16 February 2018 | by Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS

No youths should feel excluded from pre-synod, says cardinal

At a pre-synod meeting in March, Pope Francis will listen to 300 youths invited to Rome better to understand their situation: what they think of themselves and of adults, how they live their faith and what difficulties they find being Christian, how they plan their lives and what problems they face in discerning their vocation, how they see the church today and how they would like to see it.

No physician should be forced to choose between violating his or her conscience and facing professional sanctions when defending human life, said the president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

As India’s parliament confirmed a rise in religious based violence, the country’s bishops have appealed for “true nationalism” in order to bring “genuine peace, harmony, progress and prosperity”.

The introduction of abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ could foster intolerance towards those with ‘legitimate opinions which promote the common good’, an Auxillary bishop of Westminster has said. 

The Vatican denied that retired Pope Benedict XVI has a degenerative neurological disease or paralyzing condition after his brother, 94-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, told a magazine that Pope Benedict had a debilitating disease.

In the late-night telegram to Archbishop Wenski, Pope Francis assured "all those affected by this devastating attack of his spiritual closeness". He prayed "divine blessings of peace and strength" on the South Florida community in "the hope that such senseless acts of violence may cease".

15 February 2018 | by Bronwen Dachs, Catholic News Service

South African bishops: Zuma's resignation long overdue

Jacob Zuma's resignation as president of South Africa is long overdue, the country's bishops said, noting that his scandal-plagued presidency fostered corruption and dereliction of duty at all levels of government.

Talking to fellow Jesuits during his recent visit to Chile and Peru, the Latin American Pope said he is willing to have discussions with those resistance to his pontificate but has decided simply to pray for people accusing him of being a heretic. 

Caford director Chris Bain said: "We can confirm that the individual has been dismissed today. Our review found that there have been no formal complaints of misconduct about the employee during his time at Cafod. We requested and yesterday received a reference from Oxfam GB headquarters which confirmed the allegations against him. His failure to disclose the circumstances of his departure from Oxfam are in breach of Cafod’s Code of Behaviour."



The news about the Pope’s meeting with victims comes after questions were raised about his handling of the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a Chilean prelate accused of ignoring the abusive behaviour of a priest. The Pope repeatedly said no evidence had been presented to him about Barros’ alleged cover-up, when it emerged a letter had been sent


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