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Released Tuesday, Jul. 2

6,000 seminarians, novices to take part in Year of Faith gathering in Rome CWN - July 2, 2013

As part of the Year of Faith, 6,000 seminarians, novices, and others on the path to the priesthood or consecrated life will gather in Rome from July 4 to 7. The event begins with a pilgrimage to St....

Religious leaders call for end to interreligious conflict in Burma CWN - July 2, 2013

Archbishop Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar (Burma), joined Buddhist, Muslim, and other religious leaders in calling for an end to interreligious conflict there....

Pakistan’s religious orders organize ‘security groups’ CWN - July 2, 2013

In the face of continued violence against Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan, the major superiors of religious orders have organized 15 “security groups” to monitor discrimination...

Prelate laments unprecedented attacks on Christians in Central African Republic CWN - July 2, 2013

In a recent interview with a publication based in France, the Central African Republic’s leading prelate lamented the unprecedented persecution of Catholics and Protestants that his arisen in his...

Vatican police chief predicts ‘no security issues’ for Pope, pilgrims at World Youth Day CWN - July 2, 2013

The commander of the Vatican’s security force has joined World Youth Day staff in expressing confidence in security preparations for World Youth Day. World Youth Day will take place in Rio de...

Judge: yoga instruction in public schools does not violate 1st Amendment CWN - July 2, 2013

A California superior court judge has ruled that instruction in Ashtanga yoga in a public elementary school does not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Students “were being...

Lithuanian bishops: Europe must return to Christian heritage CWN - July 2, 2013

As Lithuania assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, the nation’s bishops called for a return to the Christian heritage upon which Europe is based. Recalling the...

Miracle approved, canonization looms for John Paul II CWN - July 2, 2013

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved a 2nd miracle attributed to the influence of Blessed John Paul II, according to multiple reports in the Italian news media. The Congregation...

Cardinal Dolan welcomes release of Milwaukee documents, defends his leadership there CWN - July 2, 2013

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has welcomed the release of thousands of documents by the Milwaukee archdiocese, showing the response of Church leaders there to sex-abuse complaints. Cardinal...

Vatican bank names new acting officials CWN - July 2, 2013

The Vatican bank has named new officers to replace the director and deputy-director who resigned on July 1. Ernst von Freyburg, the president of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), will act...

Melkite bishop opposes US support for Syrian rebels CWN - July 2, 2013

The head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the US has spoken out against US support for rebels in Syria, warning that Christians in that country have become the victims of a struggle between Islamic...

Don't be ashamed to flee from temptation, Pope says CWN - July 2, 2013

Christians should learn to escape from temptations immediately, without looking back and without giving way to nostalgia for past failings, Pope Francis said in his homily at a weekday Mass on July...

Pittsburgh diocesan lawyer sues HHS for failure to answer freedom-of-information request about mandate CWN - July 2, 2013

A lawyer for the Diocese of Pittsburgh is bringing suit against the Obama administration for its failure to respond to a request for information about federal health-care policy. Attorney Paul...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 3

As Pope prepares to visit island, prelate speaks of refugees’ plight CWN - July 3, 2013

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento, Sicily, discussed the suffering of the North African refugees who have attempted to make their way to Lampedusa, the...

$10M collected for dioceses affected by Hurricane Sandy CWN - July 3, 2013

The Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the nation’s Catholics gave $10 million to a special collection for victims...

Dozens of Protestant leaders join US bishops in decrying HHS mandate CWN - July 3, 2013

The leaders of dozens of Protestant denominations, including the Assemblies of God and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, have joined officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

European bishops discuss new evangelization CWN - July 3, 2013

Representatives of bishops’ conferences of 33 European nations gathered in Warsaw from June 27 to 30 to discuss the new evangelization and recall the tenth anniversary of Ecclesia in Europa, Blessed...

Lukewarm Christianity leads teens to embrace atheism, foundation finds CWN - July 3, 2013

Active members of college atheist organizations tend to be students who rejected lukewarm Christianity in their high school years, according to research conducted by the Fixed Point...

College apostolate expands to 83 campuses, including Berkeley CWN - July 3, 2013

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), an apostolate dedicated to the evangelization of college students, is expanding its outreach to 11 new colleges this fall, including the...

Pope Francis appoints cardinal as administrator of troubled Nigerian diocese CWN - July 3, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, as the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Ahiara. Founded in 1987 and located in the Mbaise region of Imo...

Philadelphia archdiocesan reports show huge financial deficits CWN - July 3, 2013

The Philadelphia archdiocese has revealed that it faces $350 million in long-term debt, aggravated by annual budget deficits. Releasing audited financial statements for the first time, the...

Like Thomas, learn to know Jesus by his wounds, Pope recommends CWN - July 3, 2013

Celebrating Mass on July 3, the feast of St. Thomas the apostle, Pope Francis said that like “doubting Thomas,” every Christian should come to know Jesus through his wounds. When Jesus appeared...

Half of Americans concerned by religious decline, poll shows CWN - July 3, 2013

While about half of all Americans believe that a decline in religious faith is bad for the country, nearly 40% think it makes no difference, according to a new Pew opinion poll. Pew found that...

Drive for same-sex marriage denies the obvious, says Italian cardinal CWN - July 3, 2013

The drive for public acceptance of same-sex unions “undermines the foundation of a civilization which is coextensive with the world and as ancient as history itself,” said Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of...

Cause for beatification of Vietnamese cardinal moves forward CWN - July 3, 2013

Church officials report that an investigation into the cause for beatification of the late Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan has been concluded, and the results sent to the Congregation for...

Top cleric at Vatican bank under pressure to resign? CWN - July 3, 2013

In the latest potential embarrassment for the Vatican bank, a noted Vatican journalist reports that the top clerical official at the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) may be forced to resign...

Released Thursday, Jul. 4

Vatican financial authority joins world network of financial-intelligence agencies CWN - July 4, 2013

The Financial Information Authority (FIA) – a Vatican body established by Pope Benedict in 2010 to prevent money laundering and other illegal financial activities – has been admitted into the Egmont...

Islamists attack Coptic Catholic parish in Egypt CWN - July 4, 2013

Islamist supporters of Mohamed Morsi have burned down a Coptic Catholic parish in retaliation for the former Egyptian president’s ouster. After looting the parish priest’s home in Delga, a...

Syria: seminary rector’s life in danger CWN - July 4, 2013

Jihadist rebel forces in Syria “intend to eliminate” Father Daniel Maes, a Belgian priest who serves as a seminary rector, and use the fifth-century monastery where teaches as a military base,...

Venice: opposition to turnstile at cathedral entrance CWN - July 4, 2013

Public officials in Venice, Italy, have asked the Catholic archdiocese to remove a turnstile that has been installed at the entrance to St. Mark’s cathedral. City officials said that the...

Kenyan prelate raps Obama's support for gay rights in Africa CWN - July 4, 2013

A Kenyan cardinal has criticized US President Barack Obama for his promotion of gay rights in Africa. Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi said that Africans should “act according to our own traditions...

USCCB finds continued major problems in HHS mandate’s ‘final rule’ CWN - July 4, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has conducted an initial analysis of the Obama administration’s 110-page final rule for the implementation of the HHS mandate. “We will...

Bishops from English-speaking nations gather to discuss clerical abuse CWN - July 4, 2013

Representatives from the bishops’ conferences of 20 English-speaking countries gathered recently to discuss their response to clerical sexual abuse. “A major interest was in how episcopal...

Cardinal Burke decries secularization, lauds traditional families CWN - July 4, 2013

In a recent address, Cardinal Raymond Burke decried attacks on human life and the dignity of the human person. “The truth regarding the inviolable dignity of every human life is under constant...

Vatican budget shows surplus for 2012, reversing record deficit of 2011 CWN - July 4, 2013

The Vatican’s budget showed a small surplus for 2012, recovering from steep losses the previous year despite a decline in donations. Financial statements for the Holy See and the Vatican...

Italian prime minister meets with Pontiff CWN - July 4, 2013

Pope Francis met on July 4 with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. It was their first official meeting. A Vatican statement released after the discussion said that the conversation had centered...

Christ's greatest miracle is healing us from sin, Pope says CWN - July 4, 2013

The “most profound miracle” of Jesus Christ is the forgiveness of sins, Pope Francis reminded the congregation at a daily Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on July 4. Commenting on the Gospel...

Egyptian army served popular will, says Church spokesman CWN - July 4, 2013

The ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military was not a coup, but an intervention to protect the legitimacy of government, according to a spokesman for the Catholic Church in...

Immigrants flood to Lampedusa in advance of papal visit CWN - July 4, 2013

Hundreds of African migrants are heading for the Italian island of Lampedusa in advance of a visit there by Pope Francis. The Vatican announced on July 1 that the Pope will travel to Lampedusa on...

