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Released Monday, Jun. 3

President Obama meets with leader of ‘nuns on the bus’ CWN - June 3, 2013

President Barack Obama received Sister Simone Campbell, president of the lobbying group Network, at the White House on May 30. The White House did not release a transcript of the president’s...

Holy See diplomat calls for greater corporate responsibility in wake of Bangladesh disaster CWN - June 3, 2013

Five weeks after a building collapse near Bangladesh’s capital killed over 1,100, one of the Holy See’s leading diplomats called upon corporations to make “a more robust respect for human rights” a...

Shortage of altar bread, wine for Masses in Venezuela CWN - June 3, 2013

Shortages of wine and hosts made from wheat flour in Venezuela may lead Church officials to ration their use at Mass. Shortages of widely used items, from milk to sugar to toilet paper, have...

Pontifical institute to offer master’s in Gregorian chant, organ CWN - June 3, 2013

The Pontifical Liturgical Institute, which is located at the Order of St. Benedict’s Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm (Sant’Anselmo) in Rome, has launched a two-year master’s degree program that...

Canadian bishops: statement on death of Henry Morgantaler, leading abortionist CWN - June 3, 2013

Henry Morgentaler, a concentration-camp survivor who went on to become Canada’s most prominent abortionist, has died at the age of 90. “Recognizing that they have lost a loved one, I wish to...

Some diocesan records sealed in Indiana IVF-dismissal case CWN - June 3, 2013

A federal judge has allowed the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, to seal some personnel records in the process leading up to a court trial in a case involving a woman who was dismissed...

War is 'suicide of humanity,' Pope says CWN - June 3, 2013

“War is madness,” Pope Francis said on June 2. “It is the suicide of humanity.” The Pope denounced warfare, in unusually strong language, in two public statements on Sunday. First, as he...

Ohio teacher wins suit against archdiocese after being dismissed for in vitro pregnancy CWN - June 3, 2013

An Ohio jury has found that the Cincinnati archdiocese illegally discriminated against a woman who was dismissed from her post as a Catholic-school teacher after she conceived a child using in vitro...

Corruption in Church stems for urge to control, Pope says CWN - June 3, 2013

Corruption in the Church arises when individuals seek to take control of the Church for their own purposes, Pope Francis told a congregation at the Vatican on June 3. Peaching on the parable of...

EWTN to launch nightly news program CWN - June 3, 2013

The Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) plans to launch a nightly television news program, starting July 29. The half-hour newscast will be aired from Washington, DC, and will address public...

Indian Christian man beheaded after refusing to become Hindu CWN - June 3, 2013

In India, a Christian man has been beheaded after he refused to become a Hindu. Tapas Bin, 35-year-old resident of a remote tribal region of West Tripura, had been under heavy pressure from his...

Pressure mounts on Syria's Christians, archbishop reports CWN - June 3, 2013

"We see only chaos and destruction in a conflict that is against everything and everyone,” reports Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian prelate said...

Church of England bishops in House of Lords become focal point of pressure in debate on same-sex marriage CWN - June 3, 2013

Bishops of the Church of England are being urged not to use their positions in the House of Lords to block legislation that would recognize same-sex marriages. Although Anglican leaders have...

Papal nuncio, archbishop underline pro-life message to Ireland CWN - June 3, 2013

“Let us stand with the Lord of life and promote his Gospel of Life in our society,” said Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio in Ireland, as he spoke to participants in a Eucharistic...

Philadelphia archdiocese announces parish-merger plans CWN - June 3, 2013

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, has announced planned to merge dozens of parishes, as part of a sweeping reorganization plan. “It is hoped that the result will be revitalized...

Vatican officials side with critics of new church architecture CWN - June 3, 2013

Vatican officials have acknowledged that some newly designed churches are not appropriate for Catholic worship. Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museums, has complained that some new...

Pope meets with leaders of Uruguay, Cape Verde CWN - June 3, 2013

Pope Francis met with the presidents of Uruguay and Cape Verde in separate private audiences on June 1 and 3. Meeting on June 1 with Uruguay’s Jose Alberto Mujica Cordano, the Pope spoke of the...

50 years after death of Bl. John XXIII, Pope Francis reflects on anniversary CWN - June 3, 2013

On June 3, the Vatican observed the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed John XXIII. On Monday evening, Pope Francis received a delegation of pilgrims from the Diocese of Bergamo, Italy,...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 4

Church attacked in Zambia CWN - June 4, 2013

Youth activists associated with Zambia’s ruling party, the Patriotic Front (PF), attacked a prayer gathering at a Protestant church. “We were beaten, others had their cars smashed by cadres with...

Bishop: Turkish riots not a replay of ‘Arab Spring’ CWN - June 4, 2013

Riots in Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian regime are not a replay of the Arab Spring, according to the apostolic vicar of Istanbul. “One cannot see a real...

Philippine bishops: priests shouldn’t carry guns in dangerous areas CWN - June 4, 2013

Following passage of a law allowing for the more widespread carrying of firearms in the Philippines, two bishops said that priests should not carry guns, even in dangerous areas. “We priests are...

Mexican bishop calls for protection of migrants following murders CWN - June 4, 2013

Following the murder of two women, Mexican bishops has called upon civil authorities to protect migrants from Central America who traveling through Mexico to seek entry into the United...

Prelate welcomes failure to enact same-sex marriage in Illinois CWN - June 4, 2013

The Illinois House of Representatives did not vote on legislation to redefine marriage to include couples of the same sex because it did not appear to have sufficient votes to pass – prompting a...

Argentine photo exhibition shows future Pope Francis at work in Buenos Aires CWN - June 4, 2013

The Santa Catalina Monastery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has opened an exhibit of photos showing Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio—the future Pope Francis—in his work as archbishop in the Argentine...

Under fire for remarks, Ohio State president bows out as Catholic-school graduation speaker CWN - June 4, 2013

The president of Ohio State University has cancelled a scheduled appearance as a graduation speaker at a Catholic high school, after his remarks about Catholic priests at Notre Dame drew critical...

Pope meets with Armenian Catholic Patriarch CWN - June 4, 2013

Pope Francis met on Monday afternoon, June 3, with Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni of Cilicia, the leader of the Armenian Catholic Church. The Armenian Patriarch, who was selected by the...

Pope contrasts Christ's direct speech with Pharisees' corruption of language CWN - June 4, 2013

"Hypocrisy is the very language of corruption,” Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass on June 4. Reflecting on the Pharisees who sought to trap Jesus with questions, the Pope said that they “do...

Archbishop of Canterbury opposes redefinition of marriage CWN - June 4, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury has staked out his opposition to legislation that would recognize same-sex marriage during an address to the House of Lords. Dr. Justin Welby made it clear that he...

Pope encourages work to protect children from abuse CWN - June 4, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 4 with Father Hans Zollner, the director of the Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University. “This is important work,” the Pope told the German...

Vatican recognizes 95 new martyrs of Spanish Civil War CWN - June 4, 2013

The Vatican has proclaimed 95 more martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. On June 3, with the approval of Pope Francis, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued four separate decrees,...

Belgian Cardinal Danneels turns 80; 112 cardinal-electors remain CWN - June 4, 2013

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the retired Archbishop of Brussels, marked his 80th birthday on June 4, and thus became ineligible to vote in a papal election. Ordained to the priesthood in Brussels...

Cardinal Bertone to vacation in Alpine village favored by Pontiffs CWN - June 4, 2013

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, will spend the first two weeks of August vacationing in Valle d'Aosta, in the chalet that has previously been used as a vacation spot by...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 5

Vatican letter to seminarians CWN - June 5, 2013

Emphasizing the centrality of prayer in priestly life, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has sent a letter to seminarians on the occasion of the Solemnity of...

