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Stories for August 2012

Released Thursday, Aug. 2

Congo’s bishops organize ‘march of hope’ CWN - August 2, 2012

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – a nation whose wars have claimed over 5.4 million lives since 1996 – organized a “march of hope” on August 1 in support of peace and the unity...

Pakistan: 9 Christian nurses poisoned CWN - August 2, 2012

Nine Christian nurse trainees in Karachi were served poisoned tea on July 29, prompting calls for a judicial inquiry. “The government has turned a blind eye to the persecution of minorities,”...

US bishops back Help for Separated Families Act CWN - August 2, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has joined with over 100 other organizations in calling upon members of Congress to support the Help for Separated Families Act. The...

Appeals court blocks Arizona law against late-term abortions CWN - August 2, 2012

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked enforcement of an Arizona law that would have banned most abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy. In doing so, the court overturned a...

Ancient depiction of Samson discovered? CWN - August 2, 2012

Two Israeli scholars have uncovered archaeological evidence dating from the eleventh century BC that may lend support to the Old Testament account of Samson. A seal depicting a man with long hair...

Pope Benedict has completed 3rd volume of Jesus of Nazareth CWN - August 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has completed the 3rd and final volume of his work, Jesus of Nazareth, the Vatican has disclosed. The Pope’s latest book, which focuses on the Gospel accounts of Christ’s...

Group returns CCHD grant, refuses to curb gay advocacy CWN - August 2, 2012

A leftist group in Massachusetts has returned a $40,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), fearful that the group would be asked to comply with Church teachings regarding...

Medical journal essays claim 'homophobia' aggravates AIDS epidemic CWN - August 2, 2012

The British medical journal Lancet has produced a series of essays arguing that “homophobia is a key driver” in the spread of AIDS, and calling for an end to laws and social attitudes that...

US Catholics back bishops on religious freedom, but still favor Obama, poll shows CWN - August 2, 2012

American Catholics generally agree with their bishops regarding the threats to religious freedom, a new Pew Forum poll shows. However, despite tensions between the US hierarchy and the Obama...

Contraceptive mandate seen detrimental to US economy CWN - August 2, 2012

Pursuing the argument against the HHS contraceptive mandate from a different direction, Edward Morrissey explains in the Fiscal Times that the policy will harm the US economy, by imposing new costs...

Kansas City priest in landmark case pleads guilty to federal charges CWN - August 2, 2012

The Kansas City priest at the center of a sex-abuse scandal has pleaded guilty to child-pornography charges in federal court. Father Shawn Ratigan pleaded guilty on 5 counts of child pornography,...

Peruvian university officials, stripped of 'Catholic' status, charge Opus Dei conspiracy CWN - August 2, 2012

Officials at the school known as the Pontifical University of Peru have charged that Opus Dei orchestrated the Vatican decision to strip the university of its “pontifical” and “Catholic”...

Violence drives 100 Coptic families from Egyptian village CWN - August 2, 2012

An estimated 100 Christian families have been driven from the Egyptian village of Dahshur, south of Cairo, after a clash with local Muslims. The violence in Dashur erupted after a local Muslim...

Vatican newspaper backs US bishops' bid to keep immigrant families together CWN - August 2, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has noted with approval the drive by the US Catholic bishops to keep together the families of illegal immigrants. L’Osservatore Romano reports that the American bishops,...

Have archeologists found burial box of high priest Caiaphas? CWN - August 2, 2012

A team of Israeli researchers have announced the discovery of what they believe to be the burial box of the high priest Caiaphas, who sat in judgment of Jesus. The ossuary, recovered from...

Released Friday, Aug. 3

Humanist weddings now outnumber Catholic weddings in Scotland CWN - August 3, 2012

More weddings in Scotland are now conducted by the Humanist Society than by the Catholic Church, according to newly released government statistics. Of the 29,135 marriages that took place in...

British judge rules 10-year-old Jewish girl may seek baptism CWN - August 3, 2012

A British judge has ruled that a 10-year-old Jewish girl may convert to Anglicanism and seek baptism. “Clearly her upbringing for the first eight years of her life lacked any significant...

India: 400,000 displaced by Assam conflict CWN - August 3, 2012

The conflict between indigenous Christians and Muslim settlers in the eastern Indian state of Assam has now displaced 400,000 people, according to Catholic Relief Services. In addition to working...

Pakistan: prelate calls for investigation into poisoning of Christian nurses CWN - August 3, 2012

A leading Pakistani prelate has asked the National Commission for Justice and Peace, a Catholic advocacy organization, to investigate the poisoning of Christian nurse trainees in Karachi. “Was it...

Senior British general, a Catholic, laments torture, opposes Iran intervention CWN - August 3, 2012

One of the five British generals who have been honored with the title of field marshal says that “torture is wrong and shouldn't be allowed, and people who torture should be apprehended, with the...

Bishop issues pastoral letter decrying new abortion clinic CWN - August 3, 2012

A New Zealand bishop has issued a pastoral letter decrying plans to establish an abortion clinic a hospital. The pastoral letter will be read at all Sunday Masses in the Diocese of Dunedin on August...

US bishops’ spokeswoman welcomes injunction against HHS mandate CWN - August 3, 2012

The director of media relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcomed a federal judge’s decision to issue a temporary injunction halting the implementation of the HHS...

Vatican message to Muslims: educate young people for peace CWN - August 3, 2012

In an annual message to the world’s Muslims, the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue advocates “the education of young Christians and Muslims for justice and peace.” Opening with...

Italian diocese takes action against schismatic prelate CWN - August 3, 2012

The Diocese of Fiesole, Italy has become the arena for an unusual conflict within the Church, Vatican Observer reports. Bishop Mario Meini has taken formal disciplinary action against a monastic...

Maine diocese cleared of cover-up in abuse lawsuit CWN - August 3, 2012

A judge in Maine has dismissed a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Portland diocese, saying that the diocese was not responsible for covering up information about a priest’s misconduct. The Maine...

Pope drafting new encyclical? CWN - August 3, 2012

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has added to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI is writing a new encyclical for the Year of Faith. Cardinal Bertone, who is vacationing...

Bavarian group to perform for Pope CWN - August 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will meet on Friday evening, August 3, with a large delegation of pilgrims from his native Bavaria. Led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, the Bavarian delegation of about 450...

Syrian civil war will have no winners, Catholic analyst fears CWN - August 3, 2012

Syria is slipping into a “war to the bitter end,” warns Father Bernardo Cervellera, the director of the AsiaNews service. Taking note of the decision by Kofi Annan to resign as the UN’s peace...

Malnutrition, disease stalk refugee camps in South Sudan CWN - August 3, 2012

Malnutrition is claiming the lives of 5 children and 2 adults daily in refugee camps in South Sudan, the Fides news service reports. The refugees are arriving at the refugee camps from the states...

Papal message of support for inter-religious gathering in Japan CWN - August 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to an Inter-religious Gathering of Prayer for World Peace, being held in Japan. The Pontiff noted that the meeting—an annual event held on Mount Hiel—evokes...

Released Monday, Aug. 6

Don’t evangelize Muslims, warns Malaysian government official CWN - August 6, 2012

A leading Malaysian government official is warning non-Muslims that state governments can take punitive action against those who attempt to convert Muslims. “Distribution of reading materials and...

US bishops urge Congress to act against HHS mandate CWN - August 6, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Congress to take action to rescind the “unprecedented and misguided” HHS mandate. “One year ago, for the first time, the federal...

Tens of thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in Los Angeles CWN - August 6, 2012

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Knights of Columbus sponsored a Guadalupe Celebration at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 5. Media estimates of attendance at the event, which included prayer,...

Olympics: solid attendance at athletes’ daily Masses CWN - August 6, 2012

The layman who coordinates the Church’s outreach at the Olympics is reporting solid attendance by athletes at daily Masses. “I am delighted to be able to report that aside from there being three...

Australia: dog receives communion at ‘Inclusive Catholics’ Mass CWN - August 6, 2012

Communion was distributed to a dog at a August 5 liturgical celebration of “Inclusive Catholics,” a Melbourne movement launched by Father Greg Reynolds, a suspended archdiocesan priest. After...

Bishop: if same-sex marriage is legalized, why not bigamy, incest? CWN - August 6, 2012

As Scotland’s government takes steps towards the legalization of same-sex marriage, Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen asked why bigamy and incest should not be legalized as well. “You can’t have a...

Pope cites 'unprecedented gravity' of threat to religious freedom in US CWN - August 6, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has warned of the "unprecedented gravity" of threats to religious freedom of Catholics in the US. In a message to the 130th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, which...

Bread of Life goes beyond material needs, Pope shows audience CWN - August 6, 2012

At his Sunday audience on August 5, Pope Benedict XVI commented on the 6th chapter of St. John’s Gospel, in which Jesus speaks of Himself as the Bread of Life. In this discourse, the Pope told...

