Cardinal Turkson links Laudato Si', protests over George Floyd's death (Our Sunday Visitor) Pope Francis devoted his second encyclical, Laudato si’, to care for our common home. The prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development sees protests following the death of George Floyd as “a cry for people to recognize that every human being requires a certain minimum of social conditions to enable him to live and live successfully. That’s what social ecology is all about.”
New attacks on Christians in Pakistan (Fides) Islam is the official religion of the South Asian nation of 211 million (map), the fifth most populous in the world. 96% of Pakistan’s people are Muslim, 2% are Christian, and 1% are Hindu.
Pope returns to St. Peter's Square for Regina Caeli address (Vatican Press Office) “By forgiving and gathering His disciples around Him, Jesus makes them a Church, His Church, which is a community reconciled and ready for mission,” Pope Francis said on Pentecost Sunday (video). In March, because of the pandemic, the Pope began delivering his Sunday Angelus (or Regina Caeli) address from the library of the Apostolic Palace.
Supreme Court won't put inmate's transgender surgery on hold (AP) Adree Edmo, 32, is in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male; he now identifies as a woman. Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Edmo “shouldn’t have access to taxpayer-funded surgical procedures that other Idahoans can’t get covered through their own insurance,” according to the report. “But Edmo’s attorneys say prisons don’t get to pick and choose which people to treat, and they’re required to provide medically necessary care to incarcerated people.”
US Supreme Court, 5-4, refuses to halt California's limits on worship services (Religion Clause) “Although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his majority opinion. “The [South Bay United Pentecostal] Church and its congregants simply want to be treated equally to comparable secular businesses,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in his dissent.
Swiss authorities freeze account linked to Vatican investments (CNA) Prompted by a request from Vatican officials, Swiss banking authorities have frozen the funds in several bank accounts associated with a complex London real-estate transaction. The Vatican sought Swiss help in its probe into the deal, which involved loans from several Swiss banks, including at least one that has effectively been closed down by regulators because of multiple violations of reporting requirements.