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Russian and Vatican historians hold new seminar on 'The Mission of peace and Ostpolitik' (AsiaNews)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 6:05 AM
Ostpolitik refers to the Vatican’s non-confrontational overtures to Eastern Europe’s Communist regimes, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s.

Bishop declares: 'The dirty game in Nicaragua is over!' (Fides)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 6:05 AM
“The peace we are looking for is not the peace of cemeteries, nor that of subjugated slaves,” said the bishop who serves as spokesman for Church-brokered talks between the government and opposition in Nicaragua. Daniel Ortega—the leftist Sandinista leader who overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979, and subsequently led Nicaragua from 1979-1990, and again since 2007—now faces significant student protests against his own repressive regime.

Indian cabinet minister responds to Delhi archbishop: minorities are not discriminated against (AsiaNews)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 6:05 AM
Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi has asked Catholics to pray and fast on Fridays until next spring’s elections. “We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation,” he said.

Protestant churches in Algeria call on government to treat them fairly (World Watch Monitor)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 6:05 AM
The North African nation of 41 million is 99% Muslim (predominantly Sunni).

Report: Pope concerned that Chilean bishops may have entrusted seminaries to 'priests suspected of active homosexuality' (L'Espresso)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 5:05 AM
At the conclusion of the Pope’s meetings with Chilean bishops last week, the Vatican released a brief letter to Chile’s bishops. Il Sismografo—whose editorial director is a Chilean journalist who once worked for Vatican Radio—has published what purports to be the full text of a May 15 letter from the Pope to Chile’s bishops. In footnote 25, Pope Francis reportedly referred to “serious accusations against some bishops or superiors who are believed to have entrusted these educational institutions to priests suspected of active homosexuality.”

Pope Francis grants indulgences for World Meeting of Families (Vatican News)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 5:05 AM
The World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin from August 21 to 26.

Benedictine monastery celebrates 1000 years (Vatican News)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 5:05 AM
Pope Francis has named Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Sweden as his representative to the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Catholic, Protestant leaders mark anniversary of Northern Ireland's Good Friday agreement (Vatican News)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 5:05 AM
The Good Friday Agreement (April 10, 1998), approved in a May 1998 referendum, was a milestone in the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Resignations and appointments (5/24) (Vatican Press Office)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:05 AM
Pope Francis appointed an apostolic administrator for a Melkite eparchy (diocese) in Brazil.

Organization calls for Church role to protect human rights of Venezuelan detainees (Human Rights Watch)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:05 AM
“Regional and European leaders should strongly press the Maduro government to allow independent figures, including Catholic Church representatives, to visit intelligence services detainees,” Human Rights Watch stated. “Detainees, who include many political prisoners, told relatives they were barricading themselves in a section of cellblocks and requesting mediation by independent figures, including the Catholic Church.”

Serbian Orthodox patriarch says Eastern Catholics are 'tearing apart the robe of Christ' (Moscow Patriarchate)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:05 AM
Patriarch Irinej, 87, has led the Serbian Orthodox Church since 2010. In addition to criticizing “Uniates” (Eastern Catholics), he strongly criticized Ukrainian Orthodox Christians who are not in communion with the Moscow Patriarchate.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church begins 'missionary decade' (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:05 AM
“Every day, all of us have to read and listen to the Word of God, as well as pray for the missionary work of our Church,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. “St. John Paul II used to say: if [the] Church ceases being a missionary one ... then [the] Church stops being a Church.”

Venezuela's Maduro expels US diplomats; EU ponders new sanctions (Agence France-Presse)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:05 AM
L’Osservatore Romano (5/24 Italian edition) devoted prominent front-page coverage to this story.

Persecution of Church in China continues despite talk of a thaw (MercatorNet)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:05 AM
“China is reluctant to sign an agreement with the Holy See on the selection and appointment of Catholic bishops,” said Father Bernardo Cervellera, editor of AsiaNews. “I do not consider this agreement as positive for the Church, because the regime would select the candidates. However, some in China regard it as dangerous for the government too ... The optimism transmitted to the media was part of a Vatican campaign aimed at persuading the Chinese side to sign the agreement.”

Pope: 'foolish lie' to connect Islam with terrorism (Vatican Insider)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:05 PM
Connecting terrorism with Islam is “a foolish lie,” Pope Francis said in an interview with an Italian newspaper.

Honduran diplomat's wife reports Cardinal Maradiaga led her into financial scam (National Catholic Register)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:05 PM
The wife of a former Honduran ambassador to the Holy See tells the National Catholic Register that Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga steered her toward a financial adviser who took all her life savings. Cardinal Maradiaga, who already faces charges of financial misconduct, is chairman of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis.

Providence College official puts restraining order on graduate who defended marriage (LifeSite News)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:05 PM
An official at Providence College has obtained a restraining order to bar Michael Smalanskas, a recent graduate, from the Rhode Island campus. Smalanskas, who received threats after posting messages defending traditional marriage, had complained that the Catholic school failed to protect him—and in fact encouraged hostility. Kristine Goodwin, the vice president, of student affairs, said that Smalanskas himself was a threat, reporting that he “glared at me.”

Pope begins series of weekly audiences devoted to Confirmation (Vatican Press Office)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 5:05 AM
From April 11 to May 16, Pope Francis devoted his weekly general audiences to the Sacrament of Baptism. The theme of the Pope’s first address on Confirmation was Christian witness.

Pope prays for China, Ukraine (Vatican Press Office)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 5:05 AM
“Dearest disciples of the Lord in China, the universal Church prays with you and for you, so that even amid difficulties you may continue to entrust yourselves to the will of God,” the Pope said at his May 23 general audience. “The help of Our Lady will not be lacking, and she will protect you with her mother’s love.” The Pope also told pilgrims, “I pray to the Lord ceaselessly that He may heal the wounds inflicted by war and bestow His peace upon the dear Ukrainian land.”