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Released Monday, Apr. 30

Pontiff tells German bishops that pro multis must be translated literally CWN - April 30, 2012

The new translation of the Roman Missal into German will include a literal translation of the words pro multis during the consecration of the Precious Blood, Pope Benedict said in a letter to the...

Nigeria: 16 dead following gunfire, bomb attack on Mass CWN - April 30, 2012

Worshippers at a university in the northern Nigerian city of Kano were victims of a bomb and gunfire attack during Sunday Mass. At least 16 people perished; the Islamist terrorist organization...

Scottish cardinal calls for ‘Robin Hood tax’ CWN - April 30, 2012

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has lent his support to calls for a “Robin Hood tax” on the financial sector. “My message to [Prime Minister] David Cameron is to seriously think again about this Robin...

Wisconsin prelate defends priests, warns of canonical penalty for calumny CWN - April 30, 2012

Lamenting the closing of a parish school because of declining donations, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison strongly defended priests who have instituted liturgical changes and asked parishioners to...

California bill would outlaw reparative therapy for homosexuality for minors CWN - April 30, 2012

A California state senator--Sen. Ted Lieu, a Catholic--has introduced a bill that would prohibit psychologists from offering minors reparative therapy for homosexuality. “Under no circumstances...

Pope's prayer intentions for May 2012 CWN - April 30, 2012

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for May 2012. The Pope's general intention is: "That initiatives which defend and uphold the role of the family may be...

Did Italian crime boss pay for burial in Roman basilica? CWN - April 30, 2012

A notorious Italian crime figure was buried in a Roman basilica after his widow pledged about $660,000 to the Church, according to an anonymous Vatican source speaking to the ANSA news...

Make the Eucharist central, Pope tells newly ordained priests CWN - April 30, 2012

On Sunday, April 29, Pope Benedict XVI ordained 9 new priests for the Rome diocese, and reminded them that their duty will be to lead the faithful “to true life, to life in abundance.” It is...

Pray for vocations, and listen for the call, Pope urges CWN - April 30, 2012

After ordaining 9 new priests on April 29, Pope Benedict XVI asked his midday audience that to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and “that all young people may be attentive to...

Another Catholic college rescinds invitation to pro-abortion commencement speaker CWN - April 30, 2012

For the 2nd time in less than a month, a Catholic college has rescinded a commencement invitation because the local bishop objected to a proposed speaker’s views on issues involving the sanctity of...

Vatican conference assesses enduring impact of Pacem in Terris CWN - April 30, 2012

The historic 1963 encyclical of Blessed John XXIII, Pacem in Terris “still much to teach us as we struggle to face the new challenges for peace and justice in the post-Cold-War era,” Pope Benedict...

Terror bombing at Nairobi church CWN - April 30, 2012

A suicide bombing at a Christian church in Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least one person and left 16 badly injured on Sunday morning, April 29. The grenade blast inside God's House of Miracles...

Italian missionary slain in Brazil CWN - April 30, 2012

An Italian missionary priest was found dead at his home in Bahia, Brazil on Monday, April 30. Father Luigi Plebani, who had worked in Brazil since 1980, died of gunshot wounds, police said....

Pepsi ends use of aborted cell lines in taste testing CWN - April 30, 2012

PepsiCo has announced that it will discontinue use of tissues harvested from aborted human embryos to test flavoring ingredients for its soft drinks. PepsiCo had been using products provided by...

Irish protesters decry Vatican censorship of dissident priests CWN - April 30, 2012

About 200 people—primarily priests and nuns—joined in a demonstration outside the residence of the apostolic nuncio in Dublin to protest the silencing of several Irish priests. The protesters,...

NY Times columnists rap Vatican move to reform LCWR CWN - April 30, 2012

Two New York Times columnists, Nicholas Kristof and Maureen Dowd, have weighed in against the Vatican’s plan for reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. In each case—but more...

