- Jul 26, 2021
As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say that even if the militants are defeated militarily, the country will not be safe for minorities, including the once-prominent Christian presence in the region.
Former Roman Catholic Bishop Edward Daly, who tended victims of Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday killings and became a defining image of the massacre, has died aged 82. A photo of Daly waving a blood-stained white handkerchief as he tried to help a dying 17-year-old became an iconic image of “Bloody Sunday.”
Monsignor William Lynn, a former Philadelphia church official described by his lawyer as a “pawn” in the Church hierarchy, will be retried next year over his handling of priest-abuse complaints even though his child-endangerment conviction has been overturned twice.
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.