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Stories for week of December 30, 2012

Released Monday, Dec. 31

12 priests, other pastoral workers killed in 2012 CWN - December 31, 2012

Ten priests, one sister, and one lay pastoral worker were murdered in 2012, according to the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Six were killed in Latin America, four...

Background: Papal message for January 1, the World Day of Peace CWN - December 31, 2012

On January 1, the Church will commemorate the 46th World Day of Peace. Pope Benedict’s message for the day is entitled “Blessed Are the Peacemakers.” In his message for the 1st World Day of...

USCCB, CRS welcome defeat of Paul foreign-aid amendment CWN - December 31, 2012

The Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have welcomed the defeat of legislation offered...

Hobby Lobby will defy mandate, risk fines; federal court blocks enforcement in separate case CWN - December 31, 2012

The Hobby Lobby stores will defy a federal mandate requiring coverage of the morning-after pill in employees’ health-insurance policies, risking fines of over $1 million a day beginning on January...

Protesters occupy nuncio's office in Paris CWN - December 31, 2012

Protesters occupied the offices of the apostolic nuncio in Paris on December 31, to protest the decision by Church officials to evict squatters from a church in Lille. Undocumented immigrants,...

James Hitchcock introduces new history of Catholic Church CWN - December 31, 2012

Catholic World Report has posted the full introduction to the landmark new book by James Hitchcock: History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third...

Pope to parents: see children as a gift to be guarded CWN - December 31, 2012

At his midday audience on Sunday, December 30—the feast of the Holy Family—Pope Benedict XVI reminded parents that they are “neither the friends nor masters of their children’s lives, but the...

Vatican newspaper's political endorsement roils Italian campaign CWN - December 31, 2012

Political opponents of Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti have derided L’Osservatore Romano for an editorial endorsement of Monti’s re-election effort. Critics pointed out that the Vatican...

A glimpse at the Pope's personal charities CWN - December 31, 2012

The Vatican prelate who handles the Pope’s personal charities has offered a glimpse of his work in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano. Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the Almoner of His Holiness,...

Russian Orthodox Church backs ban on US adoptions CWN - December 31, 2012

The Russian Orthodox Church has thrown its support behind a government proposal to bar adoption of Russian children by US couples. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the chief foreign-affairs...

Michigan law, requiring licensing, could close abortion clinics CWN - December 31, 2012

A new state law in Michigan, which requires abortion clinics to obtain licenses as certified surgical facilities, could force the closing of some clinics. The law, which takes effect March 31,...

With solemn Vespers, Te Deum, Pope closes calendar year CWN - December 31, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI presided at the final liturgical ceremony of 2012, the Solemn Vespers for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God, at St. Peter’s basilica on December 31. The Vespers...

Released Wednesday, Jan. 2

Federal court blocks enforcement of HHS mandate against Michigan company CWN - January 2, 2013

A US district court judge has halted enforcement of the HHS mandate against Domino’s Farms, a Michigan property-management company wholly owned by Tom Monaghan. Monaghan founded Domino’s Pizza in...

2 dead following church bombing in Libya CWN - January 2, 2013

A bomb explosion at a Coptic church near Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, killed two church workers and wounded two others on December 30. The church is attended primarily by Egyptian Christians...

Pope speaks to Taizé youth about Christ, ecumenism CWN - January 2, 2013

An estimated 40,000 youth associated with Taizé, the French ecumenical monastic community, took part in a prayer vigil with Pope Benedict XVI during their Dec. 28 – Jan. 2 pilgrimage to Rome. A...

Iran intensifies persecution of Christians; ‘apostate’ pastor jailed again CWN - January 2, 2013

Iran has intensified its repression of Protestant churches, as has become the custom at Christmas time. On Christmas Day, Yousef Nadarkhani was again imprisoned, according to Christian...

13 new Catholic schools to be built in Melbourne CWN - January 2, 2013

The Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Catholic education office has announced that it will open 10 primary schools and three secondary schools in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest...

Bomb threat against Catholic parish in Indonesia CWN - January 2, 2013

A leading official on Samosir, an Indonesian island that is a popular destination for tourists, received a text message on December 28 warning that a bomb had been placed near a local Catholic...

French magazine courts outrage with illustrated biography of Mohammed CWN - January 2, 2013

A French satirical magazine has announced plans to publish an illustrated biography of Mohammed. The project that is certain to provoke outrage among Muslims, who view any depiction of the Islamic...