LCWR assembly begins; Vatican representative told attendance 'would not be helpful' CWN - August 6, 2012

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who has been charged by the Vatican with responsibility for supervising a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), has been told by the...

Church faces defeat on family-planning bill in Philippines CWN - August 6, 2012

Lawmakers in the Philippines have moved closer to approval of a sweeping family-planning bill, despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church. “May God have mercy on our Congress,” said...

Convicted Philadelphia priest loses bid for bail pending appeal CWN - August 6, 2012

Msgr. William Lynn has lost a bid to be freed on bail pending his appeal of child-endangerment charges. Judge Teresa Sarmina, who had sentenced the former Philadelphia archdiocesan official to a...

Paul VI 'underrated, CWN - August 6, 2012

On August 6, Vatican Radio marked the 34th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI by interviewing veteran television journalist Bob Miller, who remembered him as a “misunderstood and underrated”...

Vatican Observatory leader excited with success of Mars probe CWN - August 6, 2012

The head of the Vatican Observatory, Father José Gabriel Funes, SJ, has said that he looks forward to results from the rover Curiosity, which landed August 6 on Mars to begin a 2-year exploration...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 7

Saudi Arabia imprisons, deports 35 Christians CWN - August 7, 2012

Saudi Arabia has deported 35 Ethiopian Christians following seven months of imprisonment. The six men and 29 women were arrested after police stormed a prayer vigil at a private residence in...

US bishops offer condolences to Sikh community following shooting CWN - August 7, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has sent its condolences to the Sikh community following the murder of six worshippers in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. “In this time of...

Catholics urged to lobby Congress on behalf of food stamps, other programs CWN - August 7, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and National Catholic Rural Life Conference are urging Catholics to ask their senators and representatives to “support and...

African prelates pay tribute to Pope Paul VI CWN - August 7, 2012

Five leading African prelates, including four cardinals, paid tribute to Pope Paul VI during a August 1-2 conference at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa in Kenya. Over 300 were in...

Amish population to quadruple in 40 years CWN - August 7, 2012

The population of Amish in the United States and Ontario is expected to quadruple from 251,000 to over a million over the next four decades, according to a study released by Ohio State...

‘Growing up with 2 moms’ CWN - August 7, 2012

Robert Oscar Lopez, an English professor at the University of California at Northridge, discusses his experience of growing up as a child of his mother and her lesbian partner. “To most outside...

19 killed in latest attack on Christians in Nigeria CWN - August 7, 2012

Gunmen killed at least 19 people and left an unknown number wounded in an August 7 attack on a Christian church in central Nigeria. The armed assault on Deeper Life Bible Church in Okene came on...

French bishops order prayers for the nation on August 15 CWN - August 7, 2012

The Catholic bishops of France have asked the faithful to pray for their country on August 15, as a Socialist government considers legalizing same-sex marriage and euthanasia. The French bishops...

Violence will not deter Church in Africa: Cardinal Turkson CWN - August 7, 2012

Violent attacks on Christian churches in Africa are likely to continue, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. But those attacks will not deter Christians from bearing...

Knights of Columbus plan drive to protect religious freedom CWN - August 7, 2012

The mission of the Knights of Columbus today is “a combination of defending liberty, working for a culture of life and also building a culture of life by being our brothers keeper, in reaching out...

PBS reports on Anglican-ordinariate parish in Maryland CWN - August 7, 2012

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) reports on St. Luke’s parish in Bladensburg, Maryland: an Anglican community that has entered the Catholic Church through the new US ordinariate. Rev. Ian...

Filipino boxer-turned-lawmaker blasts family-planning legislation CWN - August 7, 2012

Manny Pacquiao, who is noted in the Philippines not only as a boxing legend but also as a prominent politician, has staked out a position firmly against the family-planning legislation now pending...

Threats to religious freedom connected with decline in family life, columnist argues CWN - August 7, 2012

Columnist David Goldman compares the contraceptive mandate in the US with recent bids in Europe to outlaw circumcision and kosher slaughter. “The vehemence and thoroughness of the campaign against...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 8

Syria: gunmen steal property from ancient monastery CWN - August 8, 2012

Gunmen have stolen property from a Syrian Catholic monastery that dates to the sixth century. The monastery had stood abandoned until an Italian Jesuit, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, founded a community...

‘Global religiosity index’ released: Ghana most religious, China most atheistic CWN - August 8, 2012

A new survey conducted by the Gallup International Association has ranked citizens of 57 countries by their religiosity. Overall, 59% of those surveyed described themselves as religious, 23% said...

Confirmed: Obama, Romney to attend Al Smith dinner CWN - August 8, 2012

The Archdiocese of New York has confirmed that Cardinal Timothy Dolan has invited President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner and that both have accepted...

Missouri voters pass prayer amendment CWN - August 8, 2012

By an 83%-17% margin, Missouri voters have passed a state constitutional amendment that ensures that “that any person shall have the right to pray individually or corporately in a private or public...

280 plaintiffs allege abuse in Montana diocese CWN - August 8, 2012

Alleging clerical abuse dating back to the 1930s, nearly 300 plaintiffs have joined in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Helena. Many are Native Americans who allege they were abused by priests in...

Psychotherapist, nun win pro-life awards CWN - August 8, 2012

A pioneer in the research and treatment of post-abortion syndrome and a nun who has helped found numerous crisis pregnancy centers are the 2012 winners of the People of Life Award, an honor bestowed...

Contemplation and action: Pope reflects on example of St. Dominic CWN - August 8, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly talks on the “School of Prayer” during his public audience on August 8. Noting that the day was the feast of St. Dominic, the Holy Father devoted most of his...

Boko Haram threatens Muslims too, archbishop says CWN - August 8, 2012

A terrorist attack on a mosque in central Nigeria shows that “Boko Haram is a threat to everyone, not just Christians,” observed Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja. Four people were killed when...

HHS mandate leaves no good options for Catholic employers CWN - August 8, 2012

For Catholic employers at secular firms, the imposition of the HHS contraceptive mandate poses immediate moral problems. The law—which has now taken effect for secular employers, although...

Decision Monday on prosecution of Gabriele in Vatileaks case CWN - August 8, 2012

The Vatican will announce on August 13 whether Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's valet, will face trial for stealing confidential papal documents. Gabriele's lawyer has already conceded that it is...

Pakistani Christian family faces death threats CWN - August 8, 2012

A Pakistani Catholic family faces death threats after attempting to stop the demolition of a chapel in Lahore. Augustine George, who cared for the small chapel, lost his battle to save the...

Castel Gandalfo caretaker offers history of papal summer residence CWN - August 8, 2012

A head caretaker at Castel Gandolfo, who has cared for the papal summer residence for 50 years, provided CNA with an interesting sketch of the history of the estate, which has served Popes since the...

Elderly nun defends actions after arrest at nuclear plant CWN - August 8, 2012

Sister Megan Rice faces criminal charges after allegedly breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and pouring blood on a facility used to enrich uranium for use in nuclear...

Cardinal George rues stunted debate about same-sex marriage CWN - August 8, 2012

In a column on legal acceptance of same-sex marriage, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George remarks that the public debate in America has been artificially limited. A full debate, the cardinal argues,...

Released Thursday, Aug. 9

Federal judge upholds constitutionality of Hawaii’s marriage law CWN - August 9, 2012

A senior district court judge has upheld the constitutionality of a Hawaiian law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “It is not beyond rational speculation to conclude that...

Protestant evangelist murdered in Nigeria CWN - August 9, 2012

A Pentecostal evangelist was killed in his home on August 6 in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram (“Western education is a sin”) is...

Pennsylvania Catholic college will not permit student gay-lesbian group CWN - August 9, 2012

Despite pressure from an online petition drive, a Pennsylvania Catholic college is remaining firm in its resolve not to recognize a student LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered)...

Pax Christi, Call to Action chapters plan to oppose diocese, back HHS mandate in court CWN - August 9, 2012

Call to Action Pennsylvania, Catholics for Social Justice, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi and the Association of Pittsburgh Priests are seeking permission from a judge to file a friend-of-the-court...

Prelates laud former Crystal Cathedral CWN - August 9, 2012

A group of visiting bishops had high praise for Crystal Cathedral, the Protestant church acquired by the Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million following a bankruptcy court ruling. The building is...

Arabian bishop moves residence to Bahrain CWN - August 9, 2012

The bishop who ministers to over two million Catholics in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia is moving his apostolic vicariate’s headquarters from Kuwait to Bahrain. “After thoughtful...

Ohio parish named minor basilica CWN - August 9, 2012

An Ohio parish has been named the United States’ 74th minor basilica. The web site of St. John the Baptist Church, located in Canton, describes the basilica as “the oldest Catholic parish in...