Bishops of G8 nations urge leaders: remember the poor CWN - June 5, 2013

The presidents of bishops’ conferences located in the G8 nations are urging G8 leaders “to take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty, and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency...

Czech high court upholds return of confiscated Church properties CWN - June 5, 2013

The highest court in the Czech Republic has upheld the constitutionality of a 2012 law that would return religious properties confiscated during the Communist era. The Church’s property, valued...

Vatican’s leading ecumenical official visits Ukraine CWN - June 5, 2013

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has begun a weeklong visit to Ukraine. The nation of 45 million is 83% Orthodox, 10% Catholic, and 2%...

Vatican meeting on persecuted Christians in Egypt, Iraq CWN - June 5, 2013

The Reunion of the Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO) will devote its annual meeting to the situation of Christians in Egypt and Iraq. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the...

Pope strongly condemns 'culture of waste' CWN - June 5, 2013

Pope Francis condemned a “culture of waste” at his weekly public audience on June 5. Noting that the UN was observing World Environment Day, the Pope spoke on the proper stewardship of the earth....

Pope repeats plea for peace in Syria, lauds relief efforts CWN - June 5, 2013

Pope Francis underlined his concern about the continuing bloodshed in Syria during a June 5 meeting with Catholic charitable groups that are active in the Middle East. Speaking to representatives...

Bring problems, complaints to prayer, Pope instructs faithful CWN - June 5, 2013

God listens to all prayers, even complaints, Pope Francis told a congregation at the Domus Sanctae Marthae on June 5. When “people in extreme situations” pray to God for relief, “they do not...

Russian city sees first Corpus Christi procession in 95 years CWN - June 5, 2013

Catholics in St. Petersburg, Russia joined in a Eucharistic procession through the city’s streets on June 2. The Corpus Christi procession was the first such public celebration since the...

Polish Cardinal Nagy dead at 91 CWN - June 5, 2013

Cardinal Stanislaw Kazimierz Nagy, a noted Polish theologian, died in Krakow on June 5 at the age of 91. Ordained to the priesthood in the Dehonian order in 1945, Father Nagy became a seminary...

Released Thursday, Jun. 6

Central African Republic: evangelization amidst chaos, persecution CWN - June 6, 2013

Three months after the Islamist rebel movement Seleka assumed power in the Central African Republic, a Spanish missionary bishop said that the nation remains in chaos. “I am walking as usual,”...

New York bishops denounce Cuomo’s abortion bill CWN - June 6, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other bishops of New York State have denounced a provision of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act that would expand abortion access. “We are profoundly...

Nigerian legislature prohibits homosexual marriage, displays of affection CWN - June 6, 2013

Nigeria’s National Assembly has passed legislation prohibiting same-sex marriages and civil unions. The legislation awaits the signature of President Goodluck Jonathan. The legislation also...

Bishop criticizes Boy Scouts’ membership decision CWN - June 6, 2013

Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington has criticized the Boy Scouts of America’s approval of a resolution stating that “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of...

South Korean prelate to lead 600 priests on pilgrimage for peace CWN - June 6, 2013

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul will lead 600 priests on a walking pilgrimage in South Korea’s capital to pray for peace between the South and the Communist North. Pilgrimage sites include...

Long-awaited Vatican-Israel judicial accord near conclusion? CWN - June 6, 2013

Vatican and Israeli negotiators announced “significant progress” toward an agreement after a June 5 negotiating session, and an Israeli official predicted that a long-awaited agreement on the legal...

Careerism harms Church, Pope tells future Vatican diplomats CWN - June 6, 2013

Pope Francis warned future Vatican diplomats against the danger of careerism in a June 6 address to students at the Pontifical Ecclesial Academy, the institution that trains priests for the Vatican...

Pope Francis plans no vacation: will remain in Rome through summer CWN - June 6, 2013

Breaking with the usual pattern for a Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis will not spend the summer months at Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican has disclosed. Pope Francis will remain in the Domus Sanctae...

Vatican document demands governments protect refugees CWN - June 6, 2013

The world’s governments must give “absolute priority” to the fundamental human rights of refugees, the Vatican insisted in a new document released June 6. The strongly worded document, entitled...

Vatican fears mounting civilian casualties in Syria CWN - June 6, 2013

Syria’s civil war will take a heavier toll on civilians during the summer months, Vatican officials have predicted, calling for renewed efforts to provide humanitarian relief. The Pontifical...

Benedict XVI in retirement: 'I read, I pray. I'm fine.' CWN - June 6, 2013

“I’m fine. I live like a monk,” Benedict XVI told an old German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on the Vatican grounds. Manfred Lutz, a...

Defending Church teaching on homosexuality, bishop says former parish secretary died a martyr CWN - June 6, 2013

In a debate on acceptance of same-sex marriage, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, remarked on the media bias in coverage of issues involving homosexuality. Speaking to an audience...

Australian prosecutors will not pursue abuse complaint by Anglican prelate against Catholic priest CWN - June 6, 2013

Australian prosecutors have found insufficient evidence to bring charges against a priest who was charged with sexual assault by the former leader of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC)....

Everyone is tempted to forms of idolatry, Pope says CWN - June 6, 2013

All Christians should guard against the “small—or not so small” forms of idolatry that creep into their lives, Pope Francis told the congregation at a daily Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on June...

Priest beaten; diocese and police investigating CWN - June 6, 2013

A priest of the Austin, Texas diocese, was briefly hospitalized after being beaten in a motel room, under circumstances that have raised questions for the diocese as well as local police. Father...

California diocese considering bankruptcy CWN - June 6, 2013

The Diocese of Stockton, California, is reportedly weighing the possibility of filing for bankruptcy protection, after agreeing to pay $1.75 million to settle a lawsuit involving a notorious abusive...

Saudi Arabia plans to expand number of executioners CWN - June 6, 2013

Faced with a shortage of executioners, the government of Saudi Arabia plans to begin carrying out the death penalty by firing squads rather than relying exclusively on beheadings. There have been...

Released Friday, Jun. 7

Setback for traditional marriage in House of Lords; bishops call for religious-liberty protections CWN - June 7, 2013

The United Kingdom moved closer to altering the definition of marriage when the House of Lords, by a 390-148 margin, rejected an attempt to table same-sex marriage legislation. “The Church’s...

Pakistan: hundreds accused of taking part in anti-Christian rampage released CWN - June 7, 2013

Three months after a mob of 3,000 Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, few of the perpetrators are in prison. Hundreds of those detained...

Leading Philippine prelate: divorce, same-sex marriage legislation unlikely to pass CWN - June 7, 2013

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has said that legislation that would expand divorce and alter the definition of marriage in the...

Bishop: ‘drones aren’t the murky moral subject we pretend they are’ CWN - June 7, 2013

Writing for a Washington Post blog, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued that...

Nebraska Christian leaders argue against food stamp cuts CWN - June 7, 2013

Bishop William Dendinger of Grand Island has joined Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist leaders in Nebraska in urging representatives and senators not to support cuts to the federal food stamp...

Pope surprises students with unscripted Q+A session CWN - June 7, 2013

Pope Francis revealed that he never wanted to be the Pope, and that he has chosen not to live in the papal apartments for the sake of his mental health, in a candid exchange with students on June...

Turkey angered by Pope's statement on Armenian genocide CWN - June 7, 2013

Turkey’s foreign ministry has lodged a formal protest with the Vatican after Pope Francis referred to the mass murder of Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The Pope alluded...

