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Released Wednesday, Jan. 2

Federal court blocks enforcement of HHS mandate against Michigan company CWN - January 2, 2013

A US district court judge has halted enforcement of the HHS mandate against Domino’s Farms, a Michigan property-management company wholly owned by Tom Monaghan. Monaghan founded Domino’s Pizza in...

2 dead following church bombing in Libya CWN - January 2, 2013

A bomb explosion at a Coptic church near Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, killed two church workers and wounded two others on December 30. The church is attended primarily by Egyptian Christians...

Pope speaks to Taizé youth about Christ, ecumenism CWN - January 2, 2013

An estimated 40,000 youth associated with Taizé, the French ecumenical monastic community, took part in a prayer vigil with Pope Benedict XVI during their Dec. 28 – Jan. 2 pilgrimage to Rome. A...

Iran intensifies persecution of Christians; ‘apostate’ pastor jailed again CWN - January 2, 2013

Iran has intensified its repression of Protestant churches, as has become the custom at Christmas time. On Christmas Day, Yousef Nadarkhani was again imprisoned, according to Christian...

13 new Catholic schools to be built in Melbourne CWN - January 2, 2013

The Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Catholic education office has announced that it will open 10 primary schools and three secondary schools in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest...

Bomb threat against Catholic parish in Indonesia CWN - January 2, 2013

A leading official on Samosir, an Indonesian island that is a popular destination for tourists, received a text message on December 28 warning that a bomb had been placed near a local Catholic...

French magazine courts outrage with illustrated biography of Mohammed CWN - January 2, 2013

A French satirical magazine has announced plans to publish an illustrated biography of Mohammed. The project that is certain to provoke outrage among Muslims, who view any depiction of the Islamic...

Westminster diocese ends gay-oriented 'Soho Masses,' establishes church for Anglican ordinariate CWN - January 2, 2013

England’s leading Catholic prelate has called an end to the “Soho Masses” that had drawn homosexuals to a London church, and announced that the church will be dedicated to the Anglican ordinariate...

Pope reflects on Incarnation at year's 1st weekly audience CWN - January 2, 2013

At his first weekly public audience of the new calendar year, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the Incarnation of Christ: “something so radically new that it was capable of changing the course of...

Inequalities, unregulated capitalism, terrorism all threaten peace, Pope warns CWN - January 2, 2013

As he celebrated Mass on January 1—the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace—Pope Benedict XVI said that for Christians, the foundation of all peace is “the certainty of...

Pope faces busy 2013 schedule CWN - January 2, 2013

Looking forward at plans for 2013, the National Catholic Register concludes that Pope Benedict XVI already faces a busy schedule, although more events will certainly be added. Pope Benedict, who...

Chad rescinds bishop's deportation CWN - January 2, 2013

The government of Chad has announced that Bishop Michele Russo of Doba will be allowed to return to his diocese, revoking a deportation order. In October the government had ordered Bishop Russo...

Papal nuncio urges Irish leaders: maintain protection for unborn life CWN - January 2, 2013

As he celebrated Mass for the World Day of Peace in Dublin, the Vatican’s representative said that 2013 will be a pivotal year “for the sanctity of human life in Ireland and in other nations as...

Chicago cardinal urges opposition to same-sex marriage CWN - January 2, 2013

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, joined by his auxiliary bishops, has issued a letter urging opposition to a bill that could bring legal recognition to same-sex marriage in Illinois. Saying...

Demonstrator climbs scaffolding in St. Peter's Square CWN - January 2, 2013

A Romanian man climbed scaffolding in St. Peter’s Square on January 1 and displayed a banner asking Pope Benedict XVI to “Stop Terrorism.” The demonstrator, who identified himself as Julian...

Released Thursday, Jan. 3

New restrictions on religious freedom in Vietnam CWN - January 3, 2013

Decree 92, issued by Vietnam’s Communist government in November, went into effect on January 1 and is raising concerns among the nation’s Christians and Buddhists – particularly after the vice...

Philippine bishops’ conference: reproductive health bill is ‘wake-up call’ CWN - January 3, 2013

The recent passage of controversial reproductive health legislation in the Philippines is a “wake-up call” to the Church that will lead to clearer preaching about contraception, an official of the...

States enacted 43 pro-life measures in 2012 CWN - January 3, 2013

In 2012, 19 states enacted 43 provisions that “sought to restrict access to abortion services,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. “Although some of the most high-profile debates occurred...

USCCB office to launch postcard campaign for immigration reform CWN - January 3, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that its Migration and Refugee Services office will launch a postcard campaign in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The...

Vatican prelate discusses how Pope’s ‘tweets’ originate CWN - January 3, 2013

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has described the process by which Pope Benedict’s tweets originate. “The appointed departments of the Secretariat of State...

Leading Polish anti-Communist prelate dies CWN - January 3, 2013

A Polish prelate who defied Communist authorities by overseeing the construction of hundreds of churches has died at the age of 94. Ordained to the priesthood in 1942, Archbishop Ignacy...

2.3 million attended papal audiences, ceremonies in 2012 CWN - January 3, 2013

More than 2.3 million people attended public audiences or liturgical celebrations at which Pope Benedict XVI presided in 2012. Year-end statistics furnished by the Prefecture of the Papal...

Italian banks suspend Vatican credit-card processing CWN - January 3, 2013

The Vatican was thrown into cash-only economic system on January 2, when the Bank of Italy refused to process electronic payments through the Vatican’s terminals. The Bank of Italy blocked...

Financial motives influence decisions on abortion, euthanasia: Italian cardinal CWN - January 3, 2013

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has warned that financial motives are often a factor in the decision to obtain an abortion or to authorize euthanasia. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of...

Vatican cardinal writes on role of priests' mothers CWN - January 3, 2013

The prefect of the Congregation for Clergy has written to the mothers of priests and seminarians, reflecting on their unique role in supporting their sons’ ministry. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza wrote...

Released Friday, Jan. 4

Vatican cardinal rues Islamist violence, sharia imposition CWN - January 4, 2013

In comments made to L’Osservatore Romano, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue lamented Islamist violence and the imposition of sharia law on non-Muslims by some...

Mounting attacks on religious freedom in Cuba CWN - January 4, 2013

Incidents of religious repression in Cuba quadrupled from 30 in 2011 to 120 in 2012, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a British organization that monitors the persecution of...

Syrian archbishop warns of humanitarian emergency CWN - January 4, 2013

A Syrian Catholic prelate is warning that Syrians in Al-Jazira, a Mesopotamian region that includes portions of Syria, Iraq, and Turkey, are facing the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe. At...

Canada: diocese, attorneys differ over obligation to report abuse allegations to police CWN - January 4, 2013

A New Brunswick archdiocese and attorneys for abuse victims are engaging in a public dispute over whether the archdiocese is obligated to report abuse allegations to police immediately. Asking...

1st Hindu member of Congress sworn in CWN - January 4, 2013

Taking her oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita, Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has become the first Hindu member of Congress. “I was raised in a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-faith family,” she...

Will US Catholic population reach 100 million? CWN - January 4, 2013

In a recent blog post, David Briggs of the Association of Religion Data Archives examined whether the Catholic population of the United States will rise to 100 million by the middle of the century....

Notre Dame passes up a golden opportunity CWN - January 4, 2013

Each of the colleges participating in the January 7 national championship football game will have an opportunity to air a nationwide televised ad. George Weigel argues that Notre Dame has missed a...

1st French baby of 2013 registered to 2 mothers CWN - January 4, 2013

The first birth recorded in France in 2013 was that of a child registered to two mothers. The announcement of that fact has lent new vigor to the current debate in France about the legal recognition...

Catholic image found hidden under portrait of top Elizabethan persecutor CWN - January 4, 2013

Curators at London’s National Portrait Gallery have made the stunning discovery that a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham—who led the persecution of Catholics under Queen Elizabeth I—is painted over...

Obama: military chaplains don't need conscience clause CWN - January 4, 2013

President Barack Obama has charged that a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, ensuring conscience protection for military chaplains, is “unnecessary and ill-advised.” In a...

Jesuit journal: Vatican II was not a radical break CWN - January 4, 2013

A forthcoming article in the authoritative Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica argues that Pope Benedict XVI is working to preserve the authentic legacy of Vatican II, and to eliminate the perception...

1 million displaced inside Somalia, charitable agency reports CWN - January 4, 2013

More than 1 million of Somalia’s people are displaced, according to a Caritas Somalia report. The Catholic charity estimates that 1 million people are living in refugee camps inside Somalia. Many...

