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Released Monday, Jun. 29

Papal video message to peoples of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay CWN - June 29, 2015

As Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay draws near, the Pontiff has spoken to the peoples of those nations in a video message. “My wish is to be with you, to share...

4 blesseds, including St. Thérèse’s parents, to be canonized on October 18 CWN - June 29, 2015

During an ordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals, as Pope Francis and the cardinals celebrated Terce (Midmorning Prayer) in the Apostolic Palace, the Pontiff formally approved a decree on...

Pope appoints envoy for commemoration of death of Jan Hus CWN - June 29, 2015

In a Latin-language letter dated April 9 and released on June 27, Pope Francis formally appointed Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the retired archbishop of Prague, as his special envoy for the commemoration...

Catholic-Orthodox unity ‘one of my main concerns,’ says Pope CWN - June 29, 2015

Pope Francis told a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the restoration of “full, visible communion” between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches “represents...

Encyclical on environment ‘filled us with immense satisfaction,’ says Ecumenical Patriarch CWN - June 29, 2015

In a message to Pope Francis issued in commemoration of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople welcomed Pope Francis’s encyclical on the...

Vatican communications efforts merged, new office will supervise work CWN - June 29, 2015

Pope Francis has established a new Vatican office, the Secretariat for Communications, to supervise all of the communications and public-relations efforts of the Holy See. The new office,...

Pope asks: ‘Do we believe that Jesus can heal?’ CWN - June 29, 2015

In his June 28 Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the day (Mark 5:21-43), which recounted the raising of a synagogue official’s child and the healing of a woman with a...

Be men of prayer, faith, and witness, Pope tells metropolitan archbishops CWN - June 29, 2015

Pope Francis entrusted the pallium to 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed during the past year and exhorted them to be follow the example of the apostles and be men of prayer, faith, and...

Pope links apostles, Marian devotion CWN - June 29, 2015

In his Angelus address delivered in St. Peter’s Square on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis recalled that the two saints came from distant lands to proclaim the Gospel in...

US bishops' statements on Supreme Court ruling CWN - June 29, 2015

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided a useful collection of links to statements by dozens of American bishops responding to the Obergefell...

Syrian Orthodox prelate begs West: stop arming Islamic militants CWN - June 29, 2015

Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ephrem II pleaded for Western nations to stop providing weapons for Syrian militant groups, in an interview with Vatican Insider. “We are not asking the west for...

Questions raised about financial dealings in Paraguay diocese whose bishop was removed CWN - June 29, 2015

An Associated Press report has uncovered financial irregularities in a diocese in Paraguay whose bishop was ousted by the Vatican last year. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano was removed from his...

Al Azhar condemns ISIS, urges defeat by 'every possible means' CWN - June 29, 2015

Al Azhar University, the Egyptian institution that is regarded as the leading intellectual authority of Sunni Islam, has condemned the “heinous” violence of the Islamic State, the AsiaNews service...

Speaking at UN, Cardinal Turkson stresses link between climate change, world poverty CWN - June 29, 2015

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace underlined the link between environmental degradation and world poverty, as expressed in the papal encyclical Laudato Si’, in a June 29...

Released Tuesday, Jun. 30

Papal condemnation of terrorist attacks CWN - June 30, 2015

Stating that “the Holy Father once again condemns the violence which generates so much suffering,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, sent out telegrams of condolence in Pope...

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict CWN - June 30, 2015

Pope Francis visited with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the latter’s residence for a half hour on June 30, according to the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis, according to the press office,...

Pope’s activities curtailed during summer CWN - June 30, 2015

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will not hold his Wednesday general audiences during the month of July. The audiences will be resumed in August in the Paul VI Audience...

Leading Russian Orthodox figure meets with 3 Vatican officials CWN - June 30, 2015

Metropolitan Hilarion, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, met on June 26 with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State. The...

Pope Francis: ‘yes’ to Jewish roots of Christianity, ‘no’ to anti-Semitism CWN - June 30, 2015

Pope Francis received a delegation of the International Council of Christians and Jews in audience on June 30 and said that the Second Vatican Council’s document Nostra Aetate “represents a...

