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French basilica desecrated CWN - August 7

Two churches in Thonon-les-Bains, a city of 30,000 in eastern France, were desecrated on August 5, according to Le Messager, a newspaper based in Chablais. A man in his thirties entered St....

‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8

Pope Francis has renewed his appeal to the Church to intercede for the persecuted Christians of Iraq. “The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from...

Paraguay: diocese defends bishop, says Cardinal Ratzinger recommended accused priest CWN - August 1

The Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, has published an aggressive defense of the leadership of Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, claiming that a priest who had been accused of abuse in the US was...

Report: jihadists destroy St. George’s mausoleum in Mosul CWN - July 29

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that took over Mosul in June and subsequently expelled Christians from the city, has destroyed the mausoleum of St. George, the city’s...

Vatican: avoid 'excesses' in Sign of Peace during Mass CWN - August 1

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has asked the world’s bishops to “moderate excesses” in the Sign of Peace exchanged during Mass. The Vatican said that some widespread practices—such...

After investigation of diocese in Paraguay, Vatican suspends ordinations CWN - July 28

The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports. Following an investigation of the diocese led by Cardinal Santos...

Vatican UN envoy says military action justified to save Christians in Iraq CWN - August 11

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has said that “military action in this moment is probably necessary” to curb the slaughter of Christians in Iraq. Archbishop Silvani...

Middle East churches: ‘we are going back to the prehistory period’ CWN - July 31

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-- a regional ecumenical body whose members include Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant churches-- has issued a statement calling...

Bishops move to counter black Mass in Oklahoma City CWN - August 6

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma have moved to counter a Black Mass scheduled for September 21st. The Black Mass is slated to be performed at...

Oklahoma archdiocese successful in lawsuit to block Black Mass CWN - August 21

A lawyer representing the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has announced victory in a lawsuit brought by the archdiocese to block a Black Mass that had beens scheduled for the city's civic center in...

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