- Sep 28, 2020
The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire because it won’t allow students to fulfill their community service requirement with activities at a Catholic parish at the school.
The Vatican on Monday denounced the decision of a priest in China’s underground Catholic Church to be ordained bishop without the pope’s approval, in what some China-watchers believe reflects fear among underground Catholics that a deal with Beijing could compromise their religious freedom.
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.