|Exploiting women is a sin against God, Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)|
On June 15, Pope Francis preached on Matthew 5:27-32, the Gospel reading of the day.
|Nicaragua: opposition, with backing of archdiocese, stages general strike (Deutsche Welle)|
As Nicaragua’s bishops called for a renewal of talks between the repressive leftist regime and opposition leaders, the Archdiocese of Managua backed the opposition’s call for a general strike, according to the report.
|Australian priests still bound by confessional seal, bishop says (Crux)|
Despite a new law, Catholic priests in Australia remain bound by the absolute secrecy of the confession, Bishop Gregory O’Kelly said. Bishop O’Kelly—who earlier this month was named apostolic administrator of the Adelaide archdiocese, after Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of failing to report abuse—said that the confessional seal, imposed by the nature of the sacrament, “does not change by the law of politicians.”
|Vatican Secretary of State speaks on migration, emphasizes 'primary right' to remain in home country (Vatican Press Office)|
Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed participants in the Second Holy See – Mexico Conference on International Migration (<a target="_blank" href="https://embamex2.sre.gob.mx/vaticano/index.php/noticias/244-coloquio-sobre-migracion-internacional-entre-mexico-y-la-santa-sede">Spanish-language link</a>). The Vatican Secretary of State assessed the current political climate, called for the humane treatment of migrants and a greater multilateral response to migration flows, and discussed the “primary right” to live with dignity in one’s home country.
|Nicaraguan cardinal renews criticism of government repression (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)|
Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes “condemns and rejects the attacks in many places across the country,” according to the report. He said, “This morning, I was told by the priests of Jonotepe that the city has been attacked by riot police and paramilitary groups.”
|Nuncio calls on US bishops to listen to youth, Hispanics, Pope's teaching on holiness (USCCB)|
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States since 2016, called on US bishops to reflect on the teaching of the Pope’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11842"> apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness</a> (Gaudete et Exsultate).
|Worldwide drop in numbers of priests, seminarians (Catholic Herald)|
The number of Catholic priests and seminarians has dropped significantly over the past four years, new Vatican statistics show. The <i>Annuarium</I>, a statistical record made public on June 13, showed a slight decline in the number of world’s priests, and a more troubling 3% decline in the number of seminarians. The decline is most visible in Europe and the Americas. Africa is bucking the trend, with a steady rise in the number of priests and in the overall Catholic population.
|Guam archbishop appeals Vatican guilty verdict on abuse charges (USA Today)|
As expected, Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana, Guam has appealed the decision of a Vatican tribunal that found him guilty of sex-abuse charges. Archbishop Michael Byrnes, who was appointed by the Vatican as a coadjutor to lead the Guam archdiocese after Archbishop Apuron was recalled to Rome, remarked that the long canonical process is having a “very detrimental” impact on the local Church. “We need final closure,” he said.
|500 British priests sign statement of support for Humanae Vitae (Catholic Herald)|
|Migrants are persons, not numbers or threats, Pope says in message (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis addressed his message to participants in the Second Holy See – Mexico Conference on International Migration (<a target="_blank" href="https://embamex2.sre.gob.mx/vaticano/index.php/noticias/244-coloquio-sobre-migracion-internacional-entre-mexico-y-la-santa-sede">Spanish-language link</a>).
|Argentina's bishops lament lower house's vote to legalize abortion (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)|
The bill passed the lower house in a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/14/argentina-congress-vote-legalise-abortion"> 129-123 vote</a> and now proceeds to the senate.
|US bishops hear updates on Latino Catholics, migrants, synod, World Youth Day (USCCB)|
Click <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/usccb-general-assembly/video-on-demand.cfm"> here</a> for video coverage of the US bishop’s spring meeting.
|Belarus says no to foreign Catholic and Orthodox priests (Forum 18)|
The government of Belarus has denied permission for Catholic and Orthodox priests from other countries to serve there. A Catholic priest from Poland was denied permission to replace another priest who is leaving Belarus.
|US slaps down abortion language at G7 negotiations (C-FAM)|
|Unanswered questions on cause for Archbishop Sheen's beatification (National Catholic Register)|
This week’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=37269&repos=4&subrepos=2&searchid=1835639"> New York court ruling</a> removed one obstacle to the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. But Father Raymond de Souza explains that the legal battle between the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria has left some questions unanswered, and only Vatican intervention could resolve them.
|US bishops denounce Trump immigration policies, weigh responses (RNS)|
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voiced “deep concern” about the Trump administration’s immigration policies, as the USCCB met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Many bishops called for stronger measures, with Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson suggesting “canonical penalties” for federal agents who enforce the policies.
|Philippine police arrest suspect in priest's killing (UCANews)|
Father Richmond Villaflor Nilo was murdered by motorcycle-riding gunmen as he was about to celebrate Sunday Mass.
|USCCB president appoints 3 new members of National Review Board (USCCB)|
The advisory body, established by the US bishops at their 2002 meeting in Dallas, assists the US bishops in addressing the sexual abuse of minors.
|Cardinal denounces attorney general's decision not to grant asylum to domestic violence victims (USCCB)|
Attorney General Jeff Sessions <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/us/politics/sessions-domestic-violence-asylum.html"> said that</a> domestic abuse and gang violence are not grounds for granting asylum—prompting criticism from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
|US returns stolen Christopher Columbus letter to the Vatican (CNN)|
Click <a target="_blank" href="https://va.usembassy.gov/ambassador-gingrich-returns-letter-by-christopher-columbus-to-the-vatican/"> here</a> for a transcripts of remarks by Callista Gingrich, the US ambassador to the Holy See.