Released Tuesday, May. 1

Catholic teaching does not espouse world government, says pontifical academy head CWN - May 1, 2012

The president of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, which is hosting a conference on Blessed John XXIII’s 1963 encyclical Pacem in Terris, has told Vatican Radio that “there is nothing in...

Holy See, prelates lament attacks on African Christians CWN - May 1, 2012

The director of the Holy See Press Office joined that Vatican Secretary of State and other prelates in condemning terrorist attacks on Christians in Nigeria and Kenya. Father Federico Lombardi...

Political dissidents criticize Cuban cardinal’s remarks at Harvard CWN - May 1, 2012

Speaking at a panel discussion at Harvard University, Cardinals Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana and Sean O’Malley of Boston agreed that greater freedom for the Church followed in the wake of...

Nigeria: priest released after week in captivity CWN - May 1, 2012

Father Nwika Gbinu, a priest of the Diocese of Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria, has been released following a week in captivity. Gunmen kidnapped the priest from his residence on April 23 and...

Colorado ex-governor rips CCHD critics CWN - May 1, 2012

Bill Ritter, a Catholic who served as governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011, has blasted critics of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the US bishops’ controversial anti-poverty...

Dean of Roman Rota suggests stricter rule for annulments CWN - May 1, 2012

Speaking at a conference in Rome, the dean of the Roman Rota suggested the need for a more rigorous interpretation of a provision in canon law that is cited in many annulment cases. Bishop Antoni...

Pope donates $250,000 to Anglican ordinariate in Great Britain CWN - May 1, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has made a donation of $250,000 to the English ordinariate for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church. Msgr. Keith Newton, the head of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of...

Young adults in US drifting away from religious groups, survey finds CWN - May 1, 2012

A survey of America’s youngest voters has found that many young people are drifting away from the religion in which they were raised. The study by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center found that...

Released Wednesday, May. 2

Nigerian prelates lament weak response to Islamist terrorism CWN - May 2, 2012

Following a recent terrorist attack on worshippers at a Mass in Kano, two leading Nigerian prelates criticized the government’s response to the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. “At...

French Revolution martyr beatified CWN - May 2, 2012

Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge (1757-93), a Norbertine priest martyred during the French Revolution, was beatified on April 29 at the cathedral in Coutances, France. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of...

Episcopal Church may approve blessing of same-sex relationships CWN - May 2, 2012

This July, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will decide whether to approve “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” a rite for the blessing of homosexual...

Christian activist slain in Pakistan CWN - May 2, 2012

Chaudhry Irshad Younas, a Pakistani Christian involved in politics, was murdered in Lahore on April 27. Local sources told the Fides news agency that Younas was “a leader ready to speak out...

Modern Family receives ‘Catholic Oscar’ award CWN - May 2, 2012

Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA)--an organization of Catholics in the entertainment industry--has bestowed its television award on the controversial ABC comedy Modern Family. Two...

Australian priest removed after revealing secret marriage CWN - May 2, 2012

An Australian priest has been removed from ministry after he revealed that he had secretly married last year. Father Kevin Lee defended himself by saying that many other priests were leading...

Announcement imminent about suspended Philadelphia priests? CWN - May 2, 2012

A local television station has reported that the Philadelphia archdiocese will soon reveal the fate of 27 priests who were suspended from ministry last year after a grand jury report criticized the...

Egypt's Copts to choose new spiritual leader in September CWN - May 2, 2012

The Coptic Orthodox Church will elect a successor to the late Pope Shenouda III in September, a spokesman has announced. Pope Shenouda, who had served a remarkable 40 years as leader of the...

Prayer and Scripture reading help guide the faithful through life, Pope tells audience CWN - May 2, 2012

Continuing his series of weekly talks on prayer, Pope Benedict XVI spoke at his public audience on May 2 about the defense that St. Stephen offered before his martyrdom. When he was accused of...

Pope recalls beatification of John Paul II, one year later CWN - May 2, 2012

At his regular public audience on May 2, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the beatification of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, one year earlier. Acknowledging a group of Polish pilgrims in the...