New Jersey governor vetoes bill to liberalize surrogate parenting CWN - August 9, 2012

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed more liberal use of surrogate parents. "Permitting adults to contract with others regarding a child in such a manner...

Drop in Irish religiosity shows need for formation in faith: Archbishop Martin CWN - August 9, 2012

Commenting on a poll that found a sharp drop in religious faith in Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that the results underline the need to educate all Catholics in the faith—adults...

No open discussion of Vatican demands at LCWR assembly CWN - August 9, 2012

At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), members have been asked not to speak to reporters about the issue on everyone’s mind: the LCWR response to a Vatican...

'Underground' Chinese Catholics organize summer-camp religious instruction CWN - August 9, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports on a summer camp run by "underground" Catholics of the Wenzhou diocese, giving young people a thorough grounding in the Catholic faith. Attending the camp...

New Evangelization requires new dedication, not new programs: Archbishop Fisichella CWN - August 9, 2012

Speaking at a conference in Sydney, Australia, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization observed: “We cannot conduct a new evangelization without new...

Father Rutler explains why he doesn't enjoy vacations CWN - August 9, 2012

In Crisis, Father George W. Rutler gives a hilarious explanation of his reason for feeling ambivalent (at best) about taking vacations. A few samples: But every vacation strikes me as a form of...

London abortion clinic seeks injunction against Rosary vigil CWN - August 9, 2012

Marie Stopes International, a leading abortion provider in Britain, is seeking a legal injunction to stop pro-life activists from praying the Rosary outside a London clinic. The legal threat is...

San Francisco parish drops drag queens from fundraising event CWN - August 9, 2012

San Francisco’s most notoriously “gay-friendly” Catholic parish has announced that drag queens will not be allowed at a fundraising event this year for the first time. The policy change for Most...

Released Friday, Aug. 10

Obama lauds HHS mandate, says religious liberty concerns have been addressed CWN - August 10, 2012

At a campaign appearance at the University of Denver, President Barack Obama lauded mandatory insurance coverage of contraception and asserted that “we worked with the Catholic hospitals and...

Archbishop Lori: Catholics should not vote for candidates who support intrinsic evils CWN - August 10, 2012

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has told Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online that Catholics should not vote for candidates who support intrinsic evils. “This is a big moment for...

Iran upholds 6-year prison sentence for convert to Christianity CWN - August 10, 2012

Iran’s court of appeals has upheld a six-year prison sentence for Farshid Fat’hi, a convert to Christianity who organized a house church. Arrested in 2010, Fat’hi was sentenced on charges of...

Temporary relief from HHS mandate for Legatus, Michigan Catholic business owner CWN - August 10, 2012

Attorneys for the Obama administration have said that the Department of Health and Human Services will not enforce the HHS mandate against Legatus, the Weingartz Supply Company, and company...

Amnesty International decries conscience clauses, Catholic bishops’ ethical directives CWN - August 10, 2012

Citing Amnesty International’s maternal-health campaign, Elizabeth Charnowski of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute writes that Amnesty International, a human rights organization...

LCWR assembly: some sisters disagree with panelist over response to Vatican CWN - August 10, 2012

At the second day of the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the publisher of the National Catholic Reporter called upon the sisters present to “just say no” to...

Illinois diocese files suit against HHS mandate CWN - August 10, 2012

The Diocese of Peoria has joined dozens of other dioceses and Catholic organizations in filing suit against the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to halt the implementation of...

Christians throughout Middle East look forward to Pope’s Lebanon visit: bishop CWN - August 10, 2012

An Iraqi bishop has told Vatican Radio that Middle Eastern Christians outside Lebanon are eagerly awaiting Pope Benedict’s upcoming apostolic journey there. “Despite all the difficulties that...

Bishop emphasizes: no hostility towards homosexual persons in same-sex marriage debate CWN - August 10, 2012

Writing to Catholics about a November ballot initiative that would implement same-sex marriage in the State of Washington, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane emphasized that “the Catholic Church has no...

Prelate describes Vatican library, archives as Church’s ‘crown jewels’ CWN - August 10, 2012

The newly appointed Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives and Librarian of the Vatican Library has told L’Osservatore Romano that the two institutions “are to be considered jewels on the crown of...

USCCB webinar on faithful citizenship document CWN - August 10, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers will be hosting a webinar on “Families and Forming Consciences for Faithful...

Released Monday, Aug. 13

LCWR pledges dialogue without compromise in response to Vatican assessment CWN - August 13, 2012

Nearly four months after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released its doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the conference’s officers pledged to...

Lutheran leader laments HHS mandate CWN - August 13, 2012

The president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod—the second-largest Lutheran body in the US—has joined with the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in decrying the...

Caritas aid for Syrian refugees CWN - August 13, 2012

Caritas, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, is now assisting 13,000 persons who have been affected by the conflict there, including Syrian refugees who have fled their...

Archbishop Sartain praises nuns on eve of Seattle march CWN - August 13, 2012

On the eve of a protest that saw nearly 500 people march in support of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle issued a statement in praise of the...

Report: Korean police trod on Eucharist CWN - August 13, 2012

Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun, who was celebrating Mass outside the proposed site of a controversial naval base in South Korea, was knocked down by police who then stepped on the Eucharist,...

Could Pope, Russian Patriarch meet in Finland? [exclusive] CWN - August 13, 2012

A long-awaited meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow could take place in Finland, Finnish Christian leaders believe. In June, Patriarch Kirill met with three Christian...

Pope's valet, 2nd man indicted in 'Vatileaks' case CWN - August 13, 2012

Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s valet, has been formally indicted for aggravated theft in connection with the release of confidential papal documents. Another Italian layman was also indicted as an...

Violence in Syria raising concerns about papal trip to Lebanon CWN - August 13, 2012

Security concerns could endanger a September trip by Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon, according to a Lebanese newspaper report. The daily Ad Diyar said that the Vatican is “beginning to study the...

Papal prayers for disaster victims in Philippines, China, Iran CWN - August 13, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI expressed concern for the victims of natural disasters in the Philippines, China, and Iran at the conclusion of his regular public audience in Sunday, August 12. The Pontiff...

Pope: accepting Christ's mission means recognizing 'bread of life' CWN - August 13, 2012

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, August 12, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the 6th chapter of St. John’s Gospel, in which Jesus identified Himself as the “bread of life,” and the difficulty that...

Zambia: priests protest deportation of Rwandan cleric CWN - August 13, 2012

A group of 130 diocesan priests in Zambia have protested their government’s decision to expel a Rwandan priest. Father Viateur Banyangandora was deported after he delivered a sermon complaining...

Pakistan: another Christian arrested on unsubstantiated 'blasphemy' charges CWN - August 13, 2012

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been exploited to bring highly questionable charges against another prominent Christian, the AsiaNews service reports. Rev. Zafar Bhatti, who heads the Jesus World...

Former judge to head Australian sex-abuse probe CWN - August 13, 2012

A retired Supreme Court judge has been selected by Australia’s parliament to lead an investigation into the handling of sex-abuse complaints by Catholic Church officials. Judge Frank Vincent will...

God's 'radiant beauty' expressed in art, Pope says after concert CWN - August 13, 2012

Following a concert presented at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo on August 11, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “radiant beauty and life force of the Creator” that is expressed in great...

JP Morgan closed down 'Global Catholic Ethical' investment fund CWN - August 13, 2012

The JP Morgan investment bank has announced that it is closing down the Global Catholic Ethical Balanced Fund, which had been launched to attract Catholic investors seeking to place their...

No media coverage allowed for Cardinal Dolan's panel session with Stephen Colbert CWN - August 13, 2012

A Fordham University symposium on humor, featuring Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and comedian Stephen Colbert, will be closed to the media. The Fordham event, announced in July, had prompted...

Paul Ryan and the GOP appeal to Catholics CWN - August 13, 2012

Deal Hudson, who has helped organize Catholic voters for the Republican Party, believes that the choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as the party’s vice-presidential candidate sets up an interesting...

Analyzing the thought of LCWR meeting's keynote speaker CWN - August 13, 2012

Father Dwight Longenecker examines the thought of Barbara Marx Hubbard, the keynote speaker at last week’s assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and concludes that she is a...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 14

Russian Orthodox patriarch to visit Poland, sign joint statement with Catholic bishops CWN - August 14, 2012

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church will visit Poland on August 16-19 and sign a joint declaration with the nation’s Catholic bishops. Patriarch Kirill I is traveling to Poland to visit...

Vatican spokesman: indictment not the ‘last word’ in ‘Vatileaks’ scandal CWN - August 14, 2012

The indictment of Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s valet, and Claudio Sciarpelleti, a computer analyst employed by the Vatican Secretariat of State, is not the “last word” in the “Vatileaks”...

USCCB Labor Day statement reflects on unions, chides candidates’ ‘relative silence’ on poverty CWN - August 14, 2012

In its annual Labor Day statement, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for a “national economic renewal that places...

