- Sep 28, 2020
Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12.
After a spate of killings by suspected militants have spread fears among the Coptic community in Egypt, hundreds of Christians have decided to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. At least six Christians have been brutally murdered in the last month and no group has claimed responsibility.
After a number of Catholic officials in Mexico have condemned the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, bishops in the United States have also denounced the figure as “antithetical” to Catholic teachings. The image has also been linked to violence and the illicit drug trade.
Kentucky lawmakers are advancing a bill in the state Senate that would require the Kentucky Board of Education to set guidelines for an elective social studies course on the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The goal would be to promote the understanding of Western culture and history.
The menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum described in the Jewish Torah and depicted in Jewish and Catholic and secular art over the centuries will be showcased at the Vatican museums starting in May. It will be the first exhibit hosted by the Vatican and Rome’s ancient Jewish community.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp, joined by his wife, Karen, and the couple’s 23-year-old daughter, Charlotte. They were accompanied by Abba Naor, a survivor of the camp, and other dignitaries.