholic counterparts in a public protest against the new Obama administration mandate requiring contraceptive coverage in health-care...

Mandate is Obama's latest in string of offenses against Catholics, columnist notes CWN - February 6, 2012

Writing for Catholic Vote.org, Tom Hoopes lists 10 ways in which the Obama administration has offended Catholic voters with its policies. The HHS mandate, he notes, is one in a long line of such...

USA Today editorial decries HHS mandate CWN - February 6, 2012

USA Today has come to the defense of the US Catholic Church with an editorial criticizing the Obama administration’s mandate for contraceptive coverage in health-care programs. While expressing...

Blatant media bias seen in Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy CWN - February 6, 2012

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has some trenchant observations on the remarkably one-sided media coverage of the furor over the Komen Foundation’s short-lived decision to stop its donations...

Don't let government control culture, columnist argues CWN - February 6, 2012

In the name of tolerance, government generally remains neutral regarding disputed religious and moral questions. But Robert Royal discerns a problem with that approach: “Neutrality” claims on...

Illinois priest resigns, refuses to use new translation CWN - February 6, 2012

An Illinois priest has resigned from active ministry, refusing to accept his bishop’s directive that he must use the new English translation of the Roman Missal. Father William Rowe admits that...

Released Tuesday, Feb. 7

USCCB insists: White House spreading falsehoods about contraceptive mandate CWN - February 7, 2012

Less than a month after the Catholic Health Association (CHA) praised the appointment of Cecilia Muñoz as the Obama administration’s director of domestic policy council, Muñoz took critics of the...

Cardinal Levada: 4,000 abuse cases referred to CDF in past decade CWN - February 7, 2012

In an address to a Vatican conference on sexual abuse, Cardinal William Levada said that more than 4,000 cases involving the sexual abuse of minors have been referred to the Congregation for the...

Honduran cardinal denounces violence, drug culture CWN - February 7, 2012

At a Mass attended by President Porfirio Lobo and other civil leaders, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa lamented the violence afflicting Honduras, which has a murder rate nine times...

Sebelius: HHS mandate strikes ‘right balance’ between health, religious concerns CWN - February 7, 2012

Writing in USA Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted that the Obama administration is “working to strike the right balance between respecting religious beliefs and...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II CWN - February 7, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. “As Churchill divined, the British people that day lost one great...

‘6 things everyone should know about the HHS mandate’ CWN - February 7, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released a statement that offers “clarifications regarding the Health and Human Services regulations on mandatory coverage of...

Federal appeals court rules California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional CWN - February 7, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled that California's Proposition 8, a statewide initiative approved by voters to preserve the traditional definition of marriage, is unconstitutional. The ruling,...

Father Pfleger given new parish duties-- while remaining at St. Sabina CWN - February 7, 2012

A notoriously controversial Chicago priest, who was suspended last year by Cardinal Francis George when he refused to accept a new assignment, has been named temporary administrator of another...

Komen vice-president resigns after Planned Parenthood ruckus CWN - February 7, 2012

Karen Handel, a vice president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, resigned after the organization reversed a decision to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood. Handel, an...

Admonish sinners, Pope urges faithful in Lenten Message CWN - February 7, 2012

In his annual Lenten Message for 2012, Pope Benedict XVI calls attention to the duty of Christians to admonish and correct one another, stressing that such fraternal correction is an important form...

Kmiec breaks with Obama over HHS mandate CWN - February 7, 2012

Doug Kmiec, the pro-life law professor who became a prominent support of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and later served as ambassador to Malta, has broken ranks with the White House on the...

Iraqi court upholds death sentence for terrorists in Baghdad church massacre CWN - February 7, 2012

An Iraqi appeal court has confirmed a death sentence for three men who have been convicted of involvement in the October 2010 massacre of 52 people at a Catholic church in Baghdad. The nation’s...

Will American Catholics be forced into 'recusancy' system? CWN - February 7, 2012

Looking forward to the possible ramifications of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, Matthew Cullinan Hoffman wonders whether American Catholics of the 21st century might be put in the same...

Melkite Patriarch pleads for peaceful settlement of Syrian crisis CWN - February 7, 2012

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Latham has issued an appeal to international leaders to help prevent the outbreak of more widespread violence in Syria, arguing that it is possible to resolve...

Expectations grow for papal trip to Lebanon in September CWN - February 7, 2012

Expectations of a papal visit to Lebanon in September have received a major boost, with an important prelate’s announcement that the Pontiff will travel to the Middle East during that month. The...

Put victims first, Pope says in message to abuse seminar CWN - February 7, 2012

In a message to a seminar on sexual abuse, being held this week at the Gregorian University, Pope Benedict XVI has urged placing the primary focus on the victims of abuse. The papal message said...

Released Wednesday, Feb. 8

Hold bishops accountable in abuse cases, says top Vatican prosecutor CWN - February 8, 2012

The Vatican’s top prosecutor in sex-abuse cases has said that bishops must be held accountable for their handling of such cases. Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the promoter of justice at the...

Cardinal leads penitential service at abuse conference CWN - February 8, 2012

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, led a penitential service as part of a 4-day conference on the sex-abuse problem, being held at the Gregorian University in...

Pope's audience topic: Christ's prayer before death CWN - February 8, 2012

At his weekly public audience on February 8, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the prayer of Jesus just before his death, as recounted in the Gospels of Sts. Matthew and Mark. The Pope reminded the...

Cardinal Levada lauds Pope's response to abuse scandal CWN - February 8, 2012

Cardinal William Levada highlighted the efforts by Pope Benedict XVI to strengthen the Church’s response to sexual abuse, as he addressed a symposium on that topic at the Gregorian...

Michigan court hears argument on allowing evidence from confession CWN - February 8, 2012

A Michigan appeals court is weighing arguments on whether the testimony of a pastor, based on a confession, should be admitted in a criminal trial. Rev. John Vaprezsan, the pastor of Metro...

USCCB official sees Hawaii law as poor alternative to HHS mandate CWN - February 8, 2012

A state law in Hawaii may form the basis for a compromise between the Obama administration and the US Catholic bishops on the mandate to include contraceptive coverage in health-care plans. But one...

Pope asks prayers for Europeans suffering from wintry weather CWN - February 8, 2012

At the conclusion of his regular weekly public audience on February 8, Pope Benedict XVI asked for prayers for the victims of harsh winter weather in Europe. Noting that many people in Europe are...

Mexican drug gang warns rivals to stay away during papal visit CWN - February 8, 2012

Responding to a Mexican archbishop’s plea for a truce during a visit by Pope Benedict XVI in March, a notorious drug-trafficking gang has warned rival forces to stay out of its territory. The...

154 Congressmen urge change in HHS mandate CWN - February 8, 2012

More than 150 members of the US Congress have signed a letter urging the Obama administration to rescind its decision to require religious employers to cover contraception in their employees’...

Cardinal Zen urges tougher stand against Beijing's intrusion in Church affairs CWN - February 8, 2012

Cardinal Joseph Zen is urging the Holy See to take a stronger line against encroachment by the Chinese government in the life of the Church in that country. The retired Bishop of Hong Kong, an...

Canonist: ecclesiastical discipline needed—quickly—for Nancy Pelosi CWN - February 8, 2012

Canon lawyer Edward Peters argues that in light of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s longstanding an outspoken support for legal abortion, and now her blatant attacks on the Catholic Church’s opposition to the...

Iranian envoy says Pope welcome to visit CWN - February 8, 2012

Apparently responding to reports that Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Middle East in September, Iran’s ambassador to the Holy See said that the Pontiff would be welcome in Iran. Ali Akbar...

New Spanish justice minister sees no constitutional case against same-sex marriage CWN - February 8, 2012

Spain’s justice minister has said that he sees no constitutional problem with the 2005 law that allowed same-sex marriage, but emphasized that the government will accept the ruling of the nation’s...

