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UNESCO Considers Bethlehem (Catholic News Service)
21 Nov 2011 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Palestinians are hopeful that UNESCO will recognize the city of Bethlehem as the first Palestinian World Heritage Site, but Franciscans in charge of the city’s holy places say they do not want them included in the classification.  Read more...
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21 Nov 2011 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father John William Crossin, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who served most recently as executive director of the Washington Theological Consortium, has been named executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Read more...
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17 Nov 2011 – VATICAN CITY, 17 NOV 2011 (VIS) — Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has visited Minsk, the capital of Belarus, at the invitation of Filaret, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk and head of the Orthodox Church of Belarus, which is dependent upon the Patriarchate of Moscow.  Read more...
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17 Nov 2011 – NEW DELHI (CNS) — Church leaders in Kerala state have expressed shock and outrage over the killing of Sister Valsa John, who campaigned for tribal rights in eastern India.  Read more...
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17 Nov 2011 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — To address a shortage of priests in his nationwide eparchy, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Newton, Mass., is exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.   Read more...
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Bishops Urge Catholics to Help Iraqis (Catholic News Service)
16 Nov 2011 – BALTIMORE (CNS) — The nation and American Catholics both can help keep Iraq from sliding into chaos once U.S. troops leave the country at the end of the year, said two U.S. bishops who visited Iraq for four days in October.  Read more...
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Ukrainian Primate Lauds U.S. Bishops (Catholic News Service)
15 Nov 2011 – BALTIMORE (CNS) — The new primate for the world’s 8 million Ukrainian Catholics lauded the work of the U.S. bishops’ annual national collection to aid the church in Central and Eastern Europe.  Read more...
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Pope Meets Israeli Religious Leaders (Catholic News Service)
10 Nov 2011 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dialogue is essential for religious leaders in the Holy Land, “a place full of memories sacred to our traditions,” but a place that each day faces challenges to living together in harmony, Pope Benedict XVI told religious leaders from Israel.  Read more...


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