Financial reforms top list of 'under-reported' Vatican stories for 2012 CWN - January 4, 2013

Looking back on the Vatican news of 2012, John Allen picks out 5 stories that deserved more attention. His #2 choice—the content of confidential documents the “Vatileaks” scandal—includes a...

Harvard journal postpones publication of piece on 'Coptic papyrus,' continues to test authenticity CWN - January 4, 2013

The Harvard Theological Review has postponed publication of a paper in which Karen King discusses her discovery of a “Coptic papyrus” that refers to a wife of Jesus, as scholars continue testing the...

Militant Iraqi Muslim leader visits Catholic church, laments massacre there CWN - January 4, 2013

Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite Muslim leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, visited a Catholic Church in Baghdad on January 4, expressing sorrow over anti-Christian violence. Al-Sadr told parishioners at Our...

Federal judge rejects Notre Dame's challenge to HHS mandate CWN - January 4, 2013

A federal judge in Indiana has dismissed the lawsuit brought by the University of Notre Dame against the contraceptive mandate in the Obama health-care policy. Judge Robert Miller ruled that...

Ohio teacher sues Cincinnati archdiocese after dismissal for out-of-wedlock pregnancy CWN - January 4, 2013

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is defending the decision to dismiss a Catholic-school teacher who became pregnant outside marriage. Kathleen Quinlan has filed a lawsuit, claiming that her...

French authorities find heightened health risks in new oral contraceptives CWN - January 4, 2013

French officials are weighing a move to restrict the availability of some contraceptive pills, because of mounting evidence of their health risks. Health officials in France are studying the...

Church of England rules bishops can enter same-sex partnerships CWN - January 4, 2013

The Church of England has announced that priests who are registered in same-sex partnerships can become bishops provided that they agree to abstain from sexual activity. The announcement from the...

Catholic representation in US Congress hits all-time high CWN - January 4, 2013

Catholic representation on Capitol Hill has reached an all-time high, with 163 members of the new 113th Congress identifying themselves as Catholic. A new study by the Pew Forum found that the...

Released Monday, Jan. 7

French government calls for no discussion of same-sex marriage in Catholic schools CWN - January 7, 2013

French President Francois Hollande and Education Minister Vincent Peillon are urging Catholic schools not to hold discussions with students about impending legislation that would legalize same-sex...

Patriarch urges Russians to adopt children CWN - January 7, 2013

A week after a leading Russian Orthodox official backed legislation barring adoption of Russian children by US couples, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church urged Russians to adopt orphans. There...

Vatican cardinal: prayers for peace in the Central African Republic CWN - January 7, 2013

As rebel groups vie for power with the government of the Central African Republic, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has sent a message to the nation’s...

Iranian Protestant pastor, once sentenced to death for apostasy, freed from prison CWN - January 7, 2013

An Iranian Protestant pastor whose treatment by the Iranian regime has attracted international attention has again been released from prison. Yousef Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam, was...

USCCB anti-trafficking efforts focus on recent Haitian, Hispanic immigrants CWN - January 7, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched the Amistad Movement, a campaign that will “focus on awareness raising, education, and coalition building among communities most...

Vatican spokesman: Magi are models for Year of Faith CWN - January 7, 2013

In his weekly editorial, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the Magi “can and must accompany us” during the Year of Faith. “Faith taken for granted is not faith,” writes Father...

Plea for peace in Syria headlines Pope's 'State of the World' address CWN - January 7, 2013

In an address to the Vatican diplomatic corps—the Pontiff’s annual “State of the World” address—Pope Benedict XVI renewed his urgent call for a ceasefire in Syria, and said that in their responses...

Profile of new prefect of Pontifical Household CWN - January 7, 2013

Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa assesses the growing influence of the newly ordained Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the longtime private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, who now doubles as prefect of the...

Pope honors martyrs of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge era CWN - January 7, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to the many Christians who died under Khmer Rouge persecution, in a message to a national Congress of the Catholic Church in Cambodia. The Pope recalled the “faith,...

Bishops need courage to challenge society, Pope says as he ordains 4 prelates CWN - January 7, 2013

Bishops today must have the “courage to contradict the prevailing mindset,” Pope Benedict XVI said on January 6 as he ordained four new bishops. In his homily at the ordination Mass, the Pope...

Indian Catholic group urges sex education to counter violence against women CWN - January 7, 2013

A Catholic lay organization in India has applauded the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly for introducing a sex-education program for 8th-grade students, and encouraged other...

Bishop asks help for Jordan's refugee programs CWN - January 7, 2013

A European bishop has called for international support for Jordan’s efforts to accommodate a flood of refugees from Syria. Archbishop Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia of Urgell—a diocese that spans...

Christians will not leave Egypt, Coptic leader vows CWN - January 7, 2013

Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic Orthodox leader, has dismissed as “irrational” a proposal to divide Egypt’s territory to create a Coptic state. The Coptic Church is “an integral part of that Egypt...

Prince Charles questions bill ending ban on Catholics in royal family CWN - January 7, 2013

Britain’s Prince Charles has urged the country’s government to reconsider plans to amend the rules governing the royal succession, saying that he fears “unintended consequences” of the proposed...

Archbishop Nichols to meet with 'Soho Mass' organizers, express support CWN - January 7, 2013

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered to meet with the organizers of the “Soho Masses,” and expressed his support for their efforts to provide pastoral care for homosexual...

Judge orders LA archdiocese to release sex-abuse files with names intact CWN - January 7, 2013

A California judge has ruled that the Los Angeles archdiocese should release sex-abuse files without redacting the names of accused priests and prelates who handled their cases. Judge Emilie...

Vatican spokesman rejects SSPX leader's claim that Jews are 'enemies of the Church' CWN - January 7, 2013

The Vatican has repudiated a statement by Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), that Jews are “enemies of the Church.” During a December 28 talk in Ontario, Bishop...

English seminary denies request for traditional Latin Mass CWN - January 7, 2013

Officials at St. Mary’s College, Oscott, have denied a request from seminarians for access to the extraordinary form of the Latin liturgy. The seminary’s stand appears to be at odds with the...

Irish party leader says public fears abortion on demand CWN - January 7, 2013

The leader of Ireland’s Fianna Fáil party says that a move to ease legal restrictions on abortion will face opposition from the public because of fears that the legislation could lead quickly to...

Times columnists urge new approach to funding parochial schools CWN - January 7, 2013

Writing in the New York Times Patrick McCloskey and Joseph Claude Harris argue that Church officials should take a more energetic approach to fundraising for Catholic schools. McCloskey and...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 8

Court temporarily halts enforcement of HHS mandate against Illinois company CWN - January 8, 2013

A federal district court judge has temporarily halted enforcement of the HHS mandate against a for-profit Illinois company owned by two Catholics. “Plaintiffs Christopher and Mary Anne Yep are...

Supreme Court lets stand ruling allowing federally-funded embryonic stem-cell research CWN - January 8, 2013

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s decision that federally-funded embryonic-stem research does not violate the Dickey-Wicker amendment. The...

Venezuela’s bishops call on Chávez regime to respect constitution CWN - January 8, 2013

Venezuela’s episcopal conference declared that the nation’s constitution must be followed after the nation’s vice president said that the January 10 inauguration of Hugo Chávez to a new term in...

Conclusion of jubilee year in honor of Pauline Jaricot CWN - January 8, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has named Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, as his special envoy to the closing of the jubilee year in honor of Venerable...

‘Catholics and depression’ CWN - January 8, 2013

In an interview with Catholic World Report, Aaron Kheriaty and Msgr. John Cihak discuss their new book, The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You...

Former ambassador to Vatican laments child poverty in US CWN - January 8, 2013

Writing for the blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Patrick Melady, who served as US ambassador to the Holy See from 1989 to 1993, notes that 21.4% of children under 18,...

Sacramento bishop joins pro-abortion gay lawmaker to host prayer service CWN - January 8, 2013

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, has hosted an inter-religious prayer service to mark the opening of the state’s legislative session, at which a co-host was Speaker John Perez, a...

Italian bishops urge citizenship for children of immigrants CWN - January 8, 2013

The Italian Catholic bishops’ conference has offered support for a proposal to grant citizenship to children born in Italy to immigrant parents. Father Giancarlo Perego, a spokesman for the...

CHA leaders still hopes for ‘accommodation’ on HHS mandate CWN - January 8, 2013

Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), has told the National Catholic Register that she is still expecting the Obama administration to propose an...

Is ‘American exceptionalism’ a thing of the past? CWN - January 8, 2013

Father James Schall, SJ, makes the argument that “American exceptionalism” could be a thing of the past, because the unique character of the American republic was based on virtue which has now been...