Singapore’s founding prime minister laments low birth rate CWN - August 14, 2012

Lee Kuan Yew, who served as founding prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, is lamenting his nation’s birth rate, which ranks last in the world. “If we go on like that, this place will...

Federal court upholds firing of Christian bus driver who would not work on Sunday CWN - August 14, 2012

A federal appellate court has upheld New Jersey Transit’s decision to fire Roger Fouche, a born-again Christian bus driver who refused to work on Sundays. “To accommodate his request, New Jersey...

Nellie Gray, organizer of March for Life, dead at 88 CWN - August 14, 2012

Nellie Gray, the founder of the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, was found dead at her home on August 13. A native of Texas and convert to Catholicism, Nellie Gray was instrumental in...

Maronite bishops fear 'economic collapse' in Lebanon CWN - August 14, 2012

The bishops of the Maronite Catholic Church have issued a warning that Lebanon risks an “economic collapse,” akin to the crises that has struck Greece. The Maronite bishops said that the...

Ousted Belgian bishop faces new abuse complaint CWN - August 14, 2012

Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who resigned as head of the Bruges diocese in April 2010 amid charges of sexual abuse, has now been hit with another similar charge. Bishop Vangheluwe was accused...

Ethical standards ignored by in-vitro industry, study says CWN - August 14, 2012

The in-vitro fertilization industry has failed to maintain accepted ethical standards for egg donors, a new study charges. The study in Fertility & Sterility reports that organizations that...

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CWN closed for feast of the Assumption CWN - August 15, 2012

The editorial offices of CWN will be closed on August 15, so that our staff can celebrate the feast of the Assumption. Barring an unexpected development, there will be no news stories posted...

Released Thursday, Aug. 16

Cardinal Dolan defends decision to invite President Obama to Al Smith dinner CWN - August 16, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has defended his decision to invite President Barack Obama to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. Emphasizing that Americans wish for greater...

Gay activists assail prayer read in French churches CWN - August 16, 2012

On the Feast of the Assumption, the Church in France prayed for four intentions, including a more generous solidarity during the economic crisis, a commitment to the common good by lawmakers, and...

Ecumenical Patriarchate decries violence in the name of religion CWN - August 16, 2012

Lamenting the “resurgence of violence currently spreading throughout the world,” the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople--the Eastern Orthodox see that holds the primacy of honor--issued a...

Leading Vatican diplomat laments soaring food prices, cites ethanol CWN - August 16, 2012

The worst US drought in 50 years has helped contribute to a steep increase in grain prices since June, and one of the Vatican’s leading diplomats called upon the international community to take...

USCCB mourns passing of Nellie Gray CWN - August 16, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement mourning the death of Nellie Gray, the organizer of the March for Life and a convert to Catholicism. Deirdre...

Parishes, Catholic schools urged to show film on climate change CWN - August 16, 2012

The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change “and our partners,” which include the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Charities USA, are inviting...

CRS rapped for association with pro-abortion group CWN - August 16, 2012

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which came under fire in July for its ties with groups that promote contraception overseas, is now being criticized for its affiliation with a group that apparently...

Shooting at office of pro-family group in Washington CWN - August 16, 2012

A gay activist staged a solo armed assault on the offices of a leading pro-family group in Washington, DC, on August 15, wounding a security guard before he was disarmed. A man identified as...

Analyzing leftist groups that urge Catholic support for liberal candidates CWN - August 16, 2012

In Catholic World Report, Anne Hendershott reports on the groups that arise in the US each election year to encourage Catholic support for liberal political candidates. Analyzing groups like...

Convicted Philadelphia priest appeals no-bail decision pending appeal CWN - August 16, 2012

Msgr. William Lynn, who had sought release on bail pending his appeal of a child-endangerment conviction, is appealing a Pennsylvania judge’s decision to deny that request. Msgr. Lynn’s lawyers...

Saudis object to Vatican bid for '.catholic' internet domain CWN - August 16, 2012

Saudi Arabia has entered an objection to the Vatican’s bid for a new “.catholic” internet domain. In an appeal to ICANN, the international body that controls internet domains, Saudi officials...

Missouri's top court orders SNAP to release records CWN - August 16, 2012

Missouri’s top court has denied an appeal by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which had resisted a court order to release internal records. The state’s supreme court...

Syrian prelate sees dangers for Christians, urges West to help stop fighting CWN - August 16, 2012

Escalating violence in Syria is now threatening the people of Aleppo, reports the city’s Melkite Catholic leader, Archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart. Archbishop Jeanbart said that the struggle to...

Papal support for pro-life pilgrimage in Poland CWN - August 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of support to a pro-life pilgrimage in Poland. The Pope relayed his greetings to participants in the 301st annual pilgrimage from Warsaw to the Marian shrine...

Pope celebrates Assumption with parishioners in Castel Gandolfo CWN - August 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the feast of the Assumption on August 15 by presiding at Mass in the parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova in Castel Gandolfo. In his homily, the Pope said that...

Nigerian archbishop named Pax Christi peace laureate CWN - August 16, 2012

Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, has been named this year’s Pax Christi International Peace Laureate for his work to promote understanding between Christians and Muslims despite the...

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Wisconsin bishop praises Paul Ryan, discusses intrinsic evils, prudential judgments CWN - August 17, 2012

Making clear that he was endorsing no candidate, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison praised vice presidential contender Paul Ryan as a Catholic who “is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions...

Former Romanian intelligence leader says Pius XII victim of Soviet smear campaign CWN - August 17, 2012

Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former Romanian intelligence leader who defected to the United States, has coauthored a forthcoming book with Ronald Rychlak on the Soviet Union’s framing of Pope Pius XII as...

Vietnamese officials hang Ho Chi Minh portrait in Catholic chapel CWN - August 17, 2012

Communist officials compelled Catholics in a south-central Vietnamese village to remove the altar, tabernacle, cross, and Marian image from a Catholic chapel. The objects were taken to a lay...

Bishop criticizes Democratic, Republican parties, calls upon Catholics to transform them CWN - August 17, 2012

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, writes that the political “parties’ retreat from...

Feminist band sentenced to 2 years, members defend actions in Russian cathedral CWN - August 17, 2012

As the verdict in their trial on charges of hooliganism approached, members of the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot defended their decision to hold an impromptu concert at the altar at an...

USCCB to host online discussion on Syrian refugee crisis CWN - August 17, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services have announced that they will be hosting on online discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis on August 22. Participants...

Russian, Polish prelates call for end to old hostilities CWN - August 17, 2012

The leaders of the Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic churches have signed a historic statement calling for reconciliation between their peoples. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and...

Vatican decision blocks closing of church in Ohio CWN - August 17, 2012

The Vatican has overturned a decision by Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, to close down a church, although the Vatican order does not require the bishop to reopen the parish. The ruling...

Atlanta archdiocese receives half-share of rights to Gone With the Wind CWN - August 17, 2012

The Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia, has received a 50% share in the literary rights to the novel Gone With the Wind. Gone With the Wind, published in 1936, received the Pulitzer Prize and...

Church finances in US: for 'deep pockets,' look to schools, health-care agencies CWN - August 17, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter analyzes the finances of the Catholic Church in the US, and finds that although it is commonly believed that bishops control most of the funds, the...

Australian diocese readies $15 million abuse payout CWN - August 17, 2012

The Australian Diocese of Maitland-Newscastle is nearing agreement with sex-abuse victims for a blanket settlement that would provide $15 million in compensation for about 100 victims. The...

Celebrating 30th anniversary of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism CWN - August 17, 2012

Samuel Gregg calls attention to the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, by Michael Novak. Novak’s book, which explored the moral roots of capitalism, has...

Ecumenical Patriarch opposes plan to make historic church a mosque CWN - August 17, 2012

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to a plan by the Turkish government to convert an ancient church in the town of Trabzon into a mosque. Turkey’s...

Pope sends condolences on death of Ethiopian Orthodox prelate CWN - August 17, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of condolence to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on the death of Patriarch Abuna Paulos. The Ethiopian Orthodox leader died on August 15 at the age of 76 after...

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Leading Nigerian prelate denounces Islamist terrorist group CWN - August 20, 2012

The president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference has denounced the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram and called upon European Christians to urge their governments to intervene on behalf of...

Maronite patriarch fears Syrian conflict may spread to Lebanon CWN - August 20, 2012

The head of the Maronite Catholic Church, an Eastern church in full communion with the Holy See, expressed concern that the conflict in Syria could spread to neighboring Lebanon, which Pope Benedict...

New trial for Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy CWN - August 20, 2012

The Iranian Protestant pastor whose 2010 death sentence on charges of apostasy was not carried out following an international outcry faces a new trial on charges of banditry and extortion....

