- May 27, 2020
Hundreds of militants, many waving Islamic State group-style black flags, launched the siege on May 23 in Marawi, a bastion of Islamic faith in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines, by seizing the lakeside city’s central business district and outlying communities. Last week, troops killed the final two surviving leaders of the siege, and following their deaths, President Rodrigo Duterte traveled near the main scene of battle and declared Marawi had been essentially liberated.
In a climate where clergy sex abuse continues to be discussed in the wake of high profile cases in Australia and the Vatican itself, a man in the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, is in a disagreement with that diocese over explicit language that he wants on his mother’s grave marker to acknowledge her work on behalf of victims of clergy sex abuse.
Hundreds of recently released court documents include letters showing church leaders in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe knew of sexual abuse allegations that had been leveled against three priests from the 1960s through the 1980s. Former priests Jason Sigler and Sabine Griego still live in New Mexico, while Arthur Perrault fled the country.
In a telegram sent Friday, Pope Francis said he was “saddened by the tragic death” of Daphne Caruana Galizia and was praying for her family, the Maltese people and the nation as a whole “at this difficult moment.” Malta has been stunned by Monday’s slaying of Caruana Galizia, an anti-corruption investigative reporter whose targets included Malta’s leading politicians.
Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off. Bush wore the red, white and blue socks while performing the ceremonial coin toss with his wife Barbara Bush at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017.
Marco Balich, the artistic director for several past Olympics, is designing a multi-media show to bring the Vatican Museums to life for spectators. The multimedia presentation will feature a soundtrack by rock star Sting, and premier in Rome next year, and is expected to go on an international tour after it ends its stay in the Italian capital.