Times offers an unbiased look at pregnancy-help centers CWN - January 8, 2013

In a remarkable illustration of changing attitudes on the abortion issue, the New York Times carried a story on pregnancy-help centers that quoted primarily from pro-life workers, omitting most of...

Fallout from old money-laundering case prompted suspension of Vatican bank-card transactions CWN - January 8, 2013

Italian banking officials suspended bank-card transactions at the Vatican on January 1 because of lingering questions about the Vatican bank’s involvement in a money-laundering case dating from...

Scottish archbishop: same-sex marriage would be 'morally defective' CWN - January 8, 2013

The retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland, has referred to same-sex marriage as “morally defective,” drawing sharp protests from gay-rights advocates. Archbishop Mario Conti, in comments on the...

Speculation on next US ambassador to the Holy See CWN - January 8, 2013

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter finds that the names of two prominent Catholic professors are being circulated as potential nominees for the vacant post of the US ambassador to the Holy...

Irish deputy prime minister disagrees with Pope's stand against legal abortion CWN - January 8, 2013

Ireland’s deputy prime minister has said that he disagrees with Pope Benedict XVI’s opposition to legal abortion. Eamon Gilmore said that in his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps,...

See Christ in those suffering illness, Pope says in message for World Day of Sick CWN - January 8, 2013

In his message for the 21st World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI said that those suffering from illness “have been called by Christ and are his living and transparent image.” The World Day of...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 9

Coptic Catholic leader blasts Egypt’s new constitution, fears ‘Islamic caliphate’ CWN - January 9, 2013

The acting administrator of the Coptic Catholic Church said that Egypt’s new constitution “prepares the way for an Islamic caliphate.” “We were waiting for a constitution that represents the...

Malaysian state leader insists: non-Muslims must not use ‘Allah’ CWN - January 9, 2013

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, the leader of one of Malaysia’s 13 states, has decreed that non-Muslims who use the word “Allah” face the prospect of jail time—despite a 2009 Malaysian...

Philippines: 9 million in procession in honor of Black Nazarene CWN - January 9, 2013

A crowd estimated at nine million has taken part in the annual procession in Manila honor of the Black Nazarene, a statue of Christ carrying the cross. The statue was brought from Mexico to the...

US diplomat looks for ‘common ground’ with Holy See CWN - January 9, 2013

Following Pope Benedict’s annual ‘state of the world’ address, a US diplomat serving at the Vatican told Vatican Radio that the United States seeks “common ground” with the Holy See. Mario...

Swiss court: farmers no longer need to pay parish for medieval crime CWN - January 9, 2013

A Catholic parish in Switzerland has failed in its bid to compel a farmer to pay 70 francs for the maintenance of an “eternal flame” that has burned in reparation for a medieval murder. In 1357,...

Incarnation shows depth of God’s love, Pope tells Wednesday audience CWN - January 9, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI offered some reflections on the word “Incarnation” at his weekly audience on Wednesday, January 9, observing that the word “has resounded many times in our churches over these past...

New Zealand: ad council approves image of Pope blessing homosexual couple CWN - January 9, 2013

The Advertising Standards Authority of New Zealand has rejected a complaint against a billboard that features an image of the Pope blessing a same-sex couple. The Authority acknowledged that some...

Irish leader brushes aside Pope’s warning on abortion law CWN - January 9, 2013

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has voiced his dismissed a warning by Pope Benedict XVI against new moves to allow legal abortion. Speaking shortly after a similar statement from his...

German bishops drop support for independent sex-abuse study CWN - January 9, 2013

The Catholic bishops of Germany have withdrawn their support from an independent inquiry into sex-abuse complaints, citing a breakdown in mutual trust. In 2011 the Germany hierarchy commissioned...

Wales: government seeks ‘presumed consent’ for organ donation CWN - January 9, 2013

Lawmakers in Wales are poised to take up a proposal that would make “presumed consent” the standard for organ donation, thus eliminating the necessity for individuals to consent to becoming...

‘Soho Mass’ organizers still organizing liturgies in London? CWN - January 9, 2013

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has announced that the “Soho Masses” will be discontinued. But William Oddie of the Catholic Herald worries that the announcement—apparently made under...

Vermont diocese settles abuse case just before trial CWN - January 9, 2013

The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, reached a settlement on 11 sex-abuse cases on January 9, just before the cases were due to go to trial. Lawyers declined to reveal the financial terms of the...

Vatican Museums re-open access to Raphael frescoes after restoration CWN - January 9, 2013

Restoration work has been completed on a famous series of frescoes by Raphael in the Vatican Museums. Workers’ scaffolds have been removed from the Room of Heliodorus, which Antontio Paolucci,...

Doctors ask British court to direct abortion for mentally disabled woman CWN - January 9, 2013

Doctors in Britain have asked a court to approve an abortion for a mentally-impaired woman, saying that her “significant learning impairment” makes her incapable of a rational decision. Doctors...

Strong support in US for abortion restrictions, poll shows CWN - January 9, 2013

More than 80% of all Americans favor legal restrictions on abortion, according to a new Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. The Marist poll showed a modest increase in the number...

Canonization this year for John Paul II? CWN - January 9, 2013

A prominent Italian cardinal has predicted that Blessed John Paul II will be canonized soon. "If not this year, it will be 2014," Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re told the ANSA news service. The...

Priest returns to Zambia after deportation order revoked CWN - January 9, 2013

Father Viateur Banyangandora, who was expelled from Zambia last year after delivering a sermon critical of government agricultural policies, has returned to pastoral ministry in the country’s...

Released Thursday, Jan. 10

Russian patriarch: punish desecration without limiting free speech CWN - January 10, 2013

In the wake of a legislative proposal that would criminalize offenses against religious sensibilities, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church called upon the state to punish desecration without...

Judge dismisses Protestant college’s suit against HHS mandate CWN - January 10, 2013

A federal district court judge has dismissed a Protestant college’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate. Judge Christine Arguello, whom President George W. Bush appointed to the bench in 2008, ruled...

Report: some Indian Christians denied water unless they convert to Hinduism CWN - January 10, 2013

A lay Catholic organization is reporting that some tribal Christians in Palghar, a city of 50,000 in the west-central Indian state of Maharashtra, are being denied water and firewood unless they...

Mosul: Christians in fear following murders CWN - January 10, 2013

Christians in Mosul -- Iraq’s third-largest city, near the ancient city of Nineveh -- are increasingly living in fear following the murders of a Christian teacher and a university student. On...

Nearly 10% of members of Congress are Jesuit-educated CWN - January 10, 2013

52 of the 535 members of Congress attended a Jesuit college or university, according to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. 21 of them attended Georgetown University. The Jesuit...

Justice Sotomayor describes herself as ‘lapsed Catholic’ CWN - January 10, 2013

In her newly published memoir, My Beloved World, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor addresses the subject of her religion. “I think I’m called ‘lapsed Catholic’--Mass for weddings and...

African prelates denounce new Anglican stand on homosexual bishops CWN - January 10, 2013

Leading Anglican prelates in Africa have denounced the decision by the Church of England to allow openly homosexual bishops, saying that the move could destroy the unity of the worldwide Anglican...

Congo rebels offer ceasefire CWN - January 10, 2013

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have announced a ceasefire, after negotiations in Uganda. Leaders of the “March 23 Movement” urged the government of President Joseph Kabila to join in...

Irish bishops urge lawmakers against allowing abortion CWN - January 10, 2013

In testimony before a committee of lawmakers weighing a change in the country’s abortion ban, the Irish bishops’ conference stressed that current policies allow for treatment of women with...

Visiting bishops report rising tensions in Holy Land CWN - January 10, 2013

Following a visit to the Holy Land, a group of Catholic bishops from Europe and North America have issued a statement warning of “increasing polarization within Israel and Palestine.” The seven...

Boston archdiocese unveils new reconfiguration plan CWN - January 10, 2013

The Boston archdiocese has announced the first step in a new plan to reorganization parishes, creating new “collaboratives” that will combine 28 parish churches into 12 new administrative units. The...

Excommunicated priest formally notified of laicization CWN - January 10, 2013

Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who was excommunicated in 2008 and dismissed from the Maryknoll society last year, has been formally notified of his laicization. Bourgeois received a letter from...

French cardinal warns against manipulating definition of marriage CWN - January 10, 2013

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, who will lead a mass demonstration in favor of traditional marriage on January 13, has warned that a government proposal to legalize same-sex marriage could have...

New York’s Cardinal Dolan appalled by Cuomo abortion plan CWN - January 10, 2013

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has decried a proposal by the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to expand access to abortion, saying that the measure would likely increase New York’s abortion rate,...

