In Brief

In Brief
Abstain from using phone during Lent, bishop tells youth

In a Lenten message to young Catholics in Bangladesh, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka called on them to get closer to Jesus Christ and to refrain from using their mobile phones on every Friday leading to Easter Sunday.

“My dear young people, during this Lent I appeal to you for a unique sacrifice. I request you to abstain from using mobile phones from 6am to 6pm every Friday starting from Ash Wednesday. During this time, you can try to strengthen your relationship with each other and with Jesus Christ,” Cardinal D’Rozario said.

“I know, my dear young friends, you love your mobile phone, but it should not be more than your love for each other and for Jesus Christ who saved mankind from sins,” he told more than 3,000 faithful.


Catholic conference supports death penalty repeal

As a measure to repeal Colorado’s death penalty passed at a Senate committee last week, the Colorado Catholic Conference has expressed support for the bill.

The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 3-2 along party lines. Before the bill is sent to the Senate for a full debate, the Colorado Catholic Conference encouraged the people to call or email their elected officials.

“We have always been staunch supporters of repealing the death penalty here in Colorado, and all of the bishops have spoken very publicly about the need to repeal and abolish the death penalty,” Jenny Kraska, executive director for the Colorado Catholic Conference said.


European bishops to meet head of parliament elections

Delegates of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union will gather in Brussels on 13-15 March to participate in the 2019 COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly, with the announced participation of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

From May 23-26, all EU citizens across the continent will have to elect the new members of the European Parliament. The results will condition the political decisions impacting our day to day lives for the next five years.

In view of this crucial democratic appointment, COMECE Bishops will exchange on how to better promote dialogue as the main tool to face the challenges, uncertainties and transformations impacting on the EU institutions and on its future.


Catholic charity to implement Mexican kidney dialysis clinic

In response to the growing number of patients with kidney conditions in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Catholic charitable agency Caritas is implementing plans to set up a kidney dialysis clinic in the region. Caritas of Guadalajara currently has the donated office for the clinic, but around €365,580 is still needed to remodel the facility and purchase dialysis machines.

Once set up, the kidney dialysis clinic is expected to serve 180 patients a week.


Church leaders back Filipino anti-coal demonstration

A Catholic bishop in the central Philippines has expressed support for a campaign against the building of a coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental province.

Bishop Gerry Alminaza of San Carlos said local church leaders are giving their full backing for the move, initiated by a youth group.

“As our youth said, we will stand against this because this is about our future,” said the prelate on Ash Wednesday.

The group Youth for Climate Hope staged an anti-coal demonstration outside the provincial capitol building on March 6 as part of activities to observe the Church’s Year of the Youth.

The provincial government has also expressed its commitment to fight global warming by pursuing “clean and renewable energy projects” by opposing the establishment of coal-fired power plants.

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