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French bishop orders removal of Blessed Sacrament from tabernacles CWN - February 13

In response to the desecration of ten parishes since October, including five on February 6-7, the bishop of Bellay-Ars has ordered the Blessed Sacrament removed from the tabernacles of all parish...

Vatican releases comprehensive guide for homilies CWN - February 10

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has released a Homiletic Directory, designed to help priests improve their preaching. Introducing the new document at a February 10 news conference,...

5 churches desecrated in French diocese CWN - February 10

Five churches were desecrated in the eastern French Diocese of Bellay-Ars on February 6 and 7. In four of the churches, sacred vessels were stolen but the consecrated hosts were left in place. At...

Synod office reportedly blocked delivery of book challenging Kasper proposal CWN - February 25

The Vatican’s Office of the Synod intercepted mail to prevent delivery of a book to bishops participating in last October’s session of the Synod, journalist Edward Pentin reports. Remaining in...

Report: 30% of Kenyan vaccine samples contained sterility-inducing antigen CWN - February 20

A report issued by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has found that 30% of tested tetanus vaccine samples included a sterility-inducing antigen. The vaccine, funded by the World Health...

Cardinal Bergoglio on the celebration of the Mass CWN - February 20

L’Osservatore Romano has published comments made by the future Pope Francis on the celebration of the Mass. The March 2005 address was delivered during a meeting of the Congregation for Divine...

President Obama cites 'terrible deeds' of Christian history in address to National Prayer Breakfast CWN - February 5

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, President Barack Obama lamented that through history “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Insisting that Christians...

Dutch diocese to close over 75% of parishes CWN - February 10

In the next three years, the number of parishes in the Dutch diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden will be reduced from 80 to 19, according to L’Osservatore Romano. Bishop Gerard de Korte, who has led...

Cardinal Bertone, in interview, defends record, comments on Vatican policies CWN - February 19

In a lengthy interview with the Huffington Post (!), Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Vatican Secretary of State, defends his record in that office and rebuts claims that he is now living in a...

Cardinal Kasper: Pope Francis is a ‘radical,’ not a ‘liberal’ CWN - February 19

L’Osservatore Romano has published excerpts from a new book by Cardinal Walter Kasper on Pope Francis. Pope Francis, writes the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian...

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