CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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Mother fears her 10-year-old fighting in Marawi 
ILIGAN (UCAN): A mother whose three year-old child was abducted in 2010 from their home in Manila begged military officials on August 27 to rescue children from fighting for the Maute Group in Mindanao.
 
She said that a recent film clip on social media showed a boy soldier fighting in Marawi, whom she believes may well be her son.
 
Media reports have identified children, some as young as 10, fighting in the siege.
 
British interference with Irish bishop’s appointment
DUBLIN (SE): Newly released public documents show a bid by British diplomats to influence the Vatican’s choice of the archbishop of Armagh in 1990.
 
The Irish Times reported that confidential memos from the Public Record Office in Belfast show that Archbishop Emmanuel Gerada, who was the apostolic nuncio to Ireland, advised the British ambassador to the Holy See not to discuss his concerns directly with the Vatican, as he would be on delicate ground.
 
He assured the ambassador candidates would be well-regarded people.
 
Cardinal blasts Trump’s pardon of former sheriff
NEW YORK (SE): Roger Cardinal Mahony blasted the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, for pardoning Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff from Arizona convicted on contempt of court charges in July.
 
“I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arapaio,” Cardinal Mahony said. “The former sheriff’s tenure was marked by racial profiling, harassment of our Latino brothers and sisters, and the disruption of immigrant communities.”
 
He added, “Rather than upholding it, President Trump’s pardon flouts and undermines the rule of law.”
 
Father of Marawi terrorist leaders dies
MANILA (UCAN): Cayamora Maute, the father of the two brothers who led the siege of the city of Marawi, died on August 27 after more than two months in detention for rebellion.
 
He was arrested on June 6 with his wife and other family in Davao City.
 
His body was to be taken to the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila, where police were bracing for possible protests from Muslims.
 
Maute died just hours after Norodin Alonto Lucman, a civic leader in Marawi and staunch supporter of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, accused government officials of conspiring with terrorists to start the conflict in the city.


Vatican presents at World Energy Fair
ASTANA (SE): Peter Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, presented a pavillion under the theme of Energy for the Common Good: Caring for our Common Home as part of a World EXPO being held in Astana in Kazakhstan.
 
The Vatican presentation opened on September 2, the Holy See national day, although the EXPO has been running since June 2.
 
American Jesuit to lead Church in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK (SE): Father Anthony Corcoran sj has been named apostolic administrator of the Church in Kyrgyzstan in central Asia. It was once part of the Soviet Union.
 
The nation of six million is 80 per cent Muslim and 17 per cent Russian Orthodox.
 
Father Corcoran has worked in Siberia and Russia since 1997. “Several decades of state-imposed policies of aggressive atheism resulted in a truly wounded society,” he told the media in 2014.
 
Father Corcoran added that often uncontrolled free-market economics with little sense of social responsibility have bred a cynicism in society.
 
Pope meets leaders of World Council of Churches
ROME (SE): Pope Francis met Reverend Olav Fykse Tvelt and Agnes Abuom, from the World Council of Churches, on August 25.
 
Reverend Tvelt said that it had been a constructive and fruitful meeting. He explained the talks had centred on questions of economic justice, climate change and peacekeeping efforts.
 
He said that the council leaders had joined the pope in a prayer for unity and reconciliation, and had agreed to work towards another meeting next year.
 
Swiss Guards braced for terrorist attack
VATICAN (SE): The head of the Swiss Guards says that his unit is prepared for a terrorist attack on the Vatican.
 
“Perhaps it is only a question of time before an attack of this kind happens in Rome,” the commander, Christoph Graft, said in reaction to recent terrorist attacks in Spain. He added that the Vatican is prepared to respond to an attack.
 
Islamist extremists have frequently mentioned the Vatican as a potential target.

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