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Pope Francis tells journalists he authorized CDF prefect's letter on intercommunion (Vatican Press Office)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 7:06 AM
During a press conference on his return flight from Switzerland, Pope Francis weighed in on ecumenism, migrants and refugees, and peace. He also said that he authorized Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria Ferrer’s recent letter blocking a proposal by the German bishops’ conference that would have allowed Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion on a regular basis. The crux of the issue, said the Pope, is that canon law permits a diocesan bishop, not a bishops’ conference, to permit non-Catholic Christians to receive Holy Communion in limited circumstances. The Vatican, the Pope added, is preparing a “a guiding document, so that each of the diocesan bishops can manage what canon law already permits.”

Switzerland's president, Pope Francis discuss refugees, peace, human rights (Swiss Federal Council)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 7:06 AM
Pope Francis and Swiss President Alain Berset “underlined the need for a pan-European refugee policy based on solidarity” during their June 21 meeting in Geneva, according to a statement from the Swiss government. “An important topic of the bilateral talks was the search for solutions for peace in conflict areas in the Middle East and the situation of certain religious minorities, including in Myanmar.”

Found in trash, relic of St. Clement settles into Westminster Cathedral (CNA)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:06 AM
Pope Benedict XVI devoted a 2007 general audience to Pope St. Clement I.

Mozambique bishop calls for calm after burst of jihadist terror (Aid to the Church in Need)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:06 AM
Located in southeastern Africa, the nation of 27 million is 28% Catholic, 28% Protestant, and 18% Muslim.

Humanae Vitae is based on 'wisdom of the ages,' Brooklyn bishop says (The Tablet (Brooklyn))

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:06 AM
Blessed Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, his encyclical letter on the regulation of birth, on July 25, 1968.

Mississippi man pleads guilty to murder of 2 nuns (Mississippi Clarion Ledger)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:06 AM
Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill were stabbed to death in 2016.

Spanish bishop pledges hospitality 'with no limits' to refugees (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:06 AM
“Our job is to be ready to do anything for these people,” said Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Pablo Ros Murgadas of Valencia. “We have spiritual homes that can accommodate plenty of people and that we can immediately provide. And translators, lecturers from the Catholic university, cultural mediators, psychologists, doctors, nurses, cooks.”

Church in US commemorates Religious Freedom Week (USCCB)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:06 AM
“Serving Others in God’s Love” is the theme of Religious Freedom Week 2018 (June 22-29). Between 2012 and 2017, the US bishops commemorated a Fortnight for Freedom (June 22-July 4) to raise awareness of threats to religious liberty.

Abortion activists lament setbacks in Latin America (C-FAM)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:06 AM
The panel discussion took place at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

In Mass with Swiss Catholics, Pope preaches on the Lord's Prayer (Vatican Press Office)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:06 AM
After delivering an address at the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis traveled to the Palexpo, a convention center in Geneva, where he celebrated Mass (video). Reflecting on “Father,” “bread,” and “forgiveness,” the Pope preached on Matthew 6:7-15, the Gospel reading of the day. Soon after the Mass, Pope Francis departed for Rome (video).

Texas bishop questions how Trump's executive order ending family separation will be applied (The Brownsville Bishop's Blog)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:06 AM
“The fact is, however, that tonight there are young children in detention centers crying because they want their Mom or Dad, and there are parents in other detention centers, or in jail on a misdemeanor charge, desperate to know where their children are,” Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville said at a prayer vigil. “These are mostly immigrant poor, fleeing across miles in hopes of escaping violence and death.”

World Council of Churches marks 70th anniversary (World Council of Churches)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:06 AM
Pope Francis’s ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva was only one facet of the World Council of Churches’ commemoration of its 70th anniversary. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, also spoke at the headquarters of the body, of which 350 Protestant and Orthodox communities are members.

USCCB approves $4.1M in grants to Church in Latin America (USCCB)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:06 AM
The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $3.4 million for 206 pastoral projects, $580,000 for disaster recovery assistance, and $150,000 for the reconstruction of Haiti’s national major seminary.

Pope emphasizes forgiveness, missionary outreach, and service in address at World Council of Churches (Vatican Press Office)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:06 AM
During his ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pope Francis spoke at an ecumenical prayer meeting (CWN coverage) before having lunch at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. The Pope then returned to the WCC Ecumenical Centre, where he delivered this address (video).

Priests in Philippines seeking gun permits (Fides)

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:06 PM
More than 200 Catholic priests in the Philippines have applied for permits to carry firearms, despite their bishops’ disapproval. Three priests have been murdered in the Philippines in the past six months.

Mexican bishop: dialogue with criminal gangs has reduced violence (Fides)

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:06 AM
Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza, a Franciscan, leads a diocese in the state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located.

Myanmar's army threatens Christian leaders over communication with rebels (AsiaNews)

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:06 AM
“The commitment of the Christian communities that maintain relations with the [rebels] is only linked to prayer activities,” a priest said. “We Christians have a duty to pray for them. We are not encouraging [them] to kill people.”

Pope Francis arrives in Switzerland for ecumenical pilgrimage (YouTube (Vatican))

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:06 AM
The Pope sent a telegram to Italy’s president and spoke briefly with journalists before his arrival in Geneva. His one-day ecumenical pilgrimage commemorates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the World Council of Churches.

National dialogue, brokered by bishops, again halted in Nicaragua (Fides)

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:06 AM
Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua called on the government and the police to stop attacking the Nicaraguan people, according to the report.