Accused Vatican cleric lives in luxury apartment CWN - July 4, 2013

The Vatican official who was arrested last week on charges of financial misconduct lives a luxurious apartment lined with expensive artwork, police have disclosed. Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, who is...

Released Friday, Jul. 5

As Fortnight for Freedom concludes, Cardinal Wuerl decries threats to Church’s freedom, defends college chaplain CWN - July 5, 2013

Evoking the persecution of Catholics in colonial Maryland, Cardinal Donald Wuerl concluded the US bishops’ second Fortnight for Freedom by decrying threats to the Church’s liberty and defending a...

USCCB: pray, fast for religious freedom CWN - July 5, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on July 5 “for the protection of religious freedom for all people of faith.” “In...

Vatican diplomat: new technology needs to be used ethically CWN - July 5, 2013

At a United Nations meeting devoted to science, technology, and innovation, the Holy See’s chief diplomat at the UN office in Geneva cautioned that progress in technology does not always lead to...

Vatican cardinal calls for greater openness to refugees CWN - July 5, 2013

The president of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People expressed hope that Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the island of Lampedusa will lead to greater...

California university president apologizes after student ordered to remove cross necklace CWN - July 5, 2013

A student at Sonoma State University was ordered by her supervisor to remove her cross necklace while she was working at an orientation for new students. Audrey Jarvis, 19, was told “that she...

Prelate, NGOs rue humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic CWN - July 5, 2013

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Central African Republic’s leading prelate, has joined representatives of nine humanitarian organizations in lamenting the humanitarian crisis that has arisen...

Interview with papal theologian on homosexuality CWN - July 5, 2013

Practicing homosexuals “have to be treated with dignity, everybody has to be treated with dignity, even sinners have to be treated with dignity, but the best way of treating people with dignity is...

Pope Francis' 1st encyclical released (with analysis, and link to full text) CWN - July 5, 2013

The Holy See has released Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), the first encyclical letter of Pope Francis. The document is dated June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. It was introduced...

Canonization approved for Popes John Paul II, John XXIII CWN - July 5, 2013

Pope Francis has approved the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Confirming reports that had circulated earlier this week, the Vatican announced on July 5 that the Pope had...

WYD organizers seeking Brazilian public funding to ease budget shortfall? CWN - July 5, 2013

World Youth Day (WYD) organizers have asked Brazilian government officials to provide supplementary funding for the July visit by Pope Francis to Rio de Janeiro, according to a reports in the...

Brazilian killer of American-born nun gains early release from prison CWN - July 5, 2013

The Brazilian gunman who was convicted for the 2005 murder of an American nun has been released from prison after serving less than one-third of his sentence. Rayfran das Neves Sales was...

Irish lawmakers expelled from party for opposing abortion CWN - July 5, 2013

Four Irish lawmakers who refused to support legislation allowing for legal abortion have been expelled from the Fine Gael political party. Fine Gael is the largest party in the governing...

Pope dedicates statue of St. Michael Archangel; Benedict attends ceremony CWN - July 5, 2013

Pope Francis dedicated a statue of St. Michael the Archangel in the Vatican Gardens on July 5. Pope-emeritus Benedict attended the ceremony, making his first official public appearance at the...

Miracle approved, beatification looms for 1st prelate of Opus Dei and for Spanish religious foundress CWN - July 5, 2013

The Vatican has approved a miracle attributed to the influence of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the former prelate of Opus Dei, and for Mother Esperanza de Jesus (born Josefa Alhama Valera), the...

Released Monday, Jul. 8

Belarus: 400th anniversary of icon of Mother of God CWN - July 8, 2013

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as his legate to the National Shrine of the Mother of God in Budslau, Belarus,...

Australian bishops issue election statement CWN - July 8, 2013

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has issued “Vote for the Common Good,” a statement on the upcoming federal election. “The principles of social teaching cross party political boundaries...

Coptic Catholic Patriarch welcomes overthrow of Morsi CWN - July 8, 2013

The head of the Coptic Catholic Church has told the Fides news agency that he welcomes the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. “The people of Egypt have peacefully regained their...

Archbishop Gomez writes book on immigration, discusses America’s Catholic heritage CWN - July 8, 2013

In a new book on immigration, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles discusses America’s Hispanic Catholic heritage. “The story of the Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers, and the truths they held to...

USCCB: Congress must act following Supreme Court decision on Voting Rights Act CWN - July 8, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called upon Congress to enact voting-related legislation following Shelby County v. Holder, the recent Supreme Court decision that struck...

New Catholic college may open in Kansas City CWN - July 8, 2013

Christ College, an initiative of the Dallas-based Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization, will offer courses in Latin and theology in Kansas City as a pilot project this...

Pope Francis: ‘Quebec must rise again’ CWN - July 8, 2013

Archbishop Gérald Lacroix of Quebec, the primate of Canada, has told a Canadian newspaper that when he met with Pope Francis on June 26, the Pontiff said that “Quebec must rise again.” Archbishop...

Priest murdered in Egypt CWN - July 8, 2013

Father Mina Aboud Sharween, a 39-year-old Coptic priest, was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Arish, the capital of North Sinai. Western news reports linked the murder to the Coptic Orthodox...

Pope Francis makes dramatic statement: all share responsibility for deaths of migrants CWN - July 8, 2013

Pope Francis traveled to the island of Lampedusa on July 6, to pray for the thousands of refugees and migrants who have died trying to reach Europe, and to “challenge our consciences lest this...

Evangelization is the fruit of prayer, Pope tells seminarians and novices CWN - July 8, 2013

Pope Francis reminded seminarians and religious novices that “evangelization is done on one’s knees,” as he celebrated Mass at St. Peter’s basilica on June 7. The Pope told his congregation of...

Irish pro-lifers hold final mass demonstration before abortion vote CWN - July 8, 2013

As Irish legislators approached a final vote on a bill that would allow for legal abortion, tens of thousands of people marched in Dublin to express their opposition to the bill. Pro-life...

Italian inquiry will conclude Vatican bank allowed chances for money-laundering CWN - July 8, 2013

An investigative report on the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) will conclude that the Vatican bank’s policies offered opportunities for money-laundering, according to Italian newspaper...

Pennsylvania hospital system is no longer Catholic, bishop warns CWN - July 8, 2013

Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie, Pennsylvania, has announced that Saint Vincent health-care system can no longer be regarded as a Catholic institution. Long governed by the Sisters of St. Joseph,...

Costa Rica woman describes miracle approved for canonization of John Paul II CWN - July 8, 2013

A Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing after a brain aneurysm paved the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II has described her case to reporters for the first time. Floribeth...

Philadelphia archdiocese opposes Austrian dissident's appearance at Catholic college CWN - July 8, 2013

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has voiced his opposition to a speaking appearance by a dissident Catholic priest on the campus of a local Catholic college. Father Helmut Schüller is...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 9

Trinidad’s president meets with Pontiff CWN - July 9, 2013

Pope Francis received President Anthony Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago in audience on July 6. A Vatican statement released after the discussion said that the conversation had centered on “the...

Pope Francis pays tribute to late Vietnamese cardinal CWN - July 9, 2013

Pope Francis paid tribute to Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuán in a meeting with officials involved in his beatification cause, the diocesan phase of which recently concluded. Born in...

Egyptian Church spokesman warns of foreign jihadists CWN - July 9, 2013

Foreign jihadists may bring additional instability to Egypt, warned Father Rafic Greiche, the spokesman for the Catholic bishops of Egypt. Commenting on the recent murder of Father Mina Aboud...

Asian bishops condemn terrorist attack on Buddhist temple CWN - July 9, 2013

An official of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) said that Asia’s bishops “strongly condemn” the July 7 bomb attacks on one of the most revered Buddhist temples. Mahabodhi...

Chaldean patriarch emphasizes: the priesthood is ‘not a business’ CWN - July 9, 2013

Less than six months after his election as head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako has rebuked priests who do not focus on the spiritual care of their people. “Some...

Wisconsin governor signs ultrasound bill CWN - July 9, 2013

Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a measure that requires Wisconsin abortion clinics to offer women the option of viewing an ultrasound of their unborn child. The Wisconsin Catholic Conference...

Quebec: religious order settles with over 200 abuse victims CWN - July 9, 2013

The Congregation of the Holy Cross has agreed to pay over $18 million (US$17.05 million) to 206 persons who said they were victims of clerical sexual abuse at three schools run by the order in...

Irish bishops again urge lawmakers to reject abortion legislation, prepare for legal challenge CWN - July 9, 2013

The bishops of Ireland have sent a “briefing note” to lawmakers in another attempt to persuade them to reject abortion legislation. The bishops are also reportedly preparing a constitutional...

