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Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5

Following a month-long hiatus, Pope Francis resumed his Wednesday general audience on August 5 and called for a compassionate welcome to those who have remarried outside the Church. In doing so,...

Islamic State destroys ancient monastery, desecrates saint’s tomb CWN - August 24

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed the fifth-century Monastery of St. Elian near Al-Qaryatayn, Syria, and desecrated the relics of the saint. Father Jacques Mouraud, the...

Kentucky forbids prison chaplains from identifying homosexuality as sinful CWN - August 13

Prison officials in the state of Kentucky have told chaplains that they are not allowed to speak of homosexual activity as sinful. The Department of Juvenile Justice revoked the credentials of a...

Report: Spanish bishop changes mind, permits transgendered person to be godparent CWN - August 7

Reversing a decision made less than two weeks before, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may serve as a godparent at...

Cardinal Müller speaks on Synod, Medjugorje, Lefebvrists, and more CWN - August 3

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops must avoid “reducing the word of Jesus and the teaching of the...

Iowa bishop bans Mass at chapel where female 'priest' led services CWN - August 26

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, has revoked permission for the celebration of Mass at a Catholic Worker house, after a woman claiming to be a Catholic priest led services there. Janice...

Maltese bishop: remove ‘barriers’ to those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 21

Four years after the legalization of divorce in Malta, the head of one of the nation’s two dioceses has issued a pastoral letter on mercy for those who have divorced and entered into a civil...

Catholic hospital to permit sterilization following lawsuit threat CWN - August 25

A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle...

Cardinal recalls 500th anniversary of East Timor’s evangelization CWN - August 18

A day after the signing of a diplomatic accord between the Holy See and Timor-Leste (East Timor), the Vatican’s Secretary of State was the principal celebrant at a Mass commemorating the 500th...

Plaza in central Rome to be named in honor of Martin Luther CWN - August 24

City officials in Rome have approved plans to name a square for Martin Luther. On September 16, the city will formally name a square on the Viale Fortunato Mizzi, a few blocks from the Coliseum,...

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