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Priest deported after preaching on justice

August 20, 2012

Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass.

Pope completes vol. 3 of book on Jesus

August 20, 2012

Pope Benedict has finished the third volume of his opus, Jesus of Nazareth, and perhaps also will publish an encyclical letter during the upcoming Year of Faith, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.

Pro-Beijing bishop incurs excommunication

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin

August 20, 2012

Chinese Father Joseph Yue Fusheng has been automatically excommunicated for allowing himself to be illicitly ordained a bishop despite repeated warnings from the Vatican.

Gates spreading untruths about birth control – paper

Melinda Gates

August 20, 2012

Under the headline “birth control and disinformation,” the Vatican newspaper took to task Melinda Gates, wife of the Microsoft founder, who announced in early July that the couple’s foundation would give $560 million during the next eight years to increase women’s access to artificial contraception.

Vatican boosts efforts at financial transparency

August 20, 2012

As the Vatican continues working to comply with international standards against money laundering and financing terrorism, it still needs to beef up internal inspection and supervisory powers, said a long-awaited report by European finance experts.

Benedict sticks up for beleaguered Bertone

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has reaffirmed his trust in the Vatican's secretary of state and defended him against a barrage of "unjust criticism" in the Italian media.

German theologian heads doctrinal congregation

Archbishop Gerhard Muller

July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has named Archbishop Gerhard Muller of Regensburg, Germany, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Burke determined to restore tradition in liturgy

July 16, 2012

Five years after Pope Benedict lifted most restrictions on celebration of the Tridentine Mass, a senior Vatican official says much work remains to make the traditional liturgy fully accessible to the faithful, and to bring its influence to bear on the form of the Mass most Catholics attend.

Holy See suffers financial losses in 2011

July 16, 2012

The Holy See sustained its largest budget deficit of the past decade in 2011 as a result of global financial trends, the Vatican said July 5.

U.S. Church holds 'fortnight for freedom'

July 16, 2012

When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Catholics to dedicate 14 days to the preservation of religious freedom through prayer, education and public action, they listened.

Israeli memorial moderates text on Pius XII

July 16, 2012

New text in an exhibit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial offers a less-critical assessment of the actions of Pope Pius XII in dealing with the Nazi persecution of Jews during the Second World War.

Vatican offers vocations guidelines for priests

July 16, 2012

In an effort to respond to a "clear and pressing" need for priests, the Vatican released a set of guidelines to help bishops and Church communities promote, recruit and educate a new generation of men for the priesthood.

Benedict gives Sheen's sainthood cause a boost

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has approved the heroic virtues of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the Vatican announced June 28, clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause.

Canadian palliums

July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict presented a pallium to Archbishop Christian Lepine of Montreal during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29.

Pope seeks to bolster Vatican's credibility

Pope Benedict

July 2, 2012

Pope Benedict asked some of his closest advisers for guidance on how to restore trust and confidence in the Catholic Church's leadership amid a scandal over leaks of confidential Vatican papers.

Religion getting crushed in U.S. policy switch

Carl Anderson

July 2, 2012

The debate over the federal contraceptive mandate and the fight for religious freedom is not about "a particular policy choice" but is "a debate over the role of religion in American society and the freedom and integrity of the Catholic Church's mission," the head of the Knights of Columbus said June 22.

Business schools must provide moral compass

Cardinal Peter Turkson

July 2, 2012

Business is a vocation from God, Cardinal Peter Turkson said June 18 at the University of Dayton, calling on Catholic business schools to help students develop a moral compass along with excellence in business education.

Clash of cultures

July 2, 2012

An indigenous couple waits for the train as they make their way to the People's Summit in Rio de Janeiro June 20.

Christian farmers offer moral values – pope

July 2, 2012

Christian farmers must react to the global economic crisis and the changes demanded to protect the environment by "cultivating a deep sense of responsibility, showing solidarity and sharing," Pope Benedict said.

Emphasis on Bible boosts Church's faith – cardinal

July 2, 2012

In the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council encouraged Catholics to read, reflect and act on Scripture, there has been a "surging vitality in the life of the Church," according to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.