Archbishop Wenski criticizes public school monopoly (Vatican News) “When there is monopoly, we see the education system fails the students,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the new chairman of the bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, told Vatican News. “Having these private schools supported by vouchers, in which parents can choose the school that is best for their child, introduces a level of competition.”
Christian patriarchs protest radical effort to reconfigure Jerusalem (Fides) The “status quo” that allows for peaceful coexistence among religious groups in Jerusalem’s Old City is being threatened, the Christian patriarchs of Jerusalem have warned, citing a campaign by radical Jewish groups to buy up real estate in traditionally Christian neighborhoods. The Church leaders’ protest—signed by 13 Christian leaders including Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzabella—responds to a controversial court ruling that allowed a sale of property belonging to the Greek Orthodox patriarchate.
Catholic Charities leader apologizes for 'racism' accusation (CNA) Rob McCann, the president of Catholic Charities in Eastern Washington, has apologized for a public statement in which he proclaimed that the Catholic Church is racist. After a meeting with Spokane’s Bishop Thomas Daly, McCann acknowledged that his statement had offended some Catholics. “For that I am deeply and truly sorry,” he said. Bishop Daly announced that this year’s collection for Catholic Charities “will either be replaced by or taken in conjunction with the Black and Indian Missions Collection.”
Christian presence in Iraq's Nineveh Plains faces 'extinction' (Aid to the Church in Need) The Christian presence in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains region is “endangered with extinction,” according to a new study by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Christians fled their homes in the region during the Islamic State’s invasion in 2014. Upon their return, they have faced violence and harassment from Islamic militants, as well as administrative corruption and discrimination. ACN projects that the region’s Christian population could soon drop to 23,000: just one-fifth of what it was in 2014.