Released Monday, Jun. 10

Pope Francis tells German national Eucharistic Congress: ‘learn to live the Holy Mass’ CWN - June 10, 2013

An estimated 45,000 people attended Germany’s national Eucharistic Congress, which took place in Cologne from June 5 to June 9. Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president emeritus...

Largest pro-life march in Ireland’s history CWN - June 10, 2013

As Irish lawmakers consider a bill that would legalize abortion, the Pro Life Campaign held the largest pro-life march in Ireland’s history. Over 40,000 people attended the National Vigil for...

Louisiana lawmakers pass student prayer legislation CWN - June 10, 2013

By unanimous votes in the both the state house and senate, Louisiana lawmakers have approved legislation related to student-initiated prayer gatherings at public schools. “Upon the request of any...

Burma: 2-child policy enforced against Muslims CWN - June 10, 2013

The US State Department has called upon Myanmar (Burma) to end its policy of limiting some Muslim families to two children. The Burmese government’s renewed efforts to enforce 1994 child...

Russian Orthodox spokesman: same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of West CWN - June 10, 2013

The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate says that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of the West in 50 years. “The main...

Ten Commandments expand, not limit, human freedom, Pope says CWN - June 10, 2013

The Ten Commandments expand, rather than limit, human freedom, Pope Francis told a crowd in Milan, Italy, on June 9. “The word ‘commandment’ isn’t fashionable,” the Pope conceded in his message,...

No 'free vote' on legalizing abortion, Irish prime minister announces CWN - June 10, 2013

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has announced that he will impose party discipline on lawmakers in an upcoming vote on a measure to allow for legal abortion, dismissing a plea for a free...

Criminal charges dropped in obscene mockery of Pope at Carnegie-Mellon CWN - June 10, 2013

Criminal charges have been dropped against a student at Carnegie-Mellon University who paraded semi-nude in a costume mocking the Pope. Katherine O’Connor reached an agreement with prosecutors to...

French opponents of same-sex marriage continue fight despite law's implementation CWN - June 10, 2013

The French president of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe is encouraging continued opposition to a new law allowing same-sex marriage, even after the law has gone into...

Cardinal Danneels joins list of prelates urging legal protection for same-sex unions CWN - June 10, 2013

Retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels has added his name to the list of prominent Catholic prelates calling for some legal recognition of same-sex unions. The Italian journal L’Espresso...

Beatitudes are only understood by those who open their heart to God, Pope says CWN - June 10, 2013

The Beatitudes can be understood only by someone whose heart is open to the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass on Monday, June 10. The Beatitudes are “the new commandments,” the...

Vatican previews meeting of Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury CWN - June 10, 2013

Looking forward to the June 14 meeting between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has said that the meeting will be “of particular interest...

Sacred Heart is 'ultimate symbol of God's mercy,' Pope tells Sunday audience CWN - June 10, 2013

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is “the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy,” Pope Francis said at his midday audience on Sunday, June 9. The Pope reminded his audience that the month of June is...

Churches close as Detroit archdiocese reorganizes CWN - June 10, 2013

The Detroit archdiocese is implementing a series of changes, closing or merging parishes in response of financial constraints and a shortage of priests. After the changes go into effect the...

Be ready for God's surprises, Pope advises young Italian pilgrims CWN - June 10, 2013

“All of life is a pilgrimage,” Pope Francis said in a telephone message to thousands of young people preparing for the 35th annual pilgrimage from the Italian town of Macerata to the shrine of...

Pope stresses religious freedom during visit by Italian President Napolitano CWN - June 10, 2013

“In today's world, religious freedom is more often asserted than accomplished,” Pope Francis said as he greeted Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to the Vatican on June 8. Napolitano, who was...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 11

Cardinal Koch challenges Orthodox to reexamine tendency to nationalism CWN - June 11, 2013

Speaking at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, the Vatican’s leading ecumenical official challenged the Eastern Orthodox world to “boldly examine its main ecclesiological problem, namely,...

Obama administration will not appeal morning-after pills for girls of all ages CWN - June 11, 2013

Reversing course, the Obama administration has ended its appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that mandated the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill to women and girls of all ages. “By...

US bishops reiterate call for passage of immigration-reform legislation CWN - June 11, 2013

Speaking at a press conference near San Diego, where the US bishops are on retreat, three prelates called for the passage of immigration-reform legislation. “While not perfect, the Senate...

Head of Ukrainian Catholic Church strongly denies dissent on issue of homosexuality CWN - June 11, 2013

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has forcefully denied that he dissents from the teaching of the Church on homosexuality. “Some call you the most liberal head of the Ukrainian...

1st bishop from Niger consecrated CWN - June 11, 2013

For the first time in its history, the largely Muslim west African nation of Niger has a native-born bishop. Auxiliary Bishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey, the nation’s capital, was ordained...

Fake priest’s blasphemous Facebook page gains 135,000 ‘likes’ CWN - June 11, 2013

Some Hungarian students have a created a Facebook page of a fake priest who is an alcoholic, a pedophile, and posts blasphemous comments. In a nation of under ten million people, the page has...

Pope acknowledges 'gay lobby' influence in Vatican CWN - June 11, 2013

Pope Francis reportedly confirmed the existence of a “gay lobby” within the Roman Curia, in a candid conversation with visiting religious from Latin America. During a meeting with representatives...

Benedict XVI supported move to 'unblock' beatification cause of Archbishop Romero CWN - June 11, 2013

Although the cause for beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero was reportedly “unblocked” by Pope Francis earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI had also favored the beatification of the slain...

Quest for power saps strength of Church, Pope says CWN - June 11, 2013

The Church must carry out her work “with a heart of poverty, not with the heart of an investment broker,” Pope Francis told a congregation at the Domus Sanctae Marthae on June 11. The key to...

Islamic leader: Pope should proclaim Islam as religion of peace CWN - June 11, 2013

A spokesman for Egypt’s influential Al Azhar University has said that a restoration of friendly ties between the Islamic institution and the Vatican will come when Pope Francis proclaims that Islam...

Papal message to Italian group for the blind CWN - June 11, 2013

Pope Francis has set an audio message to participants in a summer program organized by the Italian Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In the Gospels, the Pope observed, “the...

Irish bishops exhort lawmakers to reject abortion CWN - June 11, 2013

Warning that pending legislation would “fundamentally change the culture of medical practice in Ireland,” the country’s Catholic bishops have called upon lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow...

Liberal group sees 'McCarthyism' in criticism of CCHD CWN - June 11, 2013

Critics of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) are engaged in “McCarthyism” that interferes with the Church’s efforts to help the poor, according to a report from a Washington-based...

Vatican envoy at UN calls for steps to broaden access to medicines CWN - June 11, 2013

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has called attention to the difficulties that millions of people face in obtaining needed medications. Speaking to a session on access to...

Turkish court says bishop's killer acted alone CWN - June 11, 2013

The 2010 murder of a Catholic bishop in Turkey was the work of a lone individual, not a group or religious faction, a Turkish court has ruled. Bishop Luigi Padovese was stabbed by his driver,...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 12

Curial cardinal to consecrate church in United Arab Emirates CWN - June 12, 2013

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has traveled to the United Arab Emirates to consecrate a new church that will seat 1,500. Masses will be...

Vatican, Vietnam resume talks on diplomatic relations CWN - June 12, 2013

Representatives of the Holy See and the Vietnamese government will soon begin a fourth round of meetings devoted to the establishment of diplomatic relations. The Communist nation of 91.5 million...

