Pope Francis praises Mexico for welcoming migrants (AP) During his public audience on June 26, Pope Francis made a point of welcoming pilgrims from Mexico and praising that country’s government for its willingness to accept immigrants from other nations. The Pope’s remarks contrasted with his frequent criticism of US immigration policies.
Pope will suspend weekly audiences in July (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis will not hold his regular weekly public audiences during the month of July, the Vatican has announced. Pope Francis has chosen to remain in Rome during previous summers, and appears ready to do the same this year. The Vatican announced that Wednesday audiences will resume in August.
Prelates, liberal theologians meet to plan for Amazon Synod (National Catholic Register) A number of noted liberal Catholic leaders met in Rome this week for what the Vatican characterized as a “study meeting” to prepare for the Amazon Synod. Participants at the meeting— which was by invitation— included Cardinal Walter Kasper; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod; Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the retired Brazilian prelate who was appointed by Pope Francis as relator general of this Synod meeting; and Bishop Erwin Kräutler, who has made the case for the ordination of married men to the priesthood.
Accused Argentine bishop allowed to return to Rome before court date (Catholic Herald) A judge in Argentina has given permission for Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who is accused of sexual abuse, to return to his post at the Vatican, provided that he returns for an August court appearance. Bishop Zanchetta resigned as Bishop of Oran, Argentina in 2017, citing health reasons. He was then appointed by Pope Francis to a senior post in APSA, the office that controls the Vatican’s real-estate investments.
Controversial Italian bishop resigns at 64 (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Francesco Cavina from the Diocese of Carpi, Italy. Bishop Cavina, who is only 64 years old, explained that he was stepping down because of an investigation into municipal corruption. Although he denied wrongdoing, he said that the investigation, accompanied by intense media coverage, had stymied his pastoral leadership. Bishop Cavina had earned headlines in 2015 when he criticized public statements by Pope Francis, and again in 2018 when he led an effort to bring Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child, to Rome for treatment.
Cardinal Koch weighs in on multiple bishops in a city (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) Cardinal Kurt Koch, the prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sent a message to an Orthodox-Catholic conference devoted to the theme “One City, One Bishop: Church Boundaries Past, Present and Future.” Citing Canon 8 of the First Council of Nicaea (325), Cardinal Koch said that the principle of one bishop per city is less important today; however, “it would probably be dangerous to alienate the territorial criterion.”
Iraqi archbishop sees ISIS orphans as 'major emergency' (AsiaNews) Thousands of ISIS orphans live on the streets of Mosul, according to the report; others face torture and violence in prison. “We cannot abandon them, because they could become the jihadists of tomorrow, and it is the responsibility of the government and the international community to take care of them,” the prelate said.