Daily News

Morning must-reads

April 18

N.Y.: Man with gasoline caught at St. Patrick’s cathedral

Ex music director from N.J. seen as 'mentally disturbed'

Philippines prelate: Avoid extreme penitential practices

Asks for prayers, confession over crucifixions, floggings

U.S. Church to welcome 37,000+ at Easter Vigil Masses

Four dioceses, in Texas, Calif., & N.C., have over 2,000 each

Müller: BXVI letter ‘more intelligent than all’ at summit

Says German bishops allow obscene critique on website

Reporter saw crushing ignorance of Christianity at BBC

Explains network’s inability to appreciate Paris tragedy

Villanova prof to give lecture justifying Antifa violence

Says she won't engage in it but does make excuses for it

April 17

Cdl. Müller praises BXVI's recent essay on abuse crisis

Says 'giant of theology' is a 'good adviser for all bishops'

Notre-Dame de Paris swarms with specialists, architects

Meanwhile, 100s of millions are pledged for reconstruction

Good Friday reinstated as public holiday in India areas

Hindu nationalists tried to turn it into normal work day

Church in Syria suffers 'bleeding wound' of emigration

Archbp. describes collapse of economy, soaring inflation

New book on Pope Francis’ election reveals kingmakers

Such as cardinals Murphy-O’Connor, Kasper, Maradiaga

N.C. legislature passes bill stopping infanticide

Dem. governor opposes the measure and may veto it

April 16

Paris: Structure of Notre Dame saved after major fire

Roof and spire, which dated to 19th century, destroyed

First two bishops chosen after China-Holy See deal

Formality, as both were chosen by Holy See years before

Journalists, media orgs indicted over Pell trial gag order

For tacitly supporting overseas media in flouting blackout

C-9 cardinals have draft of new constitution for Vatican

Cdl. Gracias: Fighting centralization is a principal goal

Vatican spokesman: Popes united in approach to abuse

BXVI and Francis have emphasized prayer and penance

German parents fined for son missing mosque field trip

Also, schools in U.K. have made mosque trips mandatory

April 15

Buffalo: Bishop Malone apologizes, denies any cover-up

Intends more transparency about abuse, financial impact

Vatican spokesman explains Pope’s kissing of pols' feet

Gesture to prompt forgiveness between S. Sudan factions

Pope: Christians can’t fight devil by being ‘superstars’

Says we fight temptation and evil with silence and humility

N.H. lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

21st state to do; a similar 2014 effort failed on tie vote

Chaput: Unbelief is the 'state religion' of modern world

Its fruit is starvation of & destruction of the human spirit

'Catholics for Choice' entices med students in Uganda

Hosts abortion propaganda event at lavish local resort

April 12

Pope hosts retreat for warring leaders of South Sudan

Unique 'spiritual retreat' co-hosted by Anglican Bp. Welby

Scientific photos of Shroud of Turin published online

Digital, organized catalog was photographer Miller's wish

Top Vatican cardinal: Benedict is trying to help Francis

Becciu: Don't perceive BXVI as contradicting his successor

Ohio passes heartbeat abortion ban, governor signs

Activists 'counting on' lawsuit, eye Roe v. Wade challenge

Georgetown students approve fee to fund reparations

Fund for descendants of slaves sold by univ. in the 1830s

San Diego: Parents prevail over 'Islamophobia' program

District aimed to partner with CAIR, a religious group

April 11

Benedict XVI speaks out on the sex abuse scandal

Discusses collapse of theology & a generation of priests

Chinese faithful block police from razing Marian shrine

200 in standoff with 600 police in hardy Fengxiang diocese

‘Unplanned’ director tells Senate panel of tech bullying

Exclusion from digital arena is effectively censorship

Wheeling Jesuit Univ. to drop affiliation, change name

Eliminating many academic programs, most Jesuit roles

Indian Catholics accuse bishop of selling church land

And bishop accuses his former vicar general of 'misdeeds'

Calif. bill would put PP’s phone number on student IDs

From age 12, at middle school, high school, & colleges

April 10

Charges filed against India bishop accused of nun's rape

Group of nuns says only 'huge struggle' has advanced case

Vatican updates norms for Anglican ordinariates

In line with Benedict XVI's Anglicanorum coetibus

Bishop urges Filipinos in Libya to leave due to danger

Battles between factions escalate in Tripoli, nearby areas

New York archdiocese opens new affordable housing

Plans to develop 2,000 units from its building stock

Georgia gov again rebuffs threat by Hollywood bullies

Kemp: Protecting life won't make for bad business climate

Israel election: Netanyahu set for record fifth term

Left-wing and Arab-Israeli parties suffer heavy losses

April 9

Faith leaders ask Trump, Congress for religious liberty

Three bishops and prominent Muslims, Jews, Protestants

U.K.: Five former trans-clinic workers expose system

Decry massive 'unregulated live experiment on children'

Bishop accuses Gulf States of seeking control of C.A.R.

