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The offices of Catholic World News will be closed on May 25, Ascension Thursday, so that our staff can celebrate the feast day.

India: arrests in vandalization of new church

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:48

Police in India have arrested 22 people in connection with the vandalization of a new Catholic church in Keesara.

Venezuelan cardinal quotes Archbishop Romero in plea for end to government repression

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:41

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas invoked the memory of Blessed Oscar Romero, the slain Salvadoran archbishop, in a plea for an end to the government’s abuse of power.

French abuse victims press lawsuit against Cardinal Barbarin, other bishops

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:35

Sex-abuse victims in France have filed a lawsuit against several Catholic prelates, charging that they failed to report abuse by a priest.

‘Underground’ Chinese bishop taken into custody again

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:14

Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who was arrested by Chinese officials just before Easter, has again been taken into custody, the AsiaNews service reports.

SSPX bishops authorized to ordain priests without permission of local bishops

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:05

Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have been authorized by Pope Francis to ordain new priests without the approval of the local diocesan bishop, according to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the traditionalist group.

Islamic militants attack cathedral on Mindanao, seize 15 hostages

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:28

Tensions have sharply escalated on the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines, as Islamic militants attacked the cathedral in the city of Marawi, seizing 15 hostages and demolishing the building.

Brazil’s bishops denounce corruption following allegations against president

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:38

The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has issued a statement denouncing corruption following bribery allegations against President Michel Temer.

Pope Francis receives President Trump: video, full text of Vatican statement

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:07

Pope Francis received President Donald Trump at the Vatican on May 24 (video).

Emmaus account shows Jesus’ ‘therapy of hope,’ Pope says in weekly audience

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:55

Continuing his series of Wednesday general audiences devoted to Christian hope, Pope Francis spoke on May 24 about Christ’s encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

USCCB committee chair welcomes Trump administration action on Haitian migrants

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:34

The chairman of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration thanked Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security for extending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States for six months.

Cardinal Bassetti named president of Italian Episcopal Conference

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:21

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve as the new president of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

Pope Francis: ‘person-based approach’ to economics promotes ‘entrepreneurial spirit’

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:42

Pope Francis highlighted the plight of the unemployed during a recent address to participants attending a conference of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation.

Vatican envoy reminds UN: war is main reason for emigration

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:56

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New York has reminded his colleagues that warfare is by far the single most important factor contributing to mass migration.

Belgian bishops reject hospitals’ decision to allow euthanasia

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:46

The Catholic bishops of Belgium have issued a statement rejecting the policy proposed by the Brothers of Charity, who have said that they will allow doctors to euthanize patients in the hospitals they administer.

Italian bishops nominate candidates to head episcopal conference

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:39

The Italian bishops have nominated three candidates to replace Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco as president of their episcopal conference. Pope Francis will choose the new president from the bishops’ slate of nominees.

Sexual abuse hits 1 in 5 children in South Africa, bishops report

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:35

One out of every five children in South Africa suffers sexual abuse, according to a study released by the country’s bishops.

St. Louis archbishop vows defiance of new city ordinance on abortion

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:30

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has filed suit to block a new city ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of “reproductive health decisions.”

Vietnam: police attack protesters after activist’s arrest

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:43

A Catholic environmental activist was arrested in Vietnam last week, and when his supporters gathered outside local government offices to demand an explaination, police attacked the crowd.

Prelates voice horror at Manchester terror attack

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:59

Catholic prelates joined in condemnation of the terrorist attack in Manchester on May 23, and sent their sympathy and promises of prayer to the victims’ families.