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Suspect arrested in murder of California priest

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:20pm
Police in California have made an arrest in connection with the New Year's Eve murder of a Catholic priest. Father Eric Freed died after a "violent struggle" at his rectory, police ...

Militant Islam threatens Nigeria first, then all Africa, Catholic bishop warns

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:15pm
"If Nigeria falls to Islamic extremists, all of Africa will be at risk," a Nigerian Catholic bishop has warned. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Hyacinth ...

Italian cardinal decries propaganda campaign to redefine marriage

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:04pm
In a strongly worded homily that he delivered on December 29, the feast of the Holy Family, the Archbishop of Bologna, Italy has decried the campaign to redefine marriage, saying that laws ...

Obama administration urges court to uphold HHS mandate against Little Sisters of the Poor

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:00pm
The Obama administration has asked the US Supreme Court to deny an appeal by the Little Sisters of the Poor, and force the religious order to comply with the new federal mandate requiring ...

Jesuits are restless to evangelize, Pope says in Mass at Jesuit church in Rome

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:46pm
Celebrating Mass on January 3 at the Gesu, the Jesuit church in the heart of Rome, Pope Francis said that the Jesuit order is marked by a "restless" spirit--"a restlessness that is also ...

22 Church workers slain worldwide in 2013

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:35pm
In the year 2013, 22 Church workers were killed, the Fides news service reports. That total nearly doubles the toll of 13 pastoral workers who suffered violent deaths in 2012. In its ...

Pope calls for updated rules on ties between bishops, religious orders

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:20pm
During a November 29 session with leaders of religious orders, Pope Francis called upon men and women religious to "wake up the world," and said that existing Church rules governing the ...

Malaysia: protests planned outside churches on Sunday; priest burned in effigy

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 6:15am
Malaysia's largest political party, the United Malays National Organization, has planned Sunday protests outside churches in Selangor, one of the nation's 13 states, according to Malaysian ...

New Jersey: college president's mansion to become bishop's home

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:50am
The Diocese of Camden has purchased a former college president's mansion as the home of its new bishop, who was installed in February. Rowan University sold the 7,000-square-ft. home to ...

Pope makes surprise visit to St. Mary Major

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:26am
Pope Francis made an unannounced visit to the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major on January 1 and prayed before the beloved image of the Virgin Salus Populi Romani. "The private visit, ...

Philippine bishops' president: ?wake up, Catholic laity'

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:14am
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines challenged laity to become less passive and make clear that the lay vocation and mission does not consist in liturgical ...

Human rights organization reports on imprisonment of religious believers

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:00am
A European human rights organization has issued a report on the imprisonment of religious believers in 24 nations. "The present list comprises hundreds of prisoners that were behind ...

Russian Orthodox Church: repentance must precede baptism of babies born to surrogate mothers

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:43am
The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement on the baptism of infants born to surrogate mothers. After expressing sympathy for spouses struggling with ...

USCCB: pray, fast for those challenging the HHS mandate

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:13am
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on Friday, January, for the following intention: "that all those who are ...

Lutherans begin monthly climate fast

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:07am
The Lutheran World Federation ? the Lutheran umbrella organization whose members include 142 Lutheran ecclesial bodies in 79 nations ? has begun a monthly day of fasting for climate ...

Ecumenical Patriarch stresses importance of family

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:53am
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople emphasized the importance of the family and the dignity of the unborn child in his Christmas encyclical letter. "The Lord assumed and ...

Patriarch appeals for calm in Iraq

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:25am
Amid rising violence in Iraq, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church appealed for calm. "From a national, religious and moral prospective, we appeal to all parties in the nation, in ...

6.6 million attended papal audiences, ceremonies in 2013

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:43am
More than 6.6 million people attended Vatican liturgical ceremonies and audiences at which Pope Francis presided in 2013, the Vatican has announced. The prefecture of the papal ...

Supreme Court justice stays enforcement of HHS mandate

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:36am
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary stay of enforcement of the HHS mandate, granting a request with Catholic plaintiffs. Taking action just before the HHS mandate ...

USCCB committee chair: immigration reform creates economic win-win situation

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 5:47am
Writing for the blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration argued that "immigration reform is a win-win for both ...