Released Thursday, Feb. 9

Defense lawyers ask judge to step down in Philadelphia abuse trial CWN - February 9, 2012

Defense attorneys representing Philadelphia priests in a sex-abuse trial have called upon the presiding judge to step down, pointing to statements that indicate her clear bias against the Catholic...

Muslim violence drives Copts from Egyptian village CWN - February 9, 2012

Muslim zealots in a village outside Alexandria, Egypt, have driven Coptic Christians out of the community, burning homes and shops, with the acquiescence of local police. The 62 Coptic families...

Obama allies, foes both unhappy with HHS mandate CWN - February 9, 2012

In a new background/analysis piece summarizing the state of the debate on the HHS mandate, Rachel Zoll of AP remarks that President Obama’s public stand has managed to infuriate both Catholic...

Polls on contraception do not alter debate on religious freedom: Douthat CWN - February 9, 2012

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explains why surveys showing widespread use of contraceptives among Catholics are irrelevant to the current debate on the HHS mandate. Douthat notes that...

Support for same-sex marriage rising in US; most Catholics now in favor CWN - February 9, 2012

Opposition to legal recognition of same-sex marriage has eased in the US in recent months, and Catholics now support same-sex marriage by a narrow margin, according to a new opinion survey by the...

Filipino archbishop warns: abuse scandal may hit Asia next CWN - February 9, 2012

Speaking at a Vatican-sponsored conference on sexual abuse, the Archbishop of Manila warned that Asian countries might soon see a spate of reports about clerical abuse. "Though the issue of the...

Archbishop Dolan: government must stop intrusion in Church CWN - February 9, 2012

New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan has indicated that he would welcome any sign that the Obama administration is prepared to back away from its mandate requiring coverage of contraception and...

Irish bishops rebut criticism at Rome conference on abuse CWN - February 9, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Ireland have taken issue with comments made by a noted Irish psychologist during a conference on sexual abuse at the Gregorian University. Baroness Sheila Hollins told the...

EWTN sues to block HHS mandate CWN - February 9, 2012

The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has filed a lawsuit to block implementation of the Obama administration’s policy calling for mandatory coverage of contraception and sterilization in all...

Three misconceptions about the HHS mandate CWN - February 9, 2012

National Review explains 3 points that ordinary Americans might want to know--but probably won't learn from the mainstream media--about the Obama mandate: It’s an abortifacient mandate; not just...

Secular journal says Paul VI was right in Humanae Vitae CWN - February 9, 2012

The US Catholic bishops have been adamant in their insistence that the political debate on the Obama mandate involves religious freedom, not contraception. Nevertheless their determination to avoid...

Killing patients may be justified for transplants, ethicists argue CWN - February 9, 2012

Opening a new offensive against the “culture of life,” two ethicists have argued that doctors might sometimes be justified in deliberately causing the death of their patients, if the vital organs of...

Vatican again issues statement rejecting charges of financial mismanagement CWN - February 9, 2012

For the 3rd time in the past 10 days, the press office of the Holy See has issued a new public defense against charges of corruption in Vatican financial affairs. In a February 9 statement, the...

New internet site offers resources on sex-abuse problem CWN - February 9, 2012

With the conclusion of a 4-day conference at the Gregorian University on the Church’s response to sexual abuse, Vatican officials have announced the launching of a multi-lingual internet site for...

Washington state legislature approves same-sex marriage CWN - February 9, 2012

Legislators in the state of Washington voted on February 8 to give legal recognition to same-sex marriage. The new definition of marriage will go into effect when Governor Christine Gregoire signs...

Vatican newspaper decries court ruling against Proposition 8 CWN - February 9, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has called attention to a US federal court ruling that Proposition 8, which would bar homosexual marriages in California, is unconstitutional. That ruling is “another attack on...

Logo approved for World Youth Day in Brazil CWN - February 9, 2012

Vatican officials have announced the approval of an official logo for the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations that will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. The logo, designed by Brazilian artist...

Congo cardinal to preach Lenten Retreat at Vatican CWN - February 9, 2012

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to preach the annual Lenten Retreat for the Roman Curia. The African cardinal, who received his red hat...

Released Friday, Feb. 10

US bishops were prepared for battle on religious freedom CWN - February 10, 2012

The US Catholic hierarchy responded quickly and forcefully to the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate in large part because the bishops had been prepared for a political battle on religious...

Other religious leaders join Catholic bishops in opposing HHS mandate CWN - February 10, 2012

Prominent Protestant and Jewish leaders have joined in common cause with the US Catholic bishops, declaring their opposition to the HHS mandate requiring contraceptive coverage in health-insurance...

Irish cardinal still hopes for papal visit this year CWN - February 10, 2012

Irish Cardinal Sean Brady has said that he still hopes that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Dublin for the International Eucharistic Congress in June. The cardinal's comments contrasted with an...

Italian newspaper story claims report of conspiracy against Pope CWN - February 10, 2012

A sensational Italian newspaper story, hinting at a conspiracy against the life of Pope Benedict XVI, has raised new questions about conflicts within the Vatican Secretariat of State. Il Fatto...

Indian state ordered to pay for rebuilding mosques after religious riots CWN - February 10, 2012

The top court in India’s Gujarat state has ruled that the government must pay for the repair or reconstruction of 500 temples and mosques damaged during religious rioting in 2002. The court found...

Iran arrests 10 Christians in household prayer meeting CWN - February 10, 2012

Iranian police have arrested 10 Christians in a raid on a prayer meeting in a private home. The arrests mark the latest episode in an official campaign against the country’s Christian minority....

Pope asks world leaders to help ease poverty in Sahel CWN - February 10, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI urged world leaders to provide needed relief for the people of sub-Saharan Africa, as he met on February 10 with representatives of the John Paul II Foundation for the...

Obama 'compromise' angers pro-life activists; USCCB response muted CWN - February 10, 2012

Seeking to defuse a political uproar over mandatory coverage of contraception and sterilization in health-care insurance programs, the White House has announced an amended policy, portraying it as...

Bills to allow same-sex marriage ready for Australian parliament CWN - February 10, 2012

Four new proposals for legal recognition of same-sex marriage will be introduced in the Australian parliament next week, joining one proposal already pending before the Senate. Sponsors of the...

Brutal campaign against Komen should open eyes about Planned Parenthood CWN - February 10, 2012

Austin Ruse writes that the carefully orchestrated, overwhelming campaign of public pressure on the Komen Foundation, which led to a reversal of the foundation’s plan to cut off funding for Planned...

Irish columnist: Pope should visit Northern Ireland first CWN - February 10, 2012

Reflecting on the conflict of opinions as to whether Pope Benedict XVI should travel to Ireland this year, in light of public anger against the Church, columnist David Quinn makes the unusual...

Released Monday, Feb. 13

Anderson withdraws abuse suit against Vatican CWN - February 13, 2012

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson has withdrawn a federal lawsuit in which he asserted that the Vatican was liable for abuse committed by Father Lawrence Murphy, a deceased Milwaukee priest. Anderson said...

1st head of US Anglican ordinariate installed CWN - February 13, 2012

Father Jeffrey Steenson has been installed as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The ordinariate was established on January 1 to assist Anglicans in the United...

US Christian unity summit identifies common challenges CWN - February 13, 2012

At the invitation of Cardinal William Keeler, the retired Archbishop of Baltimore, representatives of four ecumenical organizations--Christian Churches Together in the USA, Churches Uniting in...

USCCB: extend unemployment benefits, keep tax credit for illegal immigrants' children CWN - February 13, 2012

Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Congress to “extend emergency...

European, African bishops gather in Rome CWN - February 13, 2012

Representatives of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE) are gathering at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina...

Vatican spokesman discusses sex abuse conference CWN - February 13, 2012

The director of the Holy See Press Office has devoted his weekly editorial to the recent international conference on clerical sexual abuse. The meeting, attended by representatives of 100 episcopal...

Syria could become 'another Iraq,' bishop warns CWN - February 13, 2012

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that continued violence will “turn Syria into a new Iraq.” Bishop Audo pleaded with international leaders to support...