Evangelical political influence on the rise in Brazil CWN - June 12, 2013

The rising political influence of evangelicals in Brazil has made abortion a more central political issue in the world’s fifth most populous nation. “Though belonging to a dozen different...

Church desecrated in Sri Lanka CWN - June 12, 2013

Destroying statues and removing the tabernacle, attackers desecrated a parish in Sri Lanka on the night on June 5. “The unknown group had forcefully removed the tabernacle from the sanctuary of...

Concordat between Holy See, Cape Verde on Church’s legal status CWN - June 12, 2013

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, traveled to the Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde on June 10 to sign a diplomatic accord on the Church’s legal...

Some Turkish protesters, even non-Christians, light candles to St. Anthony CWN - June 12, 2013

Before taking part in demonstrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, “many young people” visit Istanbul’s largest Roman Catholic parish to light a candle to St. Anthony, according to the parish’s...

Pope explains definition of Church as 'People of God' CWN - June 12, 2013

“What does it mean to be the People of God?” Pope Francis asked at his weekly audience on June 12. As he neared the end of his midday address, the Pontiff offered an answer to his own question:...

India: millions of women sterilized in government program CWN - June 12, 2013

An estimated 4.6 million women in India have been sterilized—often under pressure and without adequate understanding—as part of that government’s aggressive family-planning program, the AsiaNews...

Scottish priest may sue colleague over book claiming homosexual harassment in seminaries CWN - June 12, 2013

A prominent priest in Scotland plans legal action against another priest who wrote a book charging that sexual harassment was commonplace in Scottish seminaries. Father Matthew Despard’s book,...

Pope speaks of 2 extremes: fear of progress and 'adolescent progressivism' CWN - June 12, 2013

Pope Francis warned of two dangerous attitudes in the Church—a fear of change on one extreme, and an “adolescent progressivism” on the other—during his homily at a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae...

English bishop praises Community of St. John CWN - June 12, 2013

An English bishop has expressed strong support for the Community of St. John, after reports that the group’s founder had been involved in sexual misconduct. Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood...

Pope presented 2 Harley-Davidson motorcycles CWN - June 12, 2013

Pope Francis has been presented with two classic Harley Davidson motorcycles, as the American manufacturer celebrates its 110th anniversary. Continuing a publicity offensive in Rome for its...

Priest given 6-12 sentence in controversial Philadelphia sex-abuse case CWN - June 12, 2013

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a Catholic priest to a 6-to-12 year prison terms after his conviction in a sex-abuse case. Father Charles Engelhardt was convicted in January along with a...

Cardinal George fears Catholics may face 'religious test' in public life CWN - June 12, 2013

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has questioned whether American Catholics might be subjected to a “religious test” when running for public office or seeking work at newspapers, universities, or...

Released Thursday, Jun. 13

Argentine rabbi recalls dialogue with future Pope Francis CWN - June 13, 2013

In Rome for a Jewish-Catholic dialogue sponsored by the Focolare movement, Rabbi Abraham Skorka recalled his conversations with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, with whom he coauthored the book...

Vietnamese authorities rule Christian leader’s prison death a suicide CWN - June 13, 2013

Vietnamese police have ruled that a Christian leader’s March prison death was caused by suicide through electrocution. Hoang Van Ngai, an elder of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam, died in...

India’s president urged to end pro-Hindu bias in scholarship awards CWN - June 13, 2013

Representatives of Isai Maha Sangh, a Catholic organization, and Rastriya Secular Manch, a Muslim organization, met with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and called for an end to discrimination...

Sri Lanka’s bishops back decentralized power, oppose changing constitution CWN - June 13, 2013

Sri Lanka’s bishops, led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, have announced their opposition to a proposed change to the nation’s constitution. A constitutional amendment that took effect in...

Polish nuns beatified CWN - June 13, 2013

Two women religious – Sister Zofia Czeska Maciejowska (1584-1650) and Sister Margherita Lucia Szewczyk (1828-1905) – were beatified in Kraków, Poland, on June 9. Sister Maciejowska founded the...

USCCB: amend immigration-reform legislation CWN - June 13, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign is calling upon Catholics to lobby senators to amend immigration-reform legislation. “As you consider S. 744, I...

Pope confirms he is completing encyclical on faith begun by Benedict XVI CWN - June 13, 2013

Pope Francis has confirmed that he is completing an encyclical that was begun by Pope Benedict XVI, on the subject of faith. Before announcing his plans to resign, Pope Benedict had been drafting...

Iraqi Christians must maintain strong presence: Chaldean Catholic Synod CWN - June 13, 2013

Christians should continue to serve as “a bridge between communities” in Iraq, the Chaldean Catholic Synod proclaimed at the close of a meeting in Baghdad. Although half of Iraq’s Christians have...

Ukrainian Catholics, Orthodox move to mend ties CWN - June 13, 2013

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, has issued an invitation to the country’s most prominent Orthodox leader to attend services for the...

McKinsey consultant to suggest steps to streamline Roman Curia CWN - June 13, 2013

Pope Francis has asked a German management consultant to suggest administrative changes at the Vatican. Thomas von Mitschke-Collande, a manager of the international consulting firm McKinsey &...

International Criminal Court rejects bid to investigate Pope Benedict CWN - June 13, 2013

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has turned down a bid to bring charges against Pope Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity. The ICC found “no basis” for an investigation of the charges...

Pelosi says abortion issue is 'sacred ground' CWN - June 13, 2013

US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi denounced a bill that would ban late-term abortions, and said that the issue of abortion is “sacred ground,” in a testy exchange with a reporter during a June...

Pueblo's Bishop Isern resigns, citing health problems CWN - June 13, 2013

An American bishop has abruptly resigned, citing reasons of health, at the age of 54. Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo, Colorado said that persistent health problems had convinced him that the...

Vatican envoy tells OAS: legal abortion undermines basis for anti-drug efforts CWN - June 13, 2013

The Vatican’s representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) has observed that efforts to legalize abortion undermine the moral basis for a drive to eliminate drug trafficking in Latin...

Slovenia leader meets with Pope CWN - June 13, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 13 with Slovenia's Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek, for a conversation that centered on religious freedom and the role of the Catholic Church in that country's public...

Released Friday, Jun. 14

Vatican cardinal in London to promote interfaith relations CWN - June 14, 2013

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has begun a five-day visit to the United Kingdom to promote interfaith relations. On June 13, he visited...

Quebec ‘aid in dying’ legislation denounced CWN - June 14, 2013

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family – an initiative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus – has denounced legislation that would legalize “aid in...

Cardinal exhorts Catholics in United Arab Emirates to preserve their faith CWN - June 14, 2013

Preaching at the cathedral in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples urged Catholics to preserve their faith in a...

Russian Duma passes ban on distribution of pro-homosexuality information to minors CWN - June 14, 2013

In a 436-0 vote, with one abstention, Russia’s Duma, or lower house of parliament, passed legislation banning the distribution of pro-homosexuality information to minors. President Vladimir Putin...

USCCB: call senators, urge them to reject 5 amendments to immigration bill CWN - June 14, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign is asking Catholics to “call your senators as soon as possible” and urge them to oppose five amendments to...

Catholics in US asked to pray, fast for fathers CWN - June 14, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on June 14 “for fathers, that their attentive care for their children may reflect...

Pope welcomes Archbishop of Canterbury CWN - June 14, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 14 with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, and the two affirmed the need for a shared Christian witness and joint efforts to promote social justice and...