Illinois bishop urges faithful to consecrate themselves to Virgin Mary CWN - August 20, 2012

Stating that “the attacks of this world, the flesh and devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment,” Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria is urging the faithful of his diocese to consecrate...

USCCB committee head offers congratulations to Muslims at Ramadan’s end CWN - August 20, 2012

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has offered “a greeting of peace and my congratulations” on the occasion of Eid,...

‘Horrible desecration’ of statue at historic St. Louis church CWN - August 20, 2012

A statue of the Virgin Mary outside the second-oldest Catholic church in St. Louis has been vandalized in a manner described as a “Satanic hate crime” and “horrible act of desecration” by one of the...

Pope sees 'bread of life' address as a critical turning point in Christ's preaching CWN - August 20, 2012

After the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus made an extra effort to discourage his followers from thinking that He would establish an earthly kingdom, Pope Benedict XVI observed during his...

Pope welcomes Russian Orthodox-Polish Catholic pledge of reconciliation CWN - August 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI hailed a historic joint statement by Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic leaders, as he addressed a public audience on August 19. At the conclusion of his Sunday audience, the...

Pope welcomes Russian Orthodox-Polish Catholic pledge of reconciliation CWN - August 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI hailed a historic joint statement by Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic leaders, as he addressed a public audience on August 19. At the conclusion of his Sunday audience, the...

New papal nuncio to Israel has long diplomatic experience CWN - August 20, 2012

Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, a veteran Vatican diplomat currently serving in Australia, has been named the new apostolic nuncio to Israel. Archbishop Lazzarotto has previous diplomatic...

No plan to postpone papal trip to Lebanon CWN - August 20, 2012

The Vatican has no plans to postpone a scheduled September visit to Lebanon by Pope Benedict XVI, despite security concerns in the region. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican...

Pakistan: Down-syndrome child arrested on blasphemy charge CWN - August 20, 2012

A young Christian woman with Down syndrome has been arrested for allegedly violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The arrest of 11-year-old Rimsha Masih has sparked angry protests among Christians...

Zambia's constitution should not identify 'Christian nation,' bishops argue CWN - August 20, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Zambia are opposing a plan to identify the African country as “a Christian nation” in the preamble to a new proposed constitution. In explaining their stand, the bishops...

Catholic priest witnesses same-sex wedding in New York CWN - August 20, 2012

A New York Times notice about the wedding of two homosexual men listed a Catholic priest as “assisting” at the ceremony. A Lutheran minister presided at the same-sex wedding, celebrated on a...

Police 'wire' recorded Catholic provincial's effort to dissuade abuse victims from reporting CWN - August 20, 2012

An Australian man has revealed that he secretly taped a meeting with the local head of a Catholic religious order, as part of a police investigation into sex-abuse complaints. Peter Murphy, who...

Ex-priest starts new congregation; newspaper coverage confuses readers CWN - August 20, 2012

An article in the Charlotte Observer, on a former Catholic priest who has started his own religious congregation, illustrates the dangers of relying on religious reporting from secular...

Cardinal George faces new bout with cancer CWN - August 20, 2012

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has disclosed that he has been diagnosed with cancer in his kidney and liver. The cardinal’s medical prognosis is uncertain. He is likely to undergo further...

Man yearns for the infinite, Pope says in message to Rimini meeting CWN - August 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a supportive message to the 33rd annual meeting in Rimini, Italy, sponsored by Communion and Liberation movement. The Pope’s message addressed the theme that has been...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 21

Report: Christians beaten, stores looted in Egypt CWN - August 21, 2012

Coptic Christians are under attack in some towns in southern Egypt, according to Arab-language media reports summarized by Coptic Solidarity, a US-based organization. Recent incidents of...

Islamist terrorists attack Catholic parish in Nigeria CWN - August 21, 2012

After destroying part of a school, gunmen attacked a Catholic parish and police station in Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria but were repulsed. “Attacks launched against Damagun police division...

Cardinal Dolan lauds Paul Ryan as ‘great public servant’ CWN - August 21, 2012

Speaking on Sirius Catholic Channel radio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan lauded vice presidential contender Paul Ryan as a “great public servant.” Recalling a Wisconsin Lutheran college commencement...

African prelate under fire for comments on homosexuality CWN - August 21, 2012

A leading prelate in Cameroon has come under fire for reportedly calling homosexuals “corrupters of society” during a homily on the Feast of the Assumption, according to a tendentious Radio...

Charlotte cathedral to host Eucharistic vigil for liberty during Democratic National Convention CWN - August 21, 2012

The cathedral church of the Diocese of Charlotte is hosting a continuous Eucharistic vigil for liberty during the Democratic National Convention, which will take place in Charlotte from September...

What happened to the liberal Catholic tradition? CWN - August 21, 2012

Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn laments the disappearance of a liberal Catholic tradition that posed real challenges to American conservatives. Today the liberal impulse in American...

Father Schall on natural law and its discontents CWN - August 21, 2012

Father James Schall observes that the study of natural law has been enormously popular in our time: I think of Maritain, Simon, Rommen, Veatch, Finnis, Hittinger, Kreeft, Fortin, Benestad, Rice,...

Bishop sees 'decisive moment' for Somalia to emerge from chaos CWN - August 21, 2012

As 215 members were sworn in to a new parliament in Somalia, the Vatican’s representative for that country voiced his hope that Somalia would finally bring order to the African nation, after 21...

Bishop Finn's lawyers move to exclude evidence from trial CWN - August 21, 2012

Attorneys for Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City are arguing in a Missouri court that evidence of a priest’s involvement in child pornography should be excluded from the bishop’s trial on related...

Priest is not Vatican 'employee,' federal court rules CWN - August 21, 2012

A federal judge in Oregon has rejected the argument that the Vatican is the “employer” of parish priests, and should therefore be held responsible for clerical abuse. “There are no facts to...

Scottish cardinal breaks off talks with government on same-sex marriage CWN - August 21, 2012

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh has ended talks with the Scottish government on a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. The cardinal took action after the government rejected his plea for a...

Italian Catholic weekly raps Communion and Liberation for courting politicians CWN - August 21, 2012

A popular Italian Catholic journal has engaged in open criticism of the Communion and Liberation movement’s annual conference in Rimini, charging that the organization is currying favor with...

Philippines: Bishops warn Catholic schools cannot reject Catholic teachings CWN - August 21, 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has issued a warning that the hierarchy may remove the “Catholic” designation from schools that promote dissent from Church...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 22

Jesuit university’s medical school establishes campus at hospital censured by bishop CWN - August 22, 2012

The medical school at Creighton University, a Jesuit institution in Omaha, has established a second campus at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Bishop Thomas Olmsted stripped the...

India: bishop appeals for calm following Pune bomb attacks CWN - August 22, 2012

The bishop of Pune, a city in southwestern India, appealed for calm following attacks directed against residents of the city who come from northeastern India. Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation’s first...

Prelate laments desecration of churches in Cyprus CWN - August 22, 2012

Speaking at Communion and Liberation’s annual meeting in Rimini, Italy, the primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus discussed the desecration of churches in northeastern Cyprus, which has been...

A year after Catholic Charities ends adoptions, Illinois governor lauds religious freedom CWN - August 22, 2012

At an Eid ceremony that marked the end of Ramadan, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois decried attacks on Muslims and lauded religious freedom. Quinn, who knelt toward Mecca during the ceremony, called...

Vatican newspaper praises cardinal’s opposition to same-sex marriage CWN - August 22, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published an editorial praising Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s actions opposing the prospective legalization of same-sex marriage in Scotland. The cardinal’s decision to break...

Mary's queenship is a mission of love and of service, Pope tells audience CWN - August 22, 2012

The Virgin Mary “will not fail to intercede for us with her Son,” Pope Benedict XVI assured his weekly audience on August 22, the feast of the Queenship of Mary. In his remarks to the crowd that...

Chinese authorities close Shanghai seminaries CWN - August 22, 2012

Chinese authorities have closed down the seminaries of the Shanghai diocese, in another apparent retaliatory measure after the newly ordained Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his resignation from...

Papal nuncio presents vision for future of Irish Catholicism CWN - August 22, 2012

Presenting a vision for the future of Catholicism in Ireland, the Pope’s newly appointed representative reminded the faithful that “the night is often darkest before the dawn.” Archbishop...

US Hispanic Catholic group issues voter guide, highlights life issues CWN - August 22, 2012

An American Catholic Hispanic group has issued a voters’ guide that places high priority on culture-of-life issues, and gives Mitt Romney a more favorable rating that President Barack Obama. The...

Syrian town cut off by blockade; residents face hunger CWN - August 22, 2012

More than 12,000 Syrian Catholics are trapped in the town of Rableh, near Homs, where there lives are endangered by hunger and disease, the Fides news service reports. Rebel forces have...

New independent foundation to control secondary schools of Philadelphia archdiocese CWN - August 22, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is handing off control of 17 archdiocesan high schools to an independent foundation, embarking on a new approach to the administration and financing of Catholic...