God takes 'first step' in every religious vocation, Pope says CWN - February 13, 2012

God is “the One Who takes the ‘first step’” in any vocation to priesthood or the religious life, writes Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the annual Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Every specific...

Healing of leper is sign of Christ's mission, Pope tells Sunday audience CWN - February 13, 2012

When Jesus cured a leper, his “gesture and words encapsulate the entire history of salvation,” Pope Benedict XVI told his midday audience on Sunday, February 12. Jesus shows “God’s will to heal us,...

Pope pleads for peace in Syria CWN - February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI issued a plea for peace in Syria as he concluded his Angelus audience on February 12. The Pontiff urged international leaders—and especially the leaders of Syria—to pursue...

Leading US prelates denounce Obama 'compromise' mandate CWN - February 13, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput and Cardinal Roger Mahony issued stinging attacks on the White House “compromise” plan for a contraceptive mandate, while the president of the US bishops’ conference asked...

Weigel: Obama policy furthers sexual license, restricts religious liberty CWN - February 13, 2012

Author George Weigel argues that the HHS mandate is fully in line with an overall drive by the Obama administration to advance the sexual revolution, eliminating all obstacles to the individual's...

Obama seen working to splinter Catholic community CWN - February 13, 2012

On the MSNBC Sunday show “Meet the Press,” a network reporter said that the Obama administration’s “compromise” plan for a contraception mandate is a bid to split Catholics. Joe Scarborough...

God will judge dissenting Catholic politicians: Bishop Jenky CWN - February 13, 2012

Catholic politicians who cooperate in an “assault against their faith” should be mindful that they will be called to account for their actions, said Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria,...

Pop singer ridicules Catholicism in Grammy Awards show CWN - February 13, 2012

Pop singer Nicki Minaj mocked the Catholic Church in an elaborate song routine during the Grammy Awards show. Minaj appeared alongside a man who was dressed like the Pope, and dancers wearing...

Former Anglican leader sees 'crusade' against Christianity CWN - February 13, 2012

A retired Archbishop of Canterbury has complained that “deep forces at work in Western society” are endangering the rights of Christians. Former Archbishop George Carey—now Baron Carey of...

English bishop urges Parliament to block move for same-sex marriage CWN - February 13, 2012

An English Catholic bishop has asked members of Parliament to break ranks with their party leaders and vote against a bid to provide legal recognition for same-sex marriages. Bishop Mark Davies...

Vatican insiders see 'mutiny' within Roman Curia CWN - February 13, 2012

A recent spate of leaked documents, and a rise in public criticism of the Secretariat of State, are evidence of a “mutiny of the monsignors” within the Vatican, according to a Reuters news...

Vatican Radio celebrates its history CWN - February 13, 2012

Vatican Radio is celebrating World Radio Day by calling attention to its own history. The Vatican broadcaster recalls its foundation by Pope Pius XI, the inaugural talk to an American audience by...

Vatican prosecutor repeats: hold bishops accountable on abuse CWN - February 13, 2012

Speaking after an international conference on the Church’s response to sexual abuse, the Vatican’s chief prosecutor stressed that bishops must be held accountable for their reaction to complaints. ...

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UK government emphasizes importance of relations with Holy See CWN - February 14, 2012

On the eve of a meeting at the Vatican between Pope Benedict XVI and a British diplomatic delegation, a cabinet minister is emphasizing how highly the United Kingdom values its diplomatic relations...

Verbal abuse after food pantry refuses donation from Planned Parenthood CWN - February 14, 2012

Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay--an outreach of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Wisconsin’s largest free food pantry--refused to send a truck to pick up a food donation from Planned Parenthood,...

‘6 more things everyone should know about the HHS mandate’ CWN - February 14, 2012

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, discusses “six more things everyone should know about the HHS mandate,” including: “the...

Courage members tell their stories CWN - February 14, 2012

Three members of Courage--an apostolate that helps those with same-sex attractions to live chastely--have shared their stories with Catholic World Report. “Who I am is not my sexual...

Scholar warns of Islamic regime in Syria CWN - February 14, 2012

Father Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian Jesuit and professor at Rome’s Pontifical Oriental Institute, has echoed the warnings of others about the future of Christianity in Syria. “The situation...

Allen: withdrawal of abuse suit against Vatican ‘enormously important’ CWN - February 14, 2012

John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, has told Vatican Radio that the withdrawal of a federal lawsuit against the Vatican is “enormously important.” “I think it is...

Study shows adult stem cells repair heart-attack damage CWN - February 14, 2012

Medical researchers in California have successfully used adult stem cells to repair heart tissues damaged by heart attacks. Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute treated patients who had...

Vatican spokesman decries leaks, denies internal conflicts CWN - February 14, 2012

Admitting that it takes “strong nerves” to cope with a recent spate of leaked documents from within the Roman Curia, the director of the Vatican press office has issued a new statement rejecting...

Radical gay activist to appear at Villanova CWN - February 14, 2012

Villanova University, a Catholic school in Pennsylvania administered by the Augustinian order, has invited a flamboyant homosexual activist to perform and conduct workshops for students. Tim...

Most US Catholics disapprove of Obama performance CWN - February 14, 2012

Nearly two-thirds of American Catholic voters disapprove of the job performance of President Barack Obama, according to a new Rasmussen poll. The nationwide Rasmussen survey found 59% of likely...

White House kept CHA informed on 'compromise,' with bishops in the dark CWN - February 14, 2012

Did Sister Carol Keehan, the head of the Catholic Health Association, help the White House prepare for its “compromise” proposal for the HHS mandate? The National Catholic Register examines the...

Rector of Peru's pontifical university summoned to Rome to explain defiance CWN - February 14, 2012

The rector of the Pontifical University of Peru has been summoned to Rome for a February 21 meeting with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. In January, Cardinal Peter Erdo of...

USCCB president: 'harder and harder' to accept Obama's word CWN - February 14, 2012

The president of the US bishops’ conference has said that it is “getting harder and harder” to believe that President Obama has a genuine commitment to religious liberty. Archbishop Timothy Dolan...

Female leader leaves Regnum Christi CWN - February 14, 2012

The head of a group of women associated with the Legion of Christ has announced her resignation. Malen Oriol, the leader of about 600 “consecrated women” in Regnum Christi who led lives of...

Pope's gift helps restore basilica of St. Augustine near Hippo CWN - February 14, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has made a personal contribution to the restoration of a church in Algeria dedicated to St. Augustine, near the ruins of the city of Hippo, where the Father of the Church served as...

30 years ago, Cardinal Ratzinger left Munich... CWN - February 14, 2012

It was just 30 years ago, on February 14, 1982, that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger left the Archdiocese of Munich to become prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, notes the...

Russian schools to require religious instruction CWN - February 14, 2012

After decades of official atheism, the government of Russia has chosen to make religious education compulsory in the nation's schools. Students will be asked to choose instruction in one of the...

Obamacare mandate: opinion roundup CWN - February 14, 2012

In the latest developments in the debate over the Obama administration’s “compromise” on mandatory coverage for contraception in health-care plans: More than 200 religious and academic leaders...

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White House criticizes bishops, trumpets support from CHA, Catholic Charities CWN - February 15, 2012

Insisting that it is “dangerous” and “wrong” for women not to have access to contraceptives free of charge, the White House press secretary asserted that the US bishops “never supported health...

Bishop Morlino: ‘divide and conquer’ strategy is beginning of persecution CWN - February 15, 2012

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison said that a “divide and conquer” strategy is being used against the Church in the public debate over religious liberty and...

Notre Dame, Jesuit colleges welcome HHS mandate ‘compromise’ CWN - February 15, 2012

The University of Notre Dame and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities have issued statements welcoming the Obama administration’s “compromise” on its mandate on contraception and...

Mexico: voters urged to remember Church teaching, rights of unborn CWN - February 15, 2012

The Archdiocese of Mexico City is under fire for issuing pastoral guidelines to the faithful in preparation for presidential elections in July. The guidelines urge Catholics not to “choose as a...

