CNA: A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from campus facilities, after fellow students have petitioned that it be recognized as a “hate group.” More here.
UCANews, Michael Sainsbury: Father Joseph Shih, the former head of the China section of Vatican Radio, has sent a message to Pope Francis saying that the church needs to have “healthy realism” in its dealings with the Chinese government. More here.
AsiaNews, Bernardo Cervellera: The new regulations on religious activities are aimed at annihilating underground communities and stifling official communities, making it impossible for any outward mission. Report is here.
Fatima Perspectives, Chris Ferrara: One of the keynotes of Father Gruner’s assessment of the crisis in the Church from the Fatima perspective was his exposure and condemnation of the disastrous post-Vatican II policy of Ostpolitik (the politics of the East), according to … Continue reading
The Remnant, Theresa Moreau: One bridge connects the two territories. A few meters of barbed wire separate two worlds and two civilizations. The physical distance can be measured in a few meters. The moral distance, however, cannot be measured. On one … Continue reading
CNA: As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are fleeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian’s Cathedral in Wau, the country’s second largest city. Report is here.
Update: After reading further information from AsiaNews on the funerals of Bishop Paul Xie Tingzhe, bishop of Urumqi (Xinjiang), and that of Bishop Sylvester Li Jiantang, who died only 13 hours apart, it was explained that Bishop Li had been … Continue reading
Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli: Juan José Aguirre Munoz, 63 years old, is a convey bishop of Spanish extraction who lives in the Central African Republic. In the evening of Tuesday the 8th of August he sent to his brother Miguel several dramatic … Continue reading
CNA: After a bloody attack at a Catholic Church in southern Nigeria left 11 dead and several more wounded, Pope Francis conveyed his sympathy to the victims and their families, assuring the community of his prayer. More on this here.
AsiaNews: Although in a low key – perhaps because of talks with the Vatican – the slogan for an “autonomous” and “independent” Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like “state officials” far from the … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Two Catholic priests were kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 17. More on this here.
UCANews: Though some people may suspect Bishop Shao’s situation as the obstacle that led to the recent impasse, a church commentator in China who asked not to be named said, “Bishop Shao is not the first and only Chinese bishop under detention in recent … Continue reading
Rorate Caeli: So many great names of the past deserve to be remembered! So many great men and women who shaped the debate in their nations and throughout the world. We now honor the memory of a great Italian, poet and … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: One of the new cardinals created by Pope Francis in the June 28 consistory was imprisoned by his nation’s Communist regime for three years. More here with link.
Written by “Joseph,” a faithful Underground Catholic, this is an excellent summary of the current state of ecclesiastical affairs in Communist China and the confusion caused by the Vatican’s compromising diplomacy and silence regarding detentions of bishops and clergy. AsiaNews: Marking … Continue reading