Help introduce Christianity in secular culture, Pope urges Jesuit editors CWN - June 14, 2013

Meeting on June 14 with editors of the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis told them that “your main task isn’t to build walls but bridges.” Civilta Cattolica occupies a unique place...

Vietnam, Vatican report progress toward diplomatic ties CWN - June 14, 2013

Relations between the Holy See and the government of Vietnam have “progress in a spirit of goodwill, constructive exchange, and respect for principles in the relationship,” according to a joint...

Australian opposition leader would not seek federal abortion restrictions CWN - June 14, 2013

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has said that he will not strike deals on federal abortion restrictions in order to form a new government coalition. Insisting that his coalition would...

Vatican bank begins PR campaign to restore confidence CWN - June 14, 2013

The new president of the Vatican bank, Ernst von Freyberg, has launched a public-relations campaign to restore the image of the institution after years of criticism. Von Freyberg has scheduled a...

Central African Republic falling into chaos, civic groups warn CWN - June 14, 2013

Since the ouster of President Francois Bozize in March, the Central African Republic has descended into chaos, a group of civic groups has warned in a plea for humanitarian help. The plea,...

Released Monday, Jun. 17

Beatification for Italian layman who saved Jews CWN - June 17, 2013

Odoardo Focherini (1907-44), an Italian layman who saved more than 100 Jews during World War II, was beatified on June 16 in the northern Italian city of Carpi. Focherini, an insurance agent,...

President Obama nominates new US ambassador to Holy See CWN - June 17, 2013

President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, who served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services for nearly two decades until his 2011 retirement, as the new US ambassador to the Holy...

Vatican cardinal, in England, addresses Jains, Sikhs, interfaith meeting for peace CWN - June 17, 2013

During a five-day visit to the United Kingdom to promote interfaith relations, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, delivered separate...

Federal judge rules against nurse disciplined for comments critical of homosexuality CWN - June 17, 2013

A US district judge has ruled that a Georgia hospital did not discriminate against a nurse supervisor who was disciplined after she made remarks critical of homosexuality. In 2009, Amanda Dix, a...

US dioceses prepare for 2nd Fortnight for Freedom CWN - June 17, 2013

From June 21 to July 4, the Church in the United States will commemorate its second annual Fortnight for Freedom to raise awareness about threats to religious liberty. Archbishop William Lori of...

Armed robbery at Austrian monastery CWN - June 17, 2013

Two armed men stole a few thousand Euros from a Salvatorian monastery and boarding school in Austria on June 3. The first suspect was soon apprehended; the second, a Serb national, fled to...

USCCB, Greek Orthodox launch Faithandsafety.org CWN - June 17, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America have launched Faithandsafety.org, a website designed to help parents in guiding their children...

Selfishness leads to death, Pope warns on day dedicated to Gospel of Life CWN - June 17, 2013

“Whenever we want to assert ourselves, when we become wrapped up in our own selfishness and put ourselves in the place of God, we end up spawning death,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass for...

Pope challenges G8 leaders on economic justice, peace CWN - June 17, 2013

In a message to the leaders of the G8 industrial nations, who are meeting in Northern Ireland this week, Pope Francis said said that “the goal of economics and politics is to serve humanity,...

Secularity does not mean hostility to faith, Pope tells French lawmakers CWN - June 17, 2013

The principle of secularity in French government “shouldn’t mean hostility to religious reality or the exclusion of religious from the social sphere,” Pope Francis argued in an address to French...

Leading Italian cardinal speaks frankly on Europe's decline, Syria's danger, Curial reform CWN - June 17, 2013

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan spoke about the decline of Europe, the dangers associating with efforts to export democracy, and the need for reform of the Roman Curia, in a revealing interview with...

Vatican cleric named to key post at Vatican bank CWN - June 17, 2013

Msgr. Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca has been named as the “ad interim” prelate of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). The appointment is the first major personnel...

Nigerian churches burned; Boko Haram suspected CWN - June 17, 2013

Four Christian churches in northern Nigeria were bombed and burned over the weekend, in attacks attributed to the terrorist group Boko Haram. Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, the...

Populorum Progressio Foundation backs community self-help projects in Latin America CWN - June 17, 2013

The administrative council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation, the papal charity that funds self-help projects for the poor in Latin America, will hold a meeting in Arequipa, Peru this week to...

Chinese pro-life activist says Beijing pressured NYU to end his fellowship CWN - June 17, 2013

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese pro-life activist who came to the US after an international incident in 2012, is losing his fellowship at New York University (NYU), and charges that the school...

Pope meets new Venezuelan leader, discusses situation after Chavez CWN - June 17, 2013

Pope Francis met with Venezuela’s President Nicolaus Maduro Moros at the Vatican on June 17, for discussions that centered on the country’s situation after the recent death of President Hugo...

Schoolteacher dismissed because ex-husband poses a threat CWN - June 17, 2013

A Catholic-school teacher in the San Diego archdiocese has been informed that she will not be re-hired because her ex-husband could pose a danger to her students. Carie Charlesworth was placed on...

Utah man shot during Mass CWN - June 17, 2013

A man was shot in the head during Sunday Mass at a church in Ogden, Utah, on June 17. Charles Jennings was arrested on charges of shooting his father-in-law, in the head. The victim, James Evans,...

Pope meets with president of European Commission CWN - June 17, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 15 with José Manuel Durao Barroso, the president of the European Commission. A Vatican statement released after the meeting reported that the Pope had spoken with Barroso...

Parishes join Portland's Gay Pride parade despite archbishop's directive CWN - June 17, 2013

Several Catholic parishes in Portland, Oregon, sent representatives to the city's Gay Pride parade on June 16, in defiance of a directive from Archbishop Alexander Sample. Although the archbishop...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 18

Gov. Cuomo's radical abortion bill dies in New York legislature CWN - June 18, 2013

A bid by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to broaden legal access to abortion has died in the state’s legislature. Democratic Senator Jeff Klein announced that the abortion legislation would not...

Cardinal O'Malley backs legislation to bar late-term abortions CWN - June 18, 2013

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has asked US Congressmen to support legislation that would ban abortions performed on unborn children who are sufficiently developed to experience pain. In a...

Love for enemies makes us like Christ, Pope tells congregation CWN - June 18, 2013

In his homily at a daily Mass on Tuesday, June 18, Pope Francis said that loving one's enemies is difficult but necessary for those who follow Jesus Christ. It is not easy, the Pope acknowledged,...

New Vietnamese bishops appointed after Vatican-Vietnam negotiations CWN - June 18, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed two new bishops in Vietnam, with the announcement coming the day after the conclusion of the latest round of negotiations between the Vatican and the Vietnamese...

European Commission holds minting of Slovakian euro bearing images of saints CWN - June 18, 2013

The European Commission has ordered the National Bank of Slovakia not to mint new euros that would feature images of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the New York Times reports. Each member-state within...

Obama: religious schools block lasting peace in Northern Ireland CWN - June 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama has argued that parochial schools are an impediment to the establishment of a lasting peace in Northern Ireland. Speaking to a crowd in Belfast, during a trip to...

Philadelphia archdiocese troubled by shortfall in clergy pension fund CWN - June 18, 2013

The Philadelphia archdiocese faces a serious shortfall in funding for its clergy pension fund. In meetings with priests, Archbishop Charles Chaput has spoken frankly about the shortfall,...

Lourdes shrine again closed by floods CWN - June 18, 2013

Flooding has forced Church officials to close the Marian shrine at Lourdes, France, for the 2nd time in less than a year. The grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous was...

Lebanese Church leaders decry Western support for Syrian rebels CWN - June 18, 2013

Catholic and Orthodox leaders in Lebanon have called for unity among Christians, and pleaded with the West not to encourage the warfare in Syria. The continuing violence in Syria dominated...

