- Dec 5, 2019
An English Catholic bishop said people must turn away from “narrow self-interest” as a leading UK conservative pressure group has called for changing the way the country gives out foreign development aid.
Bishop Frank Dewane, head of the U.S. bishops’ committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, weighs in on the Church’s social activism in the era of Pope Francis and President Trump.
Bishop Giorgio Bertin, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Mogadishu, Somalia, has urged stronger support for new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who took office in February, as well as local governments responding to the drought and beginning development projects.
On Sunday, an agreement was reached between the House and Senate on an Omnibus bill, a funding bill for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year that could be voted on this week. The bill would increase funding for international famine relief, but would not cut funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Cardinal Collins of Toronto said that while it was “commendable and necessary” to support the rights of women and young girls, the Canadian prime minister’s “public comments suggest that unless a woman has access to abortion or contraception, she is not empowered or able to realize her full potential.”
Bishop Gregory J. Mansour will be the next chairman of Catholic Relief Services. “I have seen firsthand the suffering of Christians and others violently forced from their homes in the Middle East,” he said. “But it is heartening to see the compassionate work that CRS continues to do in the midst of chaos.”