- Aug 3, 2020
In a letter to Maryland’s Attorney General, Gov. Larry Hogan noted that the Peace Cross in Bladensburg is a memorial to 49 Prince George’s County residents who died in World War I, and has been in place for more than 90 years. He told the state’s chief lawyer to fight a decision by a federal court declaring the monument unconstitutional.
Actor Mark Wahlberg told a gathering sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, “I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes.” He later told the audience, “If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.” Wahlberg also touched on his troubled youth. The actor spent time in jail for a racially motivated attack in 1988, when he was 16.
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.