|Vatican sets the stage for abuse summit (National Catholic Register)|
At a February 18 press conference (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWQncShy578">video</a>), organizers of the upcoming Vatican abuse summit discussed the meeting’s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pbc2019.org/meeting/program"> agenda</a>, unveiled a website (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.pbc2019.org/home">www.pbc2019.org</a>), and fielded questions on homosexuality, the abuse of vulnerable adults, and other topics.
|Pope Francis, in weekday Mass homily, asks, 'Where is your brother?' (Vatican News)|
At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on February 18, Pope Francis preached on Genesis 4:1-15, 25, the first reading of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2019-02-18"> day</a>.
|Church leadership 'must enforce accountability for cardinals and bishops,' Cardinal O'Malley says following McCarrick laicization (Archdiocese of Boston)|
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who leads the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors but is not part of the organizing committee for this week’s Vatican abuse summit, said that “the Holy Father’s action by itself will not bring about the healing needed in the Catholic community and our wider society; both are justifiably appalled and outraged that the former Archbishop could have for so long inflicted harm on minors and young adults ... Sincere apologies and petitions for forgiveness must be part of the healing process but standing alone they ring hollow ... Leadership in the Church must enforce accountability for cardinals and bishops.”
|Vatican officials decline to comment on accused priest at Apostolic Signatura (National Catholic Reporter)|
Msgr. Joseph Punderson, defender of the bond at the Apostolic Signatura (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/index.cfm?id=36383">definition</a>), was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=40707"> recently included</a> on the Diocese of Trenton’s <a target="_blank" href="https://dioceseoftrenton.org/documents/2019/2/List%20of%20Credibly%20Accused%202.13.19.pdf"> list</a> of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. He and the future Archbishop Charles Scicluna were <a target="_blank" href="https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/motu_proprio/documents/hf_jp-ii_motu-proprio_20020110_sacramentorum-sanctitatis-tutela.pdf"> translators</a> (see p. 3) of a 2001 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the punishment of priests who sexually abuse minors.
|Iraqi cardinal: eliminate 'ideology of jihad' and concept of 'holy war' against Christians (AsiaNews)|
Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, spoke at the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.securityconference.de/en/"> Munich Security Conference</a>.
|Missionary bishop links abuse crisis to homosexual priests, Internet (Crux)|
In this interview, Spanish-born Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munoz of Bangassou (Central African Republic) discusses the Islamist persecution of Christians as well as the abuse crisis, which he attributed in part to “the entrance of homosexual priests to the seminary, who have lived their homosexuality within the Church in the 1970s to the 1990s.”
|In Nigeria's tight election, Christian vote is seen as key (AP)|
The nation of 204 million (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria#/media/File:Nigeria_(orthographic_projection).svg">map</a>) is the most populous in Africa. Nigeria is 50% Muslim and 40% Christian, with 10% retaining indigenous beliefs.
|African Christians are converting Chinese workers in Africa (AsiaNews)|
“African migrants are also moving to China in larger numbers, many of them practitioners of very evangelistic forms of Pentecostal Christianity who are willing to flout the rules placed on religious activity in China,” according to the report.
|Ukrainian prelate links abuse crisis to 'collapse of virtue' (Crux)|
On February 18, Pope Francis <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usccb.org/news/2019/19-037.cfm"> appointed</a> the prelate, Bishop Boris Gudziak, as Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
|USCCB reacts to McCarrick laicization: 'No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church' (USCCB)|
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued this statement following the Vatican’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=40711"> announcement</a> of the laicization of Theodore McCarrick. Expressing gratitude to Pope Francis for “the determined way he has led the Church’s response,” Cardinal DiNardo said, “For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
|In the Beatitudes, Jesus opens our eyes to reality, Pope tells pilgrims (Vatican Press Office)|
In his February 17 Sunday Angelus address (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4QIbAG0PY">video</a>), Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2019-02-17"> day</a> (Luke 6:17, 20-26).
|US bishops decry President Trump's order to fund border wall (USCCB)|
Reacting to President Trump’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-border-security-victory/"> decision</a> to take executive action to fund a border wall, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration said that “the wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”
|McCarrick laicized; appeal denied (National Catholic Register)|
|Overcome fear and encounter Christ in migrants and refugees, Pope preaches at Mass (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis celebrated Mass (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzxIy6kD3fw">video</a>) for the opening of the meeting “Freedom from Fear,” organized by the Italian bishops, Caritas, and the Astalli Centre (Jesuit Refugee Service).
|Preserve and transmit the tradition of the Church Fathers, Pope tells Augustinianum (Zenit)|
Pope Francis met with members of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.patristicum.org/en/"> Patristic Institute Augustinianum</a> in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.
|Pope invites prayers for abuse summit (Vatican News)|
“From next Thursday to Sunday a meeting will be held in the Vatican of the presidents of all the episcopal conferences on the theme of the protection of the minors in the Church,” Pope Francis said following his <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=40719"> February 17 Angelus address</a>. “I invite you to pray for this appointment, which I wished for as an action of strong pastoral responsibility faced with an urgent challenge of our time.”
|Council of Cardinals meeting this week (Vatican Press Office)|
The Council of Cardinals—the body advising Pope Francis on reform of the Vatican bureaucracy—is holding its 28th meeting in Rome this week. During the 3-day meeting, stretching from February 18 to 20, the cardinals will continue their discussion of a new apostolic constitution governing the responsibilities of the Roman Curia.<br><br> Once informally known as the “Council of Nine,” the group now has only six members, following the removal of Cardinals George Pell, Javier Errazuriz, and Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya.
|Pope cancels sanctions against Nicaraguan priest-poet Ernesto Cardenal (La Croix)|
Father Ernesto Cardenal, the former Nicaraguan culture minister who <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=10508"> defied</a> St. John Paul II’s order to resign from his position in the Sandinista government, is 94 years old and dying, according to the report.
|Diocese of Rome opens canonization causes of laywoman, nun (L'Osservatore Romano (pp. 2, 4))|
Enrica Onorante, a laywoman and mother who died in 2008, offered herself to God as a victim soul and worked with Italian bishops in assisting the Church in impoverished nations. Mother Maria Bernardetta of the Immaculate, who died in 2001, was a member of the <a target="_blank" href="https://cmswr.org/community/poor-sisters-of-st-joseph/"> Poor Sisters of St. Joseph</a> and served in Argentina and Virginia.
|Pope Francis: Indigenous peoples are 'living cry of hope' for the earth (Vatican News)|
“They know what it is to listen to the earth, to see the earth, to touch the earth,” Pope Francis <a target="_blank" href="http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/02/14/190214c.html"> said</a> following an <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=40692"> address</a> to representatives of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development. “And if certain decisions taken so far have ruined it, it is never too late to learn lessons and acquire a new way of life.”