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Stories for week of November 23, 2014

Released Monday, Nov. 24

Italy’s president meets with Pontiff CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis met with Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s president since 2006, in a “strictly private” meeting, according to an announcement from Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See...

Proclaim the Gospel to everyone, Pope urges missionaries CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis met with participants in Italy’s National Missionary Congress on November 22 and urged them to proclaim the Gospel to everyone. The Pontiff began by recalling that Jonah initially...

Do not manipulate the immature, Pope tells members of new ecclesial movements CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis received participants in the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities on November 22 and urged them continually to turn to their founding charism and not to...

Cardinal Angelini dies at 98 CWN - November 24, 2014

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who led the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers from 1985 to 1996, died on November 22. He had been the oldest living member of the College...

Pope Francis canonizes 6 saints, reflects on Christ’s kingdom CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis canonized six saints during a Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Square on November 23. Two of the saints were members of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in...

Cardinal Sarah named prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, as the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The...

Vatican officials discuss proposals for reform of Roman Curia CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis met on November 24 with ranking Vatican officials, to discuss proposals for an overhaul of the Roman Curia. The meeting was called to brief the officials on proposals that have been...

Break the stigma of autism, Pope exhorts health-care workers CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis spoke on November 22 about the need “to break through the isolation and, in many cases, the stigma that burdens people affected by autism spectrum disorders, and frequently also their...

Italian bishops' leader backs Pope: no payments for sacraments CWN - November 24, 2014

Moving to defuse a potential controversy, the president of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference has said that he was not disagreeing with Pope Francis when he said that the sacraments are not...

Vatican's new top prosecutor was involved in notorious abuse case, Boston Globe finds CWN - November 24, 2014

The American Jesuit priest who was recently appointed as the Vatican’s top prosecutor in sex-abuse cases was involved in the handling of complaints against a notorious abusive priest, the Boston...

Pakistan's top court demands investigation into lynching of Christians CWN - November 24, 2014

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has called upon the government to press forward with a full investigation into the lynching of a Christian couple. Shahzad Masih and Sharma Bibi were burned to death by...

Indian pilgrims meet with Pontiff, celebrate newly canonized saints CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis met on November 24 with a group of pilgrims from India, members of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, who had traveled to Rome for the canonization of two Indian saints, which took place...

Dutch woman rescues daughter from Islamic State CWN - November 24, 2014

A Dutch Catholic woman has captured headlines by reporting that she had traveled into the Islamic State to rescue her teenage daughter, who had flown to Syria to marry an Islamic militant. The...

Chinese Christians now outnumber Chinese Communists CWN - November 24, 2014

The number of Christians in China now outnumbers the number of Communists, writes Steven Mosher for the Aleteia site. Mosher, who heads the Population Research Institute, reports that he...

Pope prays before beloved Marian icon on eve of address to European Parliament CWN - November 24, 2014

Pope Francis traveled across Rome on Monday afternoon, November 24, to visit the basilica of St. Mary Major and pray silently before the famous image of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani. The...

Released Tuesday, Nov. 25

Pope meets with Egypt’s president CWN - November 25, 2014

Pope Francis met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a November 24 audience at the Vatican. Sisi, a general, helped oust the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi from power in 2012...

Vatican Radio: interview with Cardinal Burke on the sacred liturgy CWN - November 25, 2014

Vatican Radio has interviewed Cardinal Raymond Burke, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, on the sacred liturgy. “What happened after the [Second Vatican] Council was the reform...

St. Louis archbishop pleads for peace in Ferguson CWN - November 25, 2014

Violence flared in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer who shot a teenager in August. “I and other religious and civic leaders have repeatedly called for...

Cardinal urges transparency on Nicaragua Canal CWN - November 25, 2014

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua has called for greater transparency from the regime of Daniel Ortega about the Nicaragua Canal. Construction on the $40-billion canal, which will connect the...

Islamic militants murder non-Muslims on Kenyan bus CWN - November 25, 2014

Members of al-Shabaab, the Somali-based jihadist terrorist group, attacked a bus in northeastern Kenya on November 22 and murdered 28 non-Muslims. “The non-Somali passengers were then asked to...

USCCB backs call for greater spending on high-speed Internet access for schools CWN - November 25, 2014

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has called upon the nation to spend $1.5 billion more each year to ensure that all schools have high-speed Internet access. The chairmen of...

Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25, 2014

In a major address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis called for a Europe “which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person.” “My visit...

Jihadists raze Catholic convent in Mosul CWN - November 25, 2014

Islamic State fighters have blown up a Catholic convent in Mosul, Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports. The convent had housed the Chaldean Catholic Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who had worked with...

Gay-rights group targets US bishops in pressure campaign to influence Synod CWN - November 25, 2014

A leading gay-rights group is targeting several Catholic bishops, hoping to influence the results of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, the National Catholic Register reports. The Human Rights Campaign...

Build defense of human rights on strong basis, Pope advises European leaders CWN - November 25, 2014

In an afternoon meeting with leaders of the Council of Europe on November 25, Pope Francis recalled the roots of the European Union and challenged political leaders to promote peace through a...

European bishops' conference draws 'hope and encouragement' from papal address in Strasbourg CWN - November 25, 2014

Speaking in his capacity of president of the Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Cardinal Reinhard Marx told reporters that the November 25 address by Pope Francis to...

