|Message of Pope Francis for the 2018 World Youth Day (Vatican Press Office)|
World Youth Day is commemorated on Palm Sunday in Rome during those years in which there is no major international gathering. The theme of the 2018 message, dated February 11 and released on February 22, is “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30).
|German bishops approve Communion for non-Catholic spouses (CNA)|
The Catholic bishops of Germany will allow the Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in some cases, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced. The new policy will allow Communion for couples who, after consulting with their priests, determine that they have a “grave spiritual need” to share the Eucharist.
|Pope, Curia hear call to 'listen to the thirst of the periphery' (Vatican News)|
Father José Tolentino Mendoca, a Portuguese theologian who serves as vice rector of the Portuguese Catholic University, is preaching meditations at this year’s Lenten retreat for the Pope and members of the Roman Curia.
|Turkish government blocks election of new Armenian patriarch (Forum 18)|
The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=5&pagetypeID=9&sitecode=hq&pageno=1"> Armenian Apostolic Church</a> is among the Oriental Orthodox churches that ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451.
|Cardinal Sarah sees decline in faith in the Eucharist (Catholic Herald)|
Cardinal Robert Sarah warns of an “insidious diabolical attack” aimed at faith in the Eucharist. The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship calls for “a rediscovery and promotion of the beauty and pastoral value” of receiving Communion kneeling, on the tongue. He makes these observations in the preface to a new book by an Italian author on the new practice of receiving Communion in the hand.
|Pope, Curia leaders conclude Lenten Retreat (Vatican News)|
|Vatican diplomat praises draft of global migration compact, offers suggestions for improvement (Holy See Mission)|
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations, offered a few suggestions for improving the <a target="_blank" href="https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/sites/default/files/180205_gcm_zero_draft_final.pdf"> draft</a> of the international migration treaty. The prelate noted “the absence of any reference to the spiritual dimension of migrants and to their fundamental right to religious freedom.”
|Pope Francis thanks Italy's Anti-Usury Council (Vatican News)|
The letter follows a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=35319"> recent address</a> to members of the Anti-Usury Council.
|Catholic bishops urge parishes not to cooperate with Texas Right to Life (Dallas News)|
The Catholic bishops of Texas have requested that parishes cease cooperating with Texas Right to Life, citing what the bishops see as the group’s unacceptable political approach. The bishops point to the group’s “rejection of incremental pro-life reforms,” and its criticism of statements from the state’s bishops.
|UN warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in southeast Congo (Reuters)|
|Cardinal Marx calls for dialogue with Eastern European bishops (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)|
“Dialogue should be intensified in light of the conflicting positions – recently clarified – in the debate on refugees, and in the case of the divorced and remarried,” the German prelate said.
|Archbishop of Canterbury sees 'ecumenical spring' (Archbishop of Canterbury)|
In an address to the World Council of Churches, the Anglican leader cited St. John Paul II, Pope Francis, Cardinal Walter Kasper, and Father Raniero Cantalamessa (the preacher to the papal household).
|DR Congo bishops issue statement on political crisis (Vatican News)|
“The bishops voiced their concern in front of the appalling and frightening deterioration of the situation in the country, where ordinary, innocent citizens are victims of bloody repressions,” according to the report.
|Hindu attacks on Christians double in India (UCANews)|
According to a new report, there were 736 attacks in 2017—up from 348 the previous year.
|Anger in Nigerian village as girls still missing after Boko Haram attack (Reuters)|
The attack occurred in Yobe State, which is located in northeastern Nigeria.
|South Korean Catholics collect 1 million signatures in effort to keep abortion illegal (UCANews)|
“A fetus is a reflection of God, a citizen of our society, and a human life that should be respected,” said Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul.
|British court orders life support removed from toddler with rare brain disorder (Crux)|
“My son is two years of age and he’s been sentenced to the death penalty,” said the child’s father. The Vatican’s Bambino Gesù children’s hospital has offered to care for the child.
|Congo bishop explains background of conflict with government (Catholic World Report)|
Bishop Donatien Bafuidinsoni Maloko-Mana of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, spoke to <I>Catholic World Report</I> about the conflict in that country, and the reasons why the Catholic Church has been subjected to attacks.
|Hosts 'miraculously' preserved 16 months after devastating earthquake (National Catholic Register)|
40 consecrated hosts, exhibiting no signs of decay, were recovered from a tabernacle of an Italian church damaged in a 2016 earthquake.
|Lesbian couple files suit after Catholic Charities declines to place refugee foster children with them (Washington Post)|
The Texas plaintiffs allege that the defendants “have discriminated and continue to discriminate impermissibly against individuals, including Plaintiffs, based on religion, their sexual orientation, their sex, and the same-sex character of their marriage, by funding the administration of services that they are on notice are being administered in a manner that disfavors same-sex relationships.”