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Released Monday, Jul. 28

Papal condolences following plane crash in Mali CWN - July 28, 2014

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent condolences on behalf of Pope Francis following an Air Algérie plane crash in Mali that left 118 dead. The Pope assured the...

‘No official confirmation’ of papal trip to Philadelphia CWN - July 28, 2014

A day after Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming” to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, the director of the...

Pope says priests should be men of prayer who are close to the people CWN - July 28, 2014

On July 26, Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to the southern Italian region of Campania and arrived by helicopter in Caserta, a city of 80,000. The visit to Caserta was the Pope’s sixth...

Pope Francis: Jesus is the treasure, Jesus is the pearl CWN - July 28, 2014

Pope Francis concluded his brief apostolic journey to Caserta on July 26 by celebrating evening Mass in the piazza in front of the city’s royal palace. Preaching about the parables of the...

Cardinal Marchisano dead at 85 CWN - July 28, 2014

Cardinal Francesco Marchisano died on July 27 at the age of 85. In a telegram of condolence, Pope Francis described him as “generous in his vocation as a priest and bishop, solicitous of the...

‘Read the Gospel and find Jesus,’ says Pope CWN - July 28, 2014

During his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel from the Mass of the day (Mt. 13:44-52). “Whoever finds [the kingdom of God] has no doubts, he feels...

Pontiff recalls World War I centenary: ‘no more war!’ CWN - July 28, 2014

At the conclusion of his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis recalled that July 28 marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I. “As we remember this tragic event, I hope that the...

After investigation of diocese in Paraguay, Vatican suspends ordinations CWN - July 28, 2014

The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports. Following an investigation of the diocese led by Cardinal Santos...

In talk to Evangelical congregation, Pope apologizes for Catholic hostility CWN - July 28, 2014

Pope Francis apologized for Catholic cooperation in campaigns against Pentecostalists and Evangelicals, during a visit to a Protestant congregation in Caserta on July 28. The Pope was traveling...

5 killed in bombing of Catholic church in Nigeria CWN - July 28, 2014

At least five people were killed, and several others seriously injured, when a Catholic church was bombed in Kano, in northern Nigeria, on July 27. The explosion at St. Charles church came...

Family of Jesuit abducted in Syria issues appeal on anniversary of his disappearance CWN - July 28, 2014

The family of an Italian Jesuit priest who was kidnapped in Syria has issued an appeal, as the anniversary of his disappearance arrives. Father Paolo Dell'Oglio was apparently captured near...

Colombian bishop welcomes rebel group's transformation into political party CWN - July 28, 2014

The move by former guerilla groups to form political parties is a step toward peace for Colombia, Bishop Julia Cesar Vidal Ortiz told the Fides news service. The bishop, who has served as a...

In new interview, Pope speaks on leisure, family rest on Sunday CWN - July 28, 2014

Pope Francis reflected on his youth, spoke about the importance of leisure to family life, and the brutality of warfare in a newly published interview. Speaking to the Argentine weekly Viva about...

Vatican prelate voices fears for Iraqi Christians, during visit to California CWN - July 28, 2014

The prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Eastern Churches condemned religious violence, and offered prayers for the embattled Christians of Iraq, as he presided at the Divine Liturgy on July 27...

European court: no 'human right' to same-sex marriage CWN - July 28, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that member nations are not required to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples,” in a complicated case involving a transgendered...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 29

Prelates rue recent court decisions on marriage CWN - 20 hours ago

Prelates around the country have criticized recent court rulings declaring that the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unconstitutional. “Recent court decisions on...

Southern African bishops pledge to pray, advocate on behalf of Palestinians CWN - 20 hours ago

Citing “your pain, humiliation and increased oppression,” the head of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has expressed “our profound solidarity, our fervent prayers and our renewed...

In Caserta meeting, evangelical pastor greets Pope Francis as ‘my beloved brother’ CWN - 19 hours ago

The Holy See Press Office has released the remarks made by evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino during his July 28 meeting with Pope Francis in Caserta, Italy. As he introduced “my beloved...

Ukraine: separatists release kidnapped priest CWN - 19 hours ago

A Roman-rite priest who was abducted by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on July 15 has been released, the Religious Information Service for Ukraine reported. Father Viktor Vonsovych...

Dates announced for Pope’s trip to Sri Lanka, Philippines CWN - 18 hours ago

The Holy See Press Office has officially announced the dates of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Pontiff will visit Sri Lanka from January 12-15 and the...

Zhejiang: 360 crosses, Christian buildings destroyed CWN - 18 hours ago

Chinese Communist officials have continued their campaign against Christian institutions in the eastern province of Zhejiang. Since January, the government has demolished 360 crosses or...

Report: jihadists destroy St. George’s mausoleum in Mosul CWN - 18 hours ago

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that took over Mosul in June and subsequently expelled Christians from the city, has destroyed the mausoleum of St. George, the city’s...

Cardinal Müller, in new book, renews argument against change in Church teaching on marriage CWN - 9 hours ago

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, renews his argument against changes in Church teaching on marriage, in a new book-length...

France offers asylum to Christian refugees from Iraq CWN - 9 hours ago

The government of France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes by Islamic militants. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that his government is...

Destruction in Gaza nears WWII levels, says Catholic aid official CWN - 9 hours ago

An official of Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic charitable agency, has compared destruction wrought by an Israeli offensive in Gaza to the devastation of World War II. Father Raed Abusahliah said...

Milwaukee archdiocese faces $14 million in legal bills for bankruptcy proceedings CWN - 8 hours ago

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee owes roughly $14 million in legal fees connected with its filing for bankruptcy protection, the National Catholic Reporter has found. The legal fees-- which the...

Filipino Christians working in Libya are at risk, pastor says CWN - 8 hours ago

A Filipino priest serving in a parish in Libya has warned that the lives of Christians are endangered in that country, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Amado Baranquel pointed to the case of...

Bishop says talk of 'priest shortage' is nonsense CWN - 8 hours ago

Priests in the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, have taken issue with the claim by Bishop William Murphy that talk about a priest shortage is “nonsense.” Bishop Murphy, in a recent blog...

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