April 2018

Baby dies after UK court denies life-support line from Italy
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

**UPDATE**
The BBC reported on April 28 that 23-month-old Alfie Evans died almost a weeek after his life support was withdrawn. His father, Tom Evans, wrote on his Facebook page: "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings... absolutely heartbroken."
UK justice, Anthony Hayden, earlier rejected what he said was a final legal appeal by the parents of saying they the parents...

Workers deserve better
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

May 1 is International Workers’ Day. On this first day of May, a month the Church devotes to Mary, the Mother Church begins by celebrating her husband, Joseph and his economic contribution to the Holy Household. Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955 in response to the May Day celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists. 
 
Beginning in the Book of Genesis, the dignity of human work has long been celebrated as a participation in...

Pope calls German cardinal to Rome to discuss Eucharistic sharing guidelines
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has asked Reinhard Cardinal Marx, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, to come to Rome to discuss pastoral guidelines for possibly allowing some non-Catholics married to Catholics to receive the Eucharist, Matthias Kopp, the conference spokesperson said on April 19.
 
The cardinal had announced on February 22 at the end of plenary meeting of the episcopal conference, that three-quarters of the German bishops approved the development...

Reject economy that exploits pope says
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Finance and the economy effect every person and every society, playing a large part in “determining the quality of life and even death” and the degree to which a person’s life is worthy of his or her God-given dignity, Pope Francis writes in the introduction to the book Potere e Denaro (Power and Money), which was released on April 12.
 
Written by Michele Zanzucchi, editor of Citta Nuova, the magazine of the Focolare...

Church workers told to quit if they run in elections
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Any Church worker or Church organisation official running for office in Philippine local village and youth elections on May 14 will be considered as having resigned from their post, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, Metro Manila, has warned.
 
In a pastoral letter issued in the third week of April, the bishop said that in order to prevent allegations of undue advantage or perceptions that the institution will be used for partisan activities, Church workers or...

Australian sister released after visa row
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

MANILA (Agencies): Sister Patricia Fox, the superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, was released on April 17, a day after she was detained by the Bureau of Immigration for allegedly violating the conditions of her stay in the country, UCAN reported on April 18.
 
The 71-year-old Australian missionary, who has been working in the Philippines for the past 27 years, was let go after  her lawyers presented her passport and other immigration...

Pakistan’s top judge to hear Asia Bibi’s death sentence appeal
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

KARACHI (UCAN): Pakistan’s chief justice, Saqib Nisar, has announced he will take up the appeal of Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother of five who has been on death row since 2010 for blasphemy (Sunday Examiner, 28 November 2010).
 
He told her chief counsel, Saif ul Malook to prepare her appeal.
 
“Be ready, Saif ul Malook. I am going to fix your case soon and I myself will preside over the bench,” Nisar told Malook on April 21....

Human rights report slams Bangladesh
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

DHAKA (UCAN): The information minister of Bangladesh, Hasanul Haq, has trashed the Bangladesh 2017 Human Rights Report from the State Department of the United States of America.
 
He called the report one-sided, unethical, baseless and fictitious, but Church officials say the report sheds lights on worsening violations.
 
“We reject the report as it was prepared without taking opinions, especially from the information, law and home...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

 
 
English and Welsh bishops concerned over gender ideology
MANCHESTER (CNS): The bishops of England and Wales have raised concerns over the rise of gender ideology, saying it is creating confusion among people about the truth of human nature.
 
“The idea that the individual is free to define himself or herself dominates discourse about gender. Yet our human instinct is otherwise,” they said in a statement issued at...

Police win against online child abusers
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

Police in many nations that are fighting back against the paedophiles who sexually exploit children online are having remarkable success. 
 
Paedophiles and child pornographers, despite hiding on the dark web and using encryption software, are being caught in increasing numbers. They abuse children online and send thousands of pictures of them each other over the Internet. 
 
This incites and arouses paedophiles to go out into the...