Cardinal Wuerl withdraws as celebrant of Mass for Life (CNA) Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who was scheduled to preside at Mass a the rally preceding the annual March for Life, will be replaced by Archbishop Christopher Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the US. Cardinal Wuerl is facing heavy criticism because of his claim—now retracted—that he was unaware of sex-abuse charges against his predecessor, former cardinal McCarrick.
Leading Peruvian bishop lauds synodality (Fides) Preaching to his brother bishops, the president of the episcopal conference, Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos, said that “the Church as God’s people is a synodal Church, it walks together, to proclaim and witness [to] the Gospel. The synodal Church is a concept that is easy to express with words, but it is not so easy to put into practice ... Synodality belongs to the whole Church and to all the members of the Church.”
Pontiff thanks Italian police who patrol Vatican (Vatican News) Meeting on January 17 with members of the Italian police unit that patrols St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said that Christians should “live our relationships with a fraternal and merciful attitude, especially with people who suffer from sickness, abandonment, and marginalization.” The Inspectorate of Public Security coordinates with the Vatican’s own security officials to guard the Pope and the public approaches to Vatican territory.