Catholic News

  1. Boko Haram strikes again in northern Cameroon, killing pregnant woman and setting church on fire (World Watch Monitor)
  2. Congo bishops decry 'defamation campaign against Church' as country prepares for election (Fides)
  3. German bishops' development agency's Lenten focus: responsible water use (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)
  4. Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Court frees 475 suspects (BBC)
  5. Baptists report increasing persecution of Christians in Nagaland (Fides) - Nagaland is a northeastern Indian state with a Christian majority.
  6. Cardinal Müller rejects idea of 'paradigm shift' in Catholic doctrine (CWN) -

    Cardinal Gerhard Müller rejects the notion of a “paradigm shift” in Church teaching, in an essay for First Things.

  7. China expert fears accord would establish 'national Church' (Crux) - An expert on Catholic missionary work has voiced his fear that an agreement between the Vatican and China could produce a state-controlled Church. Father Bernardo Cervellera, the director of the AsiaNews service, told Crux that the rumored agreement— under which the government would choose bishops, with the Holy See exercising a partial veto— would be a step backward, toward times when government leaders controlled Church decisions. Father Cervellera remarks that the Vatican may be anxious to reach an accord, because of concerns that the government might otherwise appoint dozens of new illicit bishops, and crack down more severely on the “underground” Church.
  8. Chinese journalist argues Vatican sees deal with Beijing as "good for business" (South China Morning Post) - The South China Morning Post is published in Hong Kong.
  9. Diocese announces Cardinal Mahony will not appear at anniversary celebration (LifeSite News) - Cardinal Roger Mahony will not appear, as originally scheduled at a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The appointment of Cardinal Mahony as a special papal representative at the celebration had provoked protests because of the cardinal’s mishandling of sex-abuse allegations during his tenure as Archbishop of Los Angeles. The Scranton diocese has announced that the retired cardinal “is unable to attend the Mass” for the March 4 celebration.
  10. Islamic State claims responsibility for Russia church shooting (UPI) - Five people were killed in an attack on a Russian Orthodox church in Dagestan, which is located in the Caucasus region.
  11. Merkel gives pivotal job to conservative Catholic, sparking succession talk (Handelsblatt) - Handelsblatt is a German business newspaper.
  12. Nigeria: herdsmen continue rampage, kill 4 in Kaduna, 3 in Jos (This Day (Lagos)) - The herdsmen are members of the Fulani people, who are largely Muslim.
  13. Nigerian bishop, rejected by diocesan priests, announces resignation (CWN) -

    Bishop Peter Okpaleke, whose appointment in 2012 as head of Nigeria’s Ahiara diocese prompted a rebellion among the Catholic faithful there, has resigned “for the good of the Church.”

  14. Overcoming the sin of tribalism: a challenge for the Church of Africa (Fides) - Fides is the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
  15. Oxfam releases Haiti prostitution scandal details as American branch distances itself (New York Daily News) - Oxfam is a major British-based anti-poverty agency.
  16. Pope names members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (Vatican Press Office) - The Commission includes nine new members and seven old members. Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston remains the advisory commission’s president. Teresa Kettelkamp, who helped the US bishops implement child-protection programs, is the new American member. Other new members are drawn from a broadly diverse geographical base.
    The mandate of the papal commission had expired in December, prompting some criticism that the issue was not being treated as a high priority.
    Among the new commission members, none is known to be a victim of sexual abuse. The Vatican announced that some members were in fact victims, but would not be personally identified for reasons of privacy.
  17. Pope's homilies, addresses as Archbishop of Buenos Aires published (Publicaciones Claretianas) - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013.
  18. Pope, on First Sunday of Lent, reflects on temptation, conversion, and the Good News (Vatican Press Office) - Click here for a video of the Pope’s Angelus address, which was devoted to Mark 1:12-15.
  19. USCCB president, vice president, and migration chair announce national call-in day for Dreamers (USCCB) - “We will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop José Gomez, and Bishop Joe Vásquez.
  20. Vatican accord with China by end of March? (Taiwan News) - An accord between the Vatican and China could be signed by the end of March, according to an unidentified Vatican official quoted in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Chinese officials are expected to be in Rome during March to continue negotiations toward the agreement, which has been widely anticipated.
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