- Jan 18, 2020
Father Maurizio Pallù, 63, was kidnapped together with four companions in the southern Nigerian city of Benin. The motive for his kidnapping and the identity of the perpetrators remain unknown. On Friday, papal spokesman Greg Burke took to Twitter to say Pope Francis has been informed of the kidnapping, and he’s praying for the Italian priest.
A priest in California will spend three years in jail after being convicted of embezzling over $1 million. Prosecutors said he deposited 14 checks from parishioners into his personal account while he was pastor, although his lawyer argues he was not depositing the money for personal benefit.
The couple who was terrorized 40 years ago by a member of the Ku Klux Klan who later became a Catholic priest is calling for him to give the authorities any information he might have on other white supremacists who participated in his crimes. Father William Aitcheson said his actions at the time were “despicable.”
“Many people are surprised when they hear about a group of Catholic priests who are also pilots,” Msgr. John Hemann, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, said. “It is something many don’t think a priest would do.”
Another priest was found dead in Mexico on Wednesday causing the local archbishop to ask authorities to make sure this “damnable deed” does not happen again. Father Luis López Villa, who was found tied to a chair and stabbed in his room, is the 18th priest to be murdered in Mexico in the last six years.
The Catholic Church in India may still force the clergy to give up their property, and the ruling also does not benefit those who have already given their properties to the church, said Reji Njallani, national president of the priests’ association.