- Aug 12, 2020
Gathered in Lourdes for a plenary assembly, the Catholic bishops of France are holding a day of prayers and fasting for victims of sex abuse within the Catholic Church. The bishops prayed on Monday “for forgiveness for the sins committed by clergy members.”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Sunday praised Gaza’s Christians, whose numbers have dwindled during a decade of Hamas rule and an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, saying, “There have always been Christians here. Their numbers are small, but I believe their faith is strong.”
Francis has made it a mission of his papacy to encourage greater compassion for prisoners. He has also urged governments to consider granting a Holy Year amnesty to prisoners, to find alternatives to incarceration and, at the very least, to abolish the death penalty.
Two Romanian senators submitted a draft bill on Thursday calling for a referendum on changing the constitution to specify that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, after a petition signed by almost 3 million people, but the party leader is asking them to stand down.
A newsletter from a San Diego Catholic church that doubles as an election polling site has warned parishioners that they risk going to hell if they vote for Democrats, but the diocese said Wednesday that the messages don’t reflect Catholic teaching and are inappropriate.
The dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez are slated Saturday to celebrate Mass at a Rio Grande levee and call for immigrant rights, expressing the idea that “A border doesn’t have to be a place of threat … It can also be a place of encounter.”