Daily News

Morning must-reads

February 17

Pope voices frustration with criticism of exhortation

Continued focus on celibacy and not on Amazon issues

Brazilian president raps papal attitude toward Amazon

Says Pope sees 'the Amazon is his, the world’s, everyone’s'

Australia: March 11-12 date set for Cardinal Pell appeal

His lawyers are expected to focus on the scanty evidence

Another Nigerian priest abducted in new attack

Archbp. calls for Western media to cover such atrocities

Vatican, Chinese diplomats meet to review secret deal

Marks highest-level bilateral contact since 1949

German dioceses promote Lenten 'climate-change' fast

Suggested weekly plans focus on ecological footprint

February 14

Cardinal Dolan meets with Cuba’s president in Havana

States, 'I’m not here as a politician. I’m here as a pastor'

McCarrick's coat of arms removed from D.C. cathedral

Spokesman: Archbp. Gregory personally made decision

Utah senate mulls bill to partly decriminalize polygamy

Salt Lake City diocese is officially 'not taking a position'

Italian journalist claims leak of report on Medjugorje

Which sees early apparitions 'credible' but not later ones

Historian: Need ‘trial of communism' like Nuremberg

De Mattei: It infected much of the West and the Church

Remains of 2,411 aborted babies buried in Indiana

State AG Curtis Hill took responsibility for the event

February 13

Vatican officials: 'Querida Amazonia' is magisterium

And the final document of the Amazon synod is not

Cdl. Müller: ‘Querida’ is a document of reconciliation

Pope emphasizes Christ, universal missionary mandate

German Catholic lay group raps Pope's new document

'He doesn't find the courage to implement real reforms'

Hong Kong cancels all public Masses, Ash Wed. liturgy

Cdl.: Next two weeks will be crucial to suppressing virus

Buffalo seminary prof charged for threatening reporter

Also accused of harassing priest & diocesan whistleblower

Wis. school district drops common A-F grading scale

For 'kinder' system that ranges 'exceeding' to 'emerging'

February 12

Pope's Amazon exhortation bypasses married priests

Calls for holiness, more local missionaries to the region

Pope ducks Amazon hot-button issue of women deacons

Says women have key role, to be recognized by bishop

Cdl. Zen in D.C.: China wants Vatican 'surrender'

States that 'bad' Church diplomacy comes from Parolin

Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East meet with Pope

Report he wants to stop world powers interfering there

Ill. bishop Paprocki issues guidelines on gender identity

Church institutions to acknowledge God-given biology

Cdl. Marx: Married priests still on the table in Germany

Emphasizes that Pope still supports Amazon synod final doc

February 11

Ukrainian bishops fraternally correct German bishops

See attempt to change or reduce the revelation of God

Cdl. Marx to step down as head of German bishops

Provocateur invites 'the turn of the younger generation'

Chicago archdiocese reveals parish mergers, closings

Parish count falls below 300 from 450 in mid-1980s

Vatican official sees ‘hopeful’ change at Davos meeting

'Real, concrete desire' to change the way business is done

Cdl. Dolan of NY is wrapping up pastoral visit to Cuba

Was invited to the country by its bishops and president

U.S. bishops ask Pope about Amazon synod, other issues

Bp. Kicanas: Pope rues 'spiritual worldliness' of the U.S.

February 10

Cardinal Sarah: The priesthood ‘is in mortal danger’

Church is 'overwhelmed by lukewarmness, mediocrity'

Belgium: Catholic universities to help train imams

To allow Muslims to study locally 'rather than abroad'

New Legion head accused of mishandling allegations

Official admits 'there is room for improvement' in order

Sisters who battle human trafficking launch PR effort

Pop artists highlight daring global work of 'Super Nuns'

Doctor of Lourdes shrine explains criteria for miracles

Of thousands of cases studied, 70 declared miraculous

Cdl. Parolin: McCarrick report is waiting only on Francis

'The work has been done, but the pope has the last word'

February 7

Philippines lawmakers take step to make divorce legal

Aside from Vatican, is only state with no law on divorce

Chile: Pope fills two long-standing episcopal vacancies

Both by apostolic administrators of their respective sees

Legionaries of Christ elect new superior general Connor

Who directed N. America, oversaw Regnum Christi in NY

Hong Kong diocese advises faithful not to attend Mass

Any who do are asked to use masks, keep distance, not sing

Baltimore: Mother Lange's sainthood cause is moving

Founder of rel. order would be 1st black American saint

Mexican drug lord's family enjoys cathedral wedding

Bishop approved, indicating power of narco-terrorists

February 6

Vatican confirms Archbp. Gänswein’s duties are reduced

After publication of Sarah/BXVI book on priestly celibacy

Pope: Priestly celibacy is a ‘decisive grace’ for Latin rite

Stresses 'harmony' with JPII, BXVI in forthcoming book

Pope addresses bigwigs at Rome global finance summit

Denounces 'globalization of indifference' to poverty

Polish bishops call for JPII to be named Doctor of Church

And co-patron of Europe for role in reuniting east, west

Pakistani court upholds forced marriage of Catholic girl

National bill to ban child marriage 'is stuck in Parliament'