Copycat 'band' disrupts Mass at Cologne cathedral CWN - August 22, 2012

Three protesters disrupted Mass at the cathedral of Cologne, Germany on August 19, in a show of solidarity with members of a Russian punk band who had been sentenced to 2 years in prison for a...

Taiwan's Cardinal Shan dead at 88 CWN - August 22, 2012

Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, the retired head of Taiwan’s Kaohsiung diocese, died on August 22 at the age of 88 after a long battle with cancer. Born in mainland China, Paul Shan entered the...

Released Thursday, Aug. 23

Reports: bomb plot against Maronite Catholic patriarch, other Lebanese leaders thwarted CWN - August 23, 2012

Michel Samaha, Lebanon’s former information minister and an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been arrested on allegations of planning bomb attacks that would have coincided with the...

Cardinal Dolan to offer prayer at Republican National Convention CWN - August 23, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will offer a prayer of benediction at the Republican National Convention on August 30 following Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech. “Cardinal Dolan is...

Papal condolences following death of Ethiopian leader CWN - August 23, 2012

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has conveyed Pope Benedict’s condolences following the death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister since 1995. “His Holiness Pope...

US, UK medical journals increasingly tout euthanasia CWN - August 23, 2012

Citing recent articles in three medical journals, Dr. Denise Hunnell of HLI America has found increasing acceptance of voluntary euthanasia within the medical community. “This has serious...

Oxford theologian: read Aquinas to counter evolutionism CWN - August 23, 2012

In a lengthy interview with Vatican Radio, William Carroll, a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford, distinguished the scientific findings of evolutionary biology from a...

Israeli journalist sees nuncio’s appointment as an insult CWN - August 23, 2012

An Israeli journalist has complained that the appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as apostolic nuncio is an insult to the state of Israel. Menachim Gantz of Yediot Ahronoth argues that...

Scottish traditionalist community regularized CWN - August 23, 2012

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, a traditionalist community based on an island off the coast of Scotland, has been granted official status as a “clerical institute of diocesan right” in the...

Cardinal George calls for ‘more humane and just’ immigration policies CWN - August 23, 2012

In a column for the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper, Cardinal Francis George has called for “a more human and just system of protecting our borders and of admitting immigrants legally.” Cardinal...

Influential lawmaker make emotional plea to stop family-planning bill CWN - August 23, 2012

An influential Filipino legislator, Senator Vicente Sotto III, has announced that his is on a “mission from God” to block passage of a controversial family-planning bill that would introduce...

Survey shows US voter confusion on abortion CWN - August 23, 2012

American voters have confused and conflicting ideas about legal abortion, a new Pew Research study shows. According to the new survey, 49% see the Democratic Party as more representative of their...

Reporting on US women religious who are not in conflict with the Vatican CWN - August 23, 2012

David Gibson provides a generally sympathetic report on women religious belonging to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), the umbrella group for religious orders that do not...

Christian Brothers report over 400 abuse complaints CWN - August 23, 2012

More than 400 complaints of sexual abuse have been entered against the Christian Brothers in the US and Canada. When the Christian Brothers in North America filed for bankruptcy, an August 1...

Milwaukee priest starts new church, risks excommunication CWN - August 23, 2012

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has announced that a renegade priest faces “immediate excommunication” if he does not promptly renounce his plans to establish a new church. Father David...

Christianity faces ideological attack, Vatican representative says CWN - August 23, 2012

Christianity and especially Catholicism is under ideological attack in many parts of the world, warns the Vatican’s permanent observer at UN offices in Geneva. Speaking to the annual Rimini...

EWTN to air Romney interview Thursday evening CWN - August 23, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will discuss religious freedom and his own Mormon faith during an exclusive interview to be broadcast by the EWTN network on Thursday evening, August...

Irish Church foresees priestless parishes CWN - August 23, 2012

Anticipating a serious shortage of priests in the near future, the Irish Catholic bishops are actively planning for priestless parishes and lay-led Sunday services, the Irish Catholic newspaper has...

Lebanon: high expectations for papal visit CWN - August 23, 2012

Security concerns in Lebanon have not dampened enthusiasm for the scheduled September visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the chief organizer of the trip reports. Archbishop Camille Zaidan of Anteliea,...

Pontiff encourages lay Catholic activism CWN - August 23, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI encouraged lay people to take an active role in public life “in the light of the Church’s social magisterium,” in a message to an international conference of Catholic Action held...

Released Friday, Aug. 24

Nuncio calls for peace in Syria CWN - August 24, 2012

Following the withdrawal of UN peacekeeping forces from Syria, the apostolic nuncio called for peace and lamented actions taken by both sides of the conflict. “At this moment we must require all...

South African cardinal rues police shooting of 34 miners CWN - August 24, 2012

South Africa’s leading prelate told Vatican Radio that most South Africans remain in shock a week after the police shooting of 34 striking miners. “The first feeling is a feeling of sorrow and...

Louisiana Baptist college files suit against HHS mandate CWN - August 24, 2012

A Baptist college in Louisiana has filed suit against the HHS mandate. “The HHS mandate will force us to cover abortion pills in our health plans at no cost to employees,” said Joe Aguillard,...

Vermont Catholic innkeepers who refused lesbian wedding reception settle with ACLU CWN - August 24, 2012

Wishing “to end this ordeal and the threat that the litigation” posed, a Vermont inn that refused to host a lesbian wedding reception has settled with the American Civil Liberties Union. “We have...

USCCB spokeswoman blasts Economist article on Church finances CWN - August 24, 2012

The director of media relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is strongly criticizing a recent Economist article on Church finances. “The article is filled with errors, such...

Christian boy tortured, murdered in Pakistan CWN - August 24, 2012

Samuel Yaqoob, an 11-year-old Christian boy from an impoverished family, has been brutally tortured and murdered in the eastern Pakistani province of Punjab. “We neither received any phone call...

Vatican newspaper reviews work of US novelist Jodi Picoult CWN - August 24, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published a generally positive assessment of the work of populist US novelist Jodi Picoult, who has incorporated bioethical themes into some of her writings. Giulia...

Former Philadelphia archdiocesan financial officer given 2-7 year prison sentence CWN - August 24, 2012

The former chief financial archdiocese of the Philadelphia archdiocese has been sentenced to a 2-7 year prison term after pleading guilty to embezzling $900,000 in church funds. Anita Guzzardi...

Vatican, Apple team up to produce Pope's work in electronic formats CWN - August 24, 2012

The Vatican publishing house has reached agreement with Apple to make the works of Pope Benedict XVI available in electronic form, accessible to a variety of high-tech devices. The Libreria...

Cardinal Dolan offered to lead prayer at Democratic convention, too CWN - August 24, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will offer a closing benediction at the Republican Party's national convention next week, offered to lead prayers for the Democratic convention as well. His offer was...

Polish bishops weigh follow-up plans after historic call for reconciliation with Russia CWN - August 24, 2012

The Polish bishops’ conference will meet in Czestochowa this weekend, to plot out programs following up on a historic statement calling for reconciliation between the peoples of Poland and...

Exiled priest warns: Syria's religious pluralism is in danger CWN - August 24, 2012

The Italian Jesuit priest who was expelled from Syria in June describes himself as the “chaplain of the revolution” and insists that the country’s people have the right to fight against an unjust...

Broad cooperative effort to free Pakistani girl jailed on blasphemy charges CWN - August 24, 2012

Pakistani government representatives are cooperating with Christian leaders, human-rights activists, and even some Islamic officials to safeguard the life of a Down-syndrome girl who has been...

79 Congressmen sign briefs supporting Catholic institutions in suit against HHS mandate CWN - August 24, 2012

Some 79 members of the US House of Representatives have signed amicus curiae briefs in support of the 40 Catholic institutions that have brought suit to halt enforcement of the Obama...

Essayist sees new Vatican drive to enforce Ex Corde Ecclesiae CWN - August 24, 2012

Anne Hendershott argues in First Things that the Vatican’s decision to strip the “Catholic” designation from a Peruvian university signals a new seriousness about expecting Catholic institutions to...

New Vatican candor brings welcome results CWN - August 24, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter notes that in two important recent cases, the Vatican has shown an unusual willingness to expose its internal policies to public scrutiny, and in each...

Released Monday, Aug. 27

Scotland’s bishops issue pastoral message on marriage CWN - August 27, 2012

The bishops of Scotland have issued a pastoral message on marriage that was read throughout Scottish parishes on August 26. “We write to you having already expressed our deep disappointment that...

Catholic Relief Services responds to report on employees’ ties to pro-abortion organizations CWN - August 27, 2012

Catholic Relief Services has responded to a LifeSiteNews.com report charging that the relief agency has a “history of hiring employees with strong ties to pro-abortion and pro-contraception...