St. Joseph to be included in Eucharistic Prayers CWN - June 18, 2013

The name of St. Joseph will soon be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used in the Latin rite. The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a decree calling for the inclusion...

Christian minority must bring hope to a suffering society, Pope tells Roman faithful CWN - June 18, 2013

Faithful Christians today must reach out to a society in desperate need, Pope Francis told the people of the Rome diocese on June 18. Speaking at the opening of an Ecclesial Congress for the Rome...

2nd miracle approved? Canonization reportedly close for John Paul II CWN - June 18, 2013

A panel of theologians has approved a miracle attributed to Blessed John Paul II, according to the Italian news service ANSA. If the report is accurate, the approval could pave the way for the...

Suspected Islamic terrorist among newly appointed governors in Egypt CWN - June 18, 2013

Among the 17 provincial governors appointed by Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi on June 16, at least 7 are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and one is affiliated with a suspected Islamic...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 19

Vatican cardinal: Middle East Christians called to love enemies amid persecution CWN - June 19, 2013

Reflecting on love for enemies, the prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches prayed that God might “render Eastern Christians [in the Middle East] strong and meek, filling them with the...

House passes late-term abortion ban CWN - June 19, 2013

In a 228-196 vote, the House of Representatives has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban most abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy. The legislation...

Lebanon, Middle East consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary CWN - June 19, 2013

The patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church has consecrated Lebanon and the entire Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, a Catholic, and Prime...

Judge rules that state tax credits may not support enrollment in religious schools CWN - June 19, 2013

Citing the state’s Blaine amendment, a New Hampshire judge has ruled that education tax credits designed to help low-income students attend the school of their parents’ choice cannot be used to help...

Catholic Campaign for Human Development awards $9M in grants CWN - June 19, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, its controversial anti-poverty program, has approved over $9 million in...

USCCB, other Catholic organizations urge House to reject proposed cuts to food stamps CWN - June 19, 2013

The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have joined the leaders of Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and the National Catholic...

Cardinal to mark Korean War anniversary by dedicating church on border CWN - June 19, 2013

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, the archbishop emeritus of Seoul, will dedicate a new church on the border between North and South Korea on June 25, the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the...

Church, as one body, requires unity, Pope tells audience CWN - June 19, 2013

Continuing his series of weekly talks on the nature of the Church, Pope Francis spoke to his midday audience on June 19 about the Church as the Body of Christ. “The image of the body helps us to...

Pro-life principle requires help for refugees, Pope says CWN - June 19, 2013

Christians must realize that the faces of refugees “reflect the face of Christ,” Pope Francis told his weekly public audience on June 19. Noting that the World Day for Refugees would be observed...

Pope warns against latter-day Pharisees, hypocrites CWN - June 19, 2013

In a homily commenting on a confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees, Pope Francis said that there are always people within the Church who live by rules rather than by love. “They are...

Vatican confirms addition of St. Joseph to Eucharistic Prayers CWN - June 19, 2013

The Vatican has confirmed that the name of St. Joseph will now be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used at Mass. In a decree made public on June 19, the Congregation for...

Irish school chairman resigns after complaints about pro-life leaflet CWN - June 19, 2013

The chairman of a primary school in Dublin has resigned after being caught up in a controversy over the distribution of flyers advertising a pro-life event. Eddie Shaw stepped down from his post...

Vatican supports FAO work toward food security CWN - June 19, 2013

The Vatican representative to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has strongly endorsed the organization’s work to provide secure food supplies for all the world’s...

Notre Dame sister could face disciplinary action for defiance of bishop CWN - June 19, 2013

A member of the Sisters of Notre Dame has been warned that she could face expulsion from her religious order if she continues to work with a parish group that has broken away from the Cleveland...

English bishop named co-president of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue commission CWN - June 19, 2013

Bishop William Kenney, an auxiliary of the Birmingham, England archdiocese, has been named co-president of the International Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. Bishop Kenney—together...

Released Thursday, Jun. 20

Pontifical council’s ‘Courtyard of the Gentiles’ expands to include ‘Courtyard of Children’ CWN - June 20, 2013

The Pontifical Council for Culture’s president has announced that the Courtyard of the Gentiles initiative, an outreach that promotes dialogue with nonbelievers, has expanded to include children....

Prelate: Niger’s Christians fearful of Islamists CWN - June 20, 2013

Niger’s leading prelate said in an interview that the nation’s small Christian community is living in fear following Islamist violence. “Strong links already exist between Islamist groups in...

Pennsylvania college wins temporary reprieve from HHS mandate CWN - June 20, 2013

A US district court judge has granted a Pennsylvania Christian college a temporary reprieve from the HHS insurance mandate. Objecting to the inclusion of abortifacients in the mandate, Geneva...

$23M given to retired religious from national collection CWN - June 20, 2013

The National Religious Retirement Office has granted $23 million to 439 religious communities to help pay for medication, nursing care, and other expenses associated with the care of retired...

Catholic Relief Services head calls on G8 to take action against rape in war zones CWN - June 20, 2013

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, the president of Catholic Relief Services called upon leaders of the G8 nations to take action against sexual violence in war zones. Although statements...

USCCB: priests should begin inserting St. Joseph’s name in Eucharistic Prayers CWN - June 20, 2013

On the same day that the Vatican announced that the name of St. Joseph will now be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used at Mass, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Arab Spring brings greater restrictions on religion CWN - June 20, 2013

The fallout from the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings has contributed to a sharp increase in restrictions on religion worldwide, the Pew Forum reports. Stricter government regulation of religious affairs...

Papal nuncio says diplomatic accord with Israel is close CWN - June 20, 2013

Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the apostolic nuncio to Israel, reports that he is “optimistic” about the conclusion of a diplomatic accord establishing the legal and economic rights of Church...

New papal plea for peace in Middle East CWN - June 20, 2013

Speaking on June 20 to the Reunion of Organisations for Aid to the Oriental Churches (ROACO), Pope Francis issued an emotional plea for peace in the Middle East. The Pope remarked on the...

Pope repeats Church opposition to death penalty CWN - June 20, 2013

Pope Francis has reiterated Vatican opposition to capital punishment, in a message of support to the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty. In a message to the meeting, being held in...

Pope calls for real reform—not vague promises—to fight hunger CWN - June 20, 2013

The fact that millions of people face the danger of starvation in today’s world is “truly scandalous,” Pope Francis told participants in a conference organized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture...

Brazilian unrest will not affect WYD, organizer assures CWN - June 20, 2013

Riots in Brazilian cities are not posing any danger to plans for World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in July, the chief coordinator of English-language events has told Vatican Radio. “Nobody...

Pope preaches on praying the Our Father CWN - June 20, 2013

Christians pray to “Our Father” because they realize that they have many brothers and sisters in Christ, Pope Francis said in his homily at morning Mass on June 20. Reflecting on the day’s Gospel...

Papal nuncios gather in Rome for 2-day meeting CWN - June 20, 2013

The Vatican’s “ambassadors”—the apostolic nuncios who represent the Holy See in various countries—have gathered in Rome for a 2-day meeting, organized as part of the Year of Faith observance. The...

Vatican meeting dedicated to budget preparation CWN - June 20, 2013

The Vatican’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs held a meeting on June 19 to brief all staff members on the new rules of the prefecture, and to discuss the preparation of consolidated financial...

