- Sep 23, 2020
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.”
The two expulsions to Morocco involved a 25-year-old man who threw a 300-year-old wooden crucifix to the ground earlier this month inside a Venice church, and a 69-year-old man who burst into a church last year in Trentino, in northern Italy, and shouted abusive statements about Catholicism.
Pope Francis said of his public tumble on Thursday at a Polish shrine, “I let myself fall, and this saved me. Because if I tried to resist it, I would have gotten hurt.” The pontiff was uninjured and complete all of the remaining events on his itinerary.
The Italian news agency ANSA said that Anna Maria Jacobini was discovered dead in the bed of her hotel room on Friday while covering Pope Francis’ trip to Poland and is believed to have died the previous night. It said she had complained to colleagues Thursday night of feeling tired.