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Central African Republic: cardinal calls for international inquiry into November massacre (Fides)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
Two priests, including the vicar general, were killed in a November attack on the Diocese of Alindao in the Central African Republic. Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the nation’s leading prelate, told Le Monde (French-language link) that the UPC (Union for Peace in the Central African Republic), a predominantly Fulani Muslim group, committed the attack with UN peacekeepers looking on.

Jordan: news website's owner, editor arrested after publishing cartoon offensive to Catholics (Roya News)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
The arrests took place after the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s schools lodged a protest. Jordan, officially a Muslim nation, is 97% Muslim and 2% Christian. Pope Francis visited Jordan during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2014, as did Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and Pope St. John Paul II in 2000.

Israeli authorities deny Christmas travel permits to most Christian applicants from Gaza (Middle East Concern)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
“In previous years, Christians living in Gaza (map) were privileged to be able to apply through the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem to receive travel permits from Israel to visit family and friends in the West Bank (map) over the Christmas period,” according to the report. “This year, however, nearly all the Christmas permit applications have been refused by the Israeli authorities, with only Christians over the age of 55 being allowed to travel.”

As Venezuelans continue to flee nation, Jesuits promote hospitality, assistance (Fides)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
Since 2015, over a million Venezuelans have fled the political repression and disastrous economic policies of President Nicolás Maduro’s Socialist regime. Latin America’s Jesuits said that they “not only offer the refugees help and assistance; we intend to counter growing xenophobia in the receiving countries and promote a culture of hospitality.”

Kenyan priest murdered while taking Mass collection funds to the bank (CNS)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
The murder of the diocesan priest took place in Kiambu (map).

Pakistani archbishop declares 'year of peace and hope' (Fides)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
“The people are destitute and losing hope,” said Archbishop Joseph Arshad. “As Christians in the Catholic diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, we must be ambassadors of peace and hope, not only for the local Church but for the whole of society.”

Bishop welcomes first papal visit to Arabian Peninsula (Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia)

12/11/2018 - 7:12am
Pope Francis will visit the Arabian Peninsula nation in February to take part in an interfaith meeting, the Vatican announced on December 6.

'Prepare for Christmas with the courage of faith,' Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)

12/11/2018 - 6:12am
On December 10, Pope Francis preached on Luke 5:17-26, the Gospel reading of the day.

On anniversary of landmark documents, Pope decries grave human rights violations (Zenit)

12/11/2018 - 6:12am
On the anniversary of two landmark human rights documents commemorated at a Vatican conference, Pope Francis lamented grave human rights violations: “I think, among other things, of the unborn who are denied the right to come to the world; of those who do not have access to the indispensable means for a fitting life; of all those who are excluded from an adequate education, and who are unjustly deprived of work or constrained to work as slaves; of those who are detained in inhuman conditions, who suffer torture ... of the victims of forced disappearances and of their families.”

As 'yellow vest' protests continue, Normandy's bishops appeal for calm (Vatican News)

12/11/2018 - 6:12am
As 136,000 people took part in “yellow vest” protests originally motivated by opposition to a fuel tax increase, the bishops of Normandy (French-language statement) appealed for calm, dialogue, a commitment to ecology and solidarity, and a concern for all that transcends economics. The president of the bishops’ conference also issued a statement.

Holy See offers praise as 164 nations adopt Global Compact on Migration (Holy See Mission)

12/11/2018 - 6:12am
164 nations adopted the non-binding Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on December 10. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that Pope Francis’s emphasis on welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants pervades the Compact. He added that the Pope has said that governments should “prudently determine their actual capacity for meaningful integration,” that “migrants should respect the local laws, culture and customs,” and that there is a “prior right to live in dignity and safety in the country of origin.” The Holy See, he continued, “will present its reservations in due time” to peripheral “ideological” language in the Compact.

Vatican conference considers human rights in the contemporary world (Pontifical Gregorian University)

12/11/2018 - 5:12am
The Dicastery for Integral Human Development and the Pontifical Gregorian University are sponsoring a two-day conference on “Human Rights in the Contemporary World: Achievements, Omissions, Negations.” The conference commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

Church of England to offer ceremony to welcome transgenders (Daily Telegraph)

12/11/2018 - 4:12am
The Church of England is recommending that clergy offer a blessing ceremony for transgender people, welcoming them into the religious community with their new names.

Gunman kills four, self at Brazil cathedral (CNA)

12/11/2018 - 4:12am
At least four people were killed when a lone gunman began firing inside the cathedral of Our Lady in Campinas, Brazil. After shooting several worshippers the gunman took his own life.

Austrian diocese withholds results of investigation of bishop's spending (Kath.net)

12/10/2018 - 11:12pm
On orders from the Vatican, the Diocese of Gurk cancelled a press conference, scheduled for December 11, at which officials were to report on the results of an investigation into questionable spending by Bishop Alois Schwarz. Bishop Schwarz headed the Gurk diocese from 2001 until May of this year, when he was transferred to the Sankt Polten diocese. The Vatican Congregation for Bishops instructed diocesan officials not to make the results of the investigation public, but send a full report to Rome.

Los Angeles archdiocese will prosecute nuns for misappropriating funds (CNA)

12/10/2018 - 11:12pm
In an apparent change of policy, the Los Angeles archdiocese has announced that it will lodge a criminal complaint against two women religious who allegedly took $500,000 from a Catholic school to fuel their gambling habit.

Kenyan priest killed in robbery (Fides)

12/10/2018 - 11:12pm
Father John Njoroge was shot and killed by robbers who stopped him as he traveled to a bank to deposit church funds. The robbers approached the priest’s car on motorcycles, forced him off the road, and shot him when he hesitated to surrender the money.

Cambodia arrests, releases 32 women involved in surrogacy (AsiaNews)

12/10/2018 - 11:12pm
Authorities in Cambodia have arrested 32 women who were reportedly serving as surrogate mothers, then released them when the women promised to keep the babies. Surrogacy is illegal in Cambodia, but many women consent to bear children for couples in other countries, particularly China.

Utah priest charged in prostitution sting to receive new assignment (KSTU-TV)

12/10/2018 - 9:12pm
Father Andrzej Skrzypiec was arrested in August. In a statement released December 8, Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City said that “all admire” the priest; rather than return to his current parish, he will “be given further time to resolve his personal issues, followed by a new pastoral assignment.”