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Kenyan bishops plead for peace, fear post-election violence

17 hours 1 min ago

The Catholic bishops of Kenya have called for calm in the wake of disputed general elections.

Scotland: Church leaders urge action against anti-Catholic hate crimes

17 hours 58 min ago

Catholic leaders in Scotland are urging government officials to recognize a rising tide of “hate crimes” that target Catholics.

‘This is the land of Gandhi and Buddha’: India’s prime minister denounces religious violence

18 hours 2 min ago

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for an end to religious violence in a speech marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.

Jerusalem: Greek Orthodox patriarch decries court decision on sale of Church properties

18 hours 6 min ago

Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem has condemned the decision of an Israeli court to uphold the sale of properties by his predecessor.

Prelate praises Uganda’s longtime ruler

18 hours 17 min ago

A Catholic archbishop has praised Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni for preserving the fragile peace in the African country.

Nigerian cardinal: Amoris Laetitia affirmed traditional Church teaching on receiving Holy Communion

18 hours 27 min ago

A Nigerian cardinal has said that Amoris Laetitia upheld the Church’s traditional teaching that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot receive the Eucharist.

Bishops ‘very slow to change’ in confronting abuse, says lay leader of Catholic commission

18 hours 32 min ago

The head of the Australian bishops’ commission on sexual abuse has said that she fears the Church has been only “partially cleansed and unreconstructed” despite months of intense public scrutiny.

New Jersey: judge affirms right of Catholic school to refuse to re-enroll student

18 hours 38 min ago

A New Jersey judge has affirmed the right of a Catholic school to deny admission to two girls whose parents had twice filed suit against the school’s administration.

Father Sosa: Jesuits’ mission is fostering reconciliation with God, human beings, environment

18 hours 46 min ago

The superior general of the Society of Jesus said that the Jesuits are called to work for reconciliation “on three levels: with God, with human beings, with the environment.”

Australian bishops: seal of Confession must be protected

18 hours 59 min ago

The Australian Catholic bishops have indicated that they will not accept an infringement on the confessional seal.

Papal prayers for mud-slide victims in Sierra Leone

19 hours 3 min ago

Pope Francis has offered his prayerful sympathy to the victims of deadly mud slides in Sierra Leone.

For assumption, Pope speaks on power of Mary’s humility

19 hours 5 min ago

In his Angelus audience on August 15, the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis spoke on the humility of the Virgin Mary, remarking that “humility is like an emptiness that leaves room for God.”

CWN closed for feast of the Assumption

08/15/2017 - 1:28am

The editorial offices of Catholic World News will be closed on Tuesday, August 15, as we celebrate the feast of the Assumption.

Crux contributor, editor apologize for ‘convert neurosis’ remarks

08/14/2017 - 12:57pm

Austen Ivereigh, a contributor to the Crux news site, has apologized for a column in which he suggested that some Catholics who entered the Church as adults suffer from a “convert neurosis” that nourishes their conservative views.

French archbishop admits ‘inadequate’ response to abuse complaints

08/14/2017 - 12:10pm

Archbishop Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France, has admitted to an “inadequate” response to reports of sexual abuse by a priest of his archdiocese. But the archbishop insists that he never covered up evidence of abuse.

Two Chinese ‘underground’ bishops, veterans of prison camps, have died

08/14/2017 - 11:59am

Two elderly bishops of China’s “underground” Catholic Church—both of whom had served years in prison camps—died this past weekend.

Australian commission recommends ending legal protection of confessional seal

08/14/2017 - 11:28am

A royal commission investigating child abuse in Australia is recommending that state laws be changed to require priests to report confessions of abuse.

Korean bishops appeal for peace, counsel prudence

08/14/2017 - 11:17am

The Catholic bishops of Korea have made an appeal for peace, decrying “unreasonable provocations” by North Korea and urging prudence.

FBI raids Catholic Worker house in Des Moines in search of pipeline sabotage evidence

08/14/2017 - 5:53am

About 30 agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided a Catholic Worker house in Des Moines, Iowa on August 11, in connection with an investigation into sabotage of an oil pipeline.

Guam’s Catholics pray for peace as North Korea threatens

08/14/2017 - 5:46am

On the overwhelmingly Catholic island of Guam, residents prayed for peace as they faced the threat of a missile attack by North Korea.