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Stories for week of October 28, 2012

Released Monday, Oct. 29

Nigeria: over 100 wounded in attack on Catholic parish CWN - October 29, 2012

At least eight people were killed and 100 wounded in a suicide bombing attack on a parish in Kaduna, a city of over 750,000 in north-central Nigeria. The attack was similar to previous attacks...

Prelate proposes posthumous removal of BBC star’s papal knighthood; Vatican spokesman responds CWN - October 29, 2012

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has called for the removal of the papal knighthood bestowed upon Jimmy Savile in 1990. Saville (1926-2011), an English disc jockey and media personality,...

Missionaries of Charity superior emphasizes that order exists to evangelize CWN - October 29, 2012

The aim of the Missionaries of Charity’s apostolate is “to bring souls to God and God to souls,” the order’s superior general emphasized during an October 26 intervention at the Synod of...

San Antonio archbishop proposes consecration of the world to the Holy Spirit CWN - October 29, 2012

Speaking briefly at the Synod of Bishops, the archbishop of San Antonio has proposed the consecration of the world to the Holy Spirit. “We live in a world of great promise but also of great need,...

Bishop Ricken: voting for candidate who favors intrinsic evils ‘could put your own soul in jeopardy’ CWN - October 29, 2012

Calling the 2012 election “a turning point in our country’s history,” Bishop David Ricken urged Catholics of the Diocese of Green Bay to remember “the set of non-negotiables” as they cast their...

Knights of Columbus, FOCUS leaders offer comments at synod CWN - October 29, 2012

Two American auditors at the Synod of Bishops, Carl Anderson and Curtis Martin, offered interventions during the synod’s proceedings on October 26. “The Christian family is essentially...

Pope summarizes key themes of Synod CWN - October 29, 2012

"The new evangelization applies to the whole of Church life,” Pope Benedict XVI said as he presided at a Mass closing the 13th ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on October 28. In his...

Synod offers concrete suggestions for New Evangelization CWN - October 29, 2012

In a final list of 58 propositions submitted to Pope Benedict XVI, the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization said that the Church must combat challenges including “at times outright religious...

Pope explains choices of new cardinals, shifts some duties within Roman Curia CWN - October 29, 2012

In brief remarks delivered to the final session of the Synod of Bishops on October 27, Pope Benedict XVI explained his surprise decision to appoint 6 new members to the College of Cardinals. The...

Vatican willing to wait for response from SSPX CWN - October 29, 2012

The Vatican has indicated that it has not yet received a formal response from the Society of St. Pius X to an offer of reconciliation, and is willing to wait. The Ecclesia Dei commission, which...

Papal message underlines migrants' hope for better future CWN - October 29, 2012

In his annual message for the World Day of Migrants, Pope Benedict XVI writes that the Church affirms the right of people to migrate, “there is a need to reaffirm the right not to emigrate: that is,...

In a time of trouble, Egypt's Coptic Orthodox choose a new pope CWN - October 29, 2012

Leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church cast ballots on October 29 to choose a new leader, replacing Pope Shenouda III, who died in March after leading the Egyptian church for nearly 40 years. Over...

Ted Kennedy's widow opposes assisted-suicide initiative in Massachusetts CWN - October 29, 2012

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of longtime Senator Ted Kennedy, has taken a strong stand in opposition to “Proposition 2,” a statewide ballot initiative that would legalize physician-assisted...

Bishop in Philippines rebukes priests for simony CWN - October 29, 2012

A leading prelate in the Philippines has warned his priest against the practice of simony: offering spiritual goods for sale. “My dear brother priests, the sacraments are not to be celebrated in...

Oklahoma bishop switches to ad orientem celebration of Mass in cathedral CWN - October 29, 2012

The National Catholic Reporter calls attention to the decision of Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to celebrate Mass ad orientem in the city's cathedral. This summer Bishop Slattery...

Anglican prelates eschew communion with colleagues CWN - October 29, 2012

Three conservative Anglican prelates—two from Nigeria and one from the US—have delined to share communion with their liberal colleagues at a conference in New Zealand. Archbishop Ikechi Nwosu of...

