- Dec 7, 2019
Catholic bishops across Europe encouraged their faithful to go to the polls in late May to elect members of the European Parliament who would promote unity and take seriously the power of the European Union to do good in the world.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy’s Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend.
Pope Francis on Monday read bishops the riot act for failing to implement a revised marriage annulment procedure he rolled out in 2015, saying that after four years, most dioceses have not applied the new process.
The Italian bishops critcized the anti-immigration policies enacted by the governing populist coalition and enouraged them “to take on their responsibilities.”
A UN committee asked the Italian government to create an inquiry to examine all cases of sexual abuse of children by religious personnel of the Catholic Church.
Defending and protecting human life means rejecting abortion, caring for the sick, offering a decent welcome to immigrants, valuing the contributions of the elderly, encouraging families to have children and caring for the environment, the bishops of Italy said.