Bulgarian Orthodox bishop, ousted for collaboration with Communists, drowns CWN - July 9, 2013

A Bulgarian Orthodox bishop who was at the center of accusations about collaboration with the Communist secret police has been found dead, apparently by drowning. Bishop Cyril of Varna was...

Caritas International welcomes Pope's visit to Lampedusa, focus on refugees CWN - July 9, 2013

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the head of Caritas International, has welcomed the visit by Pope Francis to the Italian island of Lampedusa, and the attention the Pontiff brought to the plight...

Israel: bishops oppose recruiting Christians for Israeli military CWN - July 9, 2013

The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land have expressed serious misgivings about efforts to recruit Palestinian Christians into the Israeli military. The Assembly of Ordinary Catholic Bishops of...

Pope grants plenary indulgence for World Youth Day participants CWN - July 9, 2013

Pope Francis has announced that all participants in the July celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro will be eligible for a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions. Plenary...

International Eucharistic Congress boosted Irish economy, report finds CWN - July 9, 2013

Last year’s International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin brought €33 million ($42 million) into the Irish economy, the event’s chief manager has reported. More than 100,000 people visited Dublin...

Catholic Health Association snubs US bishops, accepts HHS mandate CWN - July 9, 2013

Once again breaking with the US bishops’ conference, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) has announced that it is satisfied with the latest regulations offered by the Obama administration for the...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 10

Pope Francis: prayers for victims of Quebec train derailment CWN - July 10, 2013

Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of a Quebec train derailment that led to the explosion of several oil tank cars, leaving at least 15 dead. “Upon learning of the tragic train derailment...

Leading Philippine bishop pledges continued opposition to reproductive health law CWN - July 10, 2013

The new president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines pledged to fight the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, which mandates government promotion of...

Indian state government backs harsh anti-conversion law CWN - July 10, 2013

The government of Madhya Pradesh has introduced legislation that would make the central Indian state’s anti-conversion law more stringent. The state’s chief minister and the majority of...

Meeting between Venezuela’s bishops, government CWN - July 10, 2013

Four months after the death of Hugo Chávez, at times a strident critic of the Church, representatives of Venezuela’s episcopate met with the nation’s justice minister to seek amnesty for political...

Cardinal Dolan writes book on Pope Francis’ election CWN - July 10, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has written an e-book on the election of Pope Francis. In the introduction to Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis, Cardinal...

President Obama issues Ramadan statement CWN - July 10, 2013

President Barack Obama has issued a statement marking the beginning of the month of Ramadan. “With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim...

Police brutality against pro-family protestors in France CWN - July 10, 2013

Two dozen members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recently signed a statement decrying police actions against pro-family protestors in France. “Hundreds of walkers and...

Terrorists kill guard at Pakistani church CWN - July 10, 2013

Militants shot and killed a policeman who was guarding an Assembly of God church in Peshawar, a city of 3.6 million in northern Pakistan. The Taliban are suspected in the July 5 attack. “The...

Pope Francis wants statue of himself removed from Buenos Aires cathedral CWN - July 10, 2013

Pope Francis has requested that a statue of himself be removed from the grounds of the cathedral in Buenos Aires. The statue, honoring the Pope in the city where he had been archbishop, was...

Irish lawmaker threatens to break with party leadership on abortion bill CWN - July 10, 2013

A junior minister in the Irish government has hinted that she may vote against a bill allowing for legal abortion, despite directions from her political party demanding support for the...

Federal judge blocks implementation of new Wisconsin abortion law CWN - July 10, 2013

A federal judge has blocked implementation of a new Wisconsin law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital. Judge William Conley granted a 10-day stay on the new law,...

UN committee demands sex-abuse documents from Vatican CWN - July 10, 2013

The UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child has asked the Holy See to provide “detailed information on all cases of child sexual abused committed by members of the clergy, brothers, or nuns” as...

Italian court denies Msgr. Scarano's bid for release to house arrest CWN - July 10, 2013

An Italian court has ruled that Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the Vatican official who is charged with a plan to bring €20 million in cash into Italy illegally, must remain in jail. The court turned down...

Art exhibit to open in Brazil for World Youth Day CWN - July 10, 2013

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has organized an exhibit of artworks and manuscripts to be displayed in Rio de Janeiro during World Youth Day observances there, and continuing until...

Released Thursday, Jul. 11

European court upholds Romanian court’s rejection of dissident priests’ trade union CWN - July 11, 2013

In an 11-6 decision praised by religious-liberty advocates, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld the right of a Romanian court to deny trade union status to 32 dissident Orthodox priests...

Bishop warns: Egypt’s amended constitution is even more Islamist than the previous one CWN - July 11, 2013

A Coptic Catholic bishop has criticized Egypt’s new amended constitution, which came into force on July 8 by government decree. “We are concerned,” said Bishop Kamal Fahim Awad (Boutros) Hanna...

Czech Republic, Slovakia commemorate anniversary of arrival of Saints Cyril, Methodius CWN - July 11, 2013

At separate Masses attended by Church and civil leaders, the Czech Republic and Slovakia commemorated the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the apostles of the Slavs,...

Diplomat: US, Holy See share common ground on human trafficking CWN - July 11, 2013

The United States’ interim envoy to the Holy See has told Vatican Radio that US officials share common ground with Pope Francis on a desire to combat human trafficking. “It’s absolutely...

Togo: bishop brokers election deal between government, opposition CWN - July 11, 2013

Bishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan, who leads Togo’s Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, has brokered an agreement between the government and opposition forces on the upcoming...

Irish abortion vote postponed CWN - July 11, 2013

Members of the Dáil Éirean – the lower Irish house of parliament – have twice delayed a vote on whether to legalize abortion. The vote, originally scheduled for July 10, was postponed to allow...

Cardinal Dolan commemorates 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg CWN - July 11, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan traveled to Gettysburg, Penn., on July 6 to commemorate the anniversary of the famed Civil War battle, which took place on July 1-3, 1863. During his brief Sunday Mass...

Vatican overhauls its criminal code CWN - July 11, 2013

Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio revamping the criminal laws of the Vatican. The legal reform thoroughly updates the Vatican’s criminal code, taking into account new forms of criminal...

Vatican statement on tourism calls for conservation of water resources CWN - July 11, 2013

Looking forward to World Tourism Day, which will be observed on September 27, the Pontifical Council for Migrants has released a statement highlighting the importance of water as both an asset and a...

Chaldean patriarch sends Ramadan greetings to Iraq's Muslims CWN - July 11, 2013

Iraq’s leading Catholic prelate has sent a message of greeting to the nation’s Muslims for the season of Ramadan, saying that he hopes the month of prayer and fasting will promote peace an...

Vatican rules: bank documents must not be edited, removed, destroyed CWN - July 11, 2013

The Vatican judiciary has issued an order prohibiting the alteration of destruction of any documents at the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), as Pope Francis steps up the pressure for thorough...

Released Friday, Jul. 12

Ireland legalizes abortion CWN - July 12, 2013

In the early hours of July 12, following a marathon debate, the Irish parliament voted 127-31 in favor of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which legalizes abortion in some...

Pope Francis appoints bishop to troubled Slovak diocese CWN - July 12, 2013

One year after Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual step of removing a Slovak archbishop from his see, Pope Francis has named Bishop Ján Orosch the new Archbishop of Trnava. Born in 1953, Bishop...

600th anniversary of finding of venerated Marian statue CWN - July 12, 2013

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Francesco Monterisi, the Archpriest Emeritus of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, as his special envoy to the recent closing celebration of the 600th...

English court sides with homosexual men against Christian bed and breakfast owner CWN - July 12, 2013

The second highest court in England has ruled that a Christian bed and breakfast owner illegally discriminated against two homosexual men when she declined to rent them a room with a double...

Vietnam prevents scholar from traveling to Rome for beatification meeting CWN - July 12, 2013

Vietnamese officials prevented Nguyên Hoang Duc, a literary critic, from traveling to Rome to attend the recent ceremony marking the closing of the diocesan phase of the beatification process of...

North Sinai: Coptic Christian kidnapped, murdered CWN - July 12, 2013

For the second time since the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a Coptic Christian has been murdered in North Sinai. Magdy Habashi, a 60-year-old shop owner, was kidnapped in Sheikh...

English bishops: pray for Syria CWN - July 12, 2013

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is asking Catholic to pray for peace in Syria and to support Catholic relief efforts there. “Please pray for those involved in humanitarian aid, that...

USCCB: pray, fast for spouses struggling to conceive CWN - July 12, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on July 12 for “married couples whose hearts ache to welcome a(nother) child into their...

Vatican freezes assets of cleric in money-laundering probe CWN - July 12, 2013

The Vatican bank has frozen the account of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the suspended Vatican official who is under investigation for money-laundering. Vatican prosecutors obtained a court order to...

