- Jul 7, 2020
After the Vatican appointed a temporary administrator, the archbishop of Guam told church investigators to contact those who say they were sexually abused by clergy after learning this week that another former altar boy accused a priest of molesting him decades ago.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who is threatening to bomb churches and kill Christians while ending attacks on mosques and markets used by ordinary Muslims, representing a major shift in strategy for the Nigerian extremists who have killed more Muslims than Christians in attacks in mosques with suicide bombers and gunmen.
An estimated 100 Muslims attended a funeral Mass on Tuesday for slain French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who reportedly tried to push away his attackers with his feet, saying “go away, Satan,” remarks that underscored the horror of the murder at the altar that touched a chord throughout France.
A French prosecutor has thrown out the case of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, who was under investigation for alleged failure to report suspected pedophilia in the 1980s by a priest under his watch.
Monsignor William Lynn is the first person ever charged and convicted of helping the Catholic Church shield child molesters. Courts have twice thrown out his conviction, he’s been granted a new trial and is now seeking bail after three years behind bars.
In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II, leader of the Coptic Orthodox minority in Egypt, said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as “very painful.”