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Pope Francis’ 1st encyclical to be released July 5 CWN – 9 HOURS AGO

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis’s first encyclical, Lumen Fidei [Light of Faith], will be released on July 5. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, will join Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of…

Vatican bank director resigns CWN – 1 HOURS AGO

The director-general of the Vatican bank and his top deputy have resigned, as pressure mounts for thorough reform of the bank, formally known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). Paolo Cipriani, who has been director-general of the IOR since 2007, has stepped down, as did his deputy, Massimo Tulli. The Vatican announced on July 1 that the resignations had been accepted “in the best…

Avoid ‘logic of human power,’ Pope tells new archbishops CWN – 3 HOURS AGO

The Church must not be guided by “the logic of human power,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. On the patronal feast of the Rome diocese—the…

Milwaukee archdiocese releases files of sex-abuse complaints CWN – 1 HOURS AGO

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has released thousands of pages of documents showing the response of archdiocesan leaders to sex-abuse complaints. The documents– which include the personnel files…

Irish lawmakers demand conscience vote on abortion bill; cardinal decries ‘Trojan Horse’ legislation CWN – 3 HOURS AGO

An Irish government minister has expressed serious misgivings about pending abortion legislation, and said that she would vote her conscience rather than party directives. Lucinda Creighton, the…

Benedict’s resignation was a courageous act of conscience, Pope Francis says CWN – 3 HOURS AGO

Pope Benedict XVI offered a “great example” of following one’s conscience when he announced his plan to resign, Pope Francis told his midday Angelus audience on June 30. “When the Lord made it…

Tough anti-blasphemy law takes effect in Russia CWN – 5 HOURS AGO

A tough new anti-blasphemy law that takes effect in Russia on July 1 allows for fines up to 300,000 rubles ($9,000) and imprisonment for up to 2 years for public acts that “manifest patent…

Nigerian bishops: death penalty is return to ‘savagery’ CWN – 6 HOURS AGO

The bishops of Nigeria have denounced the nation’s resumption of capital punishment following a seven-year moratorium as “a clear departure from modernity to savagery.” “Just when we believe that…

Federal court halts enforcement of HHS mandate against Hobby Lobby CWN – 8 HOURS AGO

In a 5-3 decision, the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, a related family-owned corporation that sells Christian books, were likely to succeed in their…

English pro-lifers decry ‘3-parent’ IVF technique CWN – 3 HOURS AGO

Pro-life leaders in England have denounced a plan to create children with 3 genetic parents, saying the new technique is macabre. A new form of in vitro fertilization, designed to help couples…

Holy See pledges full cooperation with Italian investigation of Vatican official CWN – 9 HOURS AGO

The Holy See has pledged to “cooperate fully” with Italian authorities following the arrest of a prominent Vatican cleric on charges of attempting to bring €20 million (about $26 million) into Italy…

Pope urges perseverance in prayer CWN – 2 HOURS AGO

Pope Francis encouraged tenacity in prayer, in his homily for a weekday Mass on July 1. Commenting on the day’s Old Testament reading, about how Abraham begged God not to destroy the city of…

US court ruling on marriage ‘goes against reality,’ says Cardinal Ruini CWN – 3 HOURS AGO

The US Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act was based on logic “that goes against reality,” according to a prominent Italian prelate. “We are…

Papal visit to Mediterranean island will highlight plight of immigrants, refugees CWN – 5 HOURS AGO

Pope Francis will travel on July 8 to the island of Lampedusa– an Italian island set in the Mediterranean roughly equidistant from Siciliy and Tunisia—to pray for refugees and migrants, the Vatican…

Christians fear satanic youth activity in Indian city CWN – 7 HOURS AGO

Catholic clergy and lay leaders have joined Protestant clergy in expressing alarm about reports that up to 5,000 youth in Kohima, capital of the largely Christian state of Nagaland, are involved in…

Church spokesman strongly criticizes Egypt’s president CWN – 8 HOURS AGO

As millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest Mohamed Morsi’s regime, a Church spokesman strongly criticized the Egyptian president. Morsi heads a political party that was founded by…

Religious liberty advocates criticize HHS mandate’s final rules; bishops pledge statement CWN – 8 HOURS AGO

Two non-profit legal organizations that have challenged the HHS mandate in court issued separate statements criticizing the Obama administration’s final rules for implementing the mandate. “The…

Papal encouragement for Lithuanian Youth Day CWN – 2 HOURS AGO

“Jesus wants to be your friend,” Pope Francis wrote in a message to participants in the Sixth Youth Day in Lithuania. “Be witnesses to Christ in your daily lives, with simplicity and courage,”…

No Wednesday papal audiences in August CWN – 5 HOURS AGO

Although he has chosen not to take a summer vacation, Pope Francis will curtail his public schedule during the month of August, the Vatican has announced. The Pope will not hold his usual weekly…

Tanzanian cardinal laments number of dioceses without bishops CWN – 7 HOURS AGO

Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania’s capital, lamented the number of vacant sees in the East African nation and called upon children to pray for the rapid appointment of…

Final rules issued for HHS mandate CWN – JUNE 28

The Obama administration has released its final rules for the implementation of the health-care reform program by religious institutions, leaving essentially unchanged the requirement that all health-care programs for employees must supply coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs. The final rules, released on June 28 by the Department of Health and Human Services…

Italian prosecutors reject claims of Roman clerical-pedophile ring CWN – JUNE 28

An Italian ex-priest who claimed that he could expose a ring of clerical pedophiles in Rome has been charged with slander, as prosecutors evidently suspect that he concocted the charges to embarrass…

