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Released Monday, Apr. 20

Christianity should not be restricted to private sphere, Pope tells Italy’s president CWN - April 20, 2015

Pope Francis received Italy’s new president in an April 18 state visit and said that while Church and state are distinct entities with distinct roles, religion in a pluralistic society has a public...

Combat human trafficking, Pope urges CWN - April 20, 2015

Citing the example of St. Peter Claver and St. John of Matha, who ministered to slaves, Pope Francis called upon Christians to combat human trafficking. The Pontiff made his remarks during an...

Papal telegram following death of Cardinal George CWN - April 20, 2015

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago upon the death of Cardinal Francis George. “I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy, religious...

Pope to address charismatic Catholics in St. Peter’s Square CWN - April 20, 2015

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will address Catholics involved in the charismatic renewal in an outdoor audience. The gathering will take place on July 3, the feast of...

Be committed to a ‘revolution of tenderness,’ says Pope CWN - April 20, 2015

Pope Francis received members of the International Catholic Society for Girls on April 18 and urged them to commit themselves to a “revolution of tenderness,” to which “Jesus opened the way through...

Pope calls upon faithful to proclaim Christ as ‘the living and only Savior’ CWN - April 20, 2015

Reflecting on the readings from the Mass of the day, Pope Francis devoted his April 19 Regina Caeli address to the duty of each Christian to witness to Christ. At the heart of witness, said the...

Pope appeals to international community as African immigrants flood Italy, perish at sea CWN - April 20, 2015

Following his April 19 Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis lamented the deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea and appealed to the international community to offer assistance. The Pope...

28 Ethiopians reportedly killed in new Islamic State massacre CWN - April 20, 2015

Islamic State terrorists in Libya apparently killed 28 Ethiopian Christians, describing them as representatives of the “enemy Ethiopian Church,” in a new massacre. A video that showed the...

Syrian Christians hold out hope for kidnapped bishops, priest CWN - April 20, 2015

The apostolic nuncio in Syria has reporting mounting fears about the fate of two Orthodox bishops and a Catholic priests who remaining missing two years after being abducted. Archbishop Mario...

September 23 canonization set for Blessed Junipero Serra; Vatican rejects complaints of racism CWN - April 20, 2015

Pope Francis will preside at the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra on September 23 in Washington, DC, the Vatican has announced. The Pope had disclosed in January that he hoped to canonize...

Vice-president of US bishops' overseas charity is partner in same-sex marriage, group reports CWN - April 20, 2015

A senior executive of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the overseas charity of the US bishops, is involved in a same-sex marriage, the Lepanto Institute has discovered. Rick Estridge, the...

Scottish priest sentenced by Church tribunal for book charging 'gay Mafia' influence CWN - April 20, 2015

A Catholic Church tribunal in Scotland has sentenced a priest to three months of penance, after finding him guilty of damaging the reputations of others with a book in which he complained of a...

Solid faith will resist tribalism, ideology, lure of wealth, Pope tells bishops of Gabon CWN - April 20, 2015

Meeting on April 18 with visiting bishops from Gabon, Pope Francis encouraged them to draw inspiration from the missionaries who brought the faith to the African nation “in heroic conditions” 170...

In annual message to world's Buddhists, Vatican suggests joint effort against slavery CWN - April 20, 2015

Buddhists and Christians should work together to combat slavery and human trafficking, the Vatican said in an annual message to the world’s Buddhists. The message, issued by the Pontifical...

Meeting European rabbis, Pope pays homage to deceased leader of Rome's Jewish community CWN - April 20, 2015

Pope Francis met on April 20 with representatives of the Conference of Euroepan Rabbis, and used the occasion to pay tribute to the former chief rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, who had died last week at...

Jihadists hope to stir Muslim-Christian divisions in Kenya, Islamic leader warns CWN - April 20, 2015

The jihadist warriors of Al Shabaab are hoping “to spark a religious conflict in Kenya between Christians and Muslims,” a Kenyan Muslim leader told an audience in Nairobi. Al Shabaab, a terrorist...

Released Tuesday, Apr. 21

Abuse scandal’s total cost: $2.9 billion since 2004 CWN - 16 hours ago

The clerical abuse scandal cost American dioceses and religious orders $119,079,647 between mid-2013 and mid-2014, according to a report released on April 17 by the United States Conference of...

USCCB president pays tribute to Cardinal George CWN - 16 hours ago

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops paid tribute to the late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago as he requested prayers for the repose of his soul. “As archbishop of...

LCWR leaders praise Pope, curial officials CWN - 16 hours ago

The president-elect and past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) praised curial officials following recent annual meetings in Rome. The meetings are distinct from the...

Report: administration of Pontifical Oriental Institute dismissed CWN - 16 hours ago

The superior general of the Society of Jesus has dismissed the rector, vice-rector, and two deans of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, according to a report by Italian journalist Sandro...

Vatican foreign minister: international community must do more to counter Islamic State CWN - 15 hours ago

The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States said in an interview that the international community should do more to counter the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians. “How can you be...

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - 15 hours ago

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, Missouri, nearly three years after the bishop was found guilty on criminal charges for failing to report...

Vatican letter rues high youth unemployment CWN - 15 hours ago

The Holy See Press Office has released a letter by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the occasion of the annual national day for the Catholic University of the Sacred...

Today's Church is a Church of martyrs, Pope says CWN - 7 hours ago

“The Church today is a Church of martyrs,” Pope Francis told his congregation at daily Mass on April 21. Reflecting on the day’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which recounted the...

Nigerian bishop: Rosary will overcome Boko Haram threat CWN - 7 hours ago

A Nigerian bishop has said that Jesus appeared to him and told him that the Boko Haram terrorist group can be defeated by the Rosary. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiuguri told the Catholic News...

Pope sends message of solidarity to Ethiopian Orthodox leader after killing of 28 by Islamic State CWN - 7 hours ago

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence and solidarity to the leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, reacting to the massacre of 28 Ethiopian Christians by Islamic zealots in Libya. ...

Austrian missionary nun murdered in South Africa CWN - 6 hours ago

An Austrian missionary nun was killed in her home on KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, on April 19, the Fides news agency reports. The body of Sister Stefani Tiefenbacher was discovered early on...

Al Azhar University denounces 'heinous' killing of 28 Ethiopians CWN - 6 hours ago

Al Azhar University, the Egyptian institution that is regarded as the leading intellectual center of Sunni Islam, has issued a statement condemning the murder of Ethiopian Christians by the Islamic...

European Union must take 'drastic' action to save immigrants after tragedies at sea: Cardinal Marx CWN - 6 hours ago

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, speaking in his capacity as president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), has called for action by the European Union in the face of...

Vatican, UNICEF launch worldwide peace-through-education program CWN - 6 hours ago

The Vatican has joined with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in a new initiative to promote peace through education. The collaborative...

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