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Released Monday, Feb. 25

Vatican decries efforts to influence conclave, ‘profoundly unjust’ media coverage CWN - February 25, 2013

The Vatican Secretariat of State has released a strongly worded statement denouncing efforts to influence the upcoming papal conclave, especially through the secular media. The February 23...

Egypt schedules elections on Coptic Easter Sunday CWN - February 25, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has scheduled the second round of parliamentary elections on May 5, the date on which Coptic Christians will celebrate Easter. The first round of elections is...

Virginia legislature passes bill protecting religious freedom of student organizations CWN - February 25, 2013

By votes of 80-19 and 21-18, the Virginia house and senate have passed legislation that “permits, to the extent allowed by law, religious or political student organizations at public institutions of...

London Oratory schola sings Gregorian chant, polyphony at St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - February 25, 2013

At the 10:30 Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica that preceded Pope Benedict’s final Sunday Angelus address, the schola cantorum of the London Oratory School joined the basilica’s own choir in chanting the...

Daily Rosary in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Benedict’s intentions CWN - February 25, 2013

Vatican Radio has drawn attention to “A Moment with Mary,” an initiative of the online Catholic network Aleteia. During the Year of Faith, those associated with the initiative have gathered...

USCCB official: ‘How to reduce abortions’ CWN - February 25, 2013

Writing for The Washington Post, an official of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities rued the “bait and switch” surrounding discussions on abortion...

Pope changes rules for papal election, allows for earlier conclave CWN - February 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has amended the canon law governing a papal election, allowing the College of Cardinals to begin a conclave without the usual 15-day waiting period. With a motu proprio signed...

Scottish cardinal resigns after misconduct charges CWN - February 25, 2013

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh, Scotland, has resigned, shortly after being accused of homosexual misconduct. In a statement released on February 25, Cardinal O’Brien said that he was...

Huge crowd for Pope Benedict's final Angelus audience CWN - February 25, 2013

“We will always be close in prayer,” Pope Benedict XVI assured an overflow crowd in St. Peter’s Square on February 24 at the final Angelus audience of his pontificate. More than 200,000 people...

Pope thanks Curia as Lenten Retreat concludes CWN - February 25, 2013

As the annual Lenten Retreat concluded at the Vatican on February 23, Pope Benedict XVI offered his thanks to the members of the Roman Curia who have assisted him during his pontificate, and gave a...

Italy's President Napolitano bids Pope farewell CWN - February 25, 2013

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano met with Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience on Saturday, February 23. The Italian political leader had requested the meeting, so that he could wish the...

'Vatileaks' report will remain secret CWN - February 25, 2013

The Vatican has announced that an in-depth report on the “Vatileaks” scandal, which was submitted in confidence to Pope Benedict XVI, will remain secret, with only the new Pope given access to the...

Cardinal Jullien Ries, eminent religious historian, dead at 92 CWN - February 25, 2013

Cardinal Julien Ries, who was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in February 2012 in recognition of his work as a religious historian, died on February 23 at the age of...

'Unflappable' Cardinal Mahony not swayed by protests, plans to join conclave CWN - February 25, 2013

The former US ambassador to the Holy See has hinted that Cardinal Roger Mahony should not participate in the conclave that elects a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. “Just like everyone else,...

Pope Benedict has removed many unsuitable bishops, nuncio reveals CWN - February 25, 2013

A Vatican diplomat has given Pope Benedict XVI credit for a “cleansing of the episcopate,” saying that the Pope has removed many bishops from office during the course of his pontificate....

Father Kapaun--US Army chaplain, candidate for beatification-- to receive Medal of Honor CWN - February 25, 2013

A US Army chaplain who died during the Korean War will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Father Emil Kapaun, who is also a candidate for beatification, will be awarded the nation’s...

Released Tuesday, Feb. 26

Cardinal Bertone asks contemplative religious to pray for conclave CWN - February 26, 2013

Beseeching prayers for the upcoming conclave, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has written a letter to the superiors of contemplative monasteries and convents. “I write...

Ecumenical Patriarch pays tribute to Pope Benedict CWN - February 26, 2013

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has issued a statement paying tribute to Pope Benedict XVI and his commitment to Christian unity. “It is with regret that we have learned of...

Melkite patriarch pleads for peace in Syria, asks Pope to launch diplomatic initiative CWN - February 26, 2013

Following explosions in Damascus that killed 53 and injured 235, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has urged the international community to stop sending arms to Syria. “We make a...

