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Leading Vatican diplomat encourages other religious leaders to condemn violence, persecution (Holy See Mission)

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, made his remarks at a recent UN forum on the culture of peace.
Catholic Culture - Published

'Ground zero: How the Ballarat diocese exported pedophiles to the world' (The Age)

“Priests and brothers in the Ballarat diocese were sharing victims, passing on intelligence about vulnerable children, and keeping each other’s dirty secrets,” a leading Australian newspaper..
Catholic Culture - Published

Vatican, World Council of Churches discuss peacebuilding, migration (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)

350 Protestant and Orthodox communities are members of the World Council of Churches. Pope Francis made an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva in June 2018 for the World Council of Churches’ 70th..
Catholic Culture - Published

3 tribal Christians lynched in Jharkhand for slaughtering a 'sacred cow' (AsiaNews)

The eastern Indian state of Jharkand (map) is 68% Hindu, 15% Muslim, and 4% Christian, with 13% adhering to indigenous Sarnaism and other religions.
Catholic Culture - Published

Authorities in United Arab Emirates officially recognize 17 churches (AsiaNews)

Islam is the official religion of the Arabian Peninsula nation of 6.1 million (map); 76% of its residents are Muslim, and 9% are Christian. Pope Francis made an apostolic journey there in February.
Catholic Culture - Published

DC basilica rector leaves Catholic University's board amid Church investigation (Washington Post)

Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, is under investigation.
Catholic Culture - Published

French bishops speak out against IVF for single mothers, lesbians (CNS)

Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims, president of the bishops’ conference, said that government-funded in vitro fertilization risked “pointing the way to a liberal eugenics,” and said..
Catholic Culture - Published

Hindu radical arrested in India for 1999 murder of Baptist missionary (AsiaNews)

The Australian missionary, Graham Staines and his two sons were burned to death in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) (map).
Catholic Culture - Published

Study find 6% of seminarians have experienced sexual harassment or abuse (Notre Dame News)

80% of the time, a “fellow seminary student or religious in formation” was identified as the alleged perpetrator, according to a survey of over 1,500 seminarians.
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Work with Church leaders to counter Ebola, Congo bishop advises (Fides)

“The Church was left on the sidelines at the start of the Ebola outbreak in August last year,” said Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngenele of Goma, the capital of the Democrat Republic of the Congo’s North..
Catholic Culture - Published

Asia's sole cardinal-designate known for justice and peace work (CNS)

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo as Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.
Catholic Culture - Published

Changes will help John Paul II Institute 'start to become' excellent, new president says (L'Osservatore Romano (p. 9))

“My hope is that with [recent changes], although difficult, the Institute may start to become an institution of excellence of the Holy See,” said Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, president of the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Archbishop Gregory, at funeral Mass, remembers Cokie Roberts as 'wise woman of faith' (CNS)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, delivered a eulogy at the funeral Mass of Cokie Roberts at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington. “Her faith and determination to..
Catholic Culture - Published

More than 200 cases of violence against Christians in India in 2019 (Fides)

Over 40% of the incidents took place in the states of Uttar Pradesh (map) and Tamil Nadu (map).
Catholic Culture - Published

Face climate change with 'honesty, courage, and responsibility,' Pope tells participants in UN climate summit (Vatican News)

Climate change is “one of the most serious and worrying phenomena of our time” and “one of the principal challenges we have to face,” Pope Francis said in a video message to heads of state and..
Catholic Culture - Published

Spanish bishops say that Zen meditation and mindfulness movement are not Christian prayer

Madrid, Spain, Sep 24, 2019 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The Spanish bishops’ conference said that the “mindfulness” movement and other eastern meditation techniques cannot be considered a “properly..
CNA - Published

Burundi official calls for laicization of bishops over election message

Gitega, Burundi, Sep 23, 2019 / 06:59 pm (CNA).- Government officials in Burundi have accused the country’s bishops of spreading hatred and division following a message from the bishops warning of..
CNA - Published

Chinese churches made to replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes

Beijing, China, Sep 23, 2019 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Christian churches in China have been ordered to take down displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes from Chinese President Xi..
CNA - Published

Padre Pio carried Christ crucified in his flesh, Capuchin minister general says

Foggia, Italy, Sep 23, 2019 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- Padre Pio, who had the physical marks of Christ’s passion on his body, showed Christ crucified to the world, Minister General Fr. Roberto Guerin, OFM..
CNA - Published

Vatican office temporarily suspends sanctions against Indiana Jesuit school

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2019 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education has temporarily suspended a decree from the Archbishop of Indianapolis that revoked the Catholic..
CNA - Published

Archbishop Harry Flynn dies at 86

Minneapolis, Minn., Sep 23, 2019 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Harry Flynn, a former leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has died. Flynn died Sunday in the St. Paul rectory where..
CNA - Published

N Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party reiterates its prolife stance

Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sep 23, 2019 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, wrote Saturday that the party is 'resolute' in its opposition to..
CNA - Published

Attacks on religious communities 'a wound on all humanity' Trump tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Sep 23, 2019 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump joined world leaders to speak out against religious persecution at a Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom at the United..
CNA - Published

FBI: Three El Paso Catholic Churches were targeted by arson

El Paso, Texas, Sep 23, 2019 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- Three Catholic Churches in El Paso were this year the targets of arson, FBI officials announced on Sept. 19. “The unknown perpetrator(s) of these..
CNA - Published

After Cardinal Marx visits Vatican, Germany's 'synodal way' up for bishops' vote

Fulda, Germany, Sep 23, 2019 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The German bishops are set this week to vote upon statutes for a “binding synodal process,” days after Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the..
CNA - Published