Costa Rica: bishops denounce sex education, anti-life legislation CWN - February 15, 2012

In a wide-ranging message following a recent meeting, the bishops of Costa Rica denounced legislation under consideration on abortion, in vitro fertilization, and homosexual unions as contrary to...

South Korean prelate: defense of unborn is leading priority CWN - February 15, 2012

Decrying abortion, the chairman of the South Korean bishops’ committee on bioethics is urging the faithful to “make a preferential option for the protection of life.” “We cannot remain...

Philadelphia judge refuses to step down from sex-abuse case CWN - February 15, 2012

The Pennsylvania judge presiding over a highly controversial sex-abuse case has rejected a motion from defense lawyers asking her to step down. Judge Teresa Sarmina denied that her statements...

Still more news leaks: airing of confidential documents bedevils Vatican CWN - February 15, 2012

Just a day after the director of the Vatican press office released an unusual statement responding to leaked internal documents, the release of still more confidential information added to the...

Irish government won't reconsider closing Vatican embassy CWN - February 15, 2012

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has said that his government will not reverse its decision to close the Irish embassy at the Holy See. Responding to questions from lawmakers, Kenny...

Colombian priests hired killers in suicide pact, prosecutors say CWN - February 15, 2012

Two Catholic priests in Colombia reportedly hired professional killers in a bizarre suicide pact. Prosecutors in Colombia say that Fathers Richard Piffano and Rafael Reatiga, who were found dead...

Pope continues meditation on Christ's prayer on the Cross CWN - February 15, 2012

At his public audience on February 15, Pope Benedict XVI continued a meditation that he had introduced at his previous weekly audience, on the prayers the Jesus offered just before his...

Muslim mob in Egypt burns Christian church CWN - February 15, 2012

An angry mob of Muslim zealots, led by members of the Salafist sect, set fire to a Coptic Christian church in a village northeast of Cairo, in the latest attack on the Christian minority in the wake...

Papal encouragement for large families CWN - February 15, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI gave his wholehearted encouragement to large families during his regular weekly audience on February 15. "In today's social environment, families with many children are...

Joint Vatican, British declaration stresses commitment to religious freedom CWN - February 15, 2012

A February 15 meeting between Vatican officials and a visiting British diplomatic delegation ended in a joint statement emphasizing a shared commitment to promote and protect religious...

New reflections on the Obama mandate CWN - February 15, 2012

In the Wall Street Journal, two former officials of the US Justice Department argue that the HHS mandate is both illegal (because it violates the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of...

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Cardinal urges support for Respect for Rights of Conscience Act; USCCB plans nationwide campaign CWN - February 16, 2012

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USSCB), is urging senators to pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience...

Congo: government shuts down Catholic TV station CWN - February 16, 2012

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has shut down a Catholic television station. “Last Friday, we just received a letter from the minister of Information urging us to refrain...

Church attacked in Algeria CWN - February 16, 2012

A group of armed men recently attacked a Protestant church in Ouargla, a city of 130,000 in eastern Algeria. The attackers dismantled the cross on top of the church and ransacked the...

Mongolia: Church slowly takes root CWN - February 16, 2012

Mongolia, ruled by a Communist regime from 1921 to 1990, had no Catholics in 1991, according to the Fides news agency. In the years since Father (now Bishop) Wenceslao Padilla arrived in 1992,...

Delaware: priests’ personnel files released CWN - February 16, 2012

Following a bankruptcy settlement that included $77 million in payments to abuse victims, personnel files of priests of the Diocese of Wilmington who committed abuse are being made public. “The...

Bishop likens contraceptive mandate to requiring kosher delis to sell pork CWN - February 16, 2012

Testifying in Washington before the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport—who chairs the US bishops’ new committee on religious freedom—offered...

The big business of non-profit Catholic hospitals CWN - February 16, 2012

In the American Spectator, George Neumayr contributes a scathing piece about Sister Carol Keehan, the head of the Catholic Health Association. Noting that Sister Keehan takes in an annual...

Vatican journalists: leaks obscure real progress in Vatican management CWN - February 16, 2012

Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican-watching reporter for L’Espresso, has often been critical of Vatican management, and has given ample attention to the criticism of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the...

US Catholic institutions at odds with bishops' leadership, Reuters notes CWN - February 16, 2012

Analyzing the cracks that have developed in what was once a united Catholic front opposing the Obama contraceptive mandate, a Reuters news story observes that many Catholic universities, as well as...

Pope warns of 'oppressive' power of finance, media CWN - February 16, 2012

The world of finance “has become an oppressive power—one that almost has to be worshipped,” Pope Benedict XVI said on February 15 during a visit to Rome’s major seminary. During his remarks, the...

Bishop Finn asks court to dismiss criminal charges CWN - February 16, 2012

Lawyers for Kansas City’s Bishop Robert Finn have asked a Missouri court to dismiss criminal charges against him. Bishop Finn was indicted in October 2011, charged with failure to report...

Denver pub says Theology on Tap series 'too controversial' CWN - February 16, 2012

A Denver pub has discontinued a “Theology on Tap” series, saying that a recent talk on religious freedom by Bishop James Conley roused undue controversy among patrons. Stoney’s Bar and Grill...

Vatican commission on Medjugorje will report this year CWN - February 16, 2012

A Vatican-appointed commission studying the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje will finish its work and present a report to Pope Benedict XVI before the end of this year, according to an...

Mixed signals on Vatican budget outlook CWN - February 16, 2012

The council of cardinals how supervise Vatican financial affairs met in Rome this week to hear reports on the budgets of the Holy See and the Vatican city-state governorate. Archbishop Giuseppe...

Contact with African enriches Church in Europe, Pope says CWN - February 16, 2012

The Church in Europe can be enriched by contacts with Catholicism in Africa, “because of the hope and joy with which ecclesial communities in Africa live and communicate their faith,” Pope Benedict...

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Vatican diplomat weighs in on Arms Trade Treaty CWN - February 17, 2012

As diplomats at the United Nations discussed a treaty that would regulate international trade in weapons, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said that “the quest for a world more respectful of the...

Vatican spokesman laments Honduran prison fire CWN - February 17, 2012

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has devoted his weekly editorial to the February 14 prison fire in Comayagua, Honduras, that left 355 dead--“more than a third of...

New nuncio pledges to work for stronger relations between Holy See, Ireland CWN - February 17, 2012

Three months after Ireland announced that it was closing its embassy at the Holy See, Archbishop Charles Brown presented his credentials as the Holy See’s apostolic nuncio in Ireland. “It is an...

Cardinal marks 20th anniversary of Sarajevo siege CWN - February 17, 2012

Two decades after the beginning of the four-year Siege of Sarajevo, Cardinal Vinko Puljic announced that the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna will sponsor an international...

Italian PM calls for taxation of some Church properties CWN - February 17, 2012

As the Italian government undertakes economic austerity measures, Prime Minister Mario Monti called for the taxation of Church properties used for commercial purposes. Under the prime minister’s...

Michigan House of Representatives condemns HHS mandate CWN - February 17, 2012

In a 67-39 vote, the Michigan House of Representatives called upon Congress to “enact the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011 and to urge the President of the United States to provide an...

Some Catholic colleges voluntarily cover contraceptive costs CWN - February 17, 2012

During Congressional hearings on the HHS mandate, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland bolstered his argument in favor of the White House plan by saying that 20 Catholic colleges and universities...

Cardinal looks to stem exodus from Regnum Christi CWN - February 17, 2012

The papal delegate supervising the reform of the Legion of Christ has asked departing members not to try to persuade others to leave the troubled religious order. Cardinal Velasio De Paolis...

Cardinal-designate Dolan in spotlight at meeting before consistory CWN - February 17, 2012

As the world’s cardinals gathered in Rome on February 17 for a day of reflection, prior to the consistory at which Pope Benedict XVI will elevate 22 new members of the College of Cardinals,...

Madagascar: prelate reports on devastating cyclone CWN - February 17, 2012

The cyclone that struck Madagascar on February 13 was the worst in recent memory, Archbishop Gaetano Di Pierro of Moramanga told the Fides news agency. But the prelate reported that he was buoyed to...