‘Survey of Religious Hostility in America’ CWN - August 27, 2012

The Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council have published a 135-page report documenting lawsuits and other acts that have exhibited hostility towards the free exercise of...

Cardinals pay tribute to Nellie Gray CWN - August 27, 2012

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington attended the funeral Mass of Nellie Gray, the organizer of the March for Life and a convert to Catholicism. The Mass was...

University president on Catholic Democrats: ‘Where are the Caseys now?’ CWN - August 27, 2012

The HHS mandate, writes Ave Maria University president Jim Towey, “is disillusioning for us who felt it is possible to be a good Catholic and a good Democrat.” “I remained a Democrat the entire...

EEOC sues Burger King restaurant over treatment of Christian teen who sought to wear skirt CWN - August 27, 2012

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit on behalf of Ashanti McShan, a Pentecostal teenage girl who was not permitted to begin work at a Burger King restaurant because she wished...

20 more suspects in Vatileaks case? CWN - August 27, 2012

Vatican investigators could investigate 20 more people in the connection with the leaks of confidential papal documents, the Italian news service ANSA reports. Citing “well-placed Vatican...

Belief precedes, enables understanding of Christ's message, Pope tells audience CWN - August 27, 2012

St. Peter and the other apostles understood the message of Jesus because they first believed in Him, Pope Benedict XVI told his Sunday Angelus audience on August 26. Continuing his reflections on...

Polish bishops plan major push for reconciliation with Russia CWN - August 27, 2012

The Polish Catholic bishops have ordered that the full text of a joint Orthodox-Catholic statement on reconciliation between Poland and Russia should be read at Mass in all parishes. Meeting this...

Pakistani Christian children under attack; rape, murder, kidnapping are common CWN - August 27, 2012

The Fides news service has called attention to “a long trail of Christian children killed for different reasons” in Pakistan, as well as many incidents of young Christians kidnapped, raped, and...

Recalling 'the smiling Pope,' John Paul I, on anniversary of his election CWN - August 27, 2012

Marking the anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul I, who was chosen by the conclave on August 26, 1978, the Vatican newspaper offered a retrospective on the short reign of the “smiling...

Find new ways to reach 'religiously illiterate' generation: Vatican prefect CWN - August 27, 2012

Christian evangelizers must find new ways to deliver the Gospel message to a “religiously illiterate” generation, the prefect of the Congregation for Religious told an audience in...

Irish primate promises vigorous fight against legalizing abortion CWN - August 27, 2012

Any effort to legalize abortion in Ireland will be “vigorously and comprehensively opposed,” the Catholic Primate of All Ireland has promised. Speaking in Waterford, Cardinal Sean Brady said that...

Syrian archbishop takes refuge in Lebanon after offices sacked CWN - August 27, 2012

Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, has sought refuge in Lebanon after his offies were ransacked by rebel troops. The offices of the Maronite Catholic archdiocese...

Debate on mandate is opportunity to teach about NFP, says Archbishop Cordileone CWN - August 27, 2012

In a column for the Catholic Voice, the newspaper of the Oakland diocese, Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone (who will soon be installed as head of the San Francisco archdiocese) argues that the...

Victoria, Australia: parochial-school teachers to join others on strike CWN - August 27, 2012

Catholic-school teachers and administrators will join with other educators in Australia’s state of Victoria in a strike scheduled to begin on September 5. The teachers are asking for a 30%...

Pope faces diplomatic challenge on trip to Lebanon CWN - August 27, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter explains why the September trip to Lebanon by Pope Benedict XVI will be a severe test of papal diplomacy. The Vatican has carefully avoided taking...

Fascinating facts from a Vatican yearbook CWN - August 27, 2012

L’Espresso provides a fascinating glimpse at a publication that few Catholics will ever see: the hefty account of “activity of the Holy See”—which, although technically “unofficial,” is published...

Does insurance coverage increase abortion rate? The 'Romneycare' precedent CWN - August 27, 2012

As American politicians debate whether the "Obamacare" health plan will increase the rate of abortion, analysts turn to the record in Massachusetts, where coverage of abortion (ironically introduced...

Archbishop Cordileone to face drunk-driving investigation CWN - August 27, 2012

Police in California report that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the newly appointed head of the San Francisco archdiocese, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The archbishop...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 28

Archbishop Cordileone apologizes for DUI arrest CWN - August 28, 2012

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who was appointed head of the San Francisco archdiocese on July 27 and is scheduled to be installed on October 4, has apologized for the "disgrace" caused by his...

Ancient catacomb discovered in Italy CWN - August 28, 2012

Safety measures taken in the wake of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake have led to the discovery of a fourth-century catacomb in the village of San Lorenzo di Beffi. The catacomb’s main tunnel is 100...

500 nuns belong to Chinese religious community CWN - August 28, 2012

The Fides news agency is reporting that 500 women religious, 80% of whom are “very young,” now belong to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a community devoted to education...

Venezuela’s bishops lament oil refinery explosion CWN - August 28, 2012

The bishops of Venezuela have issued a statement following an oil refinery explosion in Amuay that has left 48 dead, injured more than 80, and damaged over 200 homes. As they prayed for the...

Appeal for trapped villagers in Syria CWN - August 28, 2012

The international charity Aid to the Church in Need has issued an appeal to assist 12,000 Syrians trapped in a village near the Lebanese border. The Fides news agency has reported that the villagers...

Christian girl raped, murdered in Pakistan CWN - August 28, 2012

Muqadas Kainat, a Christian girl who lived near Sahiwal in the eastern Pakistani province of Punjab, was raped by at least five men and brutally murdered on August 14. No arrests have been made in...

Cardinal Dolan will offer prayer at Democratic convention, too CWN - August 28, 2012

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan has accepted an invitation from Democratic officials to deliver the closing prayer at the Party's national convention in September. Cardinal Dolan had already...

Confusion after Vatican II matches pattern of Church history, cardinal notes CWN - August 28, 2012

In an interview with Vatican Insider, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller says that Catholics should not be surprised by the continuing confusion over the teachings of Vatican II, even 50 years after the...

Irish Times editorial: Church should not take public stand on abortion CWN - August 28, 2012

In an editorial decrying the statement by Cardinal Sean Brady that the Catholic Church would oppose legalization of abortion in Ireland, the Irish Times has expressed surprise and disappointment...

Panama plans to build world's tallest statue of Virgin Mary CWN - August 28, 2012

Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli has announced plans to build the world’s tallest statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue of Santa Maria la Antigua will rise over Panama City to a height of...

Pregnancy is less likely after rape, leading ob/gyn says CWN - August 28, 2012

Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a Creighton University obstetrics professor and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, has revealed that statistics show women are less...

Italian premier meets with Pope on Euro crisis CWN - August 28, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on August 28 with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, for a discussion that focused on the challenges facing the European Union. The Pope’s meeting with Monti, held at the...

Denver declines honor for company that challenged Obama mandate CWN - August 28, 2012

The Denver City Council has backed away from plans to present a “Good Citizenship Award” to a local company that has challenged the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate in court. Hercules...

Former Ratzinger students to discuss ecumenism at annual seminar this weekend CWN - August 28, 2012

The annual meeting of the Ratzinger Schülerkreis--the seminar for former students of Pope Benedict XVI—will be devoted to ecumenism, with a particular focus on relations with Lutherans and...

Australian government declines Church bid for higher unemployment benefits CWN - August 28, 2012

Australia’s federal government has rejected calls by Church leaders for an increase in welfare and unemployment benefits. Representatives of Catholic Social Services had argued that the...

HHS revises mandate rules again; religious-liberty concerns still not addressed CWN - August 28, 2012

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a minor revision in the rules governing the implementation of the contraception mandate. But an attorney representing a Christian...

Registration opens for World Youth Day in Rio CWN - August 28, 2012

Registration has opened for groups planning to attend the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. WYD organizers have announced that they are accepting registrations,...

Irish lawmakers want 'conscience vote' on abortion CWN - August 28, 2012

Members of Ireland’s Fine Gael party are asking the government to ensure that lawmakers would have a “conscience vote” on any proposal to change the country’s law on abortion. Brian Hayes, a...

Court ruling promises gentler treatment for Pakistani girl charged with blasphemy CWN - August 28, 2012

A Pakistani court has ruled that the case of a Down-syndrome girl who was arrested on blasphemy charges should be handled by a juvenile court. The decision, which allows for more lenient treatment,...

European court rules against Italian legal restriction on in vitro fertilization CWN - August 28, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that an Italian law restricting artificial reproduction violates the laws of prospective parents by not allowing them to screen embryos for disease...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 29

Eastern Orthodox leader urges repentance for environmental damage, prayer for creation’s restoration CWN - August 29, 2012

On the eve of a new Eastern Orthodox liturgical year, which begins September 1, the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople issued an encyclical calling for repentance for environmental...

