Catholic News

  1. Pennsylvania Supreme Court blocks release of grand jury report into clergy sex abuse (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  2. Church in US commemorates Religious Freedom Week (USCCB) - “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.
  3. Ecumenical work brings joy in fellowship, Pope says at WCC anniversary celebration (Vatican Press Office) - Speaking on June 21 in Geneva, where he joined in celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (video), Pope Francis said that ecumenical work requires “rejecting worldliness.” The Pontiff remarked that from the world’s perspective, ecumenism may be seen as “a great enterprise operating at a loss.” Only the faithful, knowing that the work “requires constant conversion,” recognize its true value.
  4. Found in trash, relic of St. Clement settles into Westminster Cathedral (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI devoted a 2007 general audience to Pope St. Clement I.
  5. Humanae Vitae is based on 'wisdom of the ages,' Brooklyn bishop says (The Tablet (Brooklyn)) - Blessed Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, his encyclical letter on the regulation of birth, on July 25, 1968.
  6. In Mass with Swiss Catholics, Pope preaches on the Lord's Prayer (Vatican Press Office) - 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).
  7. Mississippi man pleads guilty to murder of 2 nuns (Mississippi Clarion Ledger) - Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill were stabbed to death in 2016.
  8. Mozambique bishop calls for calm after burst of jihadist terror (Aid to the Church in Need) - Located in southeastern Africa, the nation of 27 million is 28% Catholic, 28% Protestant, and 18% Muslim.
  9. Pope Francis arrives in Switzerland for ecumenical pilgrimage (YouTube (Vatican)) - 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.
  10. Pope Francis tells journalists he authorized CDF prefect's letter on intercommunion (Vatican Press Office) - 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.”
  11. Pope emphasizes forgiveness, missionary outreach, and service in address at World Council of Churches (Vatican Press Office) - 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).
  12. Pope requests prayers for trip to Switzerland, recalls June is month of the Sacred Heart (Vatican Press Office) - Following his June 20 general audience, the Pope requested prayers for his ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva, blessed papal crowns that that will be placed on the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa in a Polish basilica, and recalled that “in June, popular piety makes us pray more fervently the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May that Merciful Heart teach you to love without asking for anything in return, and support you in the most difficult choices in life.”
  13. Prelates welcome Trump executive order halting family separation policy (@ArchbishopGomez) - “I welcome the President’s executive order ending the cruel family separation policy,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the vice president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth expressed similar sentiments.
  14. Priests in Philippines seeking gun permits (Fides) - 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.
  15. Spanish bishop pledges hospitality 'with no limits' to refugees (Servizio Informazione Religiosa) - “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.”
  16. Switzerland's president, Pope Francis discuss refugees, peace, human rights (Swiss Federal Council) - 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.”
  17. Texas bishop questions how Trump's executive order ending family separation will be applied (The Brownsville Bishop's Blog) - “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.”
  18. USCCB approves $4.1M in grants to Church in Latin America (USCCB) - 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.
  19. USCCB: urge your representatives to vote against 2 immigration bills (Justice for Immigrants) - In an alert described as urgent, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Catholics to ask their representatives to vote against HR 4760 (the SAFE Act) and HR 6136 (the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act). Both bills are sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
  20. World Council of Churches marks 70th anniversary (World Council of Churches) - 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.
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