New rules allow some baptized Catholics to join Anglican ordinariates CWN - July 12, 2013

Baptized Catholics who have not yet received Confirmation and First Communion may become members of an Anglican ordinariate under new norms approved by Pope Francis on May 31. The Anglican...

Pope Francis protects his independence, but values advice from Benedict XVI CWN - July 12, 2013

Pope Francis has told a former student that he would be “foolish” not to take advice from Pope-emeritus Benedict. “You cannot begin to imagine how humble and wise this man is,” the Pope told...

Pope replies to 3-year-old's letter CWN - July 12, 2013

A 3-year-old Italian girl who met Pope Francis during a papal audience in June has received a personal note from the Pontiff. After her encounter with the Pontiff, Alice Maria Rocca wrote him a...

Pontifical Council voices concerns for seafarers in 'Sea Sunday' statement CWN - July 12, 2013

The Pontifical Council for Migrants has released a statement for “Sea Sunday,” July 14, emphasizing the need for legal protections for seafarers. The Vatican statement notes that nearly 1.5...

Released Monday, Jul. 15

Blessed John Paul’s relics in Rio for World Youth Day CWN - July 15, 2013

Relics of Blessed John Paul II been transported to Rio de Janeiro for the veneration of the faithful during World Youth Day. “I bring to you the blessing of Pope Francis, who will arrive here in...

Texas senate bans late-term abortions CWN - July 15, 2013

The Texas senate has voted 19-11 to ban abortion after the twentieth week of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet certain safety standards, and require abortionists to have admitting...

Protestant pastor jailed in Kazakhstan CWN - July 15, 2013

The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Kazakhstan’s capital has been jailed since May on charges of “intentional inflicting of serious harm to health.” The case has raised concern among...

Ghana bishops: ‘right to health’ should be included in new bill of rights CWN - July 15, 2013

The bishops’ conference of Ghana has launched a campaign to include the “right to health” – more specifically, the right of individual access to health care – in the bill of rights of the nation’s...

Court rules against Catholic-owned company in HHS mandate case CWN - July 15, 2013

A federal district court judge in Michigan has refused to halt enforcement of the HHS mandate against a for-profit corporation owned by Catholics. “The Court concludes that Plaintiffs have not...

Prelate backs efforts to promote religious freedom in US military CWN - July 15, 2013

The Archbishop for the Military Services has voiced support for two efforts to protect the religious freedom of members of the US military. “The archdiocese congratulates the Family Research...

Theologian sees ‘remarkably rich’ treatment of theology in Lumen Fidei CWN - July 15, 2013

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, a Boston College theology professor says that Pope Francis “sets forth briefly, but in a remarkably rich way, an understanding of the task of theology” in section 36...

USCCB awards $1M to Church in Africa CWN - July 15, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has awarded $1.05 million in grants to 39 projects. The grants were funded by a special collection taken up in...

Pope makes Sunday visit to summer residence CWN - July 15, 2013

Pope Francis visited the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo on July 14, meeting with employees of the apostolic palace and holding his Angelus audience in the courtyard. Pope Francis has...

Pope prays for reconciliation between Poles, Ukrainians after Volhynia massacres CWN - July 15, 2013

During his Angelus audience on July 14—which he held as the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo—Pope Francis recalled the World Ward II massacres in Volhynia, and prayed for reconciliation in...

Pakistani man given life sentence on blasphemy charge, despite lack of evidence CWN - July 15, 2013

A Pakistani Christian has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sending an allegedly blasphemous text message on his cell phone. Sajjad Gill, a Seventh Day Adventist, was tried under the...

African bishops issue urgent peace plea CWN - July 15, 2013

Meeting in Kinshasa, Congo, the leaders of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have issued a call for international help in ending the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo....

Pope is an early riser, takes regular siestas CWN - July 15, 2013

Pope Francis typically rises at 4:45 each morning, allowing for a long session of private prayer before he celebrates morning Mass. Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa provides an account of the...

Rabbis praise Popes John XXIII, John Paul II for fighting anti-Semitism CWN - July 15, 2013

Two rabbis affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center saluted Popes John XXIII and John Paul II for their work to overcome anti-Semitism, in an essay for the Los Angeles Times. Rabbis Abraham...

Vatican slowdown in appointing new bishops? CWN - July 15, 2013

The Vatican has slowed the pace of naming new bishops, raising concerns about vacuums in diocesan leadership, notes Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register. In the US today there are 8...

Catholic nun kidnapped, raped in India CWN - July 15, 2013

A Catholic nun was abducted and repeatedly raped by a gang of men in India's troubled Orissa state earlier this month. The 28-year-old victim had reportedly received a message that her mother was...

Malaysian Muslims demand action against apostolic nuncio for using term 'Allah' CWN - July 15, 2013

Muslim activists in Malaysia are asking the government to expel to Pope’s representative for saying that Christians in the Asian country should be allowed to use the word “Allah” in reference to...

Vatican bank directors who resigned on July 1 could face criminal charges CWN - July 15, 2013

Two former officials of the Vatican bank, who resigned 2 weeks ago, could face criminal charges for violating Italy’s banking laws. Paolo Cipriani, who had been director of the Institute for...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 16

Patriarch: sectarian militias could lead to Lebanon’s destruction CWN - July 16, 2013

The Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church is warning that the rise of sectarian militias allied to other nations will destroy Lebanon. “The Lebanese built their country on the basis of living...

States enacted 43 pro-life laws in 1st half of 2013 CWN - July 16, 2013

During the first six months of 2013, state lawmakers enacted 43 “restrictions on access to abortion, the second-highest number ever at the midyear mark” and “as many as were enacted in all of 2012,”...

Appeals court rules against Liberty University in HHS mandate case CWN - July 16, 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled against Liberty University’s challenges to healthcare legislation enacted by Congress in 2010 and to the ensuing HHS...

Russian Patriarch pays tribute to 400th anniversary of Romanov dynasty CWN - July 16, 2013

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church led a religious service in St. Petersburg on July 12 to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the rule of the House of Romanov, which...

Chicago archdiocese launches ‘grassroots organizing’ group CWN - July 16, 2013

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Justice and Peace has launched a new organization to “unite Chicago Catholics in their baptismal call to build the Kingdom of God through the work of social...

Cardinal decries rape of Orissa nun, low status of women in India CWN - July 16, 2013

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai (Bombay), the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, has condemned the recent rape of a nun in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. “I condemn...

Philadelphia archdiocese turns over management of 14 schools to independent group CWN - July 16, 2013

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has turned over the management of 14 Catholic elementary schools to Independence Mission Schools, an organization whose purpose is to “provide sustainable,...

Rio WYD organizers face financial squeeze CWN - July 16, 2013

With registration lagging below expectations, the World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Rio de Janeiro faces financial problems, reports John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter. Organizers...

Pope toured Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo CWN - July 16, 2013

During his weekend trip to Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis visited the Vatican Observatory there, and was given a tour of the Observatory’s library and research collection. Father José Gabriel...

Conference of European Churches moving to Brussels, closer to EU offices CWN - July 16, 2013

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) has announced plans to move its main offices from their current location in Geneva to Brussels, to be close to the offices of the European Union. The...

Malaysia: papal envoy voices regrets for uproar over using 'Allah' CWN - July 16, 2013

Archbishop Joseph Marino has issued a statement expressing regret for any misunderstandings created by his remark that Christians had made a “logical and acceptable” case for using the word “Allah”...

Pope Francis travels in Ford Focus CWN - July 16, 2013

Pope Francis showed his preference for simplicity once again on Sunday when he arrived at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in an inexpensive sedan, rather than a luxury car. The...

Pope to visit Turkey in 2014? CWN - July 16, 2013

Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November 2014, according to a Turkish newspaper report. The Vatican has not announced any plans for a papal trip to Turkey. According to the daily Zaman, the...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 17

US government ends funding of South African bishops’ anti-AIDS efforts CWN - July 17, 2013

The United States has ended its funding of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s anti-AIDS efforts, a Benedictine missionary told Vatican Radio. In 2003, President George W. Bush’s...

Bishops’ conference condemns proposed ban on non-Christian religions in Papua New Guinea CWN - July 17, 2013

The spokesman for Papua New Guinea’s bishops has condemned a proposal, introduced in parliament by the governor of one of the nation’s 22 provinces, to ban non-Christian religions. “It is not by...

Orissa bishop: government must protect Christians from Hindu fundamentalists CWN - July 17, 2013

Following the gang rape of a nun in the eastern Indian state of Orissa (also known as Odisha), a leading local bishop demanded government action to protect Christians from Hindu...

