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Pope calls Focolare members to creative evangelization CWN - September 29, 2014

Pope Francis called upon participants in the general assembly of the Focolare Movement to be creative as they undertook the task of evangelization. In a September 26 audience that took place in...

Pope reflects on the Eucharist and hope CWN - September 29, 2014

The Eucharist is a source of hope for the world’s transformation, Pope Francis told members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses in a...

Opus Dei’s Blessed Álvaro a model of holiness, says Pope CWN - September 29, 2014

Pope Francis has written a letter on the holiness of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo (1914-94), the second leader of Opus Dei. In the letter, dated June 26 and released September 27, the day of...

200th anniversary of restoration of Jesuits CWN - September 29, 2014

Presiding over Vespers and the Te Deum at the Church of the Gesù, Pope Francis commemorated the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus, which he entered in 1958. Under pressure...

Grandparents, elderly have important role, Pope emphasizes CWN - September 29, 2014

Grandparents have an important role to play in the family and in society through their intercessory prayer and their sharing of their memories, Pope Francis said at “The Blessing of a Long Life,” a...

Theme announced for next World Day of Social Communications CWN - September 29, 2014

“Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love” will be the theme of the next World Day of Social Communications, which will take place on May 17. The papal...

Iraqi Patriarch raps American policies CWN - September 29, 2014

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has lashed out at American conduct of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. “Bombing these jihadists will not make them disappear, that’s for sure,”...

English bishop resigns, admits misconduct CWN - September 29, 2014

An English bishop has unexpectedly announced his resignation, admitting that he had been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest.” Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton did not...

Focus on unemployment, Italian bishops’ official urges government CWN - September 29, 2014

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has called upon the country’s political leaders to devote their attention to unemployment. Bishop Nunzio Galantino criticized...

Paraguayan bishop’s ‘very violent’ reaction helps explain removal, says papal spokesman CWN - September 29, 2014

Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who was removed from his post in Paraguay, has issued a bitter complaint, charging that other bishops conspired against him and saying that Pope Francis “must...

Hong Kong Cardinal calls for police restraint in response to demonstrators CWN - September 29, 2014

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has called for a restrained police response to demonstrations by democracy activist in the city’s financial district. Decrying the “regrettable” violence of...

New book reports on Pope’s youthful encounters with Peronists, leftists in Argentina CWN - September 29, 2014

Pope Francis describes a youthful encounter with Evita Peron, and says that he has always been “restless” about political matters, in a new biography published in his native Argentina. The Pope...

Released Tuesday, Sep. 30

Venezuela: abducted priest found dead CWN - September 30, 2014

Father Reinaldo Alfonso Herrera Lures, a Venezuelan priest who was kidnapped on September 25, was found dead two days later, according to Diario La Verdad, a newspaper based in Maracaibo, the...

Violence in Egyptian village following disappearance of Christian woman CWN - September 30, 2014

Iman Sarofim, a 39-year-old Coptic Christian mother of five, has returned to her village after she escaped from the man who had abducted her. Mohamed Ibrahim Moustafa, the nation’s interior...

South Sudan’s bishops plead for end to civil war CWN - September 30, 2014

South Sudan’s bishops have issued a statement pleading for an end to the nation’s civil war, which began in December, has left thousands dead, and has displaced an estimated one million...

Pope renews appeal for peace in Venezuela CWN - September 30, 2014

Five months after Pope Francis urged the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders to become “true builders of peace,” the Pontiff has renewed his appeal for peace in the South American...

Vatican conducts visitation of Bishop Finn’s diocese CWN - September 30, 2014

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa has conducted an apostolic visitation of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The diocese’s...

Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30, 2014

In a September 29 address at the United Nations General Assembly, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that the UN Security Council has the duty to intervene to stop...

Papal tribute to United Bible Societies CWN - September 30, 2014

Pope Francis has paid tribute to the United Bible Societies upon the completion of an ecumenical Italian translation of Sacred Scripture. “It is my wish that all Christians be able to get to know...

Cardinal Burke rebuts 'outrageous' claim that Cardinal Kasper speaks for Pope CWN - 17 hours ago

Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly defended his criticism of the “Kasper proposal,” and said it was “outrageous” for Cardinal Walter Kasper to suggest that such criticism was actually aimed at Pope...

Congressman Ryan says his ideas are based on Catholic faith, not Ayn Rand CWN - 17 hours ago

Congressman Paul Ryan explained how his Catholic faith has influenced his thinking on economic issues, and denied that he is a disciple of Ayn Rand, in an interview with the National Catholic...

Archbishop-elect Cupich seen as Pope's personal 'progressive' choice CWN - 17 hours ago

Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister of L'Espresso reports that Pope Francis did not consult with the Congregation for Bishops, nor solicit opinions from the American hierarchy, before...

Anglican leaders to cancel Lambeth Conference? CWN - 17 hours ago

The Lambeth Conference-- the gathering that brings together all the bishops of the Anglican communion-- will not be held in 2018, according to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the...

Cardinal Kasper defends proposal, sees 'fundamentalism' in critics CWN - 17 hours ago

Cardinal Walter Kasper continued to defend his proposal to allow Communion for some divorced and remarried Catholics, and to assail critics of that proposal, in a new interview. The German...

Academic, religious leaders encourage Pope to defend traditional marriage CWN - 16 hours ago

A group of academic and religious leaders have joined in a direct appeal to Pope Francis to defend the Church’s traditional teaching on marriage. “May we humbly suggest that in the context of...

Iraqi prelate asks Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism CWN - 16 hours ago

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has challenged Iraqi Muslim leaders to "openly express your rejection and your condemnation of violent religious extremism." The Iraq prelate, in a message...

Catholic school removes portrait of pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island CWN - 16 hours ago

A Catholic school in Rhode Island has removed a portrait of a graduate who is now a candidate for governor, running on a "reproductive freedom" platform. Gina Raimondo was once the valedictorian...

Priests need military escorts in Cameroon diocese after Boko Haram raids CWN - 16 hours ago

A Catholic bishop in Cameroon has revealed that he can only provide pastoral care for the faithful if he has military protection, because of raids by the Boko Haram terrorist group, Aid to the...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 1

Aid Africa’s refugees, prevent conflicts, says Holy See diplomat CWN - 5 hours ago

A leading Vatican diplomat called upon the international community to aid Africa’s refugees and to work to prevent conflicts on the continent. Speaking at a September 30 meeting of the UN refugee...

Hong Kong cardinal urges restraint in dealing with protestors CWN - 5 hours ago

Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong has urged the region’s government to exercise restraint in addressing pro-democracy student protests. The prelate called for “restraint in deployment of force with...

Funeral company files $250M suit against archdiocese CWN - 5 hours ago

Alleging breach of contract, a funeral-home company has filed a $250-million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1997, the archdiocese granted a 40-year lease to S.E. Funeral Homes...

Russian Orthodox leader denies being mouthpiece of government policy CWN - 5 hours ago

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has denied that he is a mouthpiece for Russian government policy. Patriarch Kirill’s comment follows a statement by the head of the Ukrainian Greek...

Interview with Wisconsin spouses who will take part in synod CWN - 4 hours ago

Catholic World Report has published an interview with Jeff and Alice Heinzen, who will take part as auditors in the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. “We know that...

Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit’s charisms are meant for others CWN - 3 hours ago

Pope Francis devoted his October 1 general audience to the charisms of the Holy Spirit. A charism, he said, is more than a personal quality: it is a gift of God, a grace bestowed through the Holy...

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