UN focus on abortion ignores deadly and preventable diseases CWN - January 10, 2013

A new study published in The Lancet shows that common diseases such as diarrhea cause millions of needless deaths worldwide each year, while UN health officials devote more attention to less urgent...

Released Friday, Jan. 11

German justice minister rips bishops over abuse study CWN - January 11, 2013

Germany’s justice minister has strongly criticized the German bishops’ recent decision to withdraw their support from an independent inquiry into sex-abuse complaints. “It appears that conducting...

US bishops to continue dialogue with Catholic college presidents CWN - January 11, 2013

Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released a report examining the implementation of...

Virginia official: going to jail may be strategy against HHS mandate CWN - January 11, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli, a pro-life Catholic who serves as Virginia’s attorney general, has told a radio show host that going to jail may be an effective strategy to oppose the HHS mandate. “Abraham...

Pastor bows out of role at Obama inauguration following discovery of sermon against same-sex marriage CWN - January 11, 2013

An evangelical Protestant pastor from Atlanta will no longer deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration after a reporter discovered that the pastor had delivered a...

Cardinal Dolan calls for ‘strong US leadership’ for Mideast peace CWN - January 11, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has joined Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the USCCB Committee on...

Ohio: hundreds defend portrait of Jesus at public school CWN - January 11, 2013

Hundreds of residents of a small town in south-central Ohio voiced support for a portrait of Jesus that has hung in its middle school since 1947. The Freedom from Religion Foundation had asked...

Stand for religious freedom, Vatican cardinal urges Egyptian Catholics CWN - January 11, 2013

“The ability to profess one's own creed must be guaranteed to everyone without exception, and thus also to Christians,” the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches said during a visit to...

Historical evidence prompted Yad Vashem to alter judgment on Pope Pius XII CWN - January 11, 2013

A closed-door conference of historians, held in Jerusalem in March 2009, led to a reappraisal of the record of Pope Pius XII, reports Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa. Shortly after the visit to...

Canterbury cathedral canons elect new Anglican leader CWN - January 11, 2013

The College of Canons of Canterbury Cathedral has unanimously voted to elect Bishop Justin Welby the next Archbishop of Canterbury. The vote by the 35 cathedral canons will be presented to Queen...

Haitian poverty persists; residents feel relief donations misspent CWN - January 11, 2013

Three years after the country was devastated by an enormous earthquake, more than 300,000 people in Haiti still live in temporary shelters, reports a Jesuit priest working there. Although many...

No 'Soho Masses' at new London site, pastor assures CWN - January 11, 2013

The organizers of “Soho Masses” will not be allowed to plan liturgical celebrations at another London parish, the Jesuit pastor has disclosed. Early in January, Archbishop Vincent Nichols...

Orthodox leader meets with would-be papal assassin Agca CWN - January 11, 2013

Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, met this week with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. The January 7 conversation took place at Agca’s...

Burmese prelate urges refugees to return, help rebuild country CWN - January 11, 2013

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon is encouraging refugees to return to Myanmar (Burma), saying that the country’s brutal military government has ceded some authority and “years of suffering are slowly...

Massachusetts priest gains rare appointment at Vatican basilica CWN - January 11, 2013

Msgr. Francis Kelly, a priest of the Worcester (Massachusetts) diocese, has been appointed to the College of Canons of St. Peter's basilica. He will be the first American priest to serve as a canon...

Christians trapped in Syrian village endangered by fighting CWN - January 11, 2013

An estimated 1,000 Syrian Christians are trapped in a small village in North Aleppo, threatened by heavy fighting between government troops and rebel forces. Supplies of food and fuel to the...

Minnesota lawyer faces sanctions for anti-Catholic outbursts CWN - January 11, 2013

A Minnesota lawyer faces possible professional sanctions for her record of anti-Catholic outbursts. A retired judge, acting as a special referee in the case, has recommended that Rebekah Nett be...

Released Monday, Jan. 14

Massive French demonstration against same-sex marriage CWN - January 14, 2013

In one of the largest demonstrations in recent French history, up to a million citizens marched in Paris on January 13 to protest the government’s efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. According to...

Lay Vatican financial expert surprised by suspension of credit-card processing CWN - January 14, 2013

Rene Bruelhart, the consultant hired by the Vatican to tackle money-laundering issues, has expressed surprise at the Bank of Italy’s decision to refuse to process electronic payments through the...

Hobby Lobby delays insurance year, postponing millions in fines CWN - January 14, 2013

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain that is defying the HHS mandate by refusing to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill, has delayed the start of its insurance year by several...

Background: Pope’s message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees CWN - January 14, 2013

On January 13, the Church observed the 99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, a commemoration instituted by St. Pius X. Pope Benedict’s message for the day, issued in October 2012, was entitled...

Bishop emphasizes importance of fighting poverty CWN - January 14, 2013

Writing in The Washington Post, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento says that “Catholics must remind themselves and the world of the importance of fighting poverty.” He begins: Imagine the...

Generation Life spreads pro-life, chastity message among Catholic youth CWN - January 14, 2013

The National Catholic Register has published a profile of the work of Generation Life, an organization whose 16 missionaries speak to 25,000 youth annually about chastity and respect for...

One-fourth of Britain’s Catholic priests join in warning that same-sex marriage could trigger new persecution CWN - January 14, 2013

More than 1,000 Catholic priests have signed an open letter warning that legal acceptance of same-sex marriage could prompt a revival of persecution against Catholics in Britain. Nearly...

Topless feminists attempt to disrupt papal audience CWN - January 14, 2013

A small group of Ukrainian feminists staged an odd demonstration in St. Peter’s Square on January 13, baring their breasts to draw attention to their disagreement with the Church’s stand on...

Euthanasia approved for Belgian twins because of approaching blindness CWN - January 14, 2013

A pair of Belgian twins were euthanized in December, at their own request, because they were going blind. The twins—who have not been identified—told doctors that they wanted to die because they...

Monaco's royals meet with Pontiff CWN - January 14, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 12 with Prince Albert II on Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene. A brief Vatican statement after the meeting indicated that the topics of conversation had...

Papal thanks for Vatican security officials CWN - January 14, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI met with Vatican and Italian security officials in separate audiences on January 13 and 14, offering them his thanks for their work. On January 13, the Pontiff met with the...

Jesus was baptized in solidarity with sinners, Pope says CWN - January 14, 2013

On Sunday, January 13—the feast of the Baptism of the Lord—Pope Benedict XVI baptized 20 children, remarking that they would be “united profoundly and for all time with Jesus, immersed in the...

Serve truth, not egos, Cardinal Bertone urges Vatican tribunal officials CWN - January 14, 2013

At a Mass opening the 84th judicial year for the tribunal of the Vatican city-state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prayed that “each of us might carry out our service in the administration of justice...

An ordinariate for Lutherans? CWN - January 14, 2013

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that the Vatican might consider an ordinariate for Lutherans wishing to return to full communion with the Catholic Church,...

Top Italian court rules same-sex couples can have custody of children CWN - January 14, 2013

Italy’s supreme Court of Cassation has ruled that a homosexual couples should not be denied custody of children. In a case brought by a father who was trying to regain custody of a child being...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 15

Mixed religious-freedom rulings at European Court of Human Rights CWN - January 15, 2013

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that British Airways violated the European Convention of Human Rights in telling an employee in 2006 that she could not wear a cross around her neck at...

Record crowd expected at March for Life; prayer vigil to feature Masses, holy hours CWN - January 15, 2013

Jeanne Monahan, the new president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, said that she expects a record crowd at the March for Life on January 25 because hotels at which many participants...

Illinois bishops welcome driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants CWN - January 15, 2013

The Catholic Conference of Illinois has welcomed the legislative passage of a measure permitting immigrants who are not present in the United States legally to apply for temporary driver’s...

Vatican spokesman calls for charitable courage CWN - January 15, 2013

In his weekly editorial, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that Pope Benedict’s recent exhortation to new bishops to be courageous could be broadened to all who face the intolerance of...

Canadian law professor calls for legal changes to bring about ‘queering’ of Catholic schools CWN - January 15, 2013

In “Queering Schools, GSAs and the Law: Taking on God”--an excerpt from the book The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity & Justice--a law professor at the University of Manitoba calls for changes...

Israeli envoy backs papal call for negotiations, says Palestinians resist CWN - January 15, 2013

Israel’s new ambassador to the Holy See has strongly endorsed Pope Benedict’s call for renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Zion Evrony, who arrived in Rome last...

Catholic church bombed in Belfast as sectarian tensions revive CWN - January 15, 2013

A Catholic church in Belfast was badly damaged by homemade bombs on Monday night, as renewed tensions in Northern Ireland prompted clashes between Catholics and Protestants. Tensions have been...

