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Congo's bishops condemn attack on priests, declare days of prayer

Catholic News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:24
The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have condemned "acts of aggression and barbarism" that took place on October 12 against two priests in Lodja, a town of 70,000. The ...

Archbishop Forte identified as author of section on homosexuality in Synod's interim report

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:25
Archbishop Bruno Forte, the secretary of a committee formed by Pope Francis to draft an interim report for the Synod of Bishops, wrote a controversial section on accepting homosexuals, the ...

Pakistani court affirms Christian woman's death sentence for blasphemy

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:15
An appeals court in Pakistan has upheld the conviction of Asia Bibi, the young Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. After repeatedly postponing hearings in the case, ...

Kansas City diocese pays $10 million settle old abuse cases

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:03
The Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri has reached a settlement agreement with sex-abuse victims, agreeing to pay almost $10 million in damages. The settlement, resolving a group of 30 ...

Ebola vaccines being developed from aborted fetal cell lines

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:57
Vaccines being developed to fight the Ebola epidemic use cell lines drawn from aborted babies, reports the non-profit group Children of God for Life. "There is absolutely no reason to ...

Vatican envoy says military action alone will not curb power of Islamic State

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:38
Archbishops Giorgio Linqua, the apostolic nuncio in Jordan, has disclosed that Vatican officials are convinced that military action will not be sufficient to break the growing power of the ...

Synod participants voice dissatisfaction with interim report

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:00
Reports from small working groups within the Synod of Bishops have revealed a widespread dissatisfaction with an interim report released early this week. On October 16, the Vatican ...

Two prelates added to committee drafting final Synod report

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:52
Pope Francis has added two members to a committee that will write the final report of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican has discussed. Apparently responding to complaints that the ...

Cardinals Kasper, Müller deny making controversial remarks <i>[updated]</i>

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:44
Two prominent cardinals have denied making statements that were widely attributed to them about the workings of the Synod of Bishops. But in one case, a journalist has posted a recording ...

Houston subpoenas pastors, demands sermons on homosexuality, gender identity

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:03
City officials in Houston have issued subpoenas demanding that five pastors turn over "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to ... homosexuality or gender identity prepared by, ...

St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:46
In the wake of continued protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Archbishop Robert Carlson recently called for prayer and for a nonviolent response to racism. "The sin of racism in our cities ...

Number of women religious in US falls below 50,000

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:54
The number of women religious in the United States has fallen below 50,000, according to a new report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The number of religious ...

Islamic State desecrates Catholic monastery

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:01
Three months after a 4th-century Syriac Catholic monastery was taken over by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, confirmation has been received that the monastery has been ...

Polish missionary priest kidnapped in Central African Republic

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:45
A rebel group in the Central African Republic kidnapped a Polish missionary priest on October 12. Father Mateusz Dziedzic was abducted by members of the Democratic Front of the Central ...

Benghazi bishop asks for prayers as army, Islamists battle

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:29
As the Libyan army battles with Islamist militants for the control of Benghazi, the city's apostolic vicar said that frightened residents have locked themselves in their homes. "The ...

Papal tribute to St. Teresa of Ávila

Catholic News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:15
Pope Francis has written a message to the bishop of Ávila, Spain, as the Church prepares to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa (1515-82). In his October 15 ...

Cardinal Kasper dismisses African prelates' objections to Synod proposals

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:16
Cardinal Walter Kasper said that African prelates should not have much influence on the Synod of Bishops, in an interview with the Zenit news agency. The German cardinal said that ...

Translation error cited in Synod report's passage on homosexuality

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:14
An inaccurate translation in a key passage of an interim report has exacerbated concerns about the work of the Synod of Bishops, the Catholic News Agency notes. In a passage regarding ...

Armenian, Syriac patriarchs urge worldwide recognition of Armenian genocide

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:13
The leaders of two Eastern Christian churches have united in a call for the world to recognize the gravity of the Armenian genocide, as the 100th anniversary of that tragedy approaches. ...

Cardinal Müller raps 'shameful' bias in interim Synod report

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:12
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has denounced an interim report from the Synod of Bishops as "worthless." Cardinal Gerhard Müller, speaking in one of the ...
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