Why the Holy See must have sovereignty over some territory CWN - February 17, 2012

Irish columnist David Quinn reviews the reason why it is crucial for the Holy See to enjoy sovereign status, even over a tiny political entity like the Vatican city-state. Otherwise, he explains, a...

Obama's pressure on Church: wait 'til next year CWN - February 17, 2012

Colleen Carroll Campbell traces the arguments on the Obama mandate, concludes that the "compromise" solution offered no real compromise, and issues a warning to American Catholics: If this is...

Massachusetts Senator sees Obama mandate as unconstitutional, unAmerican CWN - February 17, 2012

In the Boston Herald Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown explains why he opposes the Obama mandate, even in its “compromise” form: Basically the government is saying, “Just do what you’re told, and...

Every US diocesan bishop has condemned Obama mandate CWN - February 17, 2012

Every Catholic bishop currently presiding over a US diocese has issued a statement condemning the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate, reports Thomas Peters. Peters, who has been...

China arrests hundreds of Tibetans who prayed with Dalai Lama CWN - February 17, 2012

After giving permission for 7,000 Tibetans to attend a prayer meeting in India under the direction of the Dalai Lama, Chinese authorities have begun arrested those who made the trip. Hundreds of...

British health service plans to eliminate hospital chaplains CWN - February 17, 2012

The British government is cutting back sharply on funding for hospital chaplains, explaining that there is no evidence that the presence of chaplains improves the quality of medical care. The...

Tanzanian cardinal fears too many African priests serving in US, Europe CWN - February 17, 2012

One of Africa’s leading Catholic prelates has expressed concern that American dioceses, by recruiting priests from African countries, are contributing to a shortage of clergy in their native...

Moral theologian answers 'remote cooperation' argument on contraceptive mandate CWN - February 17, 2012

Earlier this week, David Gibson of Religion News Service posted a column arguing that in their opposition to the Obama contraceptive mandate, the American Catholic bishops were ignoring the Church’s...

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New nuncio to Ireland: Pope ‘relentless and consistent’ on clerical abuse CWN - February 20, 2012

Preaching at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on February 19, the new papal nuncio to Ireland said that Pope Benedict was “scandalized and dismayed” by abuse committed by clergy and religious. “Pope...

Catholic Charities insists it has not endorsed HHS mandate CWN - February 20, 2012

Following a statement by the White House press secretary that Catholic Charities USA supports the Obama administration’s “compromise” mandate on contraception, Catholic Charities has posted a...

Newspaper profiles Catholic critics of Castro regime CWN - February 20, 2012

A month before Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to Cuba, the Miami Herald has profiled three Catholic critics of Communism in Cuba: Father José Conrado Rodríguez, Oswaldo Payá, and Dagoberto...

England: number of seminarians doubled in past decade CWN - February 20, 2012

The number of seminarians in England and Wales has increased from 26 to 51 since 2001. Father Christopher Jamison, director of the National Office for Vocation in London, attributes the rise to...

Exorcism prayers preceded closing of Illinois abortion clinic CWN - February 20, 2012

For decades, local Catholics had maintained a prayerful presence outside an abortion clinic in Rockford, Illinois, but the clinic remained open. According to Kevin Rilott of the Rockford...

Bishop speaks out against blasphemous play CWN - February 20, 2012

Over 100 Catholics recently gathered outside the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte to protest the performance of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a blasphemous off-Broadway play....

Pope's charge to 22 new cardinals: 'preside in love' CWN - February 20, 2012

After elevating 22 new members to the College of Cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI told the new cardinals that to be a leader in the Church means to “preside in love.” The Holy Father conferred red...

Cardinals reflect on New Evangelization, 'religious illiteracy' CWN - February 20, 2012

The urgent need for a “new evangelization” and a response to “religious illiteracy” were among the main topics of conversation during a special meeting of the College of Cardinals on February...

Europe still dominates College of Cardinals CWN - February 20, 2012

With the addition of 22 new members at the consistory of February 18, the College of Cardinals now includes 213 members, of whom 125 are eligible to vote in a papal conclave. Pope Benedict has...

Vatican 'bank' isn't really a bank CWN - February 20, 2012

The “Vatican bank” isn’t really a bank, John Allen observes. Formally known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), the Vatican bank offers accounts only to certain restricted...

Archbishop Chaput emerges as key public leader in US hierarchy CWN - February 20, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput has brought an entirely new way of ecclesiastical leadership to Philadelphia, breaking with the generally quiet governance of previous archbishops there. The...

Liberal Catholics threaten to undo US role in advancing idea of religious freedom CWN - February 20, 2012

Thanks in large part to the pivotal work of Father John Courtney Murray, SJ, American Catholics have had a crucial influence in developing the proper understanding of religious liberty, notes George...

Same-sex marriage moves forward in Maryland, vetoed in New Jersey CWN - February 20, 2012

The lower house of the Maryland legislature approved a bill to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. The state senate plans to act quickly on the measure, and is expected to add its...

Bl. Kateri, Bl. Marianne Cope to be canonized October 21 CWN - February 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will canonize 7 new saints, including 2 with American connections, on October 21. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the young Mohawk woman who converted to Catholicism, will become the...

Pope's remarks deflate rumors of resignation CWN - February 20, 2012

In his remarks to 22 newly created cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI appeared to pour cold water on rumors that he might resign, notes leading Vatican-watching journalist Andrea Tornielli. “Pray also...

Lebanon prepares for refugees from Syria CWN - February 20, 2012

In Lebanon, Catholic relief agencies are bracing for an influx of refugees from Syria, as spreading violence drives Syrian families to seek security elsewhere. The director of a Caritas Lebanon...

Beijing rewards submissive bishops, punishes others CWN - February 20, 2012

The Chinese government has adopted a system of rewarding Catholic bishops who accept the leadership of the Catholic Patriotic Association, and punishing those who do not, notes Sandro Magister of...

Hong Kong's new cardinal urges leaders to protect democracy CWN - February 20, 2012

Newly elevated Cardinal John Tong Hon has urged the government of Hong Kong to preserve and expand democratic freedoms. In a message to the government, released on the day that he received his...

Half of US Catholic hospitals do sterilizations, report suggests CWN - February 20, 2012

Nearly half of the Catholic hospitals in the US perform sterilizations, according to an extensive study. In a doctoral dissertation presented at Baylor University in Texas, Sandra Hapenney...

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Jerusalem: Patriarch urges fasting for conversion, peace CWN - February 21, 2012

In his Lenten pastoral letter, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urges local Christians to offer up their fasting for peace. “[C]onversion rests on the understanding that ‘man does not live on...

Congo government brutally suppresses Catholics’ march CWN - February 21, 2012

Government forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo brutally suppressed a peaceful march that would have commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the massacre of Christians by...

Comboni missionaries: Europe is the new mission land CWN - February 21, 2012

In 1857, St. Daniel Comboni, an Italian priest, founded a missionary institute to preach the Gospel in Africa. Just over a century and a half later, the Comboni Missionaries are also turning...

Panama: bishop mediates between government, indigenous in mining dispute CWN - February 21, 2012

Bishop José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán of David--a city of 83,000 in southwestern Panama--is mediating between the Panamanian government and the indigenous Ngäbe and Buglé peoples in a dispute over...

Myanmar: prelate describes Kachin humanitarian crisis CWN - February 21, 2012

A bishop in Myanmar (Burma) has described the humanitarian crisis in his diocese amid fighting between Myanmar’s army and Kachin rebels. “Now there are over 57,000 displaced people,” says Bishop...

Evangelicals, Southern Baptists rip HHS mandate CWN - February 21, 2012

The Family Research Council has announced that 2,500 pastors and other evangelical leaders have signed a letter condemning the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. The signatories said: ...

Pope to meet Fidel Castro during March visit to Cuba? CWN - February 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI hopes to meet with Fidel Castro during his visit to Cuba next month, according to unnamed Vatican sources. The Pontiff is already scheduled to meet with Raul Castro, the brother...