Connecticut nominee moves toward supreme court seat despite charge of anti-Catholicism CWN - January 15, 2013

A former Connecticut state senator has moved closer to a seat on the state’s highest court, despite complaints that he has shown “an anti-Catholic agenda.” Andrew McDonald, the legal counsel to...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 16

CDF prefect lauds Pope’s intellectual breadth, depth CWN - January 16, 2013

In a recent interview, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that he has known “few people in life with such a breadth of vision and...

Cardinal emphasizes: Nostra Aetate’s theological arguments are ‘irreversible’ CWN - January 16, 2013

In a brief essay that appeared in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Walter Kasper examined Jewish-Christian relations both historically and theologically. The prelate, now 79, served from 2001 until...

Bishop Schneider discusses Vatican II and religious liberty CWN - January 16, 2013

A Kazakh prelate best known for his support for the Church’s liturgical tradition said in an interview that Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom, has...

Vatican: blessing of horses on St. Anthony’s feast day CWN - January 16, 2013

A special Mass for farmers and their families will take place in St. Peter’s Basilica on January 17, the feast of St. Anthony (c. 251-356), the patriarch of monks and patron saint of...

Court: First Amendment does not prevent lawsuits over votive candles CWN - January 16, 2013

A Connecticut trial court has ruled that the First Amendment does not protect parishes from lawsuits over injuries caused by votive candles. When a parishioner at St. Mary Star of the Sea in...

Vatican Radio pays tribute to African peacemaker-prelates CWN - January 16, 2013

Vatican Radio’s French Africa service has paid tribute to three African prelates who were “artisans of peace and promoters of a culture of life and love.” Retired Archbishop Jaime Gonçalves...

The Incarnation answers man's longing to see God's face, Pope tells audience CWN - January 16, 2013

"The search for the face of God is unimaginably changed” by the Incarnation, Pope Benedict XVI observed at his weekly public audience on January 16. The Old Testament relates the story of the...

India's Church leaders see sex-education as answer to violence against women CWN - January 16, 2013

Catholic Church leaders in India are continuing to recommend sex-education programs in schools as a response to public outrage over rape and exploitation of women. “Sex education is very...

Cyclist Armstrong's confession shows 'rotten' world of professional sports, says Vatican official CWN - January 16, 2013

The confession of drug use by cycling legend Lance Armstrong illustrates the unhealthy pressures at work in high-stakes professional athletic competition, according to an official of the Vatican’s...

Freeze on bank-card transactions imposes heavy losses on Vatican CWN - January 16, 2013

The Vatican is losing €30,000 (nearly $40,000) a day because of a freeze imposed by Italian regulators on bank-card transactions inside Vatican City, the ANSA news agency reports. Italian...

Bishop Williamson convicted again after re-trial for denying Holocaust CWN - January 16, 2013

Bishop Richard Williamson, the controversial traditionalist leader, has been fined €1,800 ($2,400) by a German court for his broadcast comments questioning the severity of the Holocaust. In a...

US opinions unchanged on Roe v. Wade CWN - January 16, 2013

Despite reservations about abortion, a solid majority of Americans would oppose an effort to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, according to a new survey by the Pew Forum. The Pew poll found that...

Panetta meets with Pontiff after Wednesday audience CWN - January 16, 2013

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on January 16. Panetta was among a number of people in attendance at the regular Wednesday papal audience who...

Episcopalian priest chosen for Obama inauguration prayer CWN - January 16, 2013

President Barack Obama has named an Episcopalian priest from Washington, DC, to deliver the closing prayer at his inauguration ceremony. Rev. Luis Léon was selected after an Evangelical minister,...

Vatican official fears 'moral relativism' becoming European legal norm CWN - January 16, 2013

The Vatican’s top foreign-policy official has clarified the Holy See’s stand on religious freedom in an in-depth interview with Vatican Radio. Responding to a series of rulings by the European...

Released Thursday, Jan. 17

US bishops announce 9 days of prayer, penance around Roe anniversary CWN - January 17, 2013

The United States Conference of Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” around January 22, the 40th anniversary Roe v. Wade-- the Supreme Court...

Polish court rules that crucifix in parliament is permitted CWN - January 17, 2013

A Warsaw court has ruled the crucifix that has been displayed in parliament since 1997 may remain there. “The presence of a religious symbol in a public place, such as parliament, does not...

President Obama pays tribute to religious freedom CWN - January 17, 2013

Amid dozens of lawsuits asserting that the Obama administration’s HHS mandate is an unconstitutional attack on religious freedom, President Barack Obama paid tribute to religious liberty in a...

Flu leads some US dioceses to alter sign of peace, mandate Communion under one kind CWN - January 17, 2013

The spread of the flu throughout the United States has led some dioceses to suspend the shaking of hands during the sign of peace and to suspend the use of a common chalice for Holy...

Federal court vacates decision that declared grant to USCCB unconstitutional CWN - January 17, 2013

A US appeals court has vacated a decision by a lower court judge that had declared federal grants to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for human-trafficking victims to be...

Pope's former valet, convicted in 'Vatileaks' scandal, offered post at Roman hospital CWN - January 17, 2013

Paolo Gabriele, who was convicted in the “Vatileaks” scandal but pardoned by Pope Benedict XVI, has been offered a position at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome. The Vatican tribunal that found...

Connecticut priest charged with meth sales CWN - January 17, 2013

A suspended priest of the Bridgeport, Connecticut diocese has been charged with conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. Police charge that Msgr. Kevin Wallin was engaged in a criminal conspiracy to...

Vatican officials to meet with Italian bankers on card-transaction freeze CWN - January 17, 2013

Vatican officials will meet next week with Italian bank-security experts, with a goal of ending a freeze on bank-card transactions inside Vatican City. The Vatican, which has worked for months to...

Ecumenical work requires humility, faithfulness, Pope tells Finnish Lutheran pilgrims CWN - January 17, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 17 with a delegation from the Lutheran Church of Finland, which was visiting Rome on an annual pilgrimage for the feast of their patron, St. Henry of...

Mali: bishops welcome French military intervention; feared Islamic rebels CWN - January 17, 2013

Catholic Church leaders in Mali have welcomed the military intervention by French forces there, saying that the advance of Islamic rebels had threatened the Christian community. Father Edmond...

Vatican preparing guide for priests on how to celebrate Mass CWN - January 17, 2013

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing guidelines for priests on how to celebrate Mass properly, the Zenit news agency reports. In a January 15 address, Cardinal Antonio...

Released Friday, Jan. 18

Pope appoints Derry priest as successor to Cardinal Brady, future Primate of All Ireland CWN - January 18, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr. Eamon Martin as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. Msgr. Martin, 51, will succeed Cardinal Seán Brady, now 73, as successor to St. Patrick and Primate of All...

Seized land returned to Eastern Orthodox seminary in Turkey CWN - January 18, 2013

The Council of Foundations of Turkey's Directorate General for Foundations has returned 470 acres of land to Halki seminary, which graduated nearly 1,000 priests for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of...

Pakistan: Church demands apology from government official CWN - January 18, 2013

The director of the Pakistani bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace demanded an apology from Rehman Malik, the nation’s interior minister, after he compared Pope Benedict and Mohammad...

2nd court victory for Illinois company against contraceptive-coverage mandates CWN - January 18, 2013

A week after a federal court halted the enforcement of the HHS mandate against an Illinois company, a state court halted the enforcement of the state’s own mandate requiring employers to provide...

Background: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity CWN - January 18, 2013

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

US, European nations backed destructive violence in Syria, charges Catholic patriarch CWN - January 18, 2013

Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan of Antioch has charged that outside nations brought Syria to the point of destruction by supporting rebels and provoking violence. “The United...

Cardinal Ravasi chosen to preach Lenten Retreat at Vatican CWN - January 18, 2013

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the Lenten Retreat for the Roman Curia. The Italian cardinal will be...

Father Tissa Balasuriya, radical theologian, dies in Sri Lanka at 88 CWN - January 18, 2013

Father Tissa Balasuriya, the controversial theologian who was excommunicated and later reconciled with the Church, died in Sri Lanka on January 17 after a long illness at the age of 88. Father...

Profile of Vatican's secular tribunals CWN - January 18, 2013

L’Espresso offers a rare and interesting look at the Vatican’s system of secular justice. The Vatican’s tribunals are much busier than might be expected for such a small city-state. But the...

Urgent aid needed for refugees in Mali, archbishop reports CWN - January 18, 2013

Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, has pleaded for the quick opening of routes allowing humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to refugees. An estimated 400,000 people have fled from northern...

