|CWN closed for feast of Immaculate Conception (CWN)|
<p>The offices of Catholic World News (CWN) are closed today, December 8, so that we may celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception.</p>
|Jerusalem's Christian leaders decry Trump decision on city (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)|
President Trump’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/12/06/presidential-proclamation-recognizing-jerusalem-capital-state-israel-and"> decision to recognize</a> Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will “yield increased hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering” and “cause irreparable harm,” the city’s Catholic, Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant leaders said in a joint statement.
|Pope Francis names new Archbishops of Mexico City, Paris (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and Cardinal André Vingt-Trois for reasons of age (both are 75). The new Archbishop of Mexico City is Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla; the new Archbishop of Paris is Bishop Michel Aupetit of Nanterre. Bishop Aupetit, a medical doctor who was ordained to the priesthood at 44, served as Cardinal Vingt-Trois’ vicar general from 2006 to 2013.
|Vatican newspaper highlights international concern about Trump decision on Jerusalem (L'Osservatore Romano)|
L’Osservatore Romano devoted 2 front-page stories to President Trump’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/12/06/presidential-proclamation-recognizing-jerusalem-capital-state-israel-and"> decision to recognize</a> Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The first story emphasized the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=34253"> Pope’s concern</a>; the second, with the headline “Trump inflames the Middle East,” highlighted <a target="_blank" href="http://salinapost.com/2017/12/06/usa-braces-for-violence-trump-officially-recognizes-jerusalem-as-israels-capitol/"> international reaction</a> to the decision.
|Pope meets with Palestinian religious leaders, encourages dialogue (Vatican Press Office)|
“I am conscious of the kindness that the authorities of the State of Palestine, particularly President Mahmoud Abbas, have shown to the Christian community,” the Pope said in his remarks. The meeting came the day after Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Palestinian Commission for Interreligious Dialogue established a <a target="_blank" href="http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/12/06/171206e.html"> Joint Working Group for Dialogue</a>.
|Australian lawmakers approve legal recognition of same-sex marriage (AP)|
Australia’s parliament has voted to recognize same-sex marriages, with the legislation passing both houses by comfortable margins. The lawmakers voted down “conscience-clause” provisions.
|UN rights chief calls for probe into attacks against Rohingya, says genocide 'cannot be ruled out' (UN News Centre)|
L’Osservatore Romano (12/7 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.
|15,000 victims of euthanasia in Belgium since 2002 legalization (La Croix)|
According to the article, 19% of victims were mentally ill and thus unable to give their consent. L’Osservatore Romano (12/7 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.
|Pope receives international Lutheran leaders, calls for renewed efforts to promote Christian unity (Vatican Press Office)|
“Although the past cannot be changed, the future challenges us: we can no longer refuse to seek and foster greater communion in charity and faith,” Pope Francis told leaders of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.lutheranworld.org/"> Lutheran World Federation</a>.
|'Stand for DREAMers,' Catholic Charities urges in advocacy alert (Catholic Charities USA)|
“DREAMers” would benefit from the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), first introduced in Congress in 2001. (Click <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-184.cfm"> here</a> for a recent USCCB statement.)
|Cardinal Cipriani: Peru and Chile will greet Pope Francis with 'lively faith' (CNA)|
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the 2 nations from January 15 to 21.
|Pope Francis: general audience on apostolic journey to Myanmar, Bangladesh (full text) (Vatican Press Office)|
Click <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw4i4My-p2I"> here</a> for a video of the Pope’s 12/6 general audience.
|Pope meets with president of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Vatican Press Office)|
|Praise from Pontiff at 90th birthday celebration for Cardinal Sodano (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis highly praised Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the longtime Vatican Secretary of State, at a Mass celebrating the 90th birthday of the powerful Italian prelate. Cardinal Sodano continues to act at the Dean of the College of Cardinals.
|Filipino bishop denounces killing after priest is gunned down by vigilantes (Fides)|
After a Catholic priest was gunned down by vigilantes in Mindanao on December 4, Bishop Edwin de La Pena condemned the killing as “a crime that shouts out to heaven for justice.” Father Tito Paez was the first Catholic priest to become a victim of extra-judicial killings; a Protestant pastor in Mindanao and eight other people were killed by soldiers the previous day.
|Supreme Court weighs Colorado baker's refusal to make cake for same-sex marriage (Reuters)|
Click <a target="_blank" href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2017/16-111_f314.pdf"> here</a> for the transcript of oral arguments, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/12/04/who-are-the-friends-of-religious-liberty/"> here</a> for an overview of the friend-of-the-court briefs in the case, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/16-111-tsac-USCCB.pdf"> here</a> for the USCCB’s brief.
|Resignations and appointments (12/6) (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop for reasons of age. The prelate was succeeded by his coadjutor.
|Canadian government may expand euthanasia to teens, mentally ill (National Catholic Register)|
Canada enacted a euthanasia law in 2016 after its Supreme Court declared an anti-euthanasia law unconstitutional.
|In preview of synod, Pope Francis outlines vision of vocational ministry (Vatican Press Office)|
In a message to a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.congregazionevitaconsacrata.va/content/vitaconsacrata/it/eventi/convegno-sulla-pastorale-vocazionale/inglese.html"> Vatican conference</a>, Pope Francis outlined his vision of vocational ministry to youth—the theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops. The Pope discussed 3 convictions, 3 challenges, and 7 traits of vocational ministry.
|Pope signals opposition to Trump plan for Jerusalem embassy (Vatican Radio)|
At his public audience on December 6, Pope Francis said that he “cannot keep silent” about the situation in Jerusalem—an obvious reference to the announcement by US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy to that city.</br> The Pope made “a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations resolutions.”