Attacks on Orthodox monastery in Holy Land CWN - July 17, 2013

St. Lazarus Monastery in Bethany (al-Eizariya), founded a century ago by the Cypriot Orthodox community, has come under attack after a local Muslim family asserted land ownership. Actions taken...

House of Lords approves same-sex marriage CWN - July 17, 2013

The House of Lords has joined the House of Commons in approving same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The measure will become law following the royal assent of Queen Elizabeth II. Same-sex...

Christian families fleeing North Sinai CWN - July 17, 2013

Following the murder of a Coptic Orthodox priest and a Coptic Christian shop owner, 100 Christian families have fled their homes in Arish, the capital of North Sinai, after they received death...

Bishop, rabbi: don’t discriminate against houses of worship in disaster relief CWN - July 17, 2013

In a recent Newsday op-ed, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre joined Rabbi Hershel Billet in decrying the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision not to provide aid to houses of...

Pope plans busy schedule for trip to Rio, unworried by unrest in Brazil CWN - July 17, 2013

Pope Francis will face a crowded schedule during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day (WYD), but is not worried about security precautions in Brazil, Vatican officials have...

Former Anglican priest installed as English Catholic bishop CWN - July 17, 2013

A former Anglican priest has been installed as the head of a Catholic diocese in England. Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia, who was installed on July 16, became an Anglican priest in 1968. He was...

Pope encourages English, Irish, Scottish Catholics to protect human life CWN - July 17, 2013

“We must all care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth,” Pope Francis wrote in a message to the Catholics of Britain and Ireland who are observing the annual Day of Life. This year’s Day...

In letter to Argentine president, Pope Francis writes of enduring ties to his native land CWN - July 17, 2013

In a personal letter to Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Pope Francis relayed his best wishes to his countrymen, “for whom I pray daily that they may seek unity and accord for...

Released Thursday, Jul. 18

South African cardinal discusses Mandela Day CWN - July 18, 2013

In an interview with Vatican Radio, South Africa’s leading prelate discussed Mandela Day, an international commemoration that honors Nelson Mandela by encouraging people to volunteer their time in...

Indian bishops back food security bill CWN - July 18, 2013

Following the deaths of 22 children who ate pesticide-laden food at a government-run school, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India emphasized Catholic schools’ commitment to food...

Leading Latin American prelate outlines goals for meeting with Pope CWN - July 18, 2013

The president of CELAM (the Latin American Episcopal Conference) has listed 11 goals for an upcoming meeting between its 50-bishop leadership committee and Pope Francis. “We await with great...

Report: California inmates pressured to have sterilizations CWN - July 18, 2013

Physicians under contract with the California prison system sterilized at least 148 female inmates between 2006 and 2010 without required state authorization, according to the Center for...

Cardinal Kasper: Pope will disappoint ‘progressives,’ ‘conservatives’ CWN - July 18, 2013

Stating that “it's not possible to pigeonhole” Pope Francis “in the classic European conservative-progressive debate,” Cardinal Walter Kasper told an Italian paper that the Pope will disappoint both...

English bishops respond to passage of same-sex marriage, raise religious-liberty concerns CWN - July 18, 2013

The advent of same-sex marriage in England and Wales “marks a watershed in English law and heralds a profound social change,” the president and vice president of the bishops’ conference said in a...

Christian homes burned down in Egyptian village CWN - July 18, 2013

Four Coptic Christians were murdered and 23 homes were looted and burned down in a recent Islamist attack on Christians in Dabaaya, a village in southern Egypt. Police looked on as the incidents...

Head of Anglican Communion recounts conversion to Christianity, praises Pope Francis CWN - July 18, 2013

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, the new Archbishop of Canterbury recounted his conversion to Christianity and praised Pope Francis. “I think he is extraordinary,” said Archbishop Justin...

Bus carrying WYD pilgrims crashes in French Guiana; one dead, several injured CWN - July 18, 2013

At least one person was killed, and several others seriously injured, when a bus carrying pilgrims to World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Brazil crashed in French Guiana. Pope Francis sent a...

Italian archdiocese holds prayer vigil for refugees, migrants who have died CWN - July 18, 2013

Inspired by the visit of Pope Francis to Lampedusa, Catholics in Modena, Italy, organized a prayer vigil on July 18 for the migrants and refugees who have died trying to reach Europe. The...

Egypt: Coptic leader suspends public audiences, fearful of violence CWN - July 18, 2013

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church has suspended the weekly audiences that he ordinarily holds in Cairo, due to security concerns. Coptic Pope Tawadros II cancelled his Wednesday audience on...

WYD organizers predict event will boost Brazil's economy CWN - July 18, 2013

Organizers of the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Rio de Janeiro are predicting that the events will generate more than $220 in business for Rio de Janeiro. Although registrations for the...

Italian journalist charges that Vatican bank prelate is protected by 'gay lobby' CWN - July 18, 2013

An influential Vatican journalist has explicitly charged that the newly installed prelate of the Vatican bank has engaged in homosexual misconduct, and has been protected by other officials at the...

Israeli diplomat: no plan to give Vatican control of site of the Last Supper CWN - July 18, 2013

Israel’s deputy foreign minister has denied reports that his government is prepared to recognize the Vatican’s claim to ownership of the building that houses the site of the Last Supper. The same...

L'Arche community founder named for Pacem in Terris peace prize CWN - July 18, 2013

Jean Vanier, who founded the L’Arche community to care for people with mental disabilities, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award. The Pacem in Terris...

Victim’s parents charge St. Louis archbishop tampered with evidence of abuse CWN - July 18, 2013

Archbishop Robert Carlson is charged with tampering with evidence of sexual abuse, in a lawsuit brought by the parents of the alleged victim. The parents of a young teenage girl, who say that a...

Austrian dissident leader begins American speaking tour CWN - July 18, 2013

A dissident Austrian priest has begun his speaking tour in the US, bringing his calls for sweeping change in the Church to audiences in New York and Boston. Father Helmut Schüller-- the head of...

Released Friday, Jul. 19

70th anniversary of bombing of Rome CWN - July 19, 2013

On July 19, 1943, Allied forces bombed Axis-controlled Rome, resulting in 1,800 deaths. Seven decades later, L’Osservatore Romano recalled Venerable Pius XII’s reaction: as he visited the...

OSCE rejects manifesto on homosexuality, transgenderism CWN - July 19, 2013

In a 24-3 vote, the Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) has declined to adopt the Yogyakarta Principles, a 2006 manifesto that would enshrine homosexuality and transgenderism...

UK abandons controversial end-of-life medical protocol CWN - July 19, 2013

The United Kingdom has announced that it will phase out the Liverpool Care Pathway, a protocol governing the medical care of patients who have been deemed to be dying. Critics have charged that the...

USCCB: pray, fast for lawmakers, judges CWN - July 19, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on July 19 for “our lawmakers and judges, that they be granted the wisdom to define and...

Nearly 10,000 US youth to take part in World Youth Day CWN - July 19, 2013

Over 9,500 young people from the United States will take part in World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The youth are members of 650...

8 Christians sentenced to prison in Iran CWN - July 19, 2013

Eight members of an Iranian Protestant church have received jail sentences of one to six years for “action against the national security” and “propaganda against the order of the system.” “In...

25th anniversary of Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter CWN - July 19, 2013

In 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four bishops without papal approval, leading to the excommunication of all five. A dozen priests and 20 seminarians of the archbishop’s Society of...

New Chinese president played key role in Marian shrine’s approval CWN - July 19, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who assumed office in March, played a key role two decades ago in the construction of one of the nation’s leading Marian shrines, according to the shrine’s...

Catholic Relief Services CEO emphasizes NFP promotion CWN - July 19, 2013

In a column in the forthcoming issue of Our Sunday Visitor, the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services emphasizes the organization’s promotion of natural family planning. The US bishops’...

New papal panel to study Vatican business affairs, propose reforms CWN - July 19, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed an international commission, composed mostly of lay experts, to study the economic affairs and administrative structures of the Holy See and propose reforms. In a...

Canonist explains: No, sins not forgiven via Twitter CWN - July 19, 2013

This week dozens of secular media outlets have carried headline stories suggesting that Pope Francis has offered indulgences, or even the forgiveness of sins, to those who follow his Twitter...

Vatican denies report that Vatican bank prelate is involved with 'gay lobby' CWN - July 19, 2013

The Vatican has rejected a report that the newly appointed prelate of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) is a protected member of the 'gay lobby' at the Vatican. Father Federico Lombardi,...

Argentine priest recruited as Pope's new secretary CWN - July 19, 2013

Msgr. Fabian Pedacchio Leaniz, an Argentine priest who has been working at the Congregation for Bishops, has begun working as a secretary to Pope Francis. The Argentine cleric, who is described...

