- Dec 10, 2019
A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the Holy See has refused to extradite to Canada a Vatican diplomat accused of possessing child pornography, stating no request has been made from the Canadian government. The statement came after ANSA, the Italian news agency, cited unnamed sources Oct. 12 saying that Capella would not be extradited to Canada because of the suspect’s diplomatic immunity and that he would be tried in a Vatican tribunal.
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Vatican observer to UN agencies in Geneva, said we must devise frameworks that help keep families together, including migrant families. Some ways to do that, he said, would include keeping migrant families together as well as making available more legal and “dignified pathways” for migration.
Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, says the widespread loss of Christian faith in the West was “absolutely” among the causes of the diminishing influence of the Catholic Church in his own country. “The Arab world is pouring money into Nigeria and the Pentecostal pastors in America are doing the same, and the Catholic Church is now becoming the weakest in terms of access to resources,” he said.
After the Boy Scouts of America announced it would allow girls to join the organization, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting issued a statement saying it “seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church,” and that they would work to make sure the Boy Scouts’ organization is a “viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation.”
In a Mass with the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Pope Francis recalled the congregation was founded during the tumultuous time of World War I and that, today, another kind of world war continues to rage with “so many of our Christian brothers and sisters of the Eastern churches experiencing tragic persecutions and an ever more disturbing diaspora.”
The Ninevah Plains, traditionally home to a large Christian community, is now “ground zero for the disputed territories between the Kurdish regional government and Baghdad.” Five Catholic and Orthodox bishops issued a joint statement appealing to the international community to protect the Christians of the area.