Eye-opening errors in a New York Times column on abortion debate CWN - October 29, 2012

Writing for National Review, Wesley Smith calls attention to the stunning ignorance displayed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in a piece in which Friedman argued that a "pro-life"...

Irish agencies counseling women to lie about abortions? CWN - October 29, 2012

Counselors at government-run agencies have offered Irish women misleading, illegal, and even dangerous advice regarding abortion, the Irish Independent has revealed. An investigation by the...

Released Tuesday, Oct. 30

Vatican cardinal opens door to Lutheran ordinariates CWN - October 30, 2012

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a hypothetical proposal by Lutherans to establish ecclesial structures...

In new ad, Biden emphasizes he is a ‘practicing Catholic’ CWN - October 30, 2012

In a new campaign advertisement, Vice President Joe Biden emphasized that he is a practicing Catholic and said that President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiatives have advanced Catholic social...

Catholic Relief Services insists on its fidelity to Church teaching CWN - October 30, 2012

The US bishops’ relief and development agency has responded to a recent “coordinated series of attacks, condemning aspects of our work, our partners, professional associations, and even some of our...

Brooklyn bishop rues failure to teach the faith, says Catholic vote for Obama ‘stretches the imagination’ CWN - October 30, 2012

In the latest in a series of diocesan newspaper columns on the upcoming election, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn lamented the Obama-Biden campaign’s emphasis on abortion and...

Alaska bishop: both Biden, Ryan hold views that are ‘inconsistent’ with Church teaching CWN - October 30, 2012

Both Vice President Joe Biden and candidate Paul Ryan hold views that are “inconsistent” with Catholic teaching, Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau said in a column that appeared in the city’s daily...

Baltimore priest preaches on his support for same-sex marriage CWN - October 30, 2012

A priest who has served as pastor the same Baltimore parish since 1973 has preached in favor of same-sex marriage, gaining a standing ovation from his parishioners. “I will continue to stand in...

Sistine Chapel frescoes are safe for 500 anniversary, museum director assures CWN - October 30, 2012

Michelangelo’s famous frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are not being damaged by tourist traffic, the director of the Vatican Museums has assured readers of L’Osservatore Romano. In...

Vatican newspaper gives blanket coverage to latest James Bond movie CWN - October 30, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has devoted a series of complimentary articles to the latest James Bond movie. L’Osservatore Romano gives a positive review to Skyfall, saying that the latest incarnation of...

Venice celebrates 100th anniversary of birth of Pope John Paul I CWN - October 30, 2012

The Church in Venice celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul I with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Francesco Moraglia at St. Mark’s basilica on October 30, followed by a...

Appeals court upholds rulings in Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case CWN - October 30, 2012

A federal appeals court has upheld key rulings in the bankruptcy case of the Milwaukee archdiocese, allowing two sex-abuse victims to pursue their claims against the archdiocese, while dismissing...

Hurricane Sandy as a reminder of human mortality CWN - October 30, 2012

Walter Russell Mead remarks that Hurricane Sandy, which disrupted the lives of millions of Americans this week, is “a reminder of what the world really is like.” While affluent people can usually...

Kenyan conference challenges aid agencies' focus on contraception CWN - October 30, 2012

A series of speakers challenged Western relief agencies for their fixation on family-planning efforts, during a conference on bioethics and fertility held at Strathmore University in Nairobi,...

Polish archbishop warns against Halloween excesses, 'world of darkness' CWN - October 30, 2012

Archbishop Andrzej Dziega of Szczecin-Kamien, Poland, has warned his flock about “the real possibility of spiritual damage” from macabre Halloween celebrations. In a letter that he asked priests...

British schoolgirls given contraceptive implants without parents' knowledge CWN - October 30, 2012

British schools have given contraceptive injections and implants to more than 900 girls under the legal age of consent, the London Daily Mail reports. Confidentiality rules prohibit school nurses...