Huge influx of migrants creates a crisis in Lampedusa CWN - July 19, 2013

More than 700 migrants and refugees reached Lampedusa in the course of one day, creating an administrative crisis on the Italian island that Pope Francis had visited last week to dramatize the...

Hobby Lobby wins another round in challenge against HHS mandate CWN - July 19, 2013

A US federal judge has granted the Hobby Lobby stores an injunction stopping enforcement of the HHS mandate to include contraceptive coverage in employee health-care plans. The courtroom victory...

Released Monday, Jul. 22

Indian Cardinal Pimenta dead at 93 CWN - July 22, 2013

Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta, who served as Archbishop of Mumbai (Bombay) from 1978 to 1996, died on July 19 in a residence for elderly priests. He was 93. Born in 1920 in a suburb of Mumbai,...

US commission documents violence against Pakistan’s religious minorities CWN - July 22, 2013

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has published a report documenting incidents of violence against religious minorities in Pakistan between January 2012 and June...

Sri Lankan cardinal emphasizes role of Latin in liturgy CWN - July 22, 2013

At a recent liturgical conference in Rome, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Sri Lanka “underlined the importance of Latin in the liturgy and did this, interestingly, as the bishop of a diocese whose...

Pro-life leaders criticize Catholic Relief Services over anti-malaria grant to family-planning provider CWN - July 22, 2013

The leaders of the American Life League, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Human Life International, and the Population Research Institute have strongly criticized Catholic Relief Services...

Coptic pope suspends public appearances amid fears of anti-Christian violence CWN - July 22, 2013

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church has suspended his weekly audiences amid fears of attacks by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria “avoids...

North Dakota bishops decry judge’s abortion ruling CWN - July 22, 2013

A North Dakota district judge has declared abortion a fundamental constitutional right. Ruling that a state ban on a drug used in abortions is unconstitutional, Judge Wickham Corwin linked...

English court denies asylum to Malaysian who does not want child to be raised a Muslim CWN - July 22, 2013

The second-highest court in England has upheld the government’s decision to deny asylum to a Malaysian Catholic woman who does not want her six-year-old son, also a baptized Catholic, to be raised...

Pope Francis lands in Rio, begins WYD visit CWN - July 22, 2013

Pope Francis landed in Rio de Janeiro on Monday afternoon, July 22, to begin the first international trip of his papacy, for World Youth Day (WYD). From the airport, the Pope was driven-- in a...

Prayer and action, Martha and Mary, should be in unity, Pope tells audience CWN - July 22, 2013

At his midday audience on Sunday, July 21, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel story of Martha and Mary, saying that active work and contemplative prayer should be “in profound unity and...

Pope makes another surprise visit to St. Mary Major CWN - July 22, 2013

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major on July 21 to pray for the Virgin Mary’s assistance during his trip to Brazil for World Youth Day. On the eve of his...

Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly offers resignation CWN - July 22, 2013

The newly appointed prelate of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), has offered to resign, according to a Roman news agency. I Media, a respected outlet specializing in...

Former priest, dismissed on abuse charges, suing Milwaukee archdiocese CWN - July 22, 2013

A former Milwaukee priest who was removed from ministry after being charged with sexual abuse but cleared by a jury in a civil trial, is seeking $450,000 in damages from the archdiocese. Marvin...

Russian Orthodox leader vows to continue battle against 'gay propaganda' CWN - July 22, 2013

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has confirmed his support for a new Russian law against “gay propaganda,” and said that “we must do everything to ensure that in the area of Holy Rus this sin is...

Vatican official acted illegally as private banker, prosecutors charge CWN - July 22, 2013

Italian prosecutors charge that Msgr. Nunzio Scarano offered financial services for wealthy friends: “totally private, illegal activity which was also aimed at serving outsiders.” Msgr. Scarano,...

Newark archdiocese faces new criticism over accused priest living in rectory CWN - July 22, 2013

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has removed a pastor who allowed a priest to live in his rectory after being accused of sexual abuse. Father Thomas Iwanowski was removed as pastor after...

Mexico bishop decries violence, threats against priest CWN - July 22, 2013

A Mexican bishop has denounced “extortion and death threats, which then became attempted murder,” aimed at a Catholic priest. The Fides news service reports that Bishop Ramon Castro Castro of...

Pope notes anniversary of WWII bombing of Rome CWN - July 22, 2013

The Vatican has released a message by Pope Francis, dated July 19, recalling the bombing of Rome’s San Lorenzo district on that date in 1943. In his message—addressed to Cardinal Agostino Vallini,...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 23

US bishops offer moral framework for trade agreements CWN - July 23, 2013

In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, who was recently confirmed as United States Trade Representative, the heads of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)...

Low national fertility rates become more widespread CWN - July 23, 2013

The majority of the world’s people now live in nations where the fertility rate is below replacement level. “Thirty years ago only a small fraction of the world’s population lived in the few...

1025th anniversary of baptism of Kievan Rus’ CWN - July 23, 2013

The heads of the nine of the world’s 15 autocephalous Orthodox churches are traveling to Kiev, Ukraine’s largest city, to commemorate the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus’, the...

USCCB official: end sequestration, adopt budget that protects anti-poverty programs CWN - July 23, 2013

Chiding Congress for “an abdication of leadership, a refusal to make tough choices,” an official of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for an end to automatic budget reductions...

Pakistani Christians jailed for sending blasphemous text messages CWN - July 23, 2013

A week after a Pakistani Christian was sentenced to life in prison for sending a blasphemous text message, a Christian couple has been jailed for sending blasphemous text messages to a...

Washington Post examines modesty in church CWN - July 23, 2013

The Washington Post has published an article on modesty at worship services. “I know I’m inappropriate, but I’m trying to save time,” said one young woman who attended Sunday Mass on the way to...

Philippine government orders Muslim teachers to remove veils CWN - July 23, 2013

The Philippines’ education secretary has directed the nation’s Muslim teachers to remove their veils in the classroom. Removing the veil permits “proper identification of the teachers by their...

Bomb found near shrine Pope will visit CWN - July 23, 2013

Police have found and defused a small bomb near the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, which Pope Francis is scheduled to visit on July 24. CNN reported that the bomb had “low destructive power”...

Pope rests in Rio after tumultuous greeting CWN - July 23, 2013

Pope Francis spent July 23 resting quietly in Rio de Janeiro, restoring his energy after the long flight from Rome. Vatican officials did their best to relax, too, after worrisome scenes when the...

Church agency welcomes British government proposal to restrict porn access CWN - July 23, 2013

A proposal by the British government to restrict online access to pornography has drawn approval from the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social-action arm of the bishops’ conference of...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 24

English bishops welcome birth of royal baby CWN - July 24, 2013

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued a statement congratulating Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their...

Priest murdered in Mexico CWN - July 24, 2013

Father Ignacio Cortez Álvarez, a 56-year-old parish priest, was murdered in his rectory in Ensenada, a coastal city of 700,000 located 80 miles south of San Diego in Baja California. La Voz de...

Report: Nigerian Christian girls kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam CWN - July 24, 2013

An official of a Nigerian Christian organization alleges that five Christian girls have been kidnapped in the northern part of the nation, which is largely Muslim, and forced to convert to...

Bishops to cooperate with Venezuelan government in weapon turn-in plan CWN - July 24, 2013

At a recent meeting between Venezuela’s bishops and the nation’s justice minister, the bishops’ conference agreed to cooperate with a government anti-crime plan encouraging citizens to turn in their...

Judge blocks enforcement of law banning abortion after fetal heartbeat CWN - July 24, 2013

A federal district court judge has blocked enforcement of a new North Dakota law that would have banned most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Supreme Court has ruled “that...

Princeton’s Robert George to lead US religious freedom commission CWN - July 24, 2013

Robert George, a Princeton University politics professor known for his defense of the unborn as well as his natural-law defense of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, has been elected chair...

Court backs city’s creation of historic district to prevent parish demolition CWN - July 24, 2013

Upholding a lower federal court decision, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a Massachusetts city’s creation of a historic district to prevent a closed parish’s...

Only 24% of Americans aware that religious freedom is 1st Amendment right CWN - July 24, 2013

An annual survey of over 1,000 Americans has found that only 24% of respondents are able to identify religious freedom as a First Amendment right. The survey, conducted by the Newseum Institute’s...

Vatican official to succeed Scotland’s Cardinal O’Brien CWN - July 24, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Leo Cushley, who leads the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. Msgr. Cushley succeeds...

At Aparecida shrine, Pope recalls Latin American bishops' call to evangelization CWN - July 24, 2013

During a July 24 pilgrimage to Brazil's most beloved Marian sanctuary, Pope Francis recalled the call for evangelization all across Latin America, which had been issued by the bishops of that region...

