After a month-long battle against Covid-19, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, who led the Archdiocese of Caracas, Venezuela, for 13 years, died at the age of 79 on September 23. Cardinal Baltazar Porras, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Caracas, asked “everyone to pray for their eternal rest as the Church of Venezuela and the Universal Church mourn”. Pope Francis expressed his condolences to Cardinal Porras, remembering Cardinal Urosa as a “selfless shepherd.” . “
Poland The Catholic Primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, responded to criticism of his country’s reluctance to welcome migrants and refugees by urging Catholics to “consider their suffering as ours”. In another sermon marking the International Day of Migrants and Refugees, the bishop in charge of migrants, Krzysztof Zadarko, said Poland must adapt to become a society “less dominated by Catholic culture and more multicultural”.
The bishops of the Armenian The Catholic Church elected Archbishop Raphael François Minassian, the Ordinary of Armenian Catholics in Eastern Europe, to be the new Patriarch of their church. The 74-year-old took the name of Patriarch Raphaël Pierre XXI Minassian. The bishops met in Lebanon for two weeks in June, but no candidate had garnered two-thirds of the votes needed to succeed Patriarch Gregory Pierre XX Ghabroyan, who died in Beirut in May. In accordance with Church law, the bishops turned to Pope Francis, who asked them to meet in Rome and restart the electoral process.
The National Secretariat for Social Pastoral Care (Caritas Colombia) highlighted the human trafficking scandal last week in a video message on September 23 marking the International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Women and Children. The director Mgr Héctor Fabio Henao Gaviria declared that “these vulnerable people are easily captured by people who… traffic them as if they were objects of exchange”.
The direction of the Peruvian The Episcopal Conference met the President of the Congress of the Republic, María del Carmen Alva Prieto, on September 22 to propose collaborative work with the social, educational and health sectors of the country. It was one of a series of meetings aimed at engaging with the government bodies of the new Peruvian President Pedro Castillo and calming tensions following the death in prison of Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Shining Path terrorist group.
The 10 Catholic bishops of the southern state of Karnataka India, met with its chief minister on September 22 to voice concerns over a bill banning forced religious conversions. The delegation was led by Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore, who denied that the Christian community in state schools, colleges and hospitals ever forced a single student or patient to convert to Christianity. “The anti-conversion bill aims to defame Christianity,” warned the archbishop. Karnataka is ruled by the BJP party which is hostile to minority religious communities.
The Peruvian The cardinal, who is president of the Network of Pan-Amazonian Churches (REPAM), met Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 20 to report on his work and the establishment of the Amazon Church Conference. Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno de Huancayo hoped that Francis will soon officially recognize the new conference, which was announced in June 2020. “All other conferences are episcopal conferences, but this would be the first ecclesial conference,” he said. he said, adding that, “all the baptized can participate”.
As they marked the Season of Creation, Catholics in Africa celebrated the Congo Basin and asked for his protection. Speakers at an online conference last week of the Ecclesial Network for the Congo River Basin, a Catholic network that includes Cameroon, DR Congo, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Central African Republic, highlighted the double crisis of biodiversity loss and climate change. . The Congo River basin, rich in biodiversity, “is very important not only for Africa, but for the whole world,” said Prince Papa, coordinator of the Laudato Si ‘movement in Africa.
The Anglican bishops of South Africa gathered at their provincial synod last week passed a motion calling for a halt to all oil and gas exploration in Africa.
U.S.-based Maronite Catholic bishop says action is needed to stop the bleeding of Christians – especially young people – from Lebanon in the midst of economic hardship. Lebanon has a unique “Christian-Muslim friendliness,” said Maronite Catholic Bishop Gregory John Mansour. The head of the Eparchy of St Maron in Brooklyn, New York, was speaking last week at an event in Washington DC, “In Defense of Christians”.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya, calls for support to help families hit hard by drought and Covid-19 across the country. The appeal came as the government declared the current drought, which affects more than 2.1 million people, a national disaster.
Mission and private schools run by organizations including the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe struggle to function after the government banned them from raising tuition fees and charging them in foreign currency. As the economy worsens and the local currency deteriorates, private schools are asking parents to pay in US dollars, but education officials say it’s illegal and threaten to write off those schools.
In a note to the bishops of the nation, Mgr Jérôme Listecki, president of the Commission of Canonical Affairs for the we bishops’ conference, reported “cases where it was discovered that a woman living with a transgender identity” had entered a training program at a diocesan seminary or religious order. In one case, the records were falsified to cover up the change in gender status. Listecki said all of these cases were discovered before the ordination. Listecki’s memo was first reported on the Whispers in the Loggia blog.
Two traditionalist brothers were arrested in France for setting a telephone pole on fire and attempting to destroy a second to “protect the population” from what they believed to be the harmful effects of the new 5G wireless network recently installed there. The brothers, 39 and 40, confessed and were released under judicial supervision. They could be tried for arson and criminal association, punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of € 150,000. The case proved embarrassing for their Capuchin community linked to the Traditionalist Society of Saint-Pie X (FSSPX), said a member of the Villié-Morgon monastery in Beaujolais north of Lyon.