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California bishops welcome executions pause The Catholic bishops of California welcomed last week’s decision by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue a moratorium on executions in the state and a temporary reprieve for all inmates on the state’s death row. “We appreciate this recognition that the state has the adequate means to defend human dignity…

Pope rejects cardinal’s resignation

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said Pope Francis would not accept his resignation following his conviction for covering up clerical sexual abuse, so he has decided to step aside temporarily for the good of the archdiocese. The cardinal had met Pope Francis on March 18 to hand in his resignation after a French court…

Controversial Belgian cardinal dies aged 85

Junno Arocho Esteves   Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, retired archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, died March 14 at the age of 85. Pope Francis expressed his condolences to Cardinal Danneels’ family, and the Belgian faithful and praised the late prelate’s zeal for the Church, especially during the Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014 and 2015.…

Papal prayers for victims of Ethiopian plane crash

Pope Francis has offered prayers for the 157 people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday last, which included a priest, a religious sister and four staff members with Catholic Relief Services. A telegram from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that “His Holiness Pope Francis offers prayers for the deceased…

Catholic prelates aghast at ‘unspeakable’ suffering in Syria

Catholic prelates in Syria, accompanied by Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, visited the eastern Ghouta region outside of Damascus and saw “unspeakable suffering”. “In every face, mostly the children” was a “very confused” expression, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said. The visit was part of the annual session of…

Education of female refugees vital, says new report

A new report released just two days before International Women’s Day has stressed the urgency of making sure refugee girls and young women receive an education. The report, “Her Future: Challenges and Recommendations to Increase Education for Refugee Girls” by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is based on the observations of JRS workers around the world and…

Vatican Roundup

 Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and the promise of eternal life, Pope Francis has said. In his homily at the Dominican-run Basilica of Santa Sabina last week, the Pope…