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US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of Louisiana case challenging confessional seal CWN - January 20

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a Louisiana ruling that would force a Catholic priest to disclose what he heard in a sacramental confession or face imprisonment. Last May,...

Pope establishes Eastern Catholic church for Eritrea CWN - January 19

Pope Francis has established a new Eastern Catholic church for Eritrea-- the first Eastern Catholic church formally erected since the early 20th century. According to the Code of Canons of the...

Charlie Hebdo rejects Catholic support CWN - January 15

The editors of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have announced that they do not want the support of the Catholic Church in the wake of a massacre at their offices in Paris. In an...

In first, Egypt’s president attends Christmas Mass CWN - January 8

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has become the first Egyptian president to attend Christmas Mass. As he entered the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo for his unannounced visit, those in attendance cheered,...

Vatican spokesman clarifies Pope’s remarks on blasphemy CWN - January 16

Father Thomas Rosica of the Holy See Press Office has issued a statement clarifying Pope Francis’s remarks on freedom of speech and blasphemy. The Pope compared mockery of religion to insulting...

In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12

During the annual papal address to ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis decried the “‘throwaway culture’ which spares nothing and no one: nature, human beings, even God himself.” “From the...

First Things editor rejects blogger's attack on Pope Francis CWN - January 9

The editor of First Things has distanced himself from the views expressed in a blog post by a contributor to the magazine’s web site. R.R. Reno issued a statement responding to criticism roused...

Atlanta ousts fire chief who criticized homosexual acts CWN - January 9

Kelvin Cochran, who served as US Fire Administrator during President Barack Obama’s first term, has been fired as Atlanta’s fire chief after he criticized homosexual acts in a men’s Bible study book...

Canonization this year for Bl. Junipero Serra CWN - January 15

In a surprise announcement, Pope Francis has disclosed that he plans to preside at the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra this year. Speaking to reporters who accompanied him on a flight from...

Vatican overturns Chaldean Patriarch's suspension of priests who fled Islamic State CWN - January 9

The Vatican has overturned a ruling by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, lifting the suspension of Chaldean priests who fled Iraq after the Islamic State came to power. The...

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