Released Wednesday, Oct. 31

Ireland: diocesan priestly vocations at record low CWN - October 31, 2012

Only 12 men began studies for the priesthood this autumn in Ireland’s 26 dioceses—a record low. “On average, just 50% of men who enter Irish seminaries go on to be ordained,” observes Michael...

Holy Land prelate rues extension of Israel’s security wall CWN - October 31, 2012

A Latin-rite prelate in the Holy Land is warning that Israeli plans to extend its security wall will provide severe economic harm to 58 families in a predominantly Christian village. “If Israel...

Arkansas bishop: right to life, religious liberty, immigration most important issues CWN - October 31, 2012

Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock said in a recent homily that “some of the moral and social issues to keep in mind this year are, in descending order of what I consider to be their importance...

Indiana priest discusses work as exorcist CWN - October 31, 2012

A priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has discussed his work as an exorcist. “The exorcist is trained to be a skeptic,” said Father Vincent Lambert, who initially makes referrals to a...

Kmiec: Obama ‘promotes social justice as if he were a Catholic’ CWN - October 31, 2012

Douglas Kmiec, the former law professor and pro-life theorist whose support for Barack Obama in 2008 shocked many of his fellow Catholics, lauded the president in a recent Los Angeles Times...

Man cheated 91-year-old priest out of $500,000 CWN - October 31, 2012

A Buffalo man has admitted cheating a priest out of over $500,000 between 2001 and July 2012. The priest, now 91, had invested well over the years, according to the district attorney. Richard...

Faith is never a purely private matter, Pope tells audience CWN - October 31, 2012

Christian faith is never an entirely private matter, Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on October 31. "Certainly, the act of faith is an eminently personal act,” the Holy Father...

Pope prays for American hurricane victims CWN - October 31, 2012

At the conclusion of his regular public audience on October 31, Pope Benedict XVI voiced his sympathy and promised his prayers to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Noting the “devastation” that...

Vatican looks to pare administrative expenses CWN - October 31, 2012

Vatican officials are conducting a thorough spending review, looking for ways to cut administrative spending in order to ensure a balanced budget. The Vatican is looking for ways to pare office...

November consistory forces postponement of Asian bishops' meeting CWN - October 31, 2012

When he made the surprise announcement that he would elevate new cardinals at a consistory on November 24, Pope Benedict XVI upset plans for a meeting of Asian bishops. The Federation of Asian...

Beijing will not respond to Pope's call to dialogue, Chinese bishops say CWN - October 31, 2012

Chinese bishops think it unlikely that government officials there will ever respond to the letter written by Pope Benedict XVI to the Church in China in 2007. Last week Cardinal Fernando Filoni,...

German Catholic bishops invited to join in celebrating 500th anniversary of Reformation CWN - October 31, 2012

Catholic bishops in Germany are weighing an appropriate response to an invitation to join in celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be held in 2017. Bishop...

Antigonish diocese settles sex-abuse cases, closing painful chapter CWN - October 31, 2012

The Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, will make the final payment in a settlement with sex-abuse victims this week, marking the end to a bleak period in the history of the Canadian diocese. The...

Chad: students ask government to relent on bishop's expulsion CWN - October 31, 2012

A Catholic students’ organization in Chad is calling upon the country’s government to reverse the expulsion of Bishop Michael Russo. The government of Chad ordered Bishop Russo to leave the...

Survey of Italian pilgrims at Padua shrine produces surprising results CWN - October 31, 2012

A thorough survey of pilgrims visiting the shrine of St. Anthony of Padua has yielded some interesting and unexpected results. The pilgrims at Padua are markedly younger and better educated than...

Released Friday, Nov. 2

Report documents intolerance against Christians in Germany CWN - November 2, 2012

A European non-governmental organization has submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Commission documenting incidents of anti-Christian intolerance in Germany. The report by the Observatory on...

US bishops to consider document inviting Catholics to regular Confession CWN - November 2, 2012

At their fall meeting in Baltimore, members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will consider whether to approve a brief document inviting Catholics “to return to regular...