Funding 'thousands of mercenaries'; want mineral wealth

Netanyahu backs formal annexation of the West Bank

Says he'll 'extend Israeli sovereignty' if reelected today

Calif.: Campus abortion-pill mandate is reintroduced

Media claim 500 college women per month seek this pill

Church in Hong Kong to have 2,800 baptisms at Easter

Mostly adults, who have prepared for a year and a half

April 8

Top cardinal Parolin meets 51 LGBT activists at Vatican

Group wants Holy See statement opposing sodomy laws

Fed. appeals court upholds Ky. ultrasound abortion law

Requires abortionist to show images of baby to mother

New course at U. of Kansas: ‘Angry White Male Studies’

Charts rise of same in America and Britain since the 1950s

Bishops cautious as India heads into national elections

Pastoral letter omits criticism of ruling Hindu nationalists

Franciscan Univ. president Fr. Sean Sheridan resigns

Criticism of him during recent controversies took toll

Chicago priest cleared of abuse allegation is reinstated

Cook County judge, state officials find claims unfounded

April 5

Cdl. Sarah: Mass migration is a 'new form of slavery'

Calls globalization, dissolving of nations 'pure madness'

Texas bans all chaplains from execution chambers

After Supreme Court ruling said to allow any or none

Chinese authorities raze ‘underground’ parish church

In diocese where bishop, faithful aren't members of P.A.

Tenn. House passes bill to protect rel. adoption agencies

Precautionary step similar to those in nine other states

Ex head of Vatican bank faced ‘spite, traps, threats'

Says in Vatican 'there is everything you cannot imagine'

Mainstream media grudgingly notices 'Unplanned' film

Wash. Post review is unusually positive; others are not

April 4

Pope: Archbp. Wilton Gregory to follow Wuerl in D.C.

Gregory, 71, has been head of Atlanta diocese since 2004

Lincoln diocese names 9 priests credibly accused

Also announces new prevention and reporting policies

CDF upholds guilty verdict of Guam archbishop

Is deprived of office but not removed from clerical state

Recent UN documents refer to motherhood as burden

Vatican diplomat speaks on protecting femininity, dignity

Italian victim feels ‘defeated’ by Vatican's secretive trial

Abuser was found not guilty and trial details are sealed

S. Korea restores family videoconferences with North

After 12-year hiatus; spare elderly from taxing journeys

April 3

Vatican official: Missionary activity can't be proselytism

Mission is 'the free offer to man who asks for life, eternity'

Pope: God desires solidarity among Catholics, Muslims

Says God wills to permit the reality of many religions

Weekly Mass attendance rate in Australia falls to 11.8%

Rate is highest for Eastern Catholics, members of military

Colorado: Death penalty repeal effort fails in legislature

Dems control the governor’s office and both houses

Dutch bishop suspends gay priest who refuses celibacy

'For the time being' he must 'enter a period of reflection'

CUA student senate calls for blocking porn sites on WiFi

Resolution states porn is 'grave offense against chastity'

April 2

Georgia passes abortion bill despite celebrity bullies

But similar laws in other states have been struck down in court

Church in Poland struggles to address sex-abuse crisis

Remarks of some prelates spark outrage among Catholics

Pope releases Christus vivit, new apostolic exhortation

Tells youth to follow the Lord, not seductions of world

Chinese city: Cash for informants on religious groups

Up to $15K for information, assistance that leads to arrests

India: 200+ extremists attack Catholic school, beat nuns

Sparked by suicide of 15-year-old Hindu student at the school

Asian, Latino families take on sex-ed in Calif. schools

Immigrants protest strange curricula 'shoved down throats'

April 1

Pope and Moroccan king promote religious freedom

And Francis visits imam college to boost moderate Islam

Pope exhorts Morocco’s priests, religious to dialogue

Growth not via proselytism but by attraction and witness

Papal in-flight press conference from Rabat: full text

Discusses religious freedom, migrants, child abuse, evil

China: Underground bishop and vicar general arrested

And 1st Vatican-Beijing joint bishop appointment expected

French patristics scholar appointed to handle SSPX talks

Msgr. is sympathetic to SSPX and traditional communities

Chaput: Much anger in the Church is 'righteous, healthy'

In this time of 'sifting, dead weight is being stripped away'