New terror raids in northern Nigeria; Christians flee CWN - February 21, 2012

After a new rash of bombings in northern Nigeria, and a clash between Boko Haram terrorists and government troops, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, Nigeria, has asked for prayers for local...

Orthodox Patriarch in historic consultation with Turkey's government CWN - February 21, 2012

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has met with lawmakers to discuss proposed changes to the country’s constitution. The appearance by the Ecumenical Patriarch—the acknowledged...

Cuban prelate saves dissidents from police violence CWN - February 21, 2012

A Cuban archbishop has helped a group of female dissidents escape the threat of beatings from police. After the “Ladies in White” demonstrated for the release of political prisoners, 14 of the...

Vatican gives Peru's Catholic university an Easter deadline CWN - February 21, 2012

The Vatican has told officials of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru that they must bring the institution into line with Church standards by Easter Sunday, April 8. Cardinal Tarcisio...

British bishops ask lawmakers: resist pressure for same-sex marriage CWN - February 21, 2012

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, speaking on behalf of the English bishops’ conference, has urged Parliament to resist pressure for the approval of same-sex marriage. Bishop Davies encouraged...

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Euthanasia major issue in French presidential election CWN - February 22, 2012

Euthanasia has become a leading issue in the French presidential election: President Nicolas Sarkozy opposes its legalization, while François Hollande, a Socialist, supports it. Writing in...

Congo Catholics differ over march suppressed by police CWN - February 22, 2012

Leading Catholics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo differed over the wisdom of participating in a peaceful February 16 march that was brutally suppressed by government forces, who arrested...

Villanova withdraws invitation to radical gay activist CWN - February 22, 2012

Villanova University, a Catholic school in Pennsylvania administered by the Augustinian order, has withdraw an invitation to a flamboyant homosexual activist to perform and conduct workshops for...

Custos of Holy Land implores help for Syrian Christians CWN - February 22, 2012

The Franciscan superior in several Middle Eastern nations is appealing for assistance for Syrian Christians devastated by civil unrest there. “At a time of total confusion and dismay, many...

Kentucky bishops urge opposition to casino gambling CWN - February 22, 2012

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky is urging state lawmakers to oppose a bill that would legalize casino gambling in the state. “We strongly oppose this proposal because Kentucky should not tie...

Pontifical council official endorses US pro-life movie CWN - February 22, 2012

An official of the Pontifical Council for the Family has endorsed Doonby, a newly-released movie with a pro-life theme. Father Gianfranco Grieco calls the film a “moving and thought-provoking...

Through Christ's power we can rise from ashes, Pope says at Ash Wednesday service CWN - February 22, 2012

The discipline of Lent should help the faithful gain more awareness of “the unthinkable nearness of God,” Pope Benedict XVI said as he led an Ash Wednesday service at the church of St. Sabina in...

Health care includes spiritual care, Pope reminds Brazilian hierarchy CWN - February 22, 2012

In a message to the Catholics of Brazil, who are inaugurating their annual Fraternity Campaign during Lent, Pope Benedict XVI remarked: “Health par excellence is the health of the soul.” The...

40 days in the desert: Pope speaks on significance of Lent CWN - February 22, 2012

At his weekly public audience on February 22, Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the significance of the 40-day penitential season of Lent. Speaking to 7,500 people in the Paul VI...

Insurers: HHS mandate will not lower costs CWN - February 22, 2012

American insurance companies do not believe that the distribution of contraceptives would lower the costs of health care, according to a new survey. The results of the survey by Reimbursement...

Even if cooperation is remote, HHS mandate is still immoral, explains analyst CWN - February 22, 2012

Some moral theologians have argued that Catholics could be morally justified in accepting the HHS mandate, because they would be required to engage in “remote material cooperation” with the...

Vatican-SSPX talks concluded; papal decision due by summer CWN - February 22, 2012

Talks between the Vatican and the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have reached a conclusion, and Pope Benedict XVI will render a final verdict on the outcome by this summer, according to...

'Aggressive secularism' is no myth, argues Irish columnist CWN - February 22, 2012

The Irish Times has issued an editorial pronouncement that aggressive secularism is a myth. In a replying column, David Quinn suggests that such a statement illustrates the influence that aggressive...

Same-sex marriage is 'inevitable,' says Australian prime minister CWN - February 22, 2012

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that she believes legal acceptance of same-sex marriage is inevitable. Gillard gave that assurance to gay and lesbian couples who were her...

EWTN leader explains refusal to accept HHS mandate CWN - February 22, 2012

The New York Times has published a column by Michael Warsaw, the president of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), explaining why the Catholic broadcasting giant cannot comply with the Obama...

Ending the US hierarchy's alliance with government CWN - February 22, 2012

Christopher Manion argues in Crisis that the American Catholic bishops should have recognized long ago the dangers of government interference in religious affairs. But the bishops were tugged in the...

Indian cardinal denies mediating after Italian marines kill local fishermen CWN - February 22, 2012

An Indian cardinal has denied reports that he is acting as mediator in a dispute over the possible involvement of Italian marines in the death of two Indian fishermen. The Italian marines,...

USCCB leaders press case against mandate, urge support for Rights of Conscience Act CWN - February 22, 2012

The leaders of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are urging American bishops to continue rallying opposition to the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, and to encourage support...

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Iranian pastor's execution is imminent, sources say CWN - February 23, 2012

A Protestant pastor in Iran faces imminent execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Orders for the execution of Rev. Yousel Nadarkhani have probably been issued, the American...

Federal court rejects Washington rules, upholds pharmacists' conscience rights CWN - February 23, 2012

A federal judge has overturned regulations in the state of Washington that required pharmacists to dispense the abortifacient “morning-after” pill even if they had religious objections. Judge...

Polish archbishop under fire for claiming 'secularist attack on the Church' CWN - February 23, 2012

A Polish archbishop has plunged himself into controversy with a claim that the country is “witnessing a systematic attack on the Church from various libertine, atheist, and Masonic...

Cause opens for beatification of Communion and Liberation founder CWN - February 23, 2012

The leader of Communion and Liberation has formally requested the opening of a cause for the beatification of Msgr. Luigi Guissani, the founder of the movement. On February 22, after a Mass...

Fight 'religious illiteracy,' Pope exhorts priests of Rome diocese CWN - February 23, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI challenged the priests of Rome to combat “religious illiteracy” during a meeting in the Paul VI auditorium on February 23. For his traditional meeting with the clergy of the...

New Hampshire House condemns Obama mandate CWN - February 23, 2012

The lower house of New Hampshire’s state legislature has approved a resolution calling upon the Obama administration to revoke the HHS contraceptive mandate. By a vote of 227- 121, the New...

Muslim extremists raid Pakistani Protestant church CWN - February 23, 2012

Several members of a Pakistani Protestant congregation were seriously injured when a Muslim mob attacked the church, in the latest of a long series of violent assaults on the country’s religious...

Syrian civil war threatens Christian presence, prelate warns CWN - February 23, 2012

Christians are leaving Syria to escape the spreading violence in that country, reports the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo. Archbishop Antoine Audo observed that “Christians are the...

No relief for English woman, dismissed for refusing work on Sundays CWN - February 23, 2012

An English employment tribunal has dismissed a complaint from a Christian woman who said that she was dismissed from her job at a nursing facility because she declined to work on...

Satanic graffiti deface Oakland church CWN - February 23, 2012

On Ash Wednesday, vandals spray-painted Satanic symbols and slogans on an Oakland, California church. Police are investigating the incident, classifying it as a hate crime. The vandals toppled a...

Manila archdiocese hopes to feed 40,000 children as Lenten project CWN - February 23, 2012

Archbishop Luis Tagle of Manila has asked the faithful to the archdiocese to raise nearly $1 million during Lent in a drive to feed 40,000 needy children. In his Lenten message, the archbishop...