Spanish police arrest three priests in Granada abuse scandal CWN - November 25, 2014

Spanish police have arrested four Catholic priests in connection with a sex-abuse scandal in Granada. The arrests are the product of an investigation that began “some time ago,” prosecutors...

Pope decries unilateral strikes, 'state terrorism' CWN - November 25, 2014

In an exchange with reporters on his return flight to Rome on November 25, after addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis said that dialogue with terrorists is “difficult, you...

Vatican confirms solidarity with Haiti, 5 years after deadly earthquake CWN - November 25, 2014

Cardinal Robert Sarah is visiting Haiti this week, to mark the 5th anniversary of an earthquake that devastated the country and caused over 200,000 deaths. Cardinal Sarah—who was named this week...

Released Wednesday, Nov. 26

Reports from Pakistan: Christian tortured to death by police; woman miscarries after attack CWN - November 26, 2014

A Christian man was tortured to death while in Pakistani police custody on November 22, according to his family. The Express Tribune, a Pakistani daily, reported that Rakha Shahzad, 35, was taken...

Pope Francis reflects on heaven CWN - November 26, 2014

Pope Francis devoted his November 26 general audience to the Church’s pilgrimage to heaven. “This is the goal toward which the Church projects itself: it is the ‘new Jerusalem,’ ‘Paradise,’” he...

Vatican foreign minister appeals for multilateral action to stop Islamic State CWN - November 26, 2014

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, who is completing his tenure as the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, addressed Australia’s bishops on November 25 on the Holy See’s diplomatic...

US bishops to develop national plan for ministry to Asian, Pacific Catholics CWN - November 26, 2014

A subcommittee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has commissioned a National Survey of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics to assist in the development of a National Pastoral Plan...

Cardinal Tauran, in Iran, calls for respect for religious minorities CWN - November 26, 2014

Addressing a Muslim-Catholic colloquium in Tehran, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran called for respect for religious minorities. “It would, however, be more opportune to give these little communities...

President Obama, Chicago archbishop discuss immigration CWN - November 26, 2014

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago met with President Barack Obama on November 25 to discuss immigration reform. Describing the meeting as “delightful,” Archbishop Cupich said that “the president...

Minnesota archdiocese sues insurance companies CWN - November 26, 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed suit against eight insurance companies that declined to pay claims involving the clerical abuse of minors. Archbishop John Nienstedt...

Jesuit official defends Vatican prosecutor CWN - November 26, 2014

A top American Jesuit has come to the defense of Father Robert Geisinger, the Vatican’s top prosecutor in sex-abuse cases, after the Boston Globe disclosed that Father Geisinger was involved in the...

German bishops weigh hiring homosexual partners, remarried divorcés CWN - November 26, 2014

The German Catholic bishops have discussed—but eventually tabled—a proposal to allow Church institutions to hire workers who are divorced and remarried, or who are in active homosexual...

Pope asks prayers for success of his visit to Turkey CWN - November 26, 2014

At the conclusion of his regular public audience on Wednesday, November 26, Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for the success of his visit to Turkey, which begins on Friday. The Pope will...

Church leaders protest Sri Lankan political exploitation of Pope's scheduled visit in January CWN - November 26, 2014

Church officials in Sri Lanka have cautioned the government against using a January visit by Pope Francis to boost the re-election campaign of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In October, when the...

Hindu nationalists identify Christians as 'enemies of the faith' CWN - November 26, 2014

A pamphlet distributed at the World Hindu Congress identifies Christians among the enemies of the Hindu faith, the Fides news service reports. At the World Hindu Congress, meeting in Delhi this...

Released Friday, Nov. 28

Pope calls for continued renewal of religious life CWN - 19 hours ago

Pope Francis called upon religious communities to continue the renewal begun 50 years ago at the Second Vatican Council. The Pontiff, a Jesuit, is the first member of a religious community to...

Catholic-Muslim dialogue condemns violence in the name of religion CWN - 19 hours ago

Participants in a colloquium conducted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Iran’s Center for Interreligious Dialogue of Islamic Culture have condemned violence in the name of...

Pope urges evangelization of large cities CWN - 19 hours ago

Speaking extemporaneously to participants in an International Pastoral Congress on the World’s Big Cities, Pope Francis recalled his own experience as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and called for a...

Proclaim the Gospel with hope and joy, Pope tells Pauline communities CWN - 18 hours ago

Pope Francis met with members of the Pauline family of religious communities on November 27 and called upon them to evangelize with joy and hope. Blessed James Alberione (1884-1971) founded the...

Arriving in Turkey, Pope calls for fight against fundamentalism, terrorism CWN - 17 hours ago

Arriving in Turkey on Friday afternoon, November 28, Pope Francis called for “an end to all forms of fundamentalism and terrorism which gravely demean the dignity of every man and woman and exploit...

Perpetual indulgences announced for Year of Consecrated Life CWN - 17 hours ago

The Vatican has announced that plenary indulgences will be available to the faithful who—under the usual conditions—participate in celebrations for the Year of Consecrated Life. In a decree...

Pope rejects armored car for visit to Turkey CWN - 17 hours ago

Despite fears about his security during his visit to Turkey, Pope Francis has again refused to use an armored car. The Pope will be driven around Turkey in a simple Fiat sedan, eschewing the...

South African bishops affirm male-only priesthood after ex-nuns claim ordination CWN - 16 hours ago

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have issued a public statement reaffirming that women cannot be ordained to the priesthood, the Fides news service reports. The statement—issued by...

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