England prepares for technique allowing children with 3 ‘parents’ CWN – JUNE 28

Health officials in the United Kingdom are drafting guidelines that could allow for the birth of children with DNA provided by three different people. The regulations will allow for new…

Polish, Ukrainian bishops call for reconciliation as anniversary of massacres approaches CWN – JUNE 28

Polish and Ukrainian Catholic leaders joined in a document calling for forgiveness and reconciliation, as the 70th anniversary of the Volhynia massacres approaches. On July 11, 1943, a force of…

Have patience in prayer, as God has patience with us, Pope urges CWN – JUNE 28

In his homily at a weekday Mass on June 28, Pope Francis said that the patient should be patient in their prayers, as God is patient with his people. The day’s Scripture readings told two…

Dominican cardinal decries US appointment of openly gay ambassador CWN – JUNE 28

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo has expressed his extreme displeasure with the appointment of an openly homosexual US ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The…

Pope’s prayer intentions for July 2013 CWN – JUNE 28

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for July 2013. The Pope’s general intention is: “That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become…

Reports of Islamic beheadings of Franciscans proven inaccurate CWN – JUNE 28

A sensational Youtube video, purportedly showing the execution of 3 Franciscan friars by Islamic extremists in Syria, is “mixed up,” Church officials have announced. Islamic warriors allied with…

Pope underlines need for honesty in ecumenical dialogue CWN – JUNE 28

Welcoming a delegation of Orthodox prelates to Rome, Pope Francis said that the annual visits by representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are “the sign of the profound bond that unites the…

Vatican official arrested on international money-laundering charges CWN – JUNE 28

A prominent Vatican cleric has been arrested on charges of attempting to bring €20 million (about $26 million) into Italy illegally. Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, who until recently served as director of accounting for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), faces charges of corruption and fraud. He was already being investigated on suspicion of money-laundering. Msgr….

Vietnamese Church should develop media presence, says newly appointed bishop CWN – JUNE 27

A newly appointed Vietnamese bishop has called for the development of Catholic media outlets in that country. The Vietnamese Church needs to improve its “means of communication and information,”…

Vatican Television Center moving toward all-digital system CWN – JUNE 27

The Vatican Television Center is moving toward an all-digital system of recording and saving files. The digital system will allow for more efficient production and dissemination of Vatican…

New assaults on Christians in India’s Orissa state CWN – JUNE 27

Militant Hindus have mounted a violent offensive against Christians in the eastern state of Orissa in India, claiming that Christian missionaries have forced Hindus to forsake their faith. Church…

Bombing at church kills 4 in Damascus CWN – JUNE 27

At least 4 people have been killed in a suicide bombing outside a Greek Orthodox church in Damascus. Authorities have not yet established the motives of the suicide bomber, but the blast occurred…

Pope has set ‘cracking pace’ for reform, Cardinal Pell reports CWN – JUNE 27

Pope Francis has “set a cracking pace” in his quest for reform at the Vatican, reports Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. Cardinal Pell—a member of the 8-cardinal commission appointed by…

Pope confirms cardinal-delegate’s task in reform of Legionaries CWN – JUNE 27

Pope Francis has confirmed the role of Cardinal Velasio De Paolis as a special papal delegate to oversee reforms in the Legion of Christ. In a letter to Cardinal De Paolis, made public by the…

Pope sees many ‘masquerading as Christians’ CWN – JUNE 27

Pope Francis drew a sharp contrast between “Christians of words” and “Christians of action” during his homily at a weekday Mass on June 27. Commenting on the Gospel image of a house built on…

US high court decisions offer twin victories for same-sex marriage CWN – JUNE 26

In a pair of eagerly awaited rulings, the US Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and declined to hear an appeal in a case involving a voter initiative in California, handing two victories to supporters of same-sex unions. In a hotly contested 5-4 decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, the Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act…

Italian prosecutors investigating reports of clerical pedophile ring in Rome CWN – JUNE 26

A former Catholic priest who was convicted on sex-abuse charges has reportedly given Italian authorities the names of 20 other priests who were involved in child prostitution. Patrizio Poggi,…

Vatican-Islamic commission issues joint call to combat secularization CWN – JUNE 26

Following a meeting in Rome last week, a joint Islamic-Catholic dialogue commission issued a statement affirming the need for the faithful of both religions to oppose secularizing trends in society…

Priests must act as spiritual fathers, Pope says CWN – JUNE 26

Pope Francis spoke about the joys of fatherhood—including the spiritual fatherhood of priests—during his homily at a weekday Mass on June 26. Commenting on the day’s reading from the Book of…

All are equal in the Church, Pope tells audience CWN – JUNE 26

At his weekly public audience on June 26, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that all members of the Church are equally important. Even the Roman Pontiff is no more important than other…

Shouting demonstrators kill legislation barring late-term abortions in Texas CWN – JUNE 26

Shouting pro-abortion demonstrators in the Texas state capitol building prevented the enactment of a bill banning late-term abortions in the state in a late-night confrontation on June 25. The…

Commission of 8 cardinals already working on Vatican reform proposals CWN – JUNE 26

The commission of 8 cardinals formed by Pope Francis to advise him on Vatican reforms has already begun its work, according to leading Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli, and the reforms being…

Pope appoints special commission to study Vatican bank CWN – JUNE 26

Pope Francis has established a special commission to study the working of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), “to allow its better harmonization with the mission of the universal Church.” The Vatican announced on June 26 that the Pontiff has appointed a 5-member commission to “gather accurate information on the Institute’s legal position and various activities.” The…