Prelates reflect on papal-security concerns CWN - July 24, 2013

With his enthusiasm for plunging into crowds and his disdain for special treatment, Pope Francis has caused anxiety among some Church leaders, even as he has won popular acclaim. The Pope has...

Suspended priest in Detroit pleads guilty to new child-porn charges CWN - July 24, 2013

A priest of the Detroit archdiocese who was suspended from ministry in 2004 because of sex-abuse accusations has pleaded guilty to criminal charges involving child pornography. The federal...

South Sudan: bishop sees no progress against rebel terror CWN - July 24, 2013

A bishop in South Sudan has complained about the lack of effort by international leaders to curb a movement that has terrorized civilians in several different African nations, the Fides news service...

500,000 participate in opening of World Youth Day in Rio CWN - July 24, 2013

More than 500,000 young people gathered at Copacabana beach on July 24 as Archbishop Joao Tempesta presided at the formal opening of the 28th World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Rio de...

Hong Kong diocese shows sympathy for drive to ensure voting rights CWN - July 24, 2013

The Hong Kong diocese has expressed strong support for efforts to ensure that the people of Hong Kong will be allowed to elect their own political representatives, saying that acts of civil...

Vatican envoy reminds UN of appalling losses in Syria's civil war CWN - July 24, 2013

The Holy See’s representative at UN headquarters in New York has renewed the Vatican’s appeal for international efforts to end the civil war in Syria and ease “the unbearable suffering of its...

Released Thursday, Jul. 25

People in Central African Republic being killed ‘like flies,’ says prelate CWN - July 25, 2013

The leading prelate in the Central African Republic has again denounced the violence that has accompanied the rule of the Islamist rebel movement Seleka, which gained power in March. “I can't...

Nobel laureate calls for ‘strong message’ from Holy See on Syrian peace CWN - July 25, 2013

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work for peace in Northern Ireland, met with Vatican officials and called upon the Holy See to issue a “strong message” in...

Papua New Guinea’s bishops denounce refugee agreement CWN - July 25, 2013

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has denounced an agreement between Australia and Papua New Guinea on refugees seeking asylum. Under the agreement, those...

Bishops fear ‘powder keg’ in Burkina Faso CWN - July 25, 2013

In a lengthy pastoral letter, the bishops of Burkina Faso declined to take sides in the dispute over the government’s controversial creation of a senate but questioned the senate’s value....

Prelates lament Western support for Syrian rebels CWN - July 25, 2013

Criticizing Western media coverage of the Syrian conflict, an Italian journalist writing for Catholic World Report has gathered together statements from several Church leaders in the Middle East...

Vatican cardinal visits San Diego CWN - July 25, 2013

The prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches visited several Chaldean Catholic institutions in San Diego on July 24. After presiding over Benediction at the Eparchy of Saint Peter the...

Archbishop Gomez, in congressional testimony, calls for passage of DREAM Act CWN - July 25, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, testified before a House subcommittee on July 23 and called for the...

Russian Orthodox official says West moving towards secularist totalitarianism CWN - July 25, 2013

The Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical official said that “secularization in disguise of democratization” is leading Western nations toward totalitarianism, according to a report from the...

Energized by visit to Rio slum, Pope Francis pleads for the poor CWN - July 25, 2013

"The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty,” Pope Francis said during a July 25 visit a slum in Rio...

Pope speaks against liberalizing drug laws CWN - July 25, 2013

Pope Francis spoke out clearly against the liberalization of drug laws, during a visit to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro specializing in care for alcoholics and drug addicts. “A reduction in the...

Dozens killed in train accident at Santiago de Compostela on eve of feast day CWN - July 25, 2013

At least 80 people were killed, and about 150 injured, when a train derailed near Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 24. The accident occurred on the eve of the feast of St. James the...

Steady rains force chance in location for closing WYD Mass CWN - July 25, 2013

World Youth Day organizers have announced a last-minute change in the venue for the closing Mass that will be celebrated by Pope Francis. The Sunday Mass had been scheduled at a park 30 miles...

Italy, Vatican near agreement on financial exchanges? CWN - July 25, 2013

The Vatican is close to an unprecedented agreement with the government of Italy on sharing information about financial transactions, according to the Reuters news service. In an exclusive report,...

Members of unauthorized Catholic group arrested at protest in Rwanda CWN - July 25, 2013

Members of a small Catholic group in Rwanda, claiming that they have received a vision from the Virgin Mary, were arrested when they staged a demonstration outside the residence of President Paul...

Irish justice minister wants wider access to abortion CWN - July 25, 2013

Ireland’s justice minister has called for broader access to abortion, even before a new law allowing some legal abortions takes effect. Alan Shatter said that the legislation that has won...

Could anti-bias ordinance keep Christians off San Antonio city council? CWN - July 25, 2013

The city council of San Antonio, Texas, has approved a measure that would bare anyone who had ever “demonstrated a bias” from election to the city council. The Washington Times notes that the policy...

Released Friday, Jul. 26

UK: Catholic, Anglican prelates meet with Israeli ambassador CWN - July 26, 2013

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, chairman of the English Catholic bishops’ Department for International Affairs, and Anglican Bishop Michael Langrish met with Daniel Taub, the Israeli ambassador to...

USCCB: pray, fast for grandparents CWN - July 26, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on July 26 for “grandparents, that they may be cherished by their families as they continue...

Amid fall in support, government grants exceed private donations to Catholic Relief Services CWN - July 26, 2013

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, received $350 million more in revenue from the US government and...

Sri Lanka: cardinal forgives youth who desecrated church, will not press charges CWN - July 26, 2013

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, the former Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, has forgiven the young men who desecrated a parish in his Sri...

Cardinal Burke sees ‘perfect continuity’ between Popes Benedict, Francis in liturgical teaching CWN - July 26, 2013

In an interview with the ZENIT news agency, Cardinal Raymond Burke praised liturgical law, linked liturgical abuse to “moral corruption,” and said that he sees “perfect continuity” in liturgical...

Ukrainian Catholics to commemorate baptism of Kievan Rus’ by renewing baptismal vows CWN - July 26, 2013

In commemoration of the 1,025th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus’, the medieval Slavic state that helped give birth to modern Russia and Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic...

Eastern Orthodox leaders demand end to persecution of Christians CWN - July 26, 2013

The heads and representatives of all 15 autocephalous Eastern Orthodox churches have issued a joint statement lamenting the persecution of Christians around the world. The leaders have gathered...

1 million people welcome Pope Francis to World Youth Day CWN - July 26, 2013

An estimated 1 million people greeted Pope Francis to the World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Rio de Janeiro on July 26. The Pope told the young people gathered at Copacabana beach: “Today...

Pope lauds value of grandparents, stresses family's role in forming faith CWN - July 26, 2013

Pope Francis spoke about the importance of strong family ties, and of support for both the young and the old, during a midday Angelus audience in Rio de Janeiro on July 26. Noting that the day...

Cause for beatification of Archbishop Romero moving quickly, says CDF prefect CWN - July 26, 2013

The cause for beatification of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero accelerated during the pontificate of Benedict XVI and is now moving forward “even faster” under Pope Francis, reports the...

Speaking to Argentine youth, Pope depicts a culture in crisis CWN - July 26, 2013

Pope Francis met on July 25 with World Youth Day pilgrims from his native Argentina, and urged them to bring the message of the Gospel to every part of society. "I want the Church to go out into...

Jailed Vatican cleric says corrupt superiors approved financial transfers CWN - July 26, 2013

A Vatican official who faces money-laundering charges has appealed to Pope Francis, proclaiming his innocence and charging that he was betrayed by his superiors. Msgr. Nunzio Scarano wrote to the...

New crackdown on Christian converts in Sudan CWN - July 26, 2013

Since Sudan was divided in 2011, when South Sudan became independent, converts to Christianity have come under heavier pressure in Sudan, the Fides news service reports. Sudan’s President Omar...

Marian devotions bring Muslims to Christian shrines CWN - July 26, 2013

Millions of Muslims make pilgrimages to Marian shrines every year, reports Father Samir Khalil Samir. Devotion to the Virgin Mary is quite strong in Islam, notes the Vatican expert in a...

Austrian dissident priest barred from speaking in Detroit parish CWN - July 26, 2013

Detroit's Archbishop Allen Vigneron has vetoed an appearance by the Austrian dissident priest, Father Helmut Schüller, at a local parish. Father Schüller, the leader of the Austrian "Call to...

Released Monday, Jul. 29

Loss for Mennonite-owned firm in HHS mandate case; government says ‘abortifacient’ is theological, not scientific CWN - July 29, 2013

In a 2-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a corporation wholly owned by five members of a Mennonite family, must adhere...

President Obama: remarks at dinner during Ramadan CWN - July 29, 2013

The White House hosted an Iftar dinner on July 25 to mark the end of fasting on one of the days of the month of Ramadan. This year, Ramadan began on July 8 and concludes on August 7. “Leaders...