Peruvian cardinal rips US Supreme Court decision CWN - June 30, 2015

Following the recent US Supreme Court decision, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima offered strong criticism of same-sex marriage, calling it “imperialism, colonialism,” according to a...

Report: Pope to visit Kenya in November CWN - June 30, 2015

A spokesman for Kenya’s president said that Pope Francis will visit the African nation in November. “The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November,” said...

Pope's prayer intentions for July 2015 CWN - June 30, 2015

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for July 2015. The Pope’s universal intention is: “That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of...

Supreme Court blocks enforcement on Texas law setting safety standards for abortion clinics CWN - June 30, 2015

The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new state law in Texas that would have required abortion clinics to adhere to standards similar to those in place for other medical...

Full schedule set for Pope's visit to US, Cuba CWN - June 30, 2015

The Vatican has released the full schedule for the September visit by Pope Francis to Cuba and the US. The highlights of the papal trip will be an address to the UN on September 25 and a visit to...

US Supreme Court rejects Oklahoma prisoners' appeal against execution by lethal injection CWN - June 30, 2015

The US Supreme Court has declined an appeal from death-row inmates in Oklahoma, who argued that the state’s use of a controversial drug in executions was a form of “cruel and unusual punishment”...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 1

USCCB awards $1.2M to Church in Africa CWN - July 1, 2015

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has awarded $1,205,236 in grants to 47 projects. The grants are funded by a special collection that is taken...

Vatican releases English translation of Synod’s working document CWN - July 1, 2015

The Vatican has released an English translation of the instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in October and...

Vatican hosts conference on 'the imperative to change course' on the environment CWN - July 1, 2015

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Alliance of Catholic Development Organizations (CIDSE) are sponsoring a two-day conference entitled “People and Planet First: the...

Vatican diplomat calls for concerted effort to combat terrorism CWN - July 1, 2015

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, the Holy See’s leading diplomat at UN offices in Geneva called for coordinated international action to combat terrorism and its effects. Archbishop Silvano...

3 missionary sisters to be expelled from Pakistan CWN - July 1, 2015

The Pakistani government has decided not to renew the visas of three Filipino missionary sisters who help administer schools in Islamabad, the nation’s capital. A legal appeal filed by the local...

Episcopal Church to vote on same-sex marriage CWN - July 1, 2015

The Episcopal Church is poised to hold a final vote on whether to permit same-sex marriages in its dioceses. The House of Bishops-- one of the two houses of the church’s bicameral legislature at...

Rhode Island bishop supports conscientious objection to same-sex marriage CWN - July 1, 2015

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has offered his support for conscientious objection in response to the Supreme Court ruling that requires legal recognition of same-sex...

Boko Haram not the only Islamic threat to Nigerian Christians CWN - July 1, 2015

Boko Haram is not the only threat to Christians in Nigeria, a priest in the Kaduna archdiocese told Aid to the Church in Need. Other radical Islamic groups have also threatened attacks on...

Idaho 'wedding chapel' files suit to block enforcement of ordinance requiring same-sex ceremonies CWN - July 1, 2015

The city attorney of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has told the proprietors of a “wedding chapel” that they could face prosecution if they refuse their services to same-sex couples. Donald and Evelyn...

Papal tribute to deceased Armenian Patriarch CWN - July 1, 2015

Pope Francis paid tribute to the late Armenian Cathoilc Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, in a message that was read at the prelate’s funeral on July 1. Cardinal Leonard Sandri, the prefect...

Vatican statements salutes merchant sailors who help endangered migrants CWN - July 1, 2015

In a message for “Sea Sunday,” which will be observed on July 12, the Pontifical Council for Migrants pays special tribute to “the great humanitarian effort made by the crews of merchant vessels...

Missouri priest, cleared of abuse charge, files defamation suit against accusers CWN - July 1, 2015

A Missouri priest who was cleared of sex-abuse charges in June has filed a defamation lawsuit against his accusers. Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, of the St. Louis archdiocese, charges that he...

Pope voices concerns about Greek debt crisis CWN - July 1, 2015

Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Greek debt crisis, his spokesman told reporters. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the Pontiff wanted to...

