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  • July 4-11, 2016

    UNICEF reported on June 17 that 92 percent of some 7,600 children who made the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya so far this year have been unaccompanied by adults, up from 68 percent last year. • The Rev. Hermann Scheipers, the last surviving priest to have been imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp , died on June 2 in Ochtrup, Germany, at age 102. • Pope Francis named Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, S.D.B., special administrator on...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    Syriac patriarchs, marking the two-year anniversary since Islamic State militants expelled Christians from a large part of Iraq, denounced “the ethno-religious genocide” of their people and called for the liberation of those areas. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan and Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch stressed in a joint statement that “the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding.”...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    Ten months after an agreement ended armed conflict between forces loyal to South Sudan’s top political rivals, South Sudan’s bishops called for the nation to “rise above negativity” and pull together to achieve lasting peace in the world’s youngest nation. The prelates urged in a statement on June 16, as they concluded a three-day meeting in the capital, that personal and tribal interests be set aside and for all South Sudanese to “compromise for peace and...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    Acts of public mourning and solidarity were observed across the nation and around the world in the aftermath of the attack by a lone gunman in Orlando that claimed 49 lives and left 53 others wounded. Family members identified and began to bury their lost loved ones this week as expressions of regret and sorrow continued to be issued by faith leaders around the country.

    One of the first to express his shock and solidarity...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said on June 16. “We are living in a culture of the provisional,” he told participants in the Diocese of Rome’s annual pastoral conference. The idea of commitments being temporary “occurs everywhere, even in priestly and religious life,” he said. Pope Francis told the story...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    Many critics of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro say he is such a disastrous head of state because he is a former bus driver with no college education.

    That is bunk. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was a metal worker who never reached high school before he was elected president of Brazil in 2002, and he turned out to be one of the best leaders the country ever had. Granted, Brazil has its own big messes right now; but it is not...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    Syriac patriarchs, marking the two-year anniversary since the Islamic State group expelled Christians from a large part of Iraq, denounced "the ethno-religious genocide" of their people and called for the liberation of those areas.

    Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan and Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in a joint statement, stressed that "the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding."

    "Two years passed since the...

  • June 20-27, 2016

    Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda , a writer and author in the Catholic press since 1982, received the 2016 St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Press Association during its annual conference in St. Louis, Mo., on June 3. • The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed the lives of over 1,030 migrants in the last week of May, as overloaded and barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and clear...

  • June 20-27, 2016

    Pope Francis issued a decree on June 4 that makes it possible now to remove diocesan bishops for neglecting their duties, in particular in regard to protecting minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse. The decree comes in the form of an apostolic letter issued motu proprio , responding to many calls to hold bishops fully accountable for failing to act to protect children and vulnerable adults. In his decree Pope Francis recalls that already “canon law...

  • June 20-27, 2016

    Speaking to judges and prosecutors at a Vatican summit on human trafficking and modern slavery on June 3, Pope Francis said, “You are responsible for executing justice,” the ones “called to give hope.” The pope had been given a warm welcome by some 100 judges and prosecutors from all over the world. They had spent the day sharing experiences dealing with cases of human trafficking and making proposals for national and transnational action to combat these...