In Italian TV interview, mystery guest charges Vatican conspiracy of silence CWN - February 23, 2012

In an interview broadcast on an independent Italian television station on February 22, a man who claimed to be a long-time Vatican employee said that he had deliberately leaked internal documents to...

English Christians are not 'persecuted,' leading prelate assures CWN - February 23, 2012

England’s leading Catholic prelate has advised Christians in Great Britain not to claim that they are being persecuted. “I personally don’t feel in the least bit persecuted,” said Archbishop...

Released Friday, Feb. 24

7 states file suit against HHS mandate CWN - February 24, 2012

Seven states--Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas--have filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to block its...

Patriarch blasts media coverage of Syrian conflict CWN - February 24, 2012

Amid fears that majority rule in Syria could lead to an Islamic republic that infringes upon the religious freedom, the head of the Syrian Catholic Church has offered strong criticism of the Western...

Lejeune beatification cause proceeds to Rome CWN - February 24, 2012

The Archdiocese of Paris has announced that the diocesan phase of the cause for beatification of Jérôme Lejeune (1926-94) will conclude with an April 11 Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral. Lejuene, who...

Premiere of BBC series ‘Catholics’ CWN - February 24, 2012

A three-part BBC series, “Catholics,” has premiered, with the opening episode devoted to men preparing for the priesthood. The second and third parts will examine the place of children and women in...

Vatican official discusses Pope’s Twitter outreach CWN - February 24, 2012

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication says that Pope Benedict’s Message for Lent will be the subject of daily “tweets” during the season--prompting headlines in the...

400th anniversary of Oratorian constitutions CWN - February 24, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published an essay commemorating the 400th anniversary of Pope Paul V’s approval of the constitutions of the Congregation of the Oratory, the society of apostolic life...

Pope praises Roman group for charitable work, spiritual focus CWN - February 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI praised the charitable work of the Circolo di San Pietro during a private audience with members of the group on February 24. The Circolo di San Pietro was formed in 1869 by...

Will cardinals look for tough manager as next Pontiff? CWN - February 24, 2012

The recent spate of controversy over leaked Vatican documents has renewed a common complaint that Pope Benedict XVI has not succeeded in taming the Vatican bureaucracy. John Allen of the National...

Church wants government to bar contraception, Pelosi charges CWN - February 24, 2012

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has charged that the Catholic Church wants the US government to enforce a ban on contraception. Speaking at an event on a Texas campus, Pelosi—who identifies...

Liberal nuns file brief in support of Obama health-care plan CWN - February 24, 2012

A group of liberal Catholic nuns has filed in amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in defense of the Obama administration’s health-care program. In their legal brief, the nun says that they are...

King of Tonga visits Vatican CWN - February 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on February 24 with King Siaosi Tupou V of Tonga. The Vatican reported that the “cordial discussions” focused on the Church’s role and the overall situation in Tonga, a...

Iran curbs Christian church services in native language CWN - February 24, 2012

The government of Iran has cracked down on Christian churches that hold worship services in the Persian language. Government officials ordered two Protestant churches to stop conducting the...

Chinese authorities arrest priests in Inner Mongolia CWN - February 24, 2012

China’s government regularly changes tactics in its campaign against the Catholic Church, switching from subtle pressure to outright persecution at different times and places. In Inner Mongolia the...

Study of Latin enriches Church, preserves culture CWN - February 24, 2012

The Institute for Advance Study of Latin was established at the Pontifical Salesian University by Pope Paul VI, to preserve and expand interest in the ancient language. Now celebrating its 50th...

Ancient Turkish document may be 1500-year-old Bible CWN - February 24, 2012

The cultural ministry of Turkey has reported finding a 1,500-year-old document, possibly written in Aramaic, which may be the apocryphal “Gospel of Barnabas.” Turkish authorities say that the...

Deceased cardinal ordered memo on sex abuse shredded, defense lawyers claim in Philadelphia case CWN - February 24, 2012

Defense lawyers for a former Philadelphia archdiocesan officials contend that the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered the shredding of a document that identified 35 priests who were suspected...

Released Monday, Feb. 27

Holy See weighs in on Syrian crisis CWN - February 27, 2012

The Holy See participated as an observer at the “Friends of Syria” conference in Tunisia on February 24. Sixty nations took part in the conference, including the United States (represented by...

Cardinal George: no Catholic hospitals in 2 years unless HHS mandate is rescinded CWN - February 27, 2012

Warning that the Church is being “despoiled of her institutions” as “freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that “the...

Government confiscates 3 churches in Laos CWN - February 27, 2012

Communist officials in Savannakhet Province, which is located in the south-central part of Laos, have confiscated three churches in recent weeks, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious...

Bill would ban construction of new churches in Kuwait CWN - February 27, 2012

Stating that “Kuwait already has an excessive number of churches compared to the country’s Christian minority,” a member of parliament has called for a ban on the construction of new churches in the...

Vatican Bank president calls for reindustrialization of US, Europe CWN - February 27, 2012

Amid austerity measures following a recession marked by the indebtedness of “families, businesses, financial institutions, and states,” the president of the Vatican Bank foresees an end to the...

Israel: vicar of Hebrew-speaking Catholics discusses his conversion CWN - February 27, 2012

Father David Neuhaus, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics, has discussed his conversion from Judaism to Christianity. “It was at the age of 15 upon first...

Pope raps IVF, calls for research on other treatment for fertility CWN - February 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI called for more scientific research into the causes of infertility, when he spoke on February 25 to the Pontifical Academy for Life. Proper treatment on infertility, the Pope...

Catholic leader asks Israel for help to stop attacks on Christian shrines CWN - February 27, 2012

The head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has appealed to Israeli President Shimon Peres for help to curb attacks on Christian shrines. Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa wrote to Peres...

Pope, Curia leaders enter week-long Lenten Retreat CWN - February 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI and the leaders of the Roman Curia began their Lenten Retreat on Sunday evening, February 26. Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, is the preacher for this...

Renew strength through Lenten discipline, Pope urges faithful CWN - February 27, 2012

At his midday audience on February 26, Pope Benedict XVI said that Lent is “a time to renew and strengthen our relationship with God.” Commenting on St. Mark’s description of Christ’s temptation...

Hackers' attack on Vatican web site foiled CWN - February 27, 2012

A determined and skillful group of computer hackers attacked the Vatican’s web site last year, but failed to penetrate the site’s security. Last August the “Anonymous” coalition of hackers tried...

Scottish cardinal pays tribute to slain Pakistani Catholic leader CWN - February 27, 2012

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh has praised the slain Pakistani Catholic leader Shahbaz Bhatti as “a truly remarkable hero,” in a statement promoting a rally on the anniversary of Bhatti’s...

Researcher defends findings on sterilizations at Catholic hospitals CWN - February 27, 2012

Although representatives of Catholic hospital associations have questioned a study that found many American Catholic hospitals perform sterilizations, the researcher who prepared the study has...

Health-care executive raps nuns who supported Obama mandate CWN - February 27, 2012

The head of a Catholic health-care company has criticized a group of women religious who have indicated their support for the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, saying that the nuns did...

English ordinariate members visit Rome on thanksgiving pilgrimage CWN - February 27, 2012

About 100 former Anglicans visited Rome, on a pilgrimage of thanksgiving for the establishment of the new Ordinate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The English ordinariate was set up last January,...

Vatican, Vietnam discuss prospects for diplomatic ties CWN - February 27, 2012

Vatican officials and Vietnamese government representatives are meeting in Hanoi to discuss the prospect of establishing diplomatic relations. The Vatican delegation, led by Msgr. Ettore...

Armed band invades Syrian monastery CWN - February 27, 2012

A band of armed men forced their way into a Catholic monastery in Syria last week, searching the building and destroying communications devices before eventually leaving. The armed men—who were...

Released Tuesday, Feb. 28

Churches bombed in Nigeria CWN - February 28, 2012

A suicide bomber drove into a Protestant church in the central Nigerian city of Jos on February 26, killed three and injuring 38. The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility. In...

