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Stories for week of August 31, 2014

Released Monday, Sep. 1

Pope Francis: don’t be a worldly Christian CWN - September 1, 2014

Christians should transform the world and not be transformed by it, Pope Francis said during his August 31 Sunday Angelus address. “We Christians live in the world, fully integrated into the...

Ecumenical Patriarch issues encyclical on the environment CWN - September 1, 2014

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued an encyclical on the environment. “In its prayerful memory, the Church...

In response to anguished letter, Pope calls Iraqi priest CWN - September 1, 2014

Pope Francis has telephoned an Iraqi priest who is ministering in a refugee camp, according to a Vatican Radio report. “The situation of your sheep is miserable,” Father Behnam Benoka, until...

Cardinal Parolin urges Catholic lawmakers to protect family life, alleviate poverty CWN - September 1, 2014

Addressing an international conference of Catholic legislators, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called upon lawmakers “not only to live ‘in the midst of the world’ but...

250th anniversary of founding of St. Louis CWN - September 1, 2014

Pope Francis named Cardinal Justin Rigali as his special envoy to a recent Mass marking the 250th anniversary of the Missouri city’s founding. Cardinal Rigali served as the city’s archbishop from...

Thousands of Nigerians flee as Boko Haram advances CWN - September 1, 2014

Thousands of residents of northeastern Nigeria have fled for neighboring Cameroon in wake of the advance of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. “The spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese...

Scotland’s archbishops urge participation in independence referendum CWN - September 1, 2014

Scotland’s two archbishops have urged Catholics to take part in the Scottish independence referendum, which will take place on September 18. The archbishops did not take a position for or against...

Cardinal Müller confirms Vatican commitment to reform of LCWR CWN - September 1, 2014

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reaffirmed the Vatican’s intent to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), saying that the goal is to...

Benedict XVI invites visiting Cuban bishops to pray Rosary with him CWN - September 1, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI surprised a group of Cuban bishops on August 28 by inviting them to join him in praying the Rosary in the Vatican gardens. The bishops of Cuba were at the Vatican for...

Israeli Church leaders fear government takeover of Catholic schools CWN - September 1, 2014

Catholic Church leaders in Israel are concerned about the threat of a government takeover of Catholic schools, the Fides news service reports. Faced with declining educational subsidies, and...

Pope's prayer intentions for September 2014 CWN - September 1, 2014

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for September 2014. The Pope's general intention is: "That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a...

West must respond to ISIS persecution: Italian bishops' leader CWN - September 1, 2014

"We cannot remain silent in the face of the project to cancel Christians from the Holy Land and other places," the president of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference said in an August 27...

Maltese couple begin rescue service for migrants in Mediterranean CWN - September 1, 2014

Inspired by Pope Francis, a wealthy couple from Malta has bought and equipped a ship to rescue migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. Cristofer and Regina Catrambone invested about €4...

Anti-Mafia Italian priest undeterred by threat from 'boss of bosses' CWN - September 1, 2014

An Italian priest says that he is not concerned about reports that a powerful Mafia figure wanted to have him killed. Father Luigi Ciotti admitted that it was “very significant” that the...

Catholic paper protests as South African broadcaster drops coverage for Pope's Christmas Mass CWN - September 1, 2014

The Southern Cross, the newspaper operated the bishops’ conferences of southern Africa, has denounced the decision of South Africa’s broadcasting network to stop airing the Pope’s midnight Mass on...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 2

Christians reported safe as Tripoli falls to Islamist militias CWN - 23 hours ago

Three years after NATO intervention helped bring about the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s capital has fallen under the control of Islamist militias. “So far, as a Christian community, we...

Caritas appeal for Indian flood victims CWN - 23 hours ago

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal for $1 million to assist victims of flooding in the eastern Indian state of Odisha...

Papal praise for interreligious charity soccer match CWN - 22 hours ago

Fifty soccer stars took part in an interreligious soccer game in Rome to raise funds for poor children in Buenos Aires. “Tonight's match will certainly be an occasion to collect funds and...

Vatican conference on sports and the culture of encounter CWN - 22 hours ago

The Pontifical Council for Culture is hosting a three-day conference entitled “Sports at the Service of Humanity: From the ‘Results-Oriented Culture’ to a ‘Culture of Encounter.’” Speakers and...

Pope resumes daily Mass at Santa Marta CWN - 22 hours ago

Following a two-month hiatus, Pope Francis has resumed his practice of preaching at weekday Masses for different invited groups at Domus Sanctae Marthae. On September 1, he preached on the word...

Iraq: fearing famine, patriarch calls for return of confiscated fields to Christians CWN - 22 hours ago

In a letter to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako expressed concern that the Christian-owned agricultural fields of the...

Ukrainian Orthodox leader blasts Moscow patriarch, defends Eastern Catholics CWN - 21 hours ago

The head of one of the three rival Ukrainian Orthodox bodies has come to the defense of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which has been the object of strong criticism by leaders of the Russian...

ISIS will spread if not stopped now, warns Maronite prelate CWN - 16 hours ago

A Maronite Catholic archbishop has warned that if the international community does not take prompt action to stop the growth of the Islamic State (ISIS), terrorism will quickly spread beyond the...

Israeli President Peres to meet with Pope on Thursday CWN - 16 hours ago

Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet with Pope Francis on September 4, the Vatican has announced. The visit comes at a time of mounting tension in the Middle East. Israel's military...

Tortured to death, Iraqi Christian hailed as martyr CWN - 15 hours ago

A Christian man has died under torture in northern Iraq after refusing to renounce his faith, the AsiaNews service reports. Salem Matti Kourki, a resident of the town of Bartala, in the Nineveh...

Benedict XVI meets with young leader of traditionalist movement CWN - 15 hours ago

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI met on Monday with the founder of a Catholic traditionalist movement. Cosimo Marti, who helped establish Juventutum, an international group of young Catholics who...

Minneapolis priest calls for archbishop's resignation CWN - 15 hours ago

An outspoken priest of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has called for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt. Father Patrick Kennedy complained of "a pall over the archdiocese that is...

Vatican envoy: international action needed in Iraq CWN - 14 hours ago

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has renewed an appeal for international action to stop the bloodshed in northern Iraq. Speaking to a meeting of the UN Human Rights...

Released Wednesday, Sep. 3

Sant’Egidio brokers peace deal in Mozambique CWN - 0 hours ago

The Community of Sant’Egidio has helped broker a peace deal between the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the government of Mozambique, the Fides news agency reported. In 1992, the...

Bishop compares destruction in Gaza to World War II CWN - 0 hours ago

A delegation from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has returned from a visit to Gaza’s small Christian community. The 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict began on July 8 and paused on August 26 after...

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