State officials: diocese can’t collect funds for marriage initiative CWN - August 29, 2012

Citing state finance laws, the State of Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission has ruled that parishes in the Diocese of Yakima cannot hold a special collection on behalf of Preserve Marriage...

Federal funds account for nearly 93% of USCCB’s migration/refugee budget CWN - August 29, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services has published its 2011 annual report. According to the report, over 92.5% of Migration and Refugee Services’ $72.1...

Pakistan: 100 Christians flee homes, live in forest CWN - August 29, 2012

Following the arrest of a Pakistani Christian girl on blasphemy charges, 100 Christians from her Islamabad neighborhood have left their homes and begun to live in the forest. Some of the Christians...

Caritas appeal for Ethiopia CWN - August 29, 2012

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued a $3.1-million appeal to assist persons affected by drought in Ethiopia, where nearly 3.8 million...

'Nuns on the Bus' organizer to address Democratic convention CWN - August 29, 2012

Sister Simone Campbell--the head of the liberal Network lobby, and chief organizer of the "Nuns on the Bus" tour criticizing Republican budget plans--has been invited to speak at the Democratic...

Never compromise on the truth, Pope insists CWN - August 29, 2012

“The truth is the truth and there is no compromise,” Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on August 29, the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. St. John the Baptist died...

Islamic terror driving Christians out of Mali CWN - August 29, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has called attention to the flight of Christians escaping Islamic persecution in Mali. As many as 200,000 Christians from Mali have found their way to refugee camps in...

Syrian Christians face mounting terrorist threat CWN - August 29, 2012

A series of terrorist bombings outside Damascus have struck Christian targets, testifying to the rising danger of sectarian violence in a country where the Christian minority has previously felt...

Relic of Bl. John Paul II stolen, recovered in Italy CWN - August 29, 2012

Italian police report that a relic of Blessed John Paul II was stolen on Tuesday, August 28, but recovered later in the day. A priest carrying a vial of blood from the late Pontiff, which was to...

3-partner 'civil union' recognized in Brazil CWN - August 29, 2012

A Brazilian notary has recognized a civil union involving 3 persons: a man and two women. The three parties to the union, who have declined to be publicly identified, have been living together in...

Sales of fake 'designer' goods flourishes outside St. Peter's Square CWN - August 29, 2012

Police in Rome have allowed dozens of unlicensed merchants to sell counterfeit goods on the streets outside St. Peter’s Square, the ANSA news service reports. Undeterred by occasional police...

Cardinal George to begin chemotherapy next week CWN - August 29, 2012

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who revealed earlier this month that he has been diagnosed with cancer for the 2nd time, will begin chemotherapy next week. Cardinal George, who is 75, had...

Times columnist Douthat on American politics and religion CWN - August 29, 2012

New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat, a practicing Catholic, offers his thoughts on American politics and religion in an interview with the National Catholic Register. Regarding the...

Released Thursday, Aug. 30

5 churches attacked in Kenya CWN - August 30, 2012

Five Protestant churches in Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city, were attacked following the August 27 killing of a Muslim cleric, according to Sabahi, a web site sponsored by the Africa Command of...

In court filings, Catholic organizations lament harm caused by HHS mandate CWN - August 30, 2012

In May, 43 Catholic dioceses and other organizations nationwide filed suit in various federal courts against the HHS mandate. On August 6, the Obama administration filed a brief urging the courts to...

Colombia’s bishops welcome talks between government, rebels CWN - August 30, 2012

The Episcopal Conference of Colombia has welcomed President Juan Manuel Santos’s decision to engage in peace talks with rebel forces. The decades-old conflict between the government and rebel...

Chinese bishop urges Rosary, Catechism study during Year of Faith CWN - August 30, 2012

A 90-year-old Chinese bishop has directed that each parish in his diocese offer a public daily Rosary and a program of study devoted to the Catechism of the Catholic Church during the upcoming Year...

Arab bishops decry violence in Syria CWN - August 30, 2012

Decrying the conflict in Syria, the Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions is expressing its “closeness and solidarity” in a message to the apostolic vicar of Aleppo, Syria’s largest...

Prelate: bishops’ credibility on abuse is ‘shredded’ CWN - August 30, 2012

The August 30 issue of Origins includes “Help for Bishops in Rebuilding Trust,” a recent talk by Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children...

LifeSite News continues to question CRS for hiring pro-abortion employees CWN - August 30, 2012

The LifeSite News service has criticized Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for hiring employees who engage in pro-abortion activism. That criticism has drawn a disclaimer from CRS, which issued an...

Vatican drops lawsuit against German magazine CWN - August 30, 2012

The Vatican has quiet dropped a lawsuit that had been filed against a German satirical magazine, Titanic, because of a retouched photo ridiculing Pope Benedict XVI. The July issue of Titanic...

Former US envoy to Vatican sees 2012 presidential race as critical CWN - August 30, 2012

“The current administration will regularly subordinate rights relating to human life, rights relating to religious freedom, to their agenda items on the gay rights agenda and the abortion rights...

Cardinal Schönborn offers glimpse of seminar for former Ratzinger students CWN - August 30, 2012

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, who will be among the participants in a weekend seminary along with other former theology students of Pope Benedict XVI, spoke with Vatican Radio about both...

Researcher who studied same-sex households is cleared of misconduct charge CWN - August 30, 2012

The University of Texas has dismissed a scientific-misconduct charge that was brought against a researcher whose study showed that children raised by same-sex parents suffered negative...

Jerusalem Patriarch looks forward to Pope's reflections on Middle East CWN - August 30, 2012

The September visit to Lebanon by Pope Benedict XVI is intended not only for that country but for the entire region of the Middle East, the Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem remarked in a Vatican...

Nigerian church bans women’s traditional headwraps CWN - August 30, 2012

A Catholic cathedral in Nigeria has announced that women will no longer be permitted to wear the traditional elaborate headwrap called the gele in the church. Father Uche Obodoechina said that...

Islamic lawyers press for blasphemy trial for handicapped Pakistani girl CWN - August 30, 2012

Islamic leaders in Pakistan have objected to a medial commission’s report that a Christian girl should be tried in juvenile court on blasphemy charges. Disputing the medical commission’s report...

‘Vatileaks’ lawyer quits case CWN - August 30, 2012

Carlo Fusco, the lawyer for “Vatileaks” suspect Paolo Gabriele, has dropped off the case, citing differences of opinion over the conduct of the legal defense. A second lawyer representing...

Released Friday, Aug. 31

Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at Republican National Convention: full text CWN - August 31, 2012

Following presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,...

Cardinal Burke: anti-canonical priestly culture devastated Church after Vatican II CWN - August 31, 2012

Lamenting a clerical culture dismissive of canon law in the decades following the Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Raymond Burke addressed a Kenyan canon law convention on August 28 about “the...

Strong criticism of Father Groeschel following remarks on abuse CWN - August 31, 2012

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel said that some victims of clerical sexual abuse seduced their attackers and that first-time offenders should not be...

Some Muslim leaders call for leniency for Christian girl accused of blasphemy CWN - August 31, 2012

Several Muslim leaders in Pakistan are calling for leniency for Rimsha Masih, a medically handicapped Christian girl who has been imprisoned on blasphemy charges. “In order to prove the charges...

USCCB: advice for immigrants eligible for Obama administration’s deferred-action program CWN - August 31, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs has published a document offering advice to immigrants eligible for the Obama administration’s...

Cardinal Martini, leading liberal papabile, dead at 85 CWN - August 31, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the retired Archbishop of Milan, died on August 31 of complications from Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 85. An acclaimed Scripture scholar and urbane Catholic...

Australian priest faces criminal charges for failing to act on abuse reports CWN - August 31, 2012

An Australian priest faces criminal charges for failing to take action on sex-abuse reports while he was serving as principal of a Catholic school. Father Tom Brennan, a former vicar general of...

Israeli foreign ministry rejects complaint about new apostolic nuncio CWN - August 31, 2012

The Israeli government has dismissed a journalist’s charge that the recent appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as apostolic nuncio is a “slap in Israel’s face.” The Israeli foreign...

Pope's prayer intentions for September 2012 CWN - August 31, 2012

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for September 2012. The Pope’s general intention is: “That politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for...

Vatican Radio recalls Pope's guidelines for political activism CWN - August 31, 2012

In his prayer intentions for the month of September 2012, Pope Benedict XVI includes the petition that “politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for the truth.” Vatican Radio...

New pontifical academy will promote use of Latin CWN - August 31, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will soon set up a new pontifical academy to promote the study of the Latin language, according to the leading Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa. The “Pontificia...

Conflicting testimony on Bishop Finn's reaction to images of children on priest's computer CWN - August 31, 2012

A employee of the Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri, reportedly testified that Bishop Robert Finn said that “boys will be boys” when he was informed that a priest had been found with disturbing...

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