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Arrests at abortion clinic
WASHINGTON (SE): Father Stephen Imbarrato, from of Priests for Life, together with Julia Haag and Joan McKee, was arrested inside an abortion clinic in Washington DC in the United States of America on December 4, during what he calls the Red Rose Rescue.
 
Together with three women, he was distributing red roses to women waiting for an abortion as a way of engaging them in conversation. Police had allowed them to distribute the roses in the public areas outside the clinic and only arrested them when they ventured inside.
 
LifeSiteNews reported that the clinic is not registered to do abortions and had freezers stacked with aborted foetuses. The three that were arrested had no complaints about the police treatment.
 
Acknowledgement of false accusation against priest
ST LOUIS (SE): The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has issued a public statement acknowledging that the group publicised false accusations against a priest from St. Louis on November 28.
 
Father Joseph Jiang had sued the group for defamation. As part of the settlement, SNAP admitted “that all matters and claims against Father Jiang have either been dismissed or adjudicated in favour of Father Jiang.”
 
However, the director of SNAP, Barbara Dorris, said the statement was not an apology, but an admission of regret for false accusations.
 
Convicted of 30-year-old murder
CUIABÁ (SE): Ronaldo Antônio Osmar, the only surviving member of those accused of the murder of the Spanish Jesuit missionary, Father Vicente Cañas, in April 1987, was found guilty by the Regional Court of Cuiabá in Brazil and sentenced to 14 years and three months imprisonment.
 
A member of the police, Osmar first stood trial in 2006, but was acquitted for lack of evidence. Fides reported that the new trial lasted two days, November 29 and 30, which led to the condemnation of Osmar.
 
United States turning refugees away
WASHINGTON (SE): Refugee admissions into the United States of America are down 83 per cent in the first two months of the 2017 to 2018 financial year (October and November) compared to the same period last year.
 
Only 3,108 refugees were admitted in October and November as compared with 18,300 in the same period last year.
 
CNS reported that 14 months after the administration of Barack Obama backed a push for global responsibility for refugees and migrants, the administration of Donald Trump has pulled out of the initiative as “not compatible with sovereignty.”
 
Vatican Bank fires deputy
ROME (SE): The Institute for Religious Works, better known as the Vatican Bank, gave its deputy director-general, Giulio Mattietti, his marching orders on November 27 for so-far unknown reasons. ANSA reported that Mattietti was escorted out of the Vatican two days ago.
 
Mattietti was appointed in November 2015, the Vatican Press Office confirmed that Mattietti had been fired.
 
Worn out pope
YANGON (SE): After a 10-hour flight from Rome to Yangon, Pope Francis did not hit the ground running, but rather began his tour of the Union of Myanmar with a restful programme.
 
Although there were private audiences with leaders of different religions in Myanmar the following day, his long break on November 27 is quite unusual for a papal trip.
 
It could be a sign that the pope is feeling his 80 years.
 
Fit for bishop not for court
NEWCASTLE (SE): Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has appeared in court in Newcastle on December 6 on one count of covering up an indictable offence after being declared fit to stand trial.
 
The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide is accused of covering up abuse by the late Father Jim Fletcher in New South Wales in the 1970s.
 
Archbishop Wilson’s legal team told the court its client had just received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis after a fall, which made his memory unreliable.
 
Although pressured to resign, the archbishop believes he is well enough to be an archbishop, although maybe not in good enough shape to go to court.
 
Pope meets with Palestinian leaders
VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met with a delegation from the Permanent Committee for Dialogue with Religious Figures in Palestine on the morning of December 6. 
 
The pope told the delegation, “The Holy Land is for us as Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind. The culmination of that dialogue that took place in Nazareth between the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, an event to which the Qur’an also makes reference.”

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