French and German bishops celebrate 50th anniversary of Elysee Treaty CWN - January 18, 2013

The Catholic bishops’ conferences of Germany and France released a joint declaration on January 18 marking the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty that reconciled the two World War II foes....

New Patriarch for Egypt's Coptic Catholics CWN - January 18, 2013

Cardinal Antonios Naguib has resigned as Patriarch of Alexandria and head of the Coptic Catholic Church, at the age of 77. The Coptic Synod, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, has elected...

Released Monday, Jan. 21

Lebanon becoming unstable, warns Caritas director CWN - January 21, 2013

The influx of nearly 200,000 Syrian refugees into neighboring Lebanon, a nation of 4.1 million, is creating “an unstable situation, at all levels: security-wise, and economically and politically,...

US bishops invite Catholics to go to confession during Lent CWN - January 21, 2013

The US bishops have released a brief pastoral exhortation reminding Catholics of their obligation to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and urging more frequent Confession. In “God’s...

Canada’s law school deans rip Christian university over homosexuality CWN - January 21, 2013

The Council of Canadian Law Deans blasted Trinity Western University, a Christian university in British Columbia, because its students and faculty promise to “abstain from… sexual intimacy that...

Cardinal calls for prayer, penance as Roe anniversary approaches CWN - January 21, 2013

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement commemorating the anniversary of the...

Vatican Radio: interview on AIDS with Bishop Dowling, papal critic and condom supporter CWN - January 21, 2013

Linda Bordoni of Vatican Radio has interviewed Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, a prelate whose criticism of Blessed John Paul and Pope Benedict earned a rebuke from his fellow South African...

Pro-life pharmacists discuss challenges CWN - January 21, 2013

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, three pro-life pharmacists discussed the challenges they face, with other pro-life pharmacists posting comments after the article’s publication....

Dissident Irish priest will defy Vatican, risk further disciplinary action CWN - January 21, 2013

A prominent Irish priest has announced that he will reject a directive from the Vatican and refuse to sign a statement affirming Church teachings on the nature of priestly ordination. Father Tony...

Irish pro-lifers rally, warn government of 'sleeping giant' CWN - January 21, 2013

Thousands of Irish pro-lifers joined in a “Vigil for Life” in Dublin on January 20, pledging their opposition to any move toward legal abortion. Niamh Ui Bhriain, a leader of the Vigil, said that...

New Vatican move to rekindle dialogue with SSPX CWN - January 21, 2013

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, the vice-president of the Ecclesia Dei commission, has written to the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), urging a resumption of talks aimed at reconciling the traditionalist...

Annual presentation of lambs at the Vatican CWN - January 21, 2013

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

Irish priest removed from teaching post; argues Jesus is a myth CWN - January 21, 2013

An Irish priest has been ousted from a reaching post after publishing a book in which he argues that Jesus did not exist as a historical person. Father Tom Brodie has resigned from the teaching...

Divisions among Christians are serious sins, Pope tells audience CWN - January 21, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI said that divisions within Christian are among “the most serious sins that disfigure the face of the Church,” during his public audience on Sunday, January 20. Speaking on the...

Vatican spokesman endorses Obama gun-control plans CWN - January 21, 2013

The director of the Vatican press office has strongly endorsed the Obama administration’s plans for gun control. “The initiatives announced by the United States government in view of limiting and...

Church charitable efforts must guard against anti-Christian ideologies, Pope warns CWN - January 21, 2013

“Christians, especially those who work for charitable organizations, should be guided by the principles of the faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said at a meeting with the members of the Pontifical Council...

Cardinal Mahony, LA archdiocese sheltered abusive priests, files show CWN - January 21, 2013

Church leaders in the Los Angeles archdiocese, led by retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, worked for years to protect abusive priests from public exposure and prosecution, newly released archdiocesan...

Australia: Church will cooperate fully with royal commission probe on sexual abuse CWN - January 21, 2013

Catholic Church leaders in Australia have promised to cooperate fully with a royal commission investigating the handling of sex-abuse cases. Francis Sulivan, the head of an independent...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 22

Key USCCB bishop calls for criminal background check on every gun purchaser CWN - January 22, 2013

Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has signed a letter calling for “immediate...

Indonesia: Catholic schools to offer Islamic instruction rather than shut down CWN - January 22, 2013

Threatened with closure, administrators at six Catholic schools in Blitar, a city of 130,000 in East Java (Indonesia), have decided to offer instruction in Islam to their Muslim students. A city...

CDF prefect discusses Pope’s trilogy on Jesus CWN - January 22, 2013

Paying tribute to Pope Benedict’s trilogy of books devoted to Jesus Christ, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, writes that “it is certainly worth studying this extraordinary work of about 900 pages.”...

Vatican official reviews ecumenical progress with Protestant communities CWN - January 22, 2013

Writing for L’Osservatore Romano, Father Gregory Fairbanks, an official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has reviewed the recent progress of ecumenical dialogue with several...

Nigeria: arrests in bomb attack on church CWN - January 22, 2013

A spokeswoman for Nigeria’s secret service said that the suspected masterminds of a November 25 attack on a church have been arrested. The Protestant church was located inside a military base in...

Robert George reflects on Roe v. Wade CWN - January 22, 2013

In an interview with Catholic World Report, Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, reflects on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that struck down state laws...

Vatican quizzical about Guardian article on 'secretive' real-estate investments CWN - January 22, 2013

The Vatican has reacted sharply to an English newspaper article claiming that the Vatican has built up a secret real-estate portfolio, using funds from the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The...

Pope meets with Vietnamese Communist leader CWN - January 22, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 22 with Nguyen Phu Trong, the secretary-general of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party. The meeting marked a new stage in negotiations between the Holy See and the...

Lutheran leader unhappy with proposal for Lutheran ordinariate CWN - January 22, 2013

The General Secretary of the World Lutheran Federation has expressed serious misgivings about the prospect that the Vatican could establish an ordinariate for Lutherans entering the Catholic...

Code of Canon Law Seen as Realization of Vatican II vision CWN - January 22, 2013

The Code of Canon Law promulgated in 1983 realized the vision of the Church set forth by the Second Vatican Council, according to the Vatican’s top canon-law official. Cardinal Francesco...

Turkey: 15-year sentence for bishop's killer CWN - January 22, 2013

A Turkish court has issued a 15-year prison sentence to the man who admitted to the June 2010 murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese. Murat Altun had claimed that “I was not in control of myself” at the...

German cardinal apologizes for hospitals' refusal to treat rape victims CWN - January 22, 2013

A German cardinal has said that he was “deeply ashamed” to hear that rape victims were denied medical treatment at two Catholic hospitals in Cologne. Cardinal Joachim Meisner apologized for the...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 23

Vatican official reviews ecumenical relations with Anglicans, Methodists CWN - January 23, 2013

Msgr. Mark Langham, an official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, an official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has reviewed recent events that have...

President issues statement on 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade CWN - January 23, 2013

President Barack Obama issued a brief statement to commemorate the 40th anniversary ofRoe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that struck down laws protecting unborn human life. “On the 40th...

Archbishop Aquila recalls aftermath of 2 abortions CWN - January 23, 2013

In a pastoral letter marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Archbishop Aquila of Denver recounted his personal experience in dealing with the aftermath of abortion in his work as a hospital...

Burger King settles with Christian teen, fired after seeking to wear skirt CWN - January 23, 2013

Burger King has agreed to pay $25,000 to a Pentecostal teenage girl who was fired because she wished to a wear a long skirt instead of pants. In August, the Equal Employment Opportunity...

Memorial to unborn vandalized at Illinois Catholic university CWN - January 23, 2013

A temporary memorial commemorating the lives snuffed out by abortion was vandalized at DePaul University, a Catholic university in Illinois. Members of the DePaul University chapter Young...

Pope, at audience, reflects on Abraham as model of faith CWN - January 23, 2013

At his weekly public audience on January 23, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the first line of the Creed: “I believe in one God.” That phrase is “a fundamental affirmation, seemingly simple in...

Tariq Aziz, deputy to Saddam Hussein, asks to be executed quickly CWN - January 23, 2013

Tariq Aziz, the former deputy to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, plans to ask Pope Bendict XVI to support his wish to be executed promptly, his lawyer reports. Aziz, who was sentenced to death by...

Pope asks emergency aid for Indonesia after flooding CWN - January 23, 2013

At the conclusion of his regular Wednesday public audience on January 23, Pope Benedict XVI made an appeal for help for the people of Indonesia, where devastating floods have left thousands of...

Cardinal Mahony, future bishop discussed ways to shield abusive priests from prosecution CWN - January 23, 2013

In 1986 and 1987, Cardinal Roger Mahony, then archbishop of Los Angeles, and Father Thomas Curry, his vicar for clergy, discussed ways to shield abusive priests from prosecution, according to a Los...

