- Oct 19, 2020
At least 31 priests have been slain in Mexico since 2006, and now the country’s bishops are calling on authorities to intensify the search for Father Joaquin Hernandez Sifuentes, a parish priest in the northern state of Coahuila that has been plagued by drug cartel violence.
Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis issued a statement Tuesday urging aldermen to defeat a bill that would add “reproductive health decisions” to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which he warned could make it a “sanctuary city for abortion.”
Two Boston institutions are joining efforts to create a database of parish records of baptisms, marriages, confirmations, ordinations, first communions and other pivotal life events which they say will help people better research their ancestors and how they came to Boston.
The Knights of Malta, whose patron is American Cardinal Raymond Burke, have called Pope Francis’s investigation legally “irrelevant” and aimed at limiting its sovereignty, after an official was fired over charges that the order’s charity branch distributed tens of thousands of condoms in Myanmar.
In a court case concerning religious freedom, the European court based in Strasbourg, France, acknowledged “interference” in freedom of religion in the case of a Muslim family attempting to opt out of mixed-gender swimming lessons, but asserted that public schools had a “special role” in integration, particularly of children of foreign origin.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said, “if the DUP think in the aftermath of an election they’re going to step back into ministerial positions short of resolving the critical issues, then they’re living in a fool’s paradise,” giving little chance for future power-sharing.