Daily News

Morning must-reads

February 23

Australian bishop Saunders charged with rape, more

Victims from 2008-2014 were young Aboriginal males

Vatican apes Anglican model of geographical morality

De Souza: What's blessed in Europe is sinful in Africa

Latin Church in India gets 12 new bishops in 2 months

Battling persecution, laity push for vacancies be filled

Spain: Large Families Assoc. launches ad campaign

With message 'Save the planet, have more children'

Bernini’s baldachin masterpiece hidden from public

Restorers' scaffolding in place until Holy Year 2025

Mosque renovated per Beijing's order; minarets gone

As with churches, children banned from participation

February 22

Texas AG files suit against Catholic immigration org

Alleges El Paso house facilitates illegal acts, smuggling

Australian police arrest former Broome bishop

Saunders, 72, led away by anti-child abuse squad

Rome: Former sisters detail alleged abuses by Rupnik

In press conf., describe manipulation tactics he used

Vatican says Rupnik investigation is continuing

DDF has received new information and now will 'study' it

In Germany, 650 churches have closed since 2005

Some were sold, converted, or razed to build homes

Dolan: NY cathedral staff 'acted extraordinarily well'

Praises quick decision to nix Mass due to bad behavior

February 21

Vatican cardinals weigh in on German 'synodal council'

Say a decision for such a council 'would be null and void'

Cardinal wants ‘permanent’ dialogue with Freemasons

Says he sees 'an evolution in mutual understanding'

Women’s ordination backers to advise Synod of Bishops

Among 6 new consultors, none hails from Africa or Asia

Haitian bishop injured in explosion in Port-au-Prince

Dumas has denounced widespread violence, 'banditry'

Pro-life scholars rip 'safe, effective' abortion-pill claim

Say touted 'study' used survey, no follow-up, full of bias

Russian gov't pushes 'Intro to the Family' courses

In pro-family effort, for 'new generations of patriots'

February 20

Priests under increased surveillance in Nicaragua

Regime reportedly is judging diocesan appointments

Ala. Supreme Court: Frozen embryos are children

Calls state's Wrongful Death of a Minor Act 'unqualified'

Vatican archivist criticizes Pius XII’s sainthood cause

Claims cause researchers never 'set foot in' Archive

Outcry over mockery of faith at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Calls for Cardinal Dolan, Archdiocese of NY to respond

Rome to hold 7th Day of the Catacombs, free tours

Part of 'preparatory journey to the Jubilee of 2025'

Nat'l Right to Life issues 'State of Abortion' report

Says up to 89,000 lives saved by state laws since Dobbs

February 19

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC offers reparation Mass

After 'sacrilegious' funeral for trans activist/prostitute

Cardinal Parolin responds to Russian dissident’s death

Death, in prison, was 'surprising' & 'fills us with sorrow'

Vatican to German bishops: Do not vote this week

On statutes of 'synodal committee'; they do comply

Almost all U.S. Catholic women’s colleges admit men

Five of 8 admit it on websites; 2 others say so privately

Wisconsin legislature passes parental bill of rights

Gov. Evers said he will veto the common-sense bill

Guadalupe movie soon to open in U.S. theaters

Incl. fictionalized recreations of the 1531 apparitions

February 16

Archbishop of Milan to meet with Italy’s Freemasons

Masons foresee only gain from 'closed-door seminar'

Israel rips Parolin’s remarks on civilian deaths in Gaza

He said 30,000 deaths is not 'proportionate' defense

Mexican bishops negotiated with drug cartel leaders

To broker possible peace accord; president approves

Vatican is operating with runaway budget deficit

Cost cutting cannot close gap of 50-60M euro per year

Philippines: Church balcony collapses on Ash Wed.

Perhaps due to termite damage; one dead, 52 injured

Greece legalizes same-sex marriage, in 176-76 vote

Catholic bishops declared opposition; Orthodox also

February 15

Jesuits in U.S. bolster Outreach LGBTQ initiative

Fr. James Martin's group hires its first exec. director

NY priest resigns as head of Pontifical Missions USA

Admits to past 'inappropriate behavior' with a woman

Strasbourg aux. bishop resigns for 'health reasons'

Parolin presided at his episcopal ordination in 2021

Euthanasia foe: Most active year for death peddlers

As 20 U.S. states are debating assisted-suicide bills

Pope accused of opposing sexual-abuse reforms

BishopAccountability: In ten cases he's favored perp

Diverse group protests Canterbury’s ‘Rave in the Nave’

Discos planned for 12 cathedrals from now through May

February 14

Vatican diplomat, at UN, warns on denigration of family

For many, family is 'first & only form of social protection'

Theologian: Pope is much in favor of female diaconate

Meanwhile, underlings mull how to put idea into practice

Another Byzantine-era church to revert to mosque

In Istanbul, after being a museum for 79 years

UK: Are asylum-seekers faking conversions to C of E?