Turkish leader urges women: have more children CWN - January 23, 2013

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged women to have “at least 4 or five children” for the sake of the country’s future. Erdogan (who is the father of 4 children) expressed his...

Detroit priest suspended after audit raises financial questions CWN - January 23, 2013

The Detroit archdiocese has removed a priest from parish ministry while investigating charges of financial wrongdoing. An archdiocesan auditor reported that Father Edward Belczak apparently paid...

Israeli elections could help peace prospects, bishop reports CWN - January 23, 2013

This week’s election results in Israel could lead to the formation of a government more likely to resume peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, in the view of Bishop William Shomali. Bishop...

Iraqi prelate begs Western help to save future of Christianity in Middle East CWN - January 23, 2013

Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, has issued a plea for help to Western Christians, warning that developments in the Middle East in the wake of the “Arab Spring” now threaten the future of...

Vatican spokesman promises action against illegal ivory trade CWN - January 23, 2013

Prodded by a pressure campaign launched by National Geographic magazine, the director of the Vatican press office has promised action to discourage international trade in ivory. In an article...

Released Thursday, Jan. 24

Cardinal Glemp, Poland’s primate for nearly 3 decades, dead at 83 CWN - January 24, 2013

Cardinal Józef Glemp, who served as Archbishop of Warsaw from 1981 to 2006 and Primate of Poland until 2009, has died at the age of lung cancer at the age of 83. Born in 1929 in Inowroclaw, now a...

Judge orders release of Legion of Christ documents related to widow’s $60M will CWN - January 24, 2013

Calling the public’s right to know “paramount,” a Rhode Island judge has ruled in favor of several media outlets that sought the release of documents related to a widow’s contributions to the Legion...

Malaysian lawmaker calls for burning of Bibles CWN - January 24, 2013

Ibrahim Ali, a member of the Malaysian parliament and head of the Malay supremacy organization Perkasa, has called upon Muslims to burn Bibles that use the word “Allah” to refer to God. For...

Polish cardinal defends ‘baby hatches’ following UN committee’s criticism CWN - January 24, 2013

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow has defended the practice of “baby hatches,” also known as “life windows” – places where mothers can anonymously abandon infants for whom they are unable or...

Pope Benedict calls for strong Christian presence in social media CWN - January 24, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI encourages an active and distinctively Christian involvement in the social media, in his message for the 47th World Communications Day. The social media, the Pope writes, are...

In wrongful-death lawsuit, Catholic hospital argues fetus is not a person CWN - January 24, 2013

A Catholic hospital in Colorado has argued in court that an unborn child should not be considered a “person” for purposes of a wrongful-death lawsuit. In the case of a woman who died of a heart...

Scottish Catholic adoption agency ordered to serve same-sex couples CWN - January 24, 2013

A Catholic adoption agency in Scotland has been ordered to provide equal service for homosexual couples, or lose its legal status as a recognized charity. St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care...

Redemptorist superior rues actions of Irish dissident priest CWN - January 24, 2013

The worldwide leader of the Redemptorist order has expressed regrets at the stand taken by Father Tony Flannery, the Irish priest who has refused to accept a Vatican order that he should sign a...

Released Friday, Jan. 25

Judge dismisses diocese’s suit against HHS mandate CWN - January 25, 2013

A federal district judge has dismissed the Diocese of Erie’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate. Ruling that the lawsuit is not ripe, Judge Sean McLaughlin, a Georgetown University alumnus and...

Typical new US religious: 39-year-old who prays Rosary, comes from large family CWN - January 25, 2013

The typical religious who professed perpetual vows in 2012 is a 39-year-old cradle Catholic who regularly prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering religious life,...

Rhode Island House approves same-sex marriage CWN - January 25, 2013

In a 51-19 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed legislation altering the legal definition of marriage to permit same-sex marriage. Calling same-sex marriage an “irrevocable...

Colorado bishops pledge ‘full review’ of Catholic hospital’s policies, litigation CWN - January 25, 2013

Colorado’s three bishops have responded to reports that a Catholic hospital argued in court that an unborn child should not be considered a “person” for purposes of a wrongful-death...

Pope shifts some duties between offices of Roman Curia CWN - January 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has released two documents shifting the responsibilities within the Roman Curia: assigning responsibility for seminaries to the Congregation for Clergy, and responsibility for...

Pope sends Twitter message of support to March for Life CWN - January 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI sent his greetings to participants in the March for Life in Washington, DC, on January 25, with a message on his Twitter account. “I join all those marching for life from afar,...

Pope closes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, rues scandal of division CWN - January 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI presided at an ecumenical Vespers service on Friday, January 25, to close the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. At the Vespers service, which was held at the basilica...

Churches to receive no 'Sandy' disaster relief? CWN - January 25, 2013

While the federal government will provide over $60 billion in disaster relief for victims of hurricane Sandy, little if any of that help will go to the hundreds of churches that were damaged by the...

Milwaukee archdiocese, in bankruptcy, seeks permission to suspend payments CWN - January 25, 2013

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to suspend payments to attorneys and consultants, saying that the archdiocese no longer has sufficient funds to continue...

Fiji expels Australian missionary priest CWN - January 25, 2013

The government of Fiji has moved to expel an Australian Catholic priest who drew the wrath of Vorege Bainimarama, the acting head of the military regime. Father Kevin Barr has been ordered to...

Washington Post profiles new head of March for Life CWN - January 25, 2013

On the day of the March for Life, the Washington Post has published a profile of Jeanne Monahan, the new head organizer for the annual march. The Post story contrasts Monahan’s approach with that...

Vatican encourages new push to eliminate leprosy CWN - January 25, 2013

In a message for the World Day for the Fight against Leprosy, the Pontifical Council for Health Care has called for redoubled efforts to fight “a malady that is as old as it is grave.” The...

Pope offers support to Christians of ancient Orthodox churches in Middle East CWN - January 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 25 with members of a joint commission set up 10 years ago for dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox churches, voicing his hope for progress in ecumenical work and for...

Bishop confirms National Catholic Reporter is not a 'Catholic' publication CWN - January 25, 2013

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, has confirmed that the National Catholic Reporter should not advertise itself as a “Catholic” publication. In a column appearing in his diocesan...

Released Monday, Jan. 28

Record crowd at March for Life in Washington CWN - January 28, 2013

A record crowd called for legal protection for the unborn during the annual March for Life in Washington. The Associated Press reported that “thousands” took part, while pro-life journalists who...

Kazakhstan imposes fines on 7 missionaries CWN - January 28, 2013

Authorities in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, which has been ruled by a former Communist Party chief since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, has fined four Jehovah's...

Religious leaders call upon Obama administration to take initiative on Mideast peace CWN - January 28, 2013

Thirty Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders have called upon the Obama administration to take a “bold new initiative” for Israeli-Palestinian peace. “We know the challenges are daunting, but we...

Pennsylvania: accused Franciscan friar commits suicide CWN - January 28, 2013

A Franciscan friar who was accused of abuse by dozens of his former male students has committed suicide. Brother Stephen Baker, TOR, worked as a teacher and coach at John F. Kennedy Catholic High...

Altar desecrated at Charlotte parish CWN - January 28, 2013

The altar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte was recently desecrated. A person, or persons, broke into the church through a stained-glass window during the night, knocked over the...

Chaldean bishops meet to elect new leader for embattled Church in Iraq CWN - January 28, 2013

The Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church has convened in Rome to elect a new Patriarch of Babylon. The 15 bishops of the Chaldean Synod are meeting under the direction of Cardinal Leonardo...

British lawyers say same-sex marriage bill could lead to other changes in law on adultery, divorce CWN - January 28, 2013

Proposed legislation to allow for legal recognition of same-sex marriage could force changes in existing laws regarding divorce, legal experts in Britain have warned. The government’s plan to...

Turnover coming in leadership of Vatican bank? CWN - January 28, 2013

Eight months after Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was dismissed as president of the Vatican bank, his successor has still not been appointed and Tedeschi’s dismissal remains controversial. Andrea...

Italian bishop confined to home by homosexual demonstration CWN - January 28, 2013

An Italian archbishop has revealed that he was confined to his home, forced to remain inside his “besieged” residence, when homosexual activists staged a protest there earlier this month, and warned...

Papal prayers for Brazilian nightclub fire victims CWN - January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of condolence or Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert of Santa Maria, Brazil, on the death of 231 youth people at a dance club. In his message—releayed in a...

Plenary indulgence granted for World Day of the Sick participants CWN - January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has approved a plenary indulgence for all those who participate in the 21st World Day of the Sick observances in Altotting, Germany, in February. Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de...

