- Sep 20, 2020
After facing enormous hardships to flee Boko Haram assaults on Christians in Nigeria, a 36-year-old immigrant is beaten to death in Italy by a farmer who called his wife an “African monkey,” and who has connections to far-right extremist groups.
After an assault on an upscale restaurant in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, left 20 people dead, most of whom were Italians and Japanese, Pope Francis has condemned such “barbarous acts” as “offenses against God and humanity.”
Pope Francis’ annulment reform appears to require each diocese to have its own marriage tribunal, but many Italian bishops are defending their system of regional tribunals as both more efficient and less expensive, basically under the heading of, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
Parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists, while in Italy, the gay pride celebration comes after lawmakers granted some legal rights to same-sex couples.
In an effort to cope with the tidal wave of migrants and refugees pouring through the region, Bishop Antonio Suetta of Ventimiglia-San Remo had already welcomed several hundred people to the local parish of Sant’Antonio, where they’re sleeping in meeting rooms, outside on parish grounds, and even inside the church itself.
After an Italian mayor asked the local archdiocese to pay back property taxes on Catholic schools amounting to around U.S. $112,000, the archbishop has written to the country’s prime minister threatening to close those schools if the Church is forced to pay. In a letter published on his own archdiocesan