Law prof sees 'systematic' anti-Christian bias in field

Another argues that broader academia is way worse

February 5

Buffalo's Christ the King Seminary to close by summer

Diocese says financial deficit is at heart of the decision

Founder of Miles Christi dismissed from clerical state

Order has locations in Argentina, U.S., Mexico, and Italy

Prelates mark anniv. of Document on Human Fraternity

Pope sees 'new page in the dialogue between religions'

Catholic college leaders meet to discuss new challenges

Prez of Fordham: Schools are in 'mission country' now

Gänswein to be replaced as Prefect of Papal Household?

Rumors place him as now only personal secretary of BXVI

German Cdl. Woelki criticizes first synodal assembly

Likens talks to a Protestant church parliament

February 4

China bans Christian funerals, part of new restrictions

Gov't aims for 'scientific, civilized, economical' funerals

Ugandan archbishop bans Communion in the hand

Announces norms, reforms to 'fend off abuses' in liturgy

Expert: Pope will likely establish viri probati commission

To answer questions about governance, Vatican authority

Pentin: Has the Holy See become too close with the UN?

Church embraces humanistic objectives absent theology

Pontifical Academy for Life announces new members

One is Oxford-based Anscombe Bioethics Centre scholar

C of E sorry for saying sex is only for married he + she

Prelates 'recognize the division and hurt this has caused'

February 3

Archbp. Viganò reports new 'sordid intrigues' of Vatican

On corrupt new Dean, Vice-Dean of College of Cardinals

R.I. priest warns he'll deny communion to pro-abort pols

Distributes fliers at parish, mails them to some pol's homes

Asia Bibi writes book of 8 years on Pakistan's death row

Catholic describes ordeal as 'a prisoner of fanaticism'

Leaked Amazon synod text on priests is only 'one draft'

Text calls for ordination of married men in Amazonia

Kidnapped Nigerian seminarian confirmed murdered

Christians being abducted, robbed, killed in lawless state

Cdl. Pell has developed 'a personal ministry' in prison

Responds to prisoners who write to him about their lives

January 31

Buffalo diocese: Bankruptcy imminent after 2019 losses

Faces lower revenue from donations, 220 new lawsuits

70,000 fewer women religious today than in 2010

Inter-congregation communities sprout in global north

Minn. priest apologizes for homily 'hurtful' to Muslims

Called Islam 'greatest threat in world' to Christianity, U.S.

Jesuit: German ‘synodal path’ aims to influence Vatican

'Unacceptable' that Rome decides issues without input

Fox network declines pro-life Super Bowl ad

Commercial presents testimony of abortion survivors

Vicar of Arabia inaugurates Catholic high school in UAE

Now has 300 pupils but can accommodate up to 1800

January 30

Holy Land Catholic leaders rap Trump's Israel plan

As endorsing Israel's desires, ignoring the Palestinians'

Bp. Barron floats 'mandatum' for online evangelizers

Whereby a bishop affirms teaching in sync with Church

Knights of Columbus ends initiation ceremony’s secrecy

Old custom began in 19th C. amid anti-Catholic bigotry

Appeals court acquits French cardinal of abuse cover-up

Pope has refused Barbarin's resignation until after trial

Wisconsin: Mount Mary Univ. rethinks women's housing

Will house single mothers, retired nuns in one community

German bishops’ synod outline full of hot-button issues

Focuses on sexual morality, women priests, celibacy, etc.

January 29

News agency publishes database of accused US priests

From 178 diocesan lists, which are inconsistent, incomplete

Newark archdiocese to sell retired archbishop’s house

Myers ripped in 2014 for $500K addition with indoor pool

Pope Francis co-authors book of reflections on St. JPII

Italian priest co-author is a prof of philosophy in Rome

Court: Catholic univ. not obligated to allow unionizing

At issue were bargaining for adjuncts, religious freedom

Trump, Netanyahu propose two-state plan for Israel

Parts of plan seem to align with Holy See’s preferences

Hong Kong priests to wear surg. masks at Communion

And faithful told to bow heads instead of shaking hands