Catholic News

  1. 'Mary walks with us, struggles with us,' Pope says in message to Paris (Vatican News) - Four months after the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Pope Francis “asks God, through the intercession of Our Lady, that the reconstruction of her architectural jewel might be a powerful sign of the rebirth and revitalization of the faith of those who have faith in Him,” in the words of a papal message to the archdiocese.
  2. Another Protestant church closed in Algeria (World Watch Monitor) - The nation of 41.7 million (map) is 99% Muslim (predominantly Sunni), and Islam is the official religion.
  3. Bibles escape Trump's tariff fight with China (Christianity Today) - The world’s largest Bible factory is located in the Communist nation, according to a 2014 report.
  4. Catholic, Hindu, Sikh leaders send 10-point resolution to Pakistan's prime minister (Fides) - “A specific request touches on the problem of abductions, sexual violence and forced conversions of women belonging to religious minorities” in the Muslim nation, according to the report.
  5. Christian leaders upset by Indian judge's comments (UCANews) - “This court feels it appropriate to point out that Christian missionaries are always the source of attack in one way or the other and, in the present era, there are several accusations against them for indulging in compulsory conversion of people of other religions into Christianity,” a high court judge in Tamil Nadu (map) said.
  6. Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions, Vatican official says (CNS) - “I think that for the moment it is necessary to evaluate the richness of the work in Medjugorje,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. “We need to understand all of this together: why there is such a huge number of pilgrims, of prayers and to understand also how the possible apparitions in Medjugorje (relate) to the life of the Church. For that we should await the judgment the Holy Father will give. To rush this delicate matter is a mistake.”
  7. Flood of claims emerges as NY suspends its statute of limitations on child sex abuse (PBS NewsHour) - 427 lawsuits were filed against dioceses, the Boy Scouts, and other entities on the first day of the yearlong suspension of the statute.
  8. Hong Kong priest decries government oppression (AsiaNews) - “This is about people being abused by the government, people being falsely arrested by the police, people being unfairly prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” said Father Carlos Cheung. “As Christians who are well familiar with words of justice, do we choose to remain silent when the world needs us to speak up?”
  9. In book preface, Pope Francis gives boost to popular movements (Vatican News) - Pope Francis has written the preface to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America’s new work, “La irrupción de los movimientos populares: Rerum novarum de nuestro tiempo” [The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of Our Time]. Rerum Novarum is Pope Leo XIII’s landmark 1891 social encyclical.
  10. LCWR president challenges notion that declining number of sisters is 'somehow bad' (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) - The religious superiors who belong to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious represent nearly 80% of the 44,000 religious sisters in the United States. Sister Sharlet Wagner, the Conference’s president, deplored “nativist populism” and commented on the declining numbers of American nuns: “The assertion that what’s happening is not our fault presupposes that what’s happening is somehow bad ... I challenge this assumption that the shifts taking place in religious life today are somehow wrong.”
  11. Missionary sisters in Mali persevere in service amid rising tensions, insecurity (Fides) - The West African nation of 18.4 million (map) is 95% Muslim and 2% Christian.
  12. Myanmar fighting forces people to take shelter at churches, monasteries (CNS) - Rebels backed by China have targeted Christians in Myanmar’s Shan State (map). The state is 81% Buddhist, 10% Christian, and 7% animist.
  13. Papuans seek Vatican probe into deaths of churchmen (UCANews) - “Many Catholics in Papua believe the recent deaths of several indigenous priests and a bishop were not due to illness but the result of a conspiracy to end their fight for the rights of local people,” according to the report.
  14. Police investigate death of Polish missionary in Puerto Rico (Fides) - Father Stanislaw Szczepanik, CM, was a missionary in Ponce, one of the island’s largest cities.
  15. Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries, gifts to console Syrian families (Aid to the Church in Need) - “The rosaries, made at the initiative of Aid to the Church in Need, are a sign of my closeness to our brothers and sisters in Syria,” Pope Francis said following his August 15 Angelus address. “We continue to pray the Rosary for peace in the Middle East and around the world.”
  16. Pope sends well wishes to Communion and Liberation's Rimini meeting (Vatican News) - The theme of the lay movement’s 40th Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples is “Your Name Was Born From What You Gazed Upon.”
  17. Priests are under-compensated in southern Africa, bishops' official warns (CNS) - Father Dumisani Vilakati, who leads the pastoral department of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa, spoke of “lots of anxiety among members of the clergy, who more often than not embark on self-help projects to make ends meet.”
  18. Racist video, threats at South Carolina Catholic school (The State (Columbia)) - The grade 7-12 school, located in Columbia, South Carolina, had 580 students in 2018-19.
  19. Ukrainian Catholic leader rules out 'appeasement' as fighting flares again (CNS) - Born in 1970, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk was elected and installed as head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2011. The church (website, CNEWA profile) is among the Eastern Catholic churches in full communion with the Holy See.
  20. Welcome the fire of God's love, Pope Francis tells pilgrms (Zenit) - In his August 18 Sunday Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Luke 12:49-53, the Gospel reading of the day.
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