Released Friday, Jun. 21

Nigerian cardinal sees ‘mixed motives’ behind religious violence CWN - June 21, 2013

Speaking in Milan, Nigeria’s leading prelate said that “religious violence in Nigeria is very often with mixed motives.” “What appears as religious violence may actually be due to ethnic,...

50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s election CWN - June 21, 2013

Giovanni Maria Vian, the editor-in-chief of L’Osservatore Romano, has written an editorial commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini’s election to the...

USCCB, CRS: international community should not arm sides in Syrian conflict CWN - June 21, 2013

Days after the Obama administration announced it would send arms to Syrian rebels, the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic...

India: offensive scene with Rosary to be removed from film before release CWN - June 21, 2013

Following a protest from a Christian activist organization, the producers of an Indian movie agreed to remove a blasphemous scene involving the Rosary from a movie. “I tender an unconditional...

Burma’s bishops identify challenges facing nation CWN - June 21, 2013

Following their annual meeting, the bishops of Myanmar (Burma) issued a statement expressing joy in recent political changes and outlining what they perceive as the greatest challenges facing the...

Seminary rector: 1960s-era catechesis was 'pastoral disaster of the 1st order' CWN - June 21, 2013

In a talk on the new evangelization, the rector of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary challenged journalists at the Catholic Press Association’s annual convention not to “dumb down” the...

Britain rejects suggestion of papal mediation on Falklands dispute CWN - June 21, 2013

British government officials have dismissed a suggestion by Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner that Pope Francis could act as mediator in the two countries’ dispute over possession of the...

Bishops should serve, not lord it over their people, Pope tells nuncios CWN - June 21, 2013

In a June 21 address to apostolic nuncios, Pope Francis stressed the importance of finding bishops who will be good pastors and servants of the faithful in their dioceses. The nuncios are...

Indian prelate sees committee of 8 'supercardinals' as equivalent to papal 'consulters' CWN - June 21, 2013

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India says that he was surprised to be chosen as one of the 8 cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to provide advice on Vatican reforms, and has no clear...

Anglican cleric, German laymen to receive Ratzinger Prizes for theological work CWN - June 21, 2013

An Anglican cleric and a German lay theologian have been named the 2013 recipients of the Ratzinger Prize, established in 2010 to honor scholars whose academic work addresses the fundamental...

Irish pro-lifers continue push for 'free vote' on abortion legislation CWN - June 21, 2013

Pro-life politicians in Ireland’s Fine Gael party are asking for a “free vote” on pending legislation that would legalize abortion. The Fine Gael members argue that lawmakers should be allowed to...

Israeli man killed by police at Jerusalem's Western Wall CWN - June 21, 2013

A Jewish man was shot and killed by police at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on June 21. Police apparently feared that the man was a terrorist bomber, when he ran at them shouting “Allahu akbar!”...

Released Monday, Jun. 24

Christians pray for abducted Syrian prelates CWN - June 24, 2013

Two months after Syrian rebels kidnapped the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Christians in the region gathered to pray for their release. The Greek Orthodox patriarch of Antioch...

2nd Fortnight for Freedom begins CWN - June 24, 2013

On June 21, the US bishops began their second annual Fortnight for Freedom to raise awareness about threats to religious liberty. Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the United States...

Southern Baptists join US bishops in support of conscience-protection legislation CWN - June 24, 2013

The president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has joined the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference...

USCCB: resettle Syrian refugees CWN - June 24, 2013

The chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called upon the United States and other nations to do more to resettle refugees from Syria...

Pakistan: young convert to Christianity kidnapped by militants CWN - June 24, 2013

Aman Ullah, a 16-year-old Muslim who converted to Christianity in Pakistan, was abducted on May 25. “He was outgoing; he made public statements and gave his testimony,” said John Taimoor,...

Monument to Archbishop Romero coming in Los Angeles CWN - June 24, 2013

A monument honoring the slain Archbishop Oscar Romero is being built in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Archbishop Romero was shot and killed in San Salvador in 1980 during the height of the civil...

US high court will hear appeal against Massachusetts law creating ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics CWN - June 24, 2013

The US Supreme Court announced on June 24 that it would consider an appeal of a Massachusetts law that bars pro-life activists a “buffer zone” extending 35 feet from the entrance to any abortion...

Pope salutes ‘everyday martyrs’ CWN - June 24, 2013

Pope Francis paid homage to “everyday martyrs” during his Angelus audience on Sunday, June 23. Reflecting on Christ’s teaching that “whoever loses his life for my sake will save it,” the Pope...

Christians cannot be anti-Semites, Pope says CWN - June 24, 2013

“Due to our common roots, a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Pope Francis said on June 24 as he met with members of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations. The Pope...

Brazil: bishops express solidarity with protests CWN - June 24, 2013

The Brazilian bishops’ conference has issued a statement expressing “solidarity and support” for demonstrations that have brought over 1 million people onto the streets of the nation’s...

Syrian monk killed as rebels overrun monastery CWN - June 24, 2013

A Syrian hermit was killed by gunfire at a Franciscan monastery in Syria. Father Francois Mourad, who was a guest at St. Anthony of Padua monastery, may have been killed by an errant bullet, or...

Lourdes shrines, devastated by floods, likely closed for weeks CWN - June 24, 2013

Administrators of the Marian shrine at Lourdes, France, say that the famous pilgrimage site will be closed for “weeks to come” because of extensive damage caused by floods that crested last...

Exodus International dissolves, apologizes to gay community CWN - June 24, 2013

Exodus International, an Evangelical group that counseled men and women attempting to overcome homosexual impulses, has announced that it is closing. Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus...

Pope raises eyebrows by skipping concert CWN - June 24, 2013

Pope Francis caused a mild sensation on June 24, when he failed to appear at a Vatican concert. The concert, a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the Italian Symphonic Orchestra, had been...

Sicilian bishop: no funerals for Mafia figures CWN - June 24, 2013

Known Mafia figures will be denied church funerals in the Diocese of Arcireale, in Sicily, Bishop Antonio Raspanti has announced. "Being a Christian is incompatible with having links to Mafia...

Vatican planning major probe of alleged corruption in Church in Scotland? CWN - June 24, 2013

The Vatican plans an apostolic visitation of the Church in Scotland, to probe charges of widespread corruption, according to The Scotsman. The Vatican has made no announcement of such a plan. The...

Church must eschew ideology, claims to 'own' the Word, Pope tells congregation CWN - June 24, 2013

In his homily at a morning Mass on June 24, Pope Francis said that St. John the Baptist—whose birth the Church was celebrating that day—lived only to proclaim Jesus Christ. “That is John’s...

Pope thanks Roman group for service at Vatican CWN - June 24, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 23 with members of the Association of Sts. Peter and Paul, and thanked them for their “behind the scenes” work at the Vatican. The Association of Sts. Peter and Paul...

Malta's prime minister meets with Pontiff CWN - June 24, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 24 with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta, for a conversation that touched on the history of the Mediterranean nation, the visits there by Popes John Paul II and...

Pope meets with leader of Argentine indigenous tribe CWN - June 24, 2013

Pope Francis met on June 24 Felix Diaz, a leader of an indigenous community in Argentina. Diaz was accompanied by Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Diaz thanked the Pope...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 25

Benedict XVI is alert, health improved, old student reports CWN - June 25, 2013

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is alert and happy, a friend and former student reports. “His memory is fresh and his eyes are very bright and joyous.” Father Stephan Otto Horn told an audience in...

Boston's Cardinal O'Malley bars talk by dissident Austrian cleric CWN - June 25, 2013

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has forbidden a speaking appearance by a dissident Austrian priest at a local parish. Father Helmut Schüller, the leader of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, was...