Maureen Dowd taken to task for inaccuracies, illogic CWN - May 2, 2012

In Catholic World Report, Carl Olson takes up the arduous task of pointing out all the errors of fact, logic, and syntax in a piece by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd excoriating the Vatican....

Police oust 'Occupy' protesters from San Francisco archdiocesan building-- again CWN - May 2, 2012

Early in the morning of May 3, police raided a building owned by the San Francisco archdiocese and evicted “Occupy” protesters who had seized the building the previous day. For the 2nd time in a...

Italian bishops' daily seeks scrutiny of 'medical marijuana' drive CWN - May 2, 2012

The Italian daily Avvenire, owned by the Italian bishops’ conference, has called critical attention to a bid to legalize the medical use of marijuana. A regional council in Tuscany approved a...

Myanmar bishops pleased with Aung San Suu Kyi decision to enter parliament CWN - May 2, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Myanmar have said that the participation of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in the nation’s parliament is “a good sign for the future of the country.” A...

Pacem in Terris seen as important guide to recovery understanding of common good CWN - May 2, 2012

At a May 2 press conference in Rome, members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences reported on the group’s 18th plenary session, which was dedicated to a discussion of the landmark 1963...

New calls for Cardinal Brady to resign over role in Irish sex-abuse investigation CWN - May 2, 2012

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland, is hearing new calls for his resignation after the airing of a BBC television program that probed his involvement in a 1975 investigation...

New statutes for Caritas International underline Vatican control CWN - May 2, 2012

The Vatican has approved new statutes governing the work of Caritas International, after the Holy See intervened last year to reinforce the distinctly Catholic identity of the organization, which is...

Released Thursday, May. 3

Mormons surge, Catholics decline in US; half of Americans are nonadherents CWN - May 3, 2012

The number of Mormons in the United States increased by nearly 50% between 2000 and 2010, while the number of “active members” of the Catholic Church declined by 5%, according to the latest...

Honduran cardinal welcomes new Caritas statutes CWN - May 3, 2012

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the president of Caritas Internationalis, has welcomed the new statutes that will govern the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies. In...

140th anniversary of largest women’s religious institute CWN - May 3, 2012

The Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, also known as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, are commemorating the 140th anniversary of their foundation by St. Maria Mazzarello (1837-81). The...

Our Sunday Visitor turns 100 CWN - May 3, 2012

The most popular national Catholic newspaper in the United States is celebrating its centenary. Founder by the future Archbishop John Francis Noll, Our Sunday Visitor now has a circulation of...

Profile of Olympic skater who became nun CWN - May 3, 2012

Vatican Radio has conducted an interview with Sister Catherine Holum, CFR, a former Olympic athlete who entered the religious life after participating in World Youth Day in Toronto. Competing at...

Over 100,000 adult baptisms in South Korea in 2011 CWN - May 3, 2012

A total of 134,562 people were baptized into the Catholic Church in South Korea in 2011—including over 100,000 adults--bringing the country’s Catholic population up to 5.3 million. Bishop...

Catholic vote now seen evenly split in US presidential race CWN - May 3, 2012

American Catholics are evenly split in their preferences for the 2012 presidential race, according to a new Gallup poll. Catholics are seen by both major political parties as a key voting...

Pope tells medical faculty: restore role of faith in research CWN - May 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI visited Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on May 3, to join in 50th-anniversary celebrations for the hospital’s teaching faculty. In his remarks there the Pontiff spoke of the urgent need to...

Rebel violence in Congo forcing thousands into flight CWN - May 3, 2012

Thousands of families are leaving their homes in the Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo because of continuing rebel violence, a Catholic missionary reports. Father Loris Cattani...

Decisions due Friday on suspended Philadelphia priests CWN - May 3, 2012

Confirming earlier media reports, the Philadelphia archdiocese has announced that on May 4, Archbishop Charles Chaput will reveal the results of investigations into sex-abuse charges against some of...