Westminster diocese ends gay-oriented 'Soho Masses,' establishes church for Anglican ordinariate CWN - January 2, 2013

England’s leading Catholic prelate has called an end to the “Soho Masses” that had drawn homosexuals to a London church, and announced that the church will be dedicated to the Anglican ordinariate...

Pope reflects on Incarnation at year's 1st weekly audience CWN - January 2, 2013

At his first weekly public audience of the new calendar year, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the Incarnation of Christ: “something so radically new that it was capable of changing the course of...

Inequalities, unregulated capitalism, terrorism all threaten peace, Pope warns CWN - January 2, 2013

As he celebrated Mass on January 1—the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace—Pope Benedict XVI said that for Christians, the foundation of all peace is “the certainty of...

Pope faces busy 2013 schedule CWN - January 2, 2013

Looking forward at plans for 2013, the National Catholic Register concludes that Pope Benedict XVI already faces a busy schedule, although more events will certainly be added. Pope Benedict, who...

Chad rescinds bishop's deportation CWN - January 2, 2013

The government of Chad has announced that Bishop Michele Russo of Doba will be allowed to return to his diocese, revoking a deportation order. In October the government had ordered Bishop Russo...

Papal nuncio urges Irish leaders: maintain protection for unborn life CWN - January 2, 2013

As he celebrated Mass for the World Day of Peace in Dublin, the Vatican’s representative said that 2013 will be a pivotal year “for the sanctity of human life in Ireland and in other nations as...

Chicago cardinal urges opposition to same-sex marriage CWN - January 2, 2013

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, joined by his auxiliary bishops, has issued a letter urging opposition to a bill that could bring legal recognition to same-sex marriage in Illinois. Saying...

Demonstrator climbs scaffolding in St. Peter's Square CWN - January 2, 2013

A Romanian man climbed scaffolding in St. Peter’s Square on January 1 and displayed a banner asking Pope Benedict XVI to “Stop Terrorism.” The demonstrator, who identified himself as Julian...

Released Thursday, Jan. 3

New restrictions on religious freedom in Vietnam CWN - January 3, 2013

Decree 92, issued by Vietnam’s Communist government in November, went into effect on January 1 and is raising concerns among the nation’s Christians and Buddhists – particularly after the vice...

Philippine bishops’ conference: reproductive health bill is ‘wake-up call’ CWN - January 3, 2013

The recent passage of controversial reproductive health legislation in the Philippines is a “wake-up call” to the Church that will lead to clearer preaching about contraception, an official of the...

States enacted 43 pro-life measures in 2012 CWN - January 3, 2013

In 2012, 19 states enacted 43 provisions that “sought to restrict access to abortion services,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. “Although some of the most high-profile debates occurred...

USCCB office to launch postcard campaign for immigration reform CWN - January 3, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that its Migration and Refugee Services office will launch a postcard campaign in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The...

Vatican prelate discusses how Pope’s ‘tweets’ originate CWN - January 3, 2013

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has described the process by which Pope Benedict’s tweets originate. “The appointed departments of the Secretariat of State...

Leading Polish anti-Communist prelate dies CWN - January 3, 2013

A Polish prelate who defied Communist authorities by overseeing the construction of hundreds of churches has died at the age of 94. Ordained to the priesthood in 1942, Archbishop Ignacy...

2.3 million attended papal audiences, ceremonies in 2012 CWN - January 3, 2013

More than 2.3 million people attended public audiences or liturgical celebrations at which Pope Benedict XVI presided in 2012. Year-end statistics furnished by the Prefecture of the Papal...

Italian banks suspend Vatican credit-card processing CWN - January 3, 2013

The Vatican was thrown into cash-only economic system on January 2, when the Bank of Italy refused to process electronic payments through the Vatican’s terminals. The Bank of Italy blocked...

Financial motives influence decisions on abortion, euthanasia: Italian cardinal CWN - January 3, 2013

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has warned that financial motives are often a factor in the decision to obtain an abortion or to authorize euthanasia. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of...

Vatican cardinal writes on role of priests' mothers CWN - January 3, 2013

The prefect of the Congregation for Clergy has written to the mothers of priests and seminarians, reflecting on their unique role in supporting their sons’ ministry. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza wrote...

Released Friday, Jan. 4

Vatican cardinal rues Islamist violence, sharia imposition CWN - January 4, 2013

In comments made to L’Osservatore Romano, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue lamented Islamist violence and the imposition of sharia law on non-Muslims by some...

