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Pope affirms link between Church’s pro-life and social teaching CWN - May 25, 2015

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Francis said on May 22 that the Church “forcefully maintains [the] link between life ethics and social ethics.” Pope Francis...

Pope Francis reflects on dignity of work, laments culture of waste CWN - May 25, 2015

Decrying the culture of waste, Pope Francis received members of the Italian Christian Workers Associations in audience on May 23 and said that work is dignified when it is free, creative,...

Over 250,000 attend Romero beatification; Pope, Obama issue statements CWN - May 25, 2015

Archbishop Óscar Romero, who served as archbishop of El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador from 1977 until his 1980 assassination, was beatified as a martyr on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato,...

‘We are living an ecumenism of blood,’ Pope says in video to Phoenix unity celebration CWN - May 25, 2015

Pope Francis sent a video message to the Celebration of Christian Unity, an event that took place on May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The celebration was sponsored by the John 17...

Proclaim the Gospel, Pope exhorts the consecrated in World Mission Day statement CWN - May 25, 2015

The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday, which will take place on October 18. The Pope devoted his message, written during the year of consecrated...

The Holy Spirit ‘guides, renews, and gives fruit,’ Pope preaches at Pentecost Mass CWN - May 25, 2015

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday and emphasized during his homily that the Holy Spirit “guides us into all the truth, he renews the face of the earth, and he...

Italian missionary sister beatified in Kenya CWN - May 25, 2015

Sister Irene Stefani (1891-1930), an Italian Consolata Missionary sister, was beatified in Kenya on May 23. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Tanzania presided at the Mass of beatification, which took...

The Church is a universal mother, Pope emphasizes in Regina Caeli address CWN - May 25, 2015

Pope Francis reflected on the Church’s catholicity, or universal nature, during his Pentecost Sunday Regina Caeli address. “The gift of the Spirit restores the harmony of languages that had been...

Papal appeal for Asian migrants and refugees CWN - May 25, 2015

Pope Francis appealed to the international community to assist thousands of refugees who are fleeing Bangladesh and Myanmar for other nations because of poverty and religious persecution. “I...

Vatican bank reports a leap in profits CWN - 19 hours ago

The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), realized a profit of €69.3 million ($76 million) for 2014, a huge jump from the €2.9 million profit in 2013. The profit reflects two...

Vatican envoy: 'no further room for denial' on climate change CWN - 19 hours ago

The Vatican’s representative at UN offices in Geneva has proclaimed that there is “no further room for denial” that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality.” Speaking to a World...

In new interview, Pope discloses daily routine: early rise, midday nap, no TV CWN - 18 hours ago

In a new interview with an Argentinean newspaper, Pope Francis says that he wants to be remembered “as a person who has done his best to do good. I have no other claim.” The Pope spoke at some...

Cardinal Turkson: address the causes of migration from Africa CWN - 18 hours ago

“The human person-- human capital-- is one of the greatest assets we have for development in Africa,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said in a Vatican Radio interview on May 25, as many African nations...

Irish justice minister admits surrogacy issue is unsettled CWN - 17 hours ago

Ireland’s justice minister has revealed that the government chose not to address questions about surrogate parenthood until after the nationwide referendum that allowed for legal recognition of...

Pakistan: mob burns Christian homes after man charged with blaspheming Qu'ran CWN - 17 hours ago

Angry Muslims looted and burned the homes of Christians in Dhup Sarri Lahore, Pakistan, after a troubled young man was accused of blaspheming the Qu’ran. The violence began, the AsiaNews...

Released Tuesday, May. 26

Nicaraguan leader seeks meeting with Pope CWN - 5 hours ago

The apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua has confirmed that President Daniel Ortega has requested a meeting with Pope Francis, according to a Nicaraguan newspaper report. Ortega, a leader of the Marxist...

Massive cross being constructed in Pakistan CWN - 5 hours ago

Parvez Henry Gill, a Pakistani Christian businessman, is paying for the construction of a 140-foot-high cross in Karachi, the nation's largest city, to encourage Christians to remain there despite...

India: Protestant minister jailed for ‘forced conversions’ CWN - 4 hours ago

A Pentecostal minister who baptized 16 persons in the east Indian state of Odisha has been jailed on “forced conversion” charges. “The ceremony took place only after obtaining 16 notarized...

As Muslims flee Myanmar, cardinal exhorts Buddhists to have compassion CWN - 4 hours ago

As members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community flee the Southeast Asian nation by boat, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo exhorted the nation’s Buddhist majority to have compassion. The...

Pope recalls 500th anniversary of St. Philip Neri’s birth CWN - 4 hours ago

Pope Francis has sent a message to the Congregation of the Oratory to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. Philip Neri (1515-95). Through the saint’s apostolate in Rome,...

Report: Islamic State destroys churches in northern Syria CWN - 3 hours ago

Withdrawing from a region in northeastern Syria, forces of the Islamic State destroyed most of the churches in the villages they had occupied, according to a report from a Syrian news...

Canada’s bishops call for conscience protection as assisted-suicide decision is implemented CWN - 3 hours ago

Three months after Canada’s high court overturned legislation against assisted suicide, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the nation’s attorney general to be...

Report: China’s Communist Party denounces religious belief in its ranks CWN - 3 hours ago

China’s ruling Communist Party warned its members that atheism is a non-negotiable aspect of party membership, according to a Radio Free Asia report. The party has 86.7 million members, roughly...

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