Pakistan: mob storms school following report of Qur’an burning CWN - February 28, 2012

An angry mob stormed a Christian school in Lahore after a teacher was accused of committing blasphemy by burning the Qur’an. The teacher, Saira Khokhar, is now in police...

Author reflects on interview with Pope Benedict’s brother CWN - February 28, 2012

Reflecting upon My Brother, the Pope,--his newly published book-length interview with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger--Michael Hesemann finds “not only an inspiration for young men who are called to the...

Vatican spokesman laments plight of Somalia CWN - February 28, 2012

Following the completion of a high-level diplomatic conference on Somalia, the director of the Holy See Press Office has devoted his weekly editorial to the plight of the troubled nation. “It is...

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’ CWN - February 28, 2012

In 1963, actress Dolores Hart abandoned her career, broke off her engagement, and entered the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut. In 2010, Archbishop Pietro Sambi--the late apostolic...

Alberta bill may make it illegal to teach that homosexual acts are sinful CWN - February 28, 2012

A bill pending in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta could make it illegal for Catholic schools and home schools to teach that homosexual acts are sinful, according to reports by LifeSiteNews and...

Korean bishop urges acceptance of illegal immigrants' children CWN - February 28, 2012

Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik, the president of the Korean Catholic bishops’ commission for migrants, has issued a call for acceptance of immigrants living the Asian country, and especially for...

Apology urged for forced adoptions in Australia CWN - February 28, 2012

Catholic Health Australia has apologized for its role in the forced adoption of the children, and called for a national apology for the practice. Martin Laverty, the head of Catholic Health...

Schedule set for Pope's May visit to Milan CWN - February 28, 2012

The Vatican has released the full schedule for a May trip to Milan by Pope Benedict XVI, to participate in the 7th World Meeting of Families. The Pope will arrive in Milan on Friday afternoon,...

Judge rejects motion to drop charges in Philadelphia abuse case CWN - February 28, 2012

A Pennsylvania judge has rejected a bid by a former official of the Philadelphia archdiocese to dismiss charges of child endangerment. Lawyers for Msgr. William Lynn had argued that the late...

Assessing talks between SSPX and Vatican CWN - February 28, 2012

In Catholic World Report, Michael Miller presents a balanced report on the state of talks between the Society of St. Pius X and the Holy See. The sticking point, as always, is the authority of...

Legal analyst sees Democrats pushing contraception as wedge issue CWN - February 28, 2012

When public discussion of contraception heated up during a presidential election year, Hadley Arkes admits that he did not immediately recognize that liberal Democrats were raising the topic quite...

Vatican-Vietnamese talks conclude quietly CWN - February 28, 2012

Representatives of the Vatican and the Vietnamese government have concluded a two-day meeting in Hanoi, issuing a joint statement that reported “positive developments on the basis of good will and...

Synod to focus on family role in transmitting faith CWN - February 28, 2012

The council of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in Rome to discuss preparations for the October session devoted to the New Evangelization, announced on February 28 that its primary focus was on the...

Pontifical Commission fears faith eroding in Latin America CWN - February 28, 2012

In Latin American, a “rich Catholic tradition” today “runs the risk of gradual erosion,” warned the Pontifical Commission for Latin America in a message for Spanish America Day. Spanish America...

Exhibit in Rome features treasures of Vatican Archives CWN - February 28, 2012

A special exhibition of material from the Vatican Secret Archives will open on February 29 in the Capitoline Museums, marking the 400th anniversary of the Archives. The exhibition, which will be...

Profile of Sister Carol Keehan CWN - February 28, 2012

The National Catholic Register profiles Sister Carol Keehan, the head of the Catholic Health Association, who is once again at odds with the leadership of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. A...

Medical-ethics journal proposes acceptance of infanticide CWN - February 28, 2012

The Journal of Medical Ethics has published an article calling for acceptance of “after-birth abortion”—the destruction of unwanted children after they are born. The article--written by two...

England's top prelate supports Masses for gay Catholics CWN - February 28, 2012

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has affirmed his support for a controversial ministry to homosexuals in London. Rejecting complaints that the gatherings in Soho for weekly Mass...

Released Wednesday, Feb. 29

Bishop Lori rips HHS mandate in House Judiciary Committee testimony CWN - February 29, 2012

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on February 28, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport blasted the absurdity surrounding the HHS contraception mandate. “Ever since the mandate has been...

India: priest, 1,500 parishioners charged with attempted murder CWN - February 29, 2012

Father Romano Gonsalves, a Goa parish priest, and 1,500 parishioners have been charged with attempted murder following an attack on six policemen who were visiting the church. Parishioners had...

New York Times: mergers with Catholic hospitals put women’s health at risk CWN - February 29, 2012

“A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services,” The New York Times...

US bishops welcome Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights CWN - February 29, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has welcomed the Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights, a voluntary set of Obama administration guidelines intended to influence future...

Obama’s faith-based council remains idle CWN - February 29, 2012

With much fanfare, President Barack Obama appointed an Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009; it disbanded the following year after issuing a report. In the...

Live Action’s Lila Rose discusses conversion to Catholicism CWN - February 29, 2012

Lila Rose, the young pro-life activist who has used undercover videos to expose some of Planned Parenthood’s practices, has discussed her 2009 conversion to Catholicism in an interview with the...

Benedict XVI becomes 6th-oldest Pontiff CWN - February 29, 2012

Today--February 29, 2012--Pope Benedict XVI became the 6th-oldest Roman Pontiff in recorded history. Rome Reports, which took note of the landmark, observed that Benedict XVI—at 84 years, 10...

Catholic University president becomes key leader for Catholic orthodoxy CWN - February 29, 2012

The National Catholic Register profiles John Garvey, the president of Catholic University, who has emerged as a leading spokesman for Catholic institutions in the battle against the Obama...

New Evangelization counters ecclesiastical careerism, says Argentine cardinal CWN - February 29, 2012

In an interview with Vatican Insider, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires said that the New Evangelization preached by Pope Benedict XVI means that “all ordinary activities of the Church...

Vatican UN envoy renews plea for peace in Syria CWN - February 29, 2012

The Holy See is watching the rising tide of violence in Syria with “great concern,” a Vatican spokesman said in an address to the UN’s human-rights council in Geneva. “We must not succumb to the...

Papal foundation funds 200 projects to spur agriculture in Africa CWN - February 29, 2012

The John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel has awarded to $2 million this year to support more than 200 self-help projects in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, the...

French court overturns law banning denial of Armenian genocide CWN - February 29, 2012

A French court has ruled that a law making it a criminal offense to deny the Armenian genocide is unconstitutional. The Constitutional Council ruled that the law, which would have imposed...

Baptist leader supports Santorum critique of JFK 'Houston speech' CWN - February 29, 2012

R. Albert Mohler, Jr, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, sides with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in his critique of the famous “Houston speech” by...

Evidence supports Santorum on harmful effects of contraception CWN - February 29, 2012

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal recognizes that Rick Santorum has riled many Americans by saying that contraception has negative consequences, especially for women. However, Taranto...

Senate to vote on bid to rescind HHS mandate; Sebelius promises compromise plan 'soon' CWN - February 29, 2012

The US Senate is scheduled to vote March 1 on a measure that would repeal the Obama administration’s mandate that requiring contraceptive coverage in health-care programs. The legislation,...

DC priest denies Communion to lesbian; archdiocese apologizes CWN - February 29, 2012

The Archdiocese of Washington, DC, has issued an apology to a woman who was denied Communion by a priest who had just learned of her lesbian relationship. Father Marcel Guarnizo declined to...

Midwives required to supervise abortions, Scottish court finds CWN - February 29, 2012

A Scottish court has ruled that midwives are required to supervise abortions. The Court of Session in Edinburgh rejected a plea from two Catholic midwives who had declined to be involved with...

Cardinal Bertone disparages accuracy of Vatican leaks CWN - February 29, 2012

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, made an oblique comment on the recent leaks of confidential Vatican documents on February 29, questioning the accuracy of the material that...

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