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Stories for week of August 17, 2014

Released Monday, Aug. 18

Pope calls upon Korea’s Catholics to combat materialism, serve God in freedom CWN - August 18, 2014

On August 15, the second full day of his apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis traveled from Seoul, the nation’s capital, to Daejeon, the nation’s 5th-largest city, where he celebrated Mass...

Christ is knocking at the door of your heart, Pope tells youth CWN - August 18, 2014

On the evening of August 15, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter from Daejeon, where he had celebrated Mass, to the Shrine of Solmoe, the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Taegon. “Christ is knocking...

Follow the martyrs’ example of sacrifice and love, Pope tells 800,000 Koreans CWN - August 18, 2014

On August 16, the third full day of his apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis visited the Shrine of the Martyrs of Seo So mun before celebrating Mass for the beatification of Paul Yun...

Pope challenges religious to embrace poverty, laity to go beyond charitable assitance CWN - August 18, 2014

Following the Mass of beatification of 124 martyrs in Seoul, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter on August 16 to Kkottongnae, where he visited a rehabilitation center for disabled people. At...

Be firmly grounded in the faith as you engage in dialogue, Pope tell Asia’s bishops CWN - August 18, 2014

On August 17, the fourth full day of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to South Korea, the Pontiff traveled to the Shrine of Haemi, where he challenged Asia’s bishops to be grounded in a sense of...

Pope urges Asian youth to build a ‘holier, more missionary and humble Church’ CWN - August 18, 2014

At the closing Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi, Pope Francis called upon Asia’s Catholic youth to build a holier, more missionary and humble Church.” The Mass took place on the afternoon...

Theologian raps bishops as LCWR ends annual meeting CWN - August 18, 2014

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) concluded its annual conference, enthusiastically applauding an address by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, who denounced the Vatican for issuing a...

Pope's envoy, Chaldean Patriarch beg international help for Iraqi Christians CWN - August 18, 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Pope’s personal envoy to Iraq, has joined with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako in an appeal for international intervention to stop the persecution of Christians...

New Orthodox leader voices support for 'unified Ukraine' CWN - August 18, 2014

The newly installed leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate has called for preservation of “our single unified Ukraine.” Metropolitan Onufry, who was enthroned on August 17 as...

South Sudan: Catholic radio shut down by government CWN - August 18, 2014

A Catholic radio station in South Sudan has been shut down, and its news editor arrested, the Fides news service reports. Radio Bakhita, operated by the Archdiocese of Juba, was shut down by the...

Sex-abuse plaintiffs charge New Mexico archdiocese assigned priests from local treatment center CWN - August 18, 2014

Three men have brought suit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, claiming that they were sexually abused after the archdiocese allowed priests who were known abusers to engage in parish...

With a plea for reunification, Pope ends Korean visit CWN - August 18, 2014

Pope Francis concluded his 5-day visit to South Korea on August 18, celebrating a Mass for peace and reconciliation and calling for an end to the enmity between North and South that has caused...

Pope approves military action in Iraq, but not unilateral US bombing CWN - August 18, 2014

Pope Francis said that military intervention to stop the slaughter of Christians in Iraq is warranted, but cautioned against unilateral action by the US, in a press conference as he returned from a...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 19

New report of Islamic State atrocities CWN - August 19, 2014

At a press conference in Paris, the members of a family who recently left Mosul for France spoke of atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Tunisia Daily...

Russian patriarch: Ukrainian Catholics want to ‘eradicate Orthodoxy’ CWN - August 19, 2014

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has again alleged that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has undertaken a campaign of hatred against Orthodoxy-- prompting a sharp official response from...

St. Louis prelate issues letter on Ferguson violence CWN - August 19, 2014

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis has issued a letter on the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. The prelate, who said he “personally visited Ferguson...

Jewish-Catholic dialogue deplores persecution of Christians CWN - August 19, 2014

The Jewish-Catholic dialogue sponsored by the National Council of Synagogues and the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has...

Europe’s bishops prod UN Security Council on Iraq CWN - August 19, 2014

In a joint letter to the United Nations Security Council, the president of each European nation’s episcopal conference deplored the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in...

Church in Malawi: no conflict between Pope, region’s bishops on homosexuality CWN - 24 hours ago

The secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi stated that the East African bishops’ recent condemnation of same-sex unions is not “at variance with” Pope Francis’s remarks on...

Victory for Baptist college against HHS mandate CWN - 24 hours ago

A federal district court judge has ruled that a Baptist college in Louisiana is exempt from the mandate to provide its employees to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives that also have an...

Pope mourns nephew's family, killed in auto crash CWN - 18 hours ago

Pope Francis was “deeply pained,” the Vatican announced, when he was informed of an automobile accident in Argentina that caused the death of three relatives. Emanuel Bergoglio, the Pope’s...

Boko Haram terrorism becoming more worrisome, reports Nigerian prelate CWN - 18 hours ago

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos, Nigeria, says that the terrorist activities of Boko Haram are “becoming even more worrisome,” the Fides news service reports. Archbishop Martin spoke...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 20

Further action needed in Iraq, USCCB president tells President Obama CWN - 2 hours ago

Citing remarks made by Pope Francis, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called upon President Barack Obama to do more to protect the persecuted religious...

Central African prelate urges government to act following massacre CWN - 2 hours ago

Following a massacre committed by Islamist fighters in the Central African Republic, the nation’s leading prelate urged the government to take quick action. Speaking for “those who are displaced,...

Some Iraqi refugees ‘at great risk’ of death CWN - 2 hours ago

Many Christian and Yazidi refugees in northern Iraq are at increasing risk of death from starvation, thirst, and exposure to the elements, the Assyrian International News Agency...

Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists occupy monastery CWN - 1 hours ago

Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine’s 5th-largest city, have seized the monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, according to a report from the Religious...

Catholic radio station, shut down by South Sudan’s government, offers apology CWN - 1 hours ago

Bakhita Radio, a South Sudanese Catholic radio network that was recently shut down by the government, has apologized for inaccurate reporting. After rebels attacked government forces, the station...

Many Philippine bishops back amendment against pork-barrel spending CWN - 1 hours ago

At least 73 bishops in the Philippines have lent their support to a petition calling for a constitutional amendment against pork-barrel spending, according to a UCA News report. “I hope something...

Court upholds Tennessee’s marriage law CWN - 1 hours ago

A Tennessee circuit court has upheld the state’s definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Judge Russell Simmons ruled that “Tennessee’s laws concerning same-sex marriage do not...

Pope reflects on apostolic journey to Korea CWN - 0 hours ago

Pope Francis devoted his August 20 general audience to his recent apostolic journey to Korea, during which he beatified 124 martyrs and celebrated the closing Mass at the 6th Asian Youth...

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