Released Thursday, Jul. 2

Mexican homosexual activists say cardinal's statement incites violence, file criminal complaint CWN - July 2, 2015

Homosexual activists in Mexico have filed criminal complaints against the retired Archbishop of Guadalajara, after he denounced the country’s Supreme Court decision requiring state recognition of...

Egypt's Christians back government, military, in battle with Islamic militants CWN - July 2, 2015

The Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a strong statement of support for the Egyptian military, following a series of attacks by Islamic extremists on military bases in north Sinai. The Coptic...

Rome readies emergency-response plans for Jubilee Year CWN - July 2, 2015

The City of Rome has designed emergency plans to respond to a terrorist attack, with the Vatican and the Roman Coliseum as two focal points that could be terror targets. The contingency plans...

Papal encyclical did not settle scientific questions, says former Vatican official CWN - July 2, 2015

Pope Francis did not intend to settle any scientific questions in Laudato Si’, according to an Italian bishop who helped draft the encyclical. Bishop Mario Toso of Faenza-Modigliana said that the...

Vatican document: Rise in tourism creates opportunities for evangelization, conservation CWN - July 2, 2015

With 1 billion people now engaged in tourism, there are a billion opportunities for the Church's evangelizing mission, writes the Pontifical Council for Migrants in a message for World Tourism...

Episcopal Church in US approves same-sex weddings CWN - July 2, 2015

The Episcopal Church in the US has given its approval to same-sex marriages. The Episcopal General Convention, meeting in Salt Lake City, voted overwhelmingly to allow Episcopal priests to...

Irish archbishop settles defamation lawsuit against TV network; no financial damages paid CWN - July 2, 2015

An Irish archbishop has settled his defamation lawsuit against the RTE television network, which had aired a statement reporting that he had sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. Archbishop...

Cardinal Pell's critics want a 'show trial,' his successor says CWN - July 2, 2015

The critics of Cardinal George Pell are aiming at the “humiliation” of the Australian prelate, according to his successor as Archbishop of Sydney. Archbishop Anthony Fisher told the Crux news...

Released Friday, Jul. 3

Irish bishops reject plan to ask 'conservative' students to leave national seminary CWN - July 3, 2015

Under pressure from bishops, the Irish national seminary at Maynooth will welcome back several seminarians who had been asked to leave because they were viewed “too conservative,” the Irish Catholic...

Australian prime minister will resist bid to legalize same-sex marriage CWN - July 3, 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced his intent to uphold the stand of his Liberal Party that “marriage is between a man and a woman,” and indicated that he will not support a move...

Ontario high court upholds decision denying accreditation to Christian law school CWN - July 3, 2015

Ontario’s Supreme Court has upheld a decision to deny accreditation to a Christian law school that requires students to abstain from sexual activity outside traditional marriage. The court ruled...

Vietnam, Vatican continue talks toward resumption of diplomatic relations CWN - July 3, 2015

A top Vietnamese official reported progress toward the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Vatican, after a visit to Rome this week. Nguyen Thien Nhan, the chairman of the central committee...

Philadelphia, New York rush preparations for papal visit CWN - July 3, 2015

City workers in Philadelphia are building an 8-foot security fence that will temporarily circle the Center City area during the visit by Pope Francis in September. The fence will reportedly be...

Archbishop of Canterbury expresses 'deep concern' over Episcopal approval for same-sex weddings CWN - July 3, 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury has voiced his misgivings about the decision by the Episcopal Church in the US to solemnize same-sex marriages. Dr. Justin Welby, the worldwide leader of the Anglican...

Norway lodges $5 million fraud claim against Oslo diocese for inflating membership figures CWN - July 3, 2015

The government of Norway is demanding $5.1 million from the Oslo diocese, in compensation for what the government sees as fraud in the inflated reporting of Church membership figures. The...

Anti-government protests in Ecuador in advance of papal visit CWN - July 3, 2015

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa faced protesters demanding his removal from office on July 1, just days before a scheduled visit by Pope Francis. Thousands of demonstrators marched in the major...

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