Cardinal Mahony reflects on being scapegoated, prays for ‘those in the media who constantly malign me’ CWN - February 26, 2013

Cardinal Roger Mahony reflected on love of enemies in a February 25 blog post. “My daily prayer list includes both loved ones/friends, as well as those who dislike or even hate me,” he wrote....

Germany: ruling against infant circumcision overturned CWN - February 26, 2013

Seven months after a German court banned infant circumcision, prosecutors have dismissed charges against a rabbi who had circumcised a baby boy with parental consent. Following the court ruling,...

Malawi bishops lament plight of poor CWN - February 26, 2013

Malawi’s bishops expressed gratitude for the end to a strike by more than 100,000 government employees but rued the plight of the nation’s poor. Annual per capita income in the southeastern...

Latin American prelates appeal for peace, call for sober lifestyle CWN - February 26, 2013

In recent days: El Salvador’s leading prelate, Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas, expressed confidence that the nation would not tolerate election violence; an official of the Colombian...

A new title for Benedict XVI, and other details CWN - February 26, 2013

When his resignation takes effect, Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Pope emeritus,” the Vatican has announced. At a February 26 briefing, the director of the Vatican press office, Father...

Vatican prelate promotes Good Friday appeal for Church in Holy Land CWN - February 26, 2013

In an annual appeal for the Church in the Holy Land, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches referred to the Catholic Church in that region as “the silent witness and living...

Vatican envoy warns UN on inventing ‘new human rights’ CWN - February 26, 2013

The Vatican’s top foreign-policy official has questioned the UN’s approach to human rights, in a speech at UN headquarters in Geneva. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for...

Released Wednesday, Feb. 27

Puerto Rico: major march in defense of marriage; high court nixes gay adoptions CWN - February 27, 2013

In a 5-4 decision, Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court has upheld a law banning adoptions by homosexual couples. Referring to a woman who wished to adopt the child of her lesbian partner, the court ruled...

USCCB bishops, other Christian leaders: protect the poor during budget negotiations CWN - February 27, 2013

Three heads of committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops joined with other Catholic, Orthodox, mainline Protestant, and evangelical leaders in signing “A Pastoral Letter about...

Cardinal Sandri: Saints Cyril and Methodius offer ‘dynamic vision of catholicity’ CWN - February 27, 2013

The prefect for the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has paid tribute to Saints Cyril and Methodius, the apostles of the Slavs. The saints were “authentic precursors of ecumenism, for they...

Papal prayer intentions for 2014 published CWN - February 27, 2013

L’Osservatore Romano has published the monthly papal prayer intentions for 2014. According to the newspaper, Pope Benedict entrusted the intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer on February 1,...

ICEL director pays tribute to Pope Benedict’s impact on the liturgy CWN - February 27, 2013

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy has paid tribute to Pope Benedict’s teaching and decisions about the sacred...

Pope Benedict bids an emotional farewell at final weekly audience CWN - February 27, 2013

In an emotional address at the last weekly public audience of his pontificate, Benedict XVI promised the faithful that he would continue to serve the Church through prayer after his...

Bishops resign in England, Ireland; administrator named for Edinburgh CWN - February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignations of two bishops from England and Ireland on February 27, the penultimate day of his pontificate. In both cases the prelates cited health reasons for their...

In Bavaria, Italian president praises Pope Benedict CWN - February 27, 2013

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who is visiting Bavaria, took a moment on February 27 to praise the German region’s native son, Pope Benedict XVI. The Italian president said that the Pope...

Cardinal Wuerl says conclave should not choose an American CWN - February 27, 2013

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC, thinks it would be “unwise” for the College of Cardinals to choose an American as successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Speaking from Rome, where he was on hand...

Released Thursday, Feb. 28

USCCB offers principles for addressing climate change CWN - February 28, 2013

Responding to a request by the congressman and senator who chair a new Bicameral Climate Change Task Force, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has...

Washington Post ombudsman, reporter compare supporters of traditional marriage to racists CWN - February 28, 2013

The belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman is a stance akin to racism, according to the ombudsman of The Washington Post. “Because our profession lives and dies on the First...

Tanzania: bishop urges government to take action against Islamists CWN - February 28, 2013

Following the murder of a diocesan priest, a Tanzanian bishop has called upon the government to take action against anti-Christian propaganda spread by Muslim fundamentalists. “The ideology that...

Following complaint to state commission, festival ends discount for Mass attendance CWN - February 28, 2013

The Mexican Fiesta, held annually in Milwaukee at a park owned by the city, has agreed to end its practice of offering an $8 discount to persons who attend a Mass held at the park. The decision...