3 churches attacked in Egypt CWN - July 29, 2013

Three Coptic Orthodox churches in Minya, a city of 250,000 in north-central Egypt, were attacked on July 27, an English-language Egyptian newspaper reported. “They threw Molotov cocktails at...

Sudan targets Muslim converts to Christianity CWN - July 29, 2013

Christians in Sudan, an Islamic state in northeastern Africa, have suffered increased persecution in the two years since the largely Christian and animist region of South Sudan gained its...

Religious leaders welcome Kerry announcement on Middle East peace CWN - July 29, 2013

Thirty Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders in the US – including Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on International Justice and Peace,...

Archbishop Tutu backs UN initiative, would prefer hell to ‘homophobic’ heaven CWN - July 29, 2013

The United Nations Human Rights Office has launched the Free & Equal Campaign, which it describes as a “global public education campaign [that] aims to … focus on the need for both legal reforms and...

Pope Francis is most retweeted, 2nd most popular world leader on Twitter CWN - July 29, 2013

Pope Francis is the second most popular world leader on Twitter, according to a study conducted by Burson-Marsteller, a global communications firm. “U.S. President @BarackObama is still the most...

Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue focuses on healing CWN - July 29, 2013

The Joint International Commission for Catholic–Pentecostal Dialogue, conducted under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, recently concluded a weeklong discussion...

3 million hear Pope's exhortation as WYD concludes CWN - July 29, 2013

More than 3 million young people gathered on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro for the concluding Mass of World Youth Day (WYD) on July 28, and heard Pope Francis say that the enormous enthusiasm...

Pope distinguishes between homosexual orientation, gay lobby CWN - July 29, 2013

Pope Francis has said that he does not judge homosexuals, including homosexual priests. “If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them?” the Pope said. The Pope added that a...

Krakow chosen for next WYD celebration in 2016 CWN - July 29, 2013

The city of Krakow, Poland, will host international World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in 2016, Pope Francis has announced. As WYD concluded in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, the Holy Father made the...

On return to Rome, Pope again visits St. Mary Major CWN - July 29, 2013

Immediately upon returning to Rome after his first international voyage, Pope Francis stopped at the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major to offer prayers of thanksgiving for the success of World Youth...

Vatican, Italy sign accord on financial transfers CWN - July 29, 2013

The Vatican has signed a cooperative agreement with Italian banking authorities, governing the exchange of information to combat money-laundering. The exchange, signed by the Vatican’s Financial...

Abortion zealots vandalize Chilean cathedral CWN - July 29, 2013

The Catholic cathedral of Santiago, Chile, was vandalized on July 25 by pro-abortion activists, the Catholic News Agency reports. At the conclusion of a pro-abortion demonstration, a band of...

Italian Cardinal Tonini dies at 99 CWN - July 29, 2013

Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, the retired Archbishop of Ravenna, Italy, died on July 28. At the age of 99, Cardinal Tonini had been the eldest member of the College of Cardinals. That distinction now...

Lindy Boggs, former US ambassador to Vatican, dead at 97 CWN - July 29, 2013

Lindy Boggs, a former member of the US House of Representatives who later became US ambassador to the Vatican, died on July 27 at the age of 97. Lindy Boggs was the wife of Rep. Hale Boggs, a...

Franciscan group forbidden to use traditional liturgy CWN - July 29, 2013

Intervening in a bid to curb dissension within a Franciscan community, the Vatican has appointed a new leader for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and ruled that all priests of the group...

Pope tackles tough questions in remarkable interview CWN - July 29, 2013

During a long and remarkably candid question-and-answer session with reporters on his return flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, Pope Francis spoke about the prospects for reform at the Vatican, the...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 30

Vatican newspaper emphasizes continuity between Pope Francis, predecessors CWN - July 30, 2013

In an editorial that appeared in the July 30 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, the newspaper’s editor, emphasized the continuity between Pope Francis and his predecessors of the...

Leading Cameroon prelate among 3 to resign early CWN - July 30, 2013

In recent days, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three bishops under Canon 401 §2, which provides for the resignation of a bishop who “because of illness or some other grave reason has...

Altar desecrated at Italian parish CWN - July 30, 2013

Four Moroccan youths have desecrated the altar at a parish in a small town in the northern Italian province of Mantua. The Gazzetta di Mantova reported that the four youths stole money from the...

USCCB backs disaster aid for churches damaged by Hurricane Sandy CWN - July 30, 2013

The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have announced their support for the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, a Senate...

New Orleans ends ban on nighttime preaching CWN - July 30, 2013

The New Orleans city council has voted unanimously to end a 2011 ban on disseminating “any social, political, or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise” on Bourbon Street. In...

KGB detains priest in Belarus CWN - July 30, 2013

A Russian news agency and a Belarusian news site are reporting that a priest is being detained in a Belarusian KGB prison. “We only know this fact, but we don't have reliable information about...

Bishop criticizes congressman over remarks on immigrants CWN - July 30, 2013

An Iowa bishop has criticized a local congressman for remarks made about young illegal immigrants. Speaking on illegal immigration, Rep. Steve King, a Catholic, had told Newsmax that “for...

Irish president signs law allowing legal abortion CWN - July 30, 2013

Ireland’s President Michael Higgins has signed a bill ending the country’s ban on abortion. Higgins had the option of signing the bill into law or referring it to the nation’s Supreme Court for a...

Bishop cautions on proselytism in Jordan's refugee camps CWN - July 30, 2013

A Catholic prelate has cautioned against proselytism in refugee camps in Jordan, the Fides news service reports. Some Evangelical groups have been distributing Bibles and spiritual tracts, along...

Jesuit priest feared kidnapped in Syria CWN - July 30, 2013

Church officials in Syria fear that a prominent Jesuit priest has been kidnapped, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Paolo dall’Oglio, who was expelled from Syria last year after making...

Pope mourns victims of Italian bus accident CWN - July 30, 2013

Pope Francis has sent a message of sympathy to the people of Campania, Italy, where 38 people died in a bus accident. In a message of Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples, the Pope promised...

Federal judge vindicates Cardinal Dolan, rules Milwaukee archdiocese right to shield cemetery funding CWN - July 30, 2013

A federal judge has ruled that the Milwaukee archdiocese was justified in setting up a $50 million trust fund for the care of cemeteries. Creditors of the archdiocese, which is now in bankruptcy,...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 31

Cardinal Turkson: concern for human life and the earth are inseparable CWN - July 31, 2013

Addressing a recent Catholic environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Peter Turkson said respect for human life and respect for the earth are inseparable. “We cannot show concern for...

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis hasn’t changed Church teaching on homosexuality CWN - July 31, 2013

In an interview with a CBS news program, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that Pope Francis’s recent comments on gay priests do not represent a change in Church teaching on homosexuality. “Pope...

Dozens of Christians arrested in China CWN - July 31, 2013

Police in Beijing arrested at least 34 members of a Protestant church during an outdoor worship service, according to an AsiaNews report. “At least 34 believers were taken away from locations...

Russian sculptor casts Europe’s tallest statue of Christ CWN - July 31, 2013

The president of the Russian Academy of Arts has cast the tallest statue of Christ in Europe, the Interfax news agency reports. Zurab Tsereteli’s bronze statue is 108 feet tall and will stand on...

‘How Georgetown became a gay-friendly campus’ CWN - July 31, 2013

The New York Times has published an article on the acceptance of homosexuality at Georgetown University. “Indeed, there’s a Gender Liberation Week, Gay Pride Month, a popular drag ball called...

Cardinal George, CCHD withdraw support after immigrant coalition backs same-sex marriage CWN - July 31, 2013

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has defended the Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s decision to cease to fund the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) after the...

Slovenia’s 2 leading prelates resign in archdiocesan debt scandal CWN - July 31, 2013

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of both of Slovenia’s archbishops, who had amassed huge debts for their archdioceses with questionable investments. Archbishop Anton Stres of Ljubljana,...

Pope to Jesuits: put Christ and the Church at the center of all things CWN - July 31, 2013

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with his fellow Jesuits in the Gesu, the Jesuit church in Rome, on July 31: the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. In his homily the Pope...

'Fraternity' will be theme for World Day of Peace CWN - July 31, 2013

Pope Francis has announced that the theme for the 47th World Day of peace will be: “Fraternity, the foundation and pathway of peace.” “In the face of the many tragedies that afflict the family of...

Uncertainty mounts about priest who disappeared in Syria CWN - July 31, 2013

While Church officials in Syria are increasingly concerned about a Jesuit priest who has been reported kidnapped, some activists told the Italian ANSA news agency that Father Paolo Dall’Oglio has...

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