Columnist George Will celebrates 40th birthday of his Down-syndrome son CWN - May 3, 2012

Veteran Washington Post columnist George Will reflects on the 40th birthday of his son Jon, who in handicapped with Down syndrome but blessed with serenity and an “underdeveloped entitlement...

Leading Irish politicians call for Cardinal Brady's resignation CWN - May 3, 2012

Several leading Irish politicians have called for the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, after a BBC broadcast exposed new details about the future cardinal’s involvement in the...

Released Friday, May. 4

Catholics ‘fertile ground’ for conversion to Islam: senior Al-Qaeda official CWN - May 4, 2012

A senior Al-Qaeda operative advised Osama bin Laden in January 2011 that Irish Catholics--and Catholics in general--are ripe for conversion to Islam, according to a letter released on the first...

Nepal to criminalize evangelization CWN - May 4, 2012

The new Nepali constitution will make evangelization a crime punishable by imprisonment, a Nepali priest has told Vatican Radio. A Maoist insurgency helped transform the Hindu monarchy into a...

Victory for pro-family forces at UN CWN - May 4, 2012

Despite intense efforts by pro-abortion and other organizations, the Holy See and a coalition of other states--including Russia and many African and Asian nations--were able to prevent “sexual...

Pope to visit Italian city in July CWN - May 4, 2012

Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Sunday Mass in the city of 20,000 on July 15. Blessed John Paul II made a pastoral visit to Frascati,...

Faithful urged to prod Clinton on Sudan CWN - May 4, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services have issued an “action alert” urging Catholics to encourage Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to promote peace between...

Overview of recent Vatican document on theology CWN - May 4, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published an essay by Msgr. Paul McPartlan, a theology professor at the Catholic University of America, that offers an overview of the International Theological Commission’s...

One-fifth of US Catholics not linked to any parish CWN - May 4, 2012

Roughly one-fifth of the Catholics in the US are not associated with a parish, a new study has found. While there are about 75 million Catholics in the US, “fewer than 60 million are associated...

Balance economic and spiritual needs of people, Pope urges national leaders CWN - May 4, 2012

“Even without great material resources, it is possible to be happy,” Pope Benedict XVI told a group of new ambassadors to the Holy See. Meeting on May 4 with new envoys from Armenia, Ethiopia,...

Australian organization of women religious signals support for LCWR CWN - May 4, 2012

An organization of Australian women religious has sent a message of support to their American counterpart, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which has been the target of a Vatican...

Pope will hear Beethoven's 9th performed at La Scala CWN - May 4, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will attend a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony at La Scala opera house during his coming visit to Milan. The Holy Father will be in Milan for the World Encounter of...

Bishop Blaire, Rep. Ryan explain differing stands on federal budget CWN - May 4, 2012

Bishop Stephen Blaire, who heads the US bishops’ justice-and-peace committee, has been critical of the federal budget proposal advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan, who is Catholic, has argued that his...

Philadelphia: 3 suspended priests cleared, 5 found unfit for ministry CWN - May 4, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has cleared 3 priests of sex-abuse charges and found 5 others unsuited for ministry, Archbishop Charles Chaput announced on May 4, as he explained the resolution of...

Cardinal Brady repeats that he will not resign CWN - May 4, 2012

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland, was reportedly conferring with advisers on May 4, weighing the calls for his resignation. Cardinal Brady denied reports that he had...

New York bishops recommend higher minimum wage CWN - May 4, 2012

The Catholic bishops of New York have issued a call for a raise in the state's minimum wage. The bishops argued that the current minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, in inadequate to maintain an adequate...

Beatify Bhatti, John Allen suggests CWN - May 4, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter offers an interesting suggestion as to how the Holy See could dramatize the plight of Christians who die for the faith: Here's the idea: Beatify...

Bankruptcy judge may release testimony of Milwaukee prelates CWN - May 4, 2012

A judge in federal bankruptcy court has ordered the Milwaukee archdiocese to engage in “meaningful settlement negotiations” with creditors, including sex-abuse victims. Judge Susan Kelley said...

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