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Stories for week of January 25, 2015

Released Monday, Jan. 26

Pope on Catholic-Muslim dialogue: listen and study, but avoid syncretism CWN - 9 hours ago

Listening and thorough study are important components of dialogue with Muslims, Pope Francis said to participants in a January 24 meeting organized by the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic...

Conversion, prayer, holiness necessary for Christian unity, says Pope CWN - 8 hours ago

Pope Francis met with participants in an ecumenical gathering of religious on January 24 and said that “religious life has a particular vocation” to promote Christian unity. The gather was...

Papal praise for 2005 document on nullity cases CWN - 8 hours ago

The Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts’ 2005 document Dignitas Connubii remains a “modest but useful vademecum that really takes the ministers of the tribunals by the hand toward the...

Pope Francis: in Jesus, man’s thirst and God’s thirst meet CWN - 8 hours ago

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Mk. 1:14-20), Pope Francis said during his January 25 Angelus address that “Jesus' announcement is similar to that of John, with the major difference that...

Pope concludes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity CWN - 7 hours ago

Pope Francis concluded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the celebration of Vespers on January 25 at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and reflected on the encounter of Jesus with...

Notre Dame’s Father McBrien dead at 78 CWN - 7 hours ago

Father Richard McBrien, who chaired the University of Notre Dame’s theology department for 11 years, died on January 25 at the age of 78. While his public influence was significant--not only...

China planning illicit ordination of more bishops for 'official' Church? CWN - 3 hours ago

The Chinese government’s bureau of religious affairs plans to organize the ordination of more Catholic bishops without Vatican approval in 2015, the AsiaNews service reports. The move would...

Russian Patriarch calls for abortion ban in first-ever address to Duma CWN - 3 hours ago

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill suggested a nationwide campaign against legal abortion, as he addressed Russia’s legislative body, the Duma. The Patriarch’s speech was the first ever delivered...

English doctor faces charges for sex-selection abortion CWN - 3 hours ago

A doctor in Birmingham, England, will face criminal charges for offering to perform a sex-selection abortion. On January 26 a Birmingham court ordered Dr. Palaniappan Rajmohan to answer the...

Catholic priests playing politics, Belarus government official charges CWN - 2 hours ago

The Commissioner for Religions and Nationalities in Belarus has charged that Polish-born Catholic priests are engaged in political activities, and therefore have been denied permission to remain in...

Vatican tradition ended: balloons released in place of doves CWN - 2 hours ago

The Vatican has altered a traditional gesture—the release of doves in St. Peter’s Square—after complaints from animal-rights groups. For years, on the last Sunday of January, the Pope has been...

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