Pakistan: police refuse to investigate brutal attack on disabled Christian CWN - February 28, 2013

Police in Faisalabad, Pakistan’s third-largest city, are refusing to investigate the stabbing of Khalid Masih, a disabled Christian. Masih was also shot in the kneecaps. The attack on Masih...

Pope Benedict pledges support for his successor CWN - February 28, 2013

At a farewell meeting with members of the College of Cardinals on February 28, Pope Benedict XVI reflected: “In these eight years we have faithfully lived beautiful moments of radiant light along...

Wiretaps on some Vatican employees in investigation into leaks? CWN - February 28, 2013

The Vatican press office has denied reports that a “massive” surveillance operation was conducted as part of the investigation into the “Vatileaks” scandal, but left open the possibility that some...

Scottish archbishop acknowledges 'distressing times' for Edinburgh archdiocese CWN - February 28, 2013

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who was named on February 27 as the apostolic administrator of the Edinburgh archdiocese, has acknowledged that the Scottish Church is facing unusual problems after the...

Cardinal Dolan describes an ideal papal candidate CWN - February 28, 2013

In choosing a new Pope, “you look for a man who reminds you of Jesus,” said New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Cardinal Dolan said that...

Pope Benedict’s resignation is official CWN - February 28, 2013

The pontificate of Benedict XVI has come to an end. At 8 pm Rome time, the Pope’s resignation officially took effect and the Holy See became vacant. The Pope left Rome at 5 pm, having taking...

California diocese asks teachers to affirm Church teaching CWN - February 28, 2013

The Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, is asking teachers at Catholic schools to affirm their support for Church teaching, explicitly including the teaching on controversial issues such as abortion,...

Cardinal Pell: Vatican governance needs new Pope's attention CWN - February 28, 2013

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, has said that the Church needs a new Pope “who can lead the Church and pull it together a bit.” While professing his admiration for Pope Benedict XVI,...

Prayer intentions of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI for March 2012 CWN - February 28, 2013

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for March 2012--although in March he will no longer be the Roman Pontiff. Pope Benedict's general intention is: "That respect...

French Cardinal Honoré dead at 92 CWN - February 28, 2013

Cardinal Jean Marcel Honoré, the retired Archbishop of Tours, France, died on February 28 at the age of 92. Ordained for the Rennes archdiocese in 1942, Father Honoré was a seminary instructor...

Vatican post office commemorates papal resignation with special stamp CWN - February 28, 2013

The Vatican post office has announced the release of a special cancellation stamp to commemorate the end of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. The Vatican post office routinely releases...

Released Friday, Mar. 1

Court rules against nursing-facility owner in HHS mandate case CWN - March 1, 2013

A US district court judge in Colorado has refused to halt the implementation of the HHS mandate against an evangelical Protestant who owns and operates assisted-living centers and nursing...

USCCB renews call for conscience-protection legislation CWN - March 1, 2013

Urging Catholics to contact members of Congress, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has renewed its call for conscience-protection legislation in the wake of the HHS mandate. “As...

Zambia’s Christian leaders lament election violence CWN - March 1, 2013

Following the murder of a political party official and the postponement of parliamentary elections, Zambia’s Catholic bishops have joined Protestant leaders in condemning election-related...

Supreme Court will soon consider marriage cases; USCCB requests fasting CWN - March 1, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked Catholics to offer their fasting and abstinence from meat on March 1 “for the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they...

Pope’s Twitter followers surpass 3 million CWN - March 1, 2013

The number of Twitter followers of Pope Benedict XVI surpassed three million just before his resignation took effect, according to a Vatican Radio report. The Pope’s final Twitter message, sent...

Cardinals to meet Monday, set date for conclave CWN - March 1, 2013

The first congregation of cardinals during the sede vacante period will meet on Monday, March 4. That first meeting of the cardinals will probably set a date for the beginning of the conclave...

Pope-emeritus Benedict reported quiet, serene after resignation CWN - March 1, 2013

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI spent his first evening of retirement quietly, praying and listening to music, a Vatican spokesman told reporters. Father Federico Lombardi said that the former Pope...

Were Vatican officials aware of accusations against Scottish cardinal? CWN - March 1, 2013

A newspaper in Scotland has alleged that Vatican officials had long been aware of complaints of "inappropriate conduct" lodged by priests against Cardinal Keith O'Brien. The Scotsman said that a...

Posters in Rome tout Cardinal Turkson's papal candidacy CWN - March 1, 2013

Scores of large posters have begun to appear on walls around the city of Rome, urging the election of Cardinal Peter Turkson as the next Pope. The posters, similar to those used by political...

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