'Be a voice of conscience,' pope tells Catholic press

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2019 / 10:59 am (CNA).- Pope Francis told an association of Italian Catholic news agencies Monday to stay close to the Magisterium and to use their work to distinguish what is..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: You cannot over-invest in spreading God's Word through media

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2019 / 10:18 am (CNA).- When it comes to spreading the Word of God through media, no investment is too big, Pope Francis told officials and consultors of the Dicastery for..
CNA - Published

Duke student senate denies Christian group over LGBTQ policy (AP)

The group, Young Life, was founded in 1941; its mission is “introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.”
Catholic Culture - Published

Amazon archbishop backs ordination of married priests (Crux)

“Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology” is the theme of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27.
Catholic Culture - Published

German 'synodal way' is rapid response to abuse scandal, bishops' spokesman says (CNS)

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, president of the bishops’ conference, has said that the bishops will proceed with their planned synodal assembly despite a Vatican warning.
Catholic Culture - Published

US abortion rate continues long-term decline in most states (NPR)

Nearly 40% of abortions in 2017 were performed using abortion pills rather than surgery, according to the report.
Catholic Culture - Published

Burundi's government rips Catholic bishops (AFP)

The government of Burundi has blasted the country’s Catholic bishops for “spewing venomous hatred,” after the bishops issued a statement criticizing the government’s brutal crackdown on..
Catholic Culture - Published

Muslim-Catholic committee hopes UN will adopt Pope's 'human fraternity' document (Vatican News)

Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar signed the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi in February.
Catholic Culture - Published

Cardinal O'Malley, Bishop McElroy named to Amazon Synod (CNA)

Pope Francis has named 33 bishops as his nominees to participate in the Synod for the Amazon next month. The American prelates named by the Pontiff are Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Bishop..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope, in new video, highlights threats to oceans (Vatican News)

The Pope’s prayer intention for September is that “politicians, scientists, and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.” The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network..
Catholic Culture - Published

Proclaim the faith, Pope instructs Vatican communicators (Vatican News)

In an audience with members of the Vatican’s newly consolidated dicastery for Communications, Pope Francis cautioned against a “commercial” approach to public relations. Setting aside his..
Catholic Culture - Published

Brazil: priest killed in robbery, Blessed Sacrament taken (Fides)

A Catholic priest in Brazil was killed on Saturday evening during a robbery at his parish. Father Kazimierez Wojno, a native of Poland, was found dead near the parish after several armed men entered..
Catholic Culture - Published

Jesus remembers us and makes us feel at home, Pope preaches in Albano (Zenit)

On September 21, Pope Francis made a brief pastoral visit to Albano (video), a city of 40,000 that is 16 miles from Rome.
Catholic Culture - Published

Female theologian bows out of German bishops' synod process (CNA)

A prominent theologian who had been invited to participate in the synod of the German bishops has withdrawn from the process, complaining of the “fixation” on the ordination of women. Marianne..
Catholic Culture - Published

Bishops and priests must be close to each other and to God's people, Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)

At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on September 20, Pope Francis preached on 1 Timothy 6:2-12, the first reading of the day.
Catholic Culture - Published

Tell the truth, Pope urges Catholic press (Vatican News)

At an audience with members of the Italian Union of the Catholic Press, Pope Francis said that the media act as “chroniclers of history” and should “be the voice of conscience.” The Pope..
Catholic Culture - Published

Nigerian bishops decry criticism of Pontiff (Crux)

The Catholic bishops of Nigeria have issued a statement lamenting the “many contradicting and confusing voices” raised within the Church, and underlining their “faith in and commitment to the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Mosque, synagogue, and church to be built on single site in United Arab Emirates (Vatican News)

Islam is the official religion of the Arabian Peninsula nation of 6.1 million (map); 76% of its residents are Muslim, and 9% are Christian. Pope Francis made an apostolic journey there in February.
Catholic Culture - Published

Chinese churches ordered to celebrate Communist regime's anniversary (AsiaNews)

The state-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association has directed all Catholic churches in the country to conduct ceremonies celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Beijing regime. The..
Catholic Culture - Published

German bishops to press 'binding assembly' plans despite Vatican caution (CNA)

The Catholic bishops of Germany will vote this week on a “substantially unchanged” plan for a synodal assembly that will vote on controversial doctrinal questions, the Catholic News Agency (CNA)..
Catholic Culture - Published

Cardinal Sarah decries 'false prophets,' loss of sense of sacred (National Catholic Register)

“I believe we are at a turning point in the history of the Church,” Cardinal Robert Sarah says in a long, provocative interview with the National Catholic Register. The prefect of the Congregation..
Catholic Culture - Published

Transform 'riches into instruments of fraternity and solidarity,' Pope tells pilgrims (Zenit)

During his September 22 Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Luke 16:1-13, the Gospel reading of the day.
Catholic Culture - Published

Show empathy to impoverished and marginalized patients, Pope says to New York doctors (Vatican Press Office)

On September 20, Pope Francis praised the work of doctors associated with SOMOS Community Care as they participated in a symposium devoted to “the immigrant family and its healthcare needs.”
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope encourages prayer, closeness to migrants and refugees (Vatican News)

Following his September 22 Angelus address, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful “to express, even through prayer, our closeness to migrants in refugees worlwdide.”
Catholic Culture - Published

Do not lend support to assisted suicide, Pope Francis tells physicians (Vatican Press Office)

“A man or a woman to be accompanied with conscience, intelligence and heart, especially in the most serious situations,” Pope Francis told members of Italy’s National Federation of the Orders of..
Catholic Culture - Published

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