Rome tops most-viewed CNS stories for June

Our story on the discovery in Roman catacombs of the oldest existing paintings of Sts. Peter, Paul, Andrew and John was the most-viewed during June. (CNS/Paul Haring)

If you’re a Catholic-news junkie, June was an interesting month. Some of its biggest stories occurred during its final three days, when several key Vatican appointments were announced, when a new Vatican agency for new evangelization was formed, when palliums were presented to new archbishops, and when a leading European cardinal was chastised.

It was also a month to remind us — and you, the reader — of the value of the CNS Rome bureau, whose coverage of Vatican issues is unmatched by any news outlet, secular or religious, anywhere in the English-speaking world. You’ll see below that seven of June’s top dozen stories were from our Rome bureau writers. (We usually do a top 10 most-viewed list, but Nos. 10, 11 and 12 in June were so close that it made sense to expand to a dozen.)

Obviously there are links here if you missed any of these stories last month:

1. Early evidence of devotion to apostles found in Rome catacombs (June 22)

2. President of Turkish bishops’ conference stabbed to death (June 3)

3.  Pope says pallium is sign of bond that protects church from evil (June 29)

4. Monsanto’s 475-ton seed donation challenged by Haitian peasants (June 2)

5. Vatican clarifies Cardinal Schonborn remarks, defends Cardinal Sodano (June 28)

6. Smartphone applications integrate prayer life with daily technology (June 21)

7. USCCB committee explains direct abortion, legitimate medical procedure (June 23)

8. Off the cuff: tracking the pope’s words on celibacy (June 18)

9. High court won’t review case claiming Vatican liable for priest abuser (June 28)

10. Archbishop urges Congress not to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy (June 4)

11. Pope announces formation of pontifical council for new evangelization (June 28)

12. Knights of Columbus and Rome: Looking back at 90 years of friendship (June 11)

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