Newark's Archbishop Myers defends handling of Fugee case CWN - June 25, 2013

Archbishop John Myers of Newark has defends his handling of the controversial abuse case, telling the National Catholic Register: “Many of the facts regarding Father Fugee’s case have not been fully...

Immigration debate tests strength of American vision, Archbishop Gomez says CWN - June 25, 2013

“Our national debate about immigration is a great struggle for the American spirit and the American soul,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said in an address to the Catholic Media Conference in...

34 new archbishops to receive pallium on June 29 CWN - June 25, 2013

The Vatican has released a list of the 34 new metropolitan archbishops who will receive the pallium from Pope Francis on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Each year on that feast, the...

Israeli appeal court upholds Christian marriage in unusual divorce case CWN - June 25, 2013

An Israeli appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling in a case that involves the Catholic stance on divorce. A Maronite Catholic man sought divorce from his wife. Because of the Catholic...

Bishops condemn chaos, corruption, anti-Christian violence in Central African Republic CWN - June 25, 2013

The Catholic bishops of the Central African Republic have warned the country’s new leader that the society’s “social fabric is completely torn.” In a message to Michel Djotodia, the president of...

CCHD critic says defense of program contains 'glaring inaccuracies' CWN - June 25, 2013

A leading critic of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has charged that defenders of the CCHD engaged in “distortions and untruths” in a defense of the program. The CCHD, an...

Egyptian Christians thank military for defending public order CWN - June 25, 2013

The Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a statement of thanks to the Egyptian military for the “great role carried out by our armed forces” in preserving order in the country. The statement from...

Saudi Arabia will observe 'weekend' on Friday-Saturday (Correction) CWN - June 25, 2013

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that the country’s official institutions will observe the “weekend” on Fridays and Saturdays, bringing the Islamic nation in line with many of the world’s...

Released Wednesday, Jun. 26

Pope appoints special commission to study Vatican bank CWN - June 26, 2013

Pope Francis has established a special commission to study the working of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), “to allow its better harmonization with the mission of the...

Commission of 8 cardinals already working on Vatican reform proposals CWN - June 26, 2013

The commission of 8 cardinals formed by Pope Francis to advise him on Vatican reforms has already begun its work, according to leading Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli, and the reforms being...

Shouting demonstrators kill legislation barring late-term abortions in Texas CWN - June 26, 2013

Shouting pro-abortion demonstrators in the Texas state capitol building prevented the enactment of a bill banning late-term abortions in the state in a late-night confrontation on June 25. The...

All are equal in the Church, Pope tells audience CWN - June 26, 2013

At his weekly public audience on June 26, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that all members of the Church are equally important. Even the Roman Pontiff is no more important than other...

Priests must act as spiritual fathers, Pope says CWN - June 26, 2013

Pope Francis spoke about the joys of fatherhood—including the spiritual fatherhood of priests—during his homily at a weekday Mass on June 26. Commenting on the day’s reading from the Book of...

Vatican-Islamic commission issues joint call to combat secularization CWN - June 26, 2013

Following a meeting in Rome last week, a joint Islamic-Catholic dialogue commission issued a statement affirming the need for the faithful of both religions to oppose secularizing trends in society...

Italian prosecutors investigating reports of clerical pedophile ring in Rome CWN - June 26, 2013

A former Catholic priest who was convicted on sex-abuse charges has reportedly given Italian authorities the names of 20 other priests who were involved in child prostitution. Patrizio Poggi,...

US high court decisions offer twin victories for same-sex marriage CWN - June 26, 2013

In a pair of eagerly awaited rulings, the US Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and declined to hear an appeal in a case involving a voter initiative...

Released Thursday, Jun. 27

Pope sees many 'masquerading as Christians' CWN - June 27, 2013

Pope Francis drew a sharp contrast between “Christians of words” and “Christians of action” during his homily at a weekday Mass on June 27. Commenting on the Gospel image of a house built on...

Pope confirms cardinal-delegate's task in reform of Legionaries CWN - June 27, 2013

Pope Francis has confirmed the role of Cardinal Velasio De Paolis as a special papal delegate to oversee reforms in the Legion of Christ. In a letter to Cardinal De Paolis, made public by the...

Pope has set 'cracking pace' for reform, Cardinal Pell reports CWN - June 27, 2013

Pope Francis has “set a cracking pace” in his quest for reform at the Vatican, reports Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. Cardinal Pell—a member of the 8-cardinal commission appointed by...

Bombing at church kills 4 in Damascus CWN - June 27, 2013

At least 4 people have been killed in a suicide bombing outside a Greek Orthodox church in Damascus. Authorities have not yet established the motives of the suicide bomber, but the blast occurred...

New assaults on Christians in India's Orissa state CWN - June 27, 2013

Militant Hindus have mounted a violent offensive against Christians in the eastern state of Orissa in India, claiming that Christian missionaries have forced Hindus to forsake their faith. Church...

Vatican Television Center moving toward all-digital system CWN - June 27, 2013

The Vatican Television Center is moving toward an all-digital system of recording and saving files. The digital system will allow for more efficient production and dissemination of Vatican...

Vietnamese Church should develop media presence, says newly appointed bishop CWN - June 27, 2013

A newly appointed Vietnamese bishop has called for the development of Catholic media outlets in that country. The Vietnamese Church needs to improve its “means of communication and information,”...

Released Friday, Jun. 28

Vatican official arrested on international money-laundering charges CWN - June 28, 2013

A prominent Vatican cleric has been arrested on charges of attempting to bring €20 million (about $26 million) into Italy illegally. Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, who until recently served as director...

Pope underlines need for honesty in ecumenical dialogue CWN - June 28, 2013

Welcoming a delegation of Orthodox prelates to Rome, Pope Francis said that the annual visits by representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are “the sign of the profound bond that unites the...

Reports of Islamic beheadings of Franciscans proven inaccurate CWN - June 28, 2013

A sensational Youtube video, purportedly showing the execution of 3 Franciscan friars by Islamic extremists in Syria, is “mixed up,” Church officials have announced. Islamic warriors allied with...

Pope's prayer intentions for July 2013 CWN - June 28, 2013

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for July 2013. The Pope's general intention is: “That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become...

Dominican cardinal decries US appointment of openly gay ambassador CWN - June 28, 2013

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo has expressed his extreme displeasure with the appointment of an openly homosexual US ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The...

Have patience in prayer, as God has patience with us, Pope urges CWN - June 28, 2013

In his homily at a weekday Mass on June 28, Pope Francis said that the patient should be patient in their prayers, as God is patient with his people. The day’s Scripture readings told two...

Polish, Ukrainian bishops call for reconciliation as anniversary of massacres approaches CWN - June 28, 2013

Polish and Ukrainian Catholic leaders joined in a document calling for forgiveness and reconciliation, as the 70th anniversary of the Volhynia massacres approaches. On July 11, 1943, a force of...

England prepares for technique allowing children with 3 'parents' CWN - June 28, 2013

Health officials in the United Kingdom are drafting guidelines that could allow for the birth of children with DNA provided by three different people. The regulations will allow for new...

Italian prosecutors reject claims of Roman clerical-pedophile ring CWN - June 28, 2013

An Italian ex-priest who claimed that he could expose a ring of clerical pedophiles in Rome has been charged with slander, as prosecutors evidently suspect that he concocted the charges to embarrass...

Final rules issued for HHS mandate CWN - June 28, 2013

The Obama administration has released its final rules for the implementation of the health-care reform program by religious institutions, leaving essentially unchanged the requirement that all...

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