Leading Venezuelan prelate renews criticism of Maduro regime (Vatican News) The president of the bishop’s conference, Archbishop Jose Luis Azuaje Ayala of Maracaibo, told Vatican News that Nicolás Maduro rules Venezuela illegitimately because the 2018 presidential election was “full of irregularities.” The prelate added, “In Maracaibo [the second-largest city], the lights go out every 5 or 6 hours. There is no water ... We continue to insist on the need for political change in the country, because without it there will be no change in the economic or social system.”
Secretary Pompeo convenes 2nd Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom (US Department of State) The 2nd Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom brings together 1,000 foreign ministers, religious leaders, and others from 115 nations. “77% of world’s population, 5.5 billion, live in 83 countries with high or very high restrictions on the practice of religion,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Military Services, who chairs the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. “I am pleased to participate in this Ministerial, and support our government’s efforts to promote freedom of conscience and religion for all.”
Vatican spokesman discusses Teutonic Cemetery investigation (Vatican News) 36 years after the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the Vatican’s decision to open two tombs is “a sign of particular attention and human and Christian closeness to the Orlandi family,” said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication. “It is certainly not—as has been said—an admission by the Vatican of a possible involvement in the concealment of a corpse.”
Catholic Charities USA 'strongly opposes' ICE deportation raids (Catholic Charities USA) “The threats of deportation and family separation are causing anxiety and fear within the vulnerable communities our agencies serve, endangering immigrant rights and safety,” said Sister Donna Markham. “Most significant is the lasting psychological damage family separation inflicts upon children. Such cruel behavior will impact children for the rest of their lives.”
Vincent Lambert dies of starvation (Vatican Press Office) Vincent Lambert died early on July 11 in a hospital in Reims, France, nine days after he was deprived of food and water as the result of a French court order. The Vatican released a statement promising prayers for the deceased and “those who, up to the end, were committed to assisting him with love and devotion.”
Search of Vatican tombs yields no clues on missing girl (Reuters) Searchers who excavated two tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery, inside the Vatican, found no human remains. The excavation, done on July 11, shed no light on the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in 1983.
However, the excavation added a new mystery, since the tombs were believed to be the burial places of two German princesses who died in the 19th century. No evidence of their remains was found.