2 priests killed, church burned down in Central African Republic (AFP) Repeatedly calling for peace since the onset of civil war in 2012, the nation’s bishops have condemned violence on all sides, including violence committed by the predominantly Christian “anti-balaka” militia mentioned in the article. The bishop of Bambari stated (French-language link) that two priests were killed during an attack on the Diocese of Alindao.
Church in England, Wales recalls 'Transgender Day of Remembrance' (@catholicEW) The Catholic Church in England and Wales tweeted, “Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance and we pray for all people who are ill at ease with their gender, seek to change it, suffer for it and have been persecuted, and also killed. All people are loved by God and valued in their inherent God-given dignity. #TDOR”
Stretch out your hand to the poor as Jesus did, Pope preaches at Mass for World Day of the Poor (Vatican Press Office) During the November 18 Mass (video, booklet), which was celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope referred to “the cry of the poor: it is the stifled cry of the unborn, of starving children, of young people more used to the explosion of bombs than happy shouts of the playground. It is the cry of the elderly, cast off and abandoned to themselves ... It is the cry of all those forced to flee their homes and native land for an uncertain future ... It is the cry of every Lazarus who weeps while the wealthy few feast on what, in justice, belongs to all.”
Report: Cardinal Cupich, Cardinal Wuerl collaborated on alternate sex abuse proposal (CNA) The proposal originally under consideration by the US bishops “would have established an independent lay-led commission to investigate allegations against bishops,” CNA reported. “The Cupich-Wuerl plan would instead send allegations against bishops to be investigated by their metropolitan archbishops, along with archdiocesan review boards.” Cardinal Cupich subsequently denied this report.
Vatican reinstates German rector sympathetic to women priests, homosexuals (La Croix) The Vatican has reinstated Father Ansgar Wucherpfennig as rector of the Sankt Georgen school of philosophy. Earlier this year the Congregation for Catholic Education had announced that the theologian’s approval would not be removed, apparently because of his support for the ordination of women and his calls for change in Catholic attitudes toward homosexuality.
Pope Francis pays tribute to Pope Benedict's theological approach (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis made his remarks (video) in an audience with the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, during which the Ratzinger Prize was conferred on Marianne Schlosser (a German Catholic theologian and specialist in the Late Middle Ages and St. Bonaventure) and Mario Botta (a Swiss architect whose buildings can be seen on his website).
Nobel Peace Prize winner meets with Pope, expresses 'grave concern' about abuse by priests (@k_satyarthi) Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist and the 2014 laureate, met with Pope Francis on November 16, “raised grave concern about institutional child sexual abuse by priests,” and “expressed hope that meeting of Presidents of Catholic Bishops conferences in Feb. 2019 will give a clear roadmap to ensure such crimes never occur.” The Pope, according to Satyarthi, said that “it will be a practical meeting.” Satyarthi also tweeted that the Pope lent his support to a legally binding UN treaty devoted to online child sexual abuse.
'Dictator Pope' author dismissed from Knights of Malta (Catholic Herald) Henry Sire, the author of The Dictator Pope, has been expelled from the Knights of Malta. Sire was suspended earlier this year, for writing that was deemed “gravely incompatible with his membership of the Order.” The grand master of the Knights of Malta, Giacomo Dalla Torre, said that The Dictator Pope is “gravely offensive and disrespectful to the person of the Holy Father.”