Mounting attacks on religious freedom in Cuba CWN - January 4, 2013

Incidents of religious repression in Cuba quadrupled from 30 in 2011 to 120 in 2012, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a British organization that monitors the persecution of...

Syrian archbishop warns of humanitarian emergency CWN - January 4, 2013

A Syrian Catholic prelate is warning that Syrians in Al-Jazira, a Mesopotamian region that includes portions of Syria, Iraq, and Turkey, are facing the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe. At...

Canada: diocese, attorneys differ over obligation to report abuse allegations to police CWN - January 4, 2013

A New Brunswick archdiocese and attorneys for abuse victims are engaging in a public dispute over whether the archdiocese is obligated to report abuse allegations to police immediately. Asking...

1st Hindu member of Congress sworn in CWN - January 4, 2013

Taking her oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita, Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has become the first Hindu member of Congress. “I was raised in a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-faith family,” she...

Will US Catholic population reach 100 million? CWN - January 4, 2013

In a recent blog post, David Briggs of the Association of Religion Data Archives examined whether the Catholic population of the United States will rise to 100 million by the middle of the century....

Notre Dame passes up a golden opportunity CWN - January 4, 2013

Each of the colleges participating in the January 7 national championship football game will have an opportunity to air a nationwide televised ad. George Weigel argues that Notre Dame has missed a...

1st French baby of 2013 registered to 2 mothers CWN - January 4, 2013

The first birth recorded in France in 2013 was that of a child registered to two mothers. The announcement of that fact has lent new vigor to the current debate in France about the legal recognition...

Catholic image found hidden under portrait of top Elizabethan persecutor CWN - January 4, 2013

Curators at London’s National Portrait Gallery have made the stunning discovery that a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham—who led the persecution of Catholics under Queen Elizabeth I—is painted over...

Obama: military chaplains don't need conscience clause CWN - January 4, 2013

President Barack Obama has charged that a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, ensuring conscience protection for military chaplains, is “unnecessary and ill-advised.” In a...

Jesuit journal: Vatican II was not a radical break CWN - January 4, 2013

A forthcoming article in the authoritative Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica argues that Pope Benedict XVI is working to preserve the authentic legacy of Vatican II, and to eliminate the perception...

1 million displaced inside Somalia, charitable agency reports CWN - January 4, 2013

More than 1 million of Somalia’s people are displaced, according to a Caritas Somalia report. The Catholic charity estimates that 1 million people are living in refugee camps inside Somalia. Many...

Financial reforms top list of 'under-reported' Vatican stories for 2012 CWN - January 4, 2013

Looking back on the Vatican news of 2012, John Allen picks out 5 stories that deserved more attention. His #2 choice—the content of confidential documents the “Vatileaks” scandal—includes a...

Harvard journal postpones publication of piece on 'Coptic papyrus,' continues to test authenticity CWN - January 4, 2013

The Harvard Theological Review has postponed publication of a paper in which Karen King discusses her discovery of a “Coptic papyrus” that refers to a wife of Jesus, as scholars continue testing the...

Militant Iraqi Muslim leader visits Catholic church, laments massacre there CWN - January 4, 2013

Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite Muslim leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, visited a Catholic Church in Baghdad on January 4, expressing sorrow over anti-Christian violence. Al-Sadr told parishioners at Our...

Federal judge rejects Notre Dame's challenge to HHS mandate CWN - January 4, 2013

A federal judge in Indiana has dismissed the lawsuit brought by the University of Notre Dame against the contraceptive mandate in the Obama health-care policy. Judge Robert Miller ruled that...

Ohio teacher sues Cincinnati archdiocese after dismissal for out-of-wedlock pregnancy CWN - January 4, 2013

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is defending the decision to dismiss a Catholic-school teacher who became pregnant outside marriage. Kathleen Quinlan has filed a lawsuit, claiming that her...

French authorities find heightened health risks in new oral contraceptives CWN - January 4, 2013

French officials are weighing a move to restrict the availability of some contraceptive pills, because of mounting evidence of their health risks. Health officials in France are studying the...

Church of England rules bishops can enter same-sex partnerships CWN - January 4, 2013

The Church of England has announced that priests who are registered in same-sex partnerships can become bishops provided that they agree to abstain from sexual activity. The announcement from the...

Catholic representation in US Congress hits all-time high CWN - January 4, 2013

Catholic representation on Capitol Hill has reached an all-time high, with 163 members of the new 113th Congress identifying themselves as Catholic. A new study by the Pew Forum found that the...

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