Pope reflects on challenges of constantly living the faith 'today' CWN - January 28, 2013

At his midday audience on Sunday, January 27, Pope Benedict XVI said that the day’s Gospel challenges Catholics to live out their faith fully today. Invoking the old Latin motto, Carpe diem, the...

Pope's prayer for Holocaust Remembrance Day CWN - January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI called attention to International Remembrance Day on January 27, praying that the horrors of the Holocaust would never be repeated. At the conclusion of his regular Sunday...

NY Times editorial calls for lawsuits against Cardinal Mahony, removal of former aide CWN - January 28, 2013

A New York Times editorial has suggested that Cardinal Roger Mahony could be vulnerable to lawsuits because of his efforts to cover up sexual abuse by priests in the Los Angeles archdiocese. The...

Crisis of faith causes crisis in marriage, Pope tells Roman tribunal CWN - January 28, 2013

The “current crisis of faith” has led to a crisis in marriage, Pope Benedict XVI said in a January 26 address to members of the tribunal of the Roman Rota. “Contemporary culture, marked by a...

Released Tuesday, Jan. 29

Judge will hold Obama administration to its pledge to modify HHS mandate CWN - January 29, 2013

A US district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate filed by the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic University of America, Catholic Charities of DC, and two other local...

Iran sentences US pastor to 8 years in prison for missionary activity CWN - January 29, 2013

An Iranian judge has sentenced Saeed Abedini, a 34-year-old American citizen who was born in Iran, to eight years in the notorious Evin prison for engaging in evangelization. Abedini, a convert...

Evangelical, Pentecostal churches spread in Angola CWN - January 29, 2013

Large Protestant churches are blossoming in Angola, the historically Catholic nation that has been ruled by an erstwhile Marxist president since 1979. “Recent churches like the Pentecostals have...

Archbishop Gomez welcomes senators’ immigration framework as ‘first step’ CWN - January 29, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, said that the immigration-reform principles announced by eight senators on January...

Boy Scouts may permit homosexual scoutmasters CWN - January 29, 2013

A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America has announced that the organization may soon permit local troops to decide whether to allow homosexuals to serve as scoutmasters. The president of the...

Pope plans full schedule of liturgical events for Lent, Easter CWN - January 29, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI will preside at all the usual liturgical ceremonies of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, the Vatican has announced. Although he requires more rest as he approaches his 86th birthday,...

Vatican press conference presents Pope's message for World Day of the Sick CWN - January 29, 2013

At a January 29 press conference, held to brief reporters on Pope Benedict’s message for the World Day of the Sick, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski said that the Pope’s message, released earlier this...

Resistance continues to translating pro multis as 'for many' CWN - January 29, 2013

As Italian Catholics await formal Vatican approval for a new translation of the Mass, a lively debate continues over the translation of the words “pro multis” as per molti rather than per tutti. The...

Pope picks young Lebanese Catholics to write Good Friday meditations CWN - January 29, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has asked for two young Lebanese Catholics to prepare the meditations for the Way of the Cross devotion on Good Friday at the Coliseum in Rome. The Pope has asked Maronite...

Zambia: bishops warn of mounting human-rights violations, repression of political dissent CWN - January 29, 2013

"The respect and protection of human rights in our Country is deteriorating at an alarming rate," the Catholic bishops of Zambia have warned in a pastoral letter. The bishops’ letter criticize...

Philippines: pro-contraception demonstrator sentenced for disrupting Mass CWN - January 29, 2013

A Filipino man has been sentenced to a 13-month prison term for disrupting Mass at the cathedral in Manila to deliver a message in favor of contraceptive use. Carlos Celdran was found guilty of...

Mennonite pastor jailed for refusing to testify in case involving lesbian visitation CWN - January 29, 2013

A Mennonite pastor in Vermont has been jailed for contempt of court after he refused to testify in a case involving a woman who fled with her daughter to avoid a court order requiring the daughter...

Court dismissed ex-Congressman's defamation suit against pro-life group CWN - January 29, 2013

A federal court in Ohio has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Congressman against a pro-life activist group. Former US Rep. Steve Driehaus, an Ohio Democrat, had charged that the Susan B....

Released Wednesday, Jan. 30

Philippine bishops blast ‘culture of death and promiscuity,’ will inform voters of candidates’ stances CWN - January 30, 2013

Noting that “our country continues to suffer grave crises, disasters and challenges,” the bishops of the Philippines have issued a pastoral statement lamenting “the promotion of a culture of death...

Central African Republic: rebels seize city, loot church CWN - January 30, 2013

Rebels in the Central African Republic have seized control of Alindao, a city of 160,000 that is the seat of one of the nation’s nine dioceses, destroyed the city hall and police stations, and...

String of attacks against Armenian Christians in Istanbul CWN - January 30, 2013

Five Armenian Christians have been attacked recently in an Istanbul neighborhood. One 85-year-old murder victim was stabbed repeatedly and had a cross carved on her corpse. “Opinion remains...

USCCB, in Supreme Court briefs, defends marriage as union of man and woman CWN - January 30, 2013

As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has filed briefs in their...

Catholic schools see continued enrollment decline, save nation $20 billion per year CWN - January 30, 2013

In a statement for Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated that...

Vatican-Israel diplomatic accord finally near completion? CWN - January 30, 2013

A long-overdue diplomatic accord between the Vatican and Israel is finally near completion, according to a top Israeli negotiator. Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon—who took part in...

God's love is the ultimate form of fatherly strength, Pope tells audience CWN - January 30, 2013

At his weekly public audience on January 30, Pope Benedict XVI continued a series of meditations on the Creed, with a focus on the description of God as the “almighty Father.” The Pope...

Lebanese prelate denounces governments supporting both sides of Syrian civil war CWN - January 30, 2013

Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai has charged that the governments who are arming both sides in Syria’s civil war bear a moral responsibility for the bloodshed. The Lebanese prelate...

Some US bishops ready to defy HHS mandate, risk jail CWN - January 30, 2013

In interviews with LifeSite News, three American Catholic bishops said that they were prepared to go to jail rather than accept implementation of the contraceptive mandate in the Obama...

Pakistani appeals court lifts death sentence against Christian in blasphemy case CWN - January 30, 2013

A Pakistani Christian has been acquitted by an appeals court, after having been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. Rimsha Masih, who had spent 18 months in prison, was freed when an...

Released Thursday, Jan. 31

Philadelphia priest, schoolteacher convicted of abuse in case related to clergy vicar’s conviction CWN - January 31, 2013

A Philadelphia priest and former Catholic elementary school teacher have been convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in 1998 and 1999. “I’m overjoyed that there was a conviction, mostly...

USCCB committee: end life sentences without parole for minors CWN - January 31, 2013

The Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has endorsed the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, an initiative that calls for...

LA archdiocese will not redact Church officials’ names when abuse files are released CWN - January 31, 2013

Reversing a decision by a private mediator, a Los Angeles superior court judge has directed the Archdiocese of Los Angeles not to black out the names of Cardinal Roger Mahony, his auxiliary bishops,...

Massachusetts diocese cancels appearance by Robert Spencer, writer on Islam CWN - January 31, 2013

The Diocese of Worcester has canceled an appearance by Robert Spencer, the author of several books on Islam. Spencer had been invited to speak at a diocesan Catholic men’s conference. “Although...

Pressure from Islamic radicals driving Catholic religious out of eastern Libya CWN - January 31, 2013

Two Catholic religious communities have been forced to abandon their residences in Libya, and others are planning to leave, because of mounting pressure from Islamic militants. “The situation is...

Cardinal Ravasi: young people ‘disconnected’ from their culture CWN - January 31, 2013

At a January 31 press conference in Rome, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, observed that young people today are frequently “disconnected” from...

Vatican donation toward repairs at Bethlehem basilica CWN - January 31, 2013

The Vatican has announced a donation of €100,000 (about $135,500) to underwrite repairs to the roof of the basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The ancient church—originally constructed in...

Vatican, Palestinian negotiators move toward accord CWN - January 31, 2013

Negotiators for the Holy See and the Palestinian Authority have announced progress toward the completion of an accord that would define the legal rights of the Church on Palestinian land. After...

Director of Vatican Museums decries looting of Italian cultural treasures CWN - January 31, 2013

The director of the Vatican Museums has warned that Italy’s cultural institutions are being plundered, and “our immense national heritage is vanishing,” as criminals loot museums and...

Split decisions in US courts on challenges to HHS mandate CWN - January 31, 2013

A federal appeals court has given another legal victory to a Catholic-owned business challenging the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, while another court has thrown out a challenge...

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