China: still no 'yes' to Vatican agreement (AsiaNews) Asked by a Japanese reporter to comment on the extension of provisional Sino-Vatican agreement, the spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said that the provisional agreement “has been working smoothly since it was reached two years ago” and did not comment on its potential extension.
US bishops decry new federal executions (USCCB) “After the first murder recorded in the Bible, God did not end Cain’s life, but rather preserved it, warning others not to kill Cain (Gn. 4:15),” said the chairmen of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “In the last 60 years, before the Trump administration restarted federal executions, there were only four federal executions. Since July, there have been five ... We say to President Trump and Attorney General Barr: Enough. Stop these executions.”
Vatican silent on the Abraham Accords (Crux) Analyzing the Vatican’s silence on recent Middle East peace agreements brokered by President Trump, John Allen writes that “the Vatican can’t object to any step that seems to promote peace, but it also doesn’t have to go out of its way to praise figures [President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] about whom it has reservations on multiple fronts.” In addition, “the Holy See definitely wants peace in the Middle East, but this isn’t really their plan for it.”
Vatican diplomat criticizes UN Covid resolution (Holy See Mission) “The Holy See considers it most unfortunate that the adopted resolution includes the deeply concerning and divisive reference to ‘sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,’” said Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. The resolution was adopted in a 169-2 vote, with the United States and Israel voting against it.
Pope prays for Covid-struck Cuba (Vatican News) “I ask the Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, to free them and alleviate them in these difficult times they are going through because of the pandemic,” Ppe Francis said, as he recalled his 2015 apostolic journey there.
EU bishops urge action to protect asylum seekers (COMECE) “These people came to Europe for help, and we left them as refugees in camps,” said Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, following a fire at the Lésvos refugee camp (for whose victims the Pope has expressed solidarity). “It is a shame for Europe. What is on fire is not only the camp of Moria, but also the identity of Europe. We cannot claim Europe’s Christian roots if we leave people in despair.”
Euthanasia fast gaining acceptance in Netherlands, cardinal fears (CNA) Cardinal Willem Eijk of Utrecht fears that the acceptance of euthanasia is growing “ever more extended” in the Netherlands. In a conversation with the Catholic News Agency, Cardinal Eijk said that he could foresee the number of euthanasia cases growing to become more than 8% of all deaths in the Netherlands by 2028.
South Sudanese bishop warns against tribalism (Fides) “God your Creator is also the Creator of all, this automatically means that all other human beings are in the image of God and that no tribe is better than other tribes,” said Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan, a nation with over five dozen ethnic groups. “Consequently you cannot in the name of your tribe humiliate another tribe, you cannot in the name of your tribe deprive another tribe and you cannot in the name of your tribe oppress other human beings.”
Costa Rican bishops criticize nation's economic model (Fides) The Central American nation of 5 million (map) is 76% Catholic and 19% Protestant. “Inequality, poverty and unemployment are only consequences of an economic model that does not place the human being at the center of its development,” the bishops said.
DR Congo bishops call for fair election laws (Vatican News) The general secretary of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (map) called on citizens to “block the path of any majority or minority political party who might want to take our country and our future hostage by political deception.”
Cardinal Tagle cleared of Covid (Catholic Herald) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who tested positive for Covid earlier this month, has recovered, the Filipino bishops’ conference has announced. Cardinal Tagle, the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization, had tested positive two weeks ago.