MPs accuse Anglicans of supporting 'bogus' claims

Clericalism is Pope's calling card in 'Gestis verbisque'

Which calls liturgical abuse a manipulative form of it

Data show married dads & married moms are happiest

And those who attend church are happiest in marriage

February 13

Pope meets with Argentina president Milei at Vatican

'Cordial' talk included Milei's effort to end economic crisis

Foreign priests & nuns in U.S. face R-1 visa trouble

Could affect thousands; USCCB is pushing for solution

Cdl. Müller laments consequences of Fiducia Supplicans

Rues silence on blessings of marriage, children, family

Scottish priest who made ‘gay mafia’ claim is silenced

Bishop has sidelined him, demanding false apology

Argentina: Mysterious O.L. of Lourdes image persists

Phenomenon at Carmelite-run shrine began in 2011

Pontif. Acad. for Life member slams pro-life concerns

Economist says her work has nothing to do with abortion

February 12

Pope Francis canonizes Argentina’s 'Mama Antula'

Consecrated laywoman promoted Ignatian spirituality

Cardinal Parolin advises: Listen to Europe's farmers

Who are protesting costs imposed by 'green' rules

Pro-lifers block D.C. from destroying babies' bodies

Which would destroy evidence of five illegal abortions

Pope: The Church is close to all who are sick or frail

Marks Our Lady of Lourdes feast & World Day of Sick

Jordan’s replica of France's Lourdes Shrine sees boom

Priest: BVM enjoys 'exceptional popularity' in the region

Indonesian prez changes names of Christian festivals

From Islamic to Christian terms; to be multi-cultural

February 9

Argentina’s first female saint to be canonized on Sun.

Also first canonized alone since Mother Teresa in 2014

Police raid Australian bishop’s home for second time

Despite Vatican order to leave region, Saunders hasn't

CRS official voices concern on Africa’s cholera epidemic

Exacerbated by conflicts, global food crisis, rainy season

Pope: Liturgical reform requires liturgical formation

Advocates 'formation in the liturgy and from the liturgy'

Pro-lifers ask Congress to ‘intervene’ for aborted babies

D.C. med examiner intends to destroy them, no autopsies

'Suicide machine' asks three questions before killing

To determine 'sound mind'; incl. who & where are you?

February 8

Pope: To be ‘scandalized’ by gay blessing is ‘hypocrisy’

In interview he again defends FS, with weak analogy

Anglican Canterbury Cathedral to host 'Silent Disco'

Party inside church; dozens plan to protest outside

Med journal nixes studies showing abortion-pill risks

Authors call move 'baseless' & politically motivated

Australia: Families of abuse victims may sue dioceses

High Court ruling widens scope beyond just victims

Curial officials bewail Fernández's lack of consultation

Say 'Cardinal Bigfoot' asks no opinions 'except the pope’s'

Israel: Many Arab Christians support the nation

Heed calls to all Israeli citizens to maintain restraint

February 7

India: Anti-conversion laws push Christian persecution

Hindu mobs pressure police to act even without evidence

Catholics join battle to defend Poland's pro-life laws

As PM submits bill to legalize abortion up to 12 weeks

USCCB voices concerns about Senate’s border deal

House Speaker Johnson already calls it 'dead on arrival'

French bishop: American bishops model courage

In their public defense of life, unlike European prelates

Nigeria: Two priests kidnapped from parish rectory

Likely by gang aiming for ransom but willing to kill

Cdl. Fernández regrets writing ‘inconvenient’ book

Says in past he tried to buy all copies, destroy them

February 6

Argentine archbp. rues 'division pulsating in the Church'

'Ecclesiastical progressivism' is part of cultural devastation

Controversy still simmers at St. Mary’s College, IN

Trans issue alerted alumni to woke president & friar

USCCB publishes Q&A on chemical abortion, its risks

Two-drug process now used in majority of U.S. abortions

Paris archdiocese reveals Notre Dame reopening plan

Consecration of altar will take place during Dec. 8 Mass

Catholic to lead Northern Ireland gov't for first time

O’Neill, of Irish nationalist & dem. socialist party Sinn Féin

Seville’s Holy Week poster sparks international debate

Art historian Liz Lev calls depiction 'PG-13 Barbie Jesus'