Pennsylvania bishops discuss religious liberty in election statement CWN - November 2, 2012

Reflecting on the relationship between Church and state and emphasizing religious liberty, the bishops of Pennsylvania have issued a statement on the 2012 elections. “Americans would do well to...

Bishop Jenky emphasizes religious liberty, speaks of ‘grave sin’ of pro-abortion politicians and ‘their electoral supporters’ CWN - November 2, 2012

In a brief but impassioned letter that will be read at Masses in the Diocese of Peoria on November 3 and 4, Bishop Daniel Jenky emphasized threats to the Church’s religious liberty and stated that...

Bishop Loverde, in election letter, focuses on ‘unspeakable crime’ of abortion CWN - November 2, 2012

In a pre-election letter released on October 31, Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington discussed grave threats to religious liberty and, quoting the Second Vatican Council, emphasized the “unspeakable...

USCCB delegation calls for more aid to Syrian refugees, protection of Christians CWN - November 2, 2012

A delegation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, led by Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, has returned from the Middle East and is calling for greater international aid for...

Saints bridge gap between earth and heaven, Pope tells audience CWN - November 2, 2012

At his midday public audience on November 1, the Feast of All Saints, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that the feast is a reminder of “the double horizon of humanity.” This “double horizon,” the Pope...

Another court backs Catholic family-owned family challenging HHS mandate CWN - November 2, 2012

For the 2nd time, a federal judge has ruled in favor of a Catholic-owned family business in a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. Judge Robert Cleland ruled that...

China to reconsider 'one-child' policy? CWN - November 2, 2012

A Chinese think-tank with close ties to the government has called for a change in the country’s brutal “one-child” policy. "China has paid a huge political and social cost for the policy, as it...

Gay group proclaims Scottish cardinal 'Bigot of the Year' CWN - November 2, 2012

Stonewall, a gay-rights organization in Scotland, has outraged Catholics by naming Cardinal Keith O’Brien as the Bigot of the Year. A spokesman for the Church in Scotland said that the award by...

Most American pastors not backing presidential candidates, survey shows CWN - November 2, 2012

Most regular churchgoers in the US have not heard explicit political advice from their pastors, a new survey from the Pew Research Center shows. A bare majority of regular churchgoers (52%)...

New dispute at Jerusalem basilica: unpaid water bills CWN - November 2, 2012

Administrators of Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre owe millions of dollars in unpaid water bills, the city’s water agency charges. Hagihon, the water company that supplies the basilica,...

English court rules Catholic adoption agency must serve same-sex couples CWN - November 2, 2012

A Catholic adoption agency representing three English dioceses has lost a 5-year court battle, and now faces a choice between placing children with homosexual couples or ending its adoption...

Do 'Soho Masses' block English prelate's route to a red hat? CWN - November 2, 2012

William Oddie of London's Catholic Herald relays the report that Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been investigating complaints about...

A trend likely to continue: American voters reject redefinition of marriage CWN - November 2, 2012

On Tuesday, citizens in 4 American states will vote on proposals that would redefine marriage to allow for homosexual unions. Writing in The Catholic Thing, Austin Ruse points out that to date, when...

Maronite Patriarch blasts effort to paralyze Lebanese government CWN - November 2, 2012

The Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church has made a strong statement on Lebanon’s political problems, denouncing a movement to boycott the country’s parliament and force the resignation of the...

Uruguay's Jesuit leaders rebuke priest for supporting legal abortion CWN - November 2, 2012

Jesuit superiors in Uruguay have voiced their “deep regret” that a Jesuit priest there expressed support for legislation allowing legal abortion. The views expressed by Father Jose Ignacio...

Boston Globe editorializes against assisted-suicide legislation in Massachusetts CWN - November 2, 2012

A Boston Globe editorial has called for defeat of Proposition 2, a statewide referendum question that would allow for physician-assisted suicide. The Globe, a paper with a strong history of...

Reform group demands return of CCHD grant to DC advocacy group CWN - November 2, 2012

A coalition of Catholics dedicated to reform of the US bishops’ anti-poverty program has called upon a Washington, DC group to return a $50,000 grant. The Reform CCHD Now (RCN) coalition argues...

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