Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Wuerl (Vatican Press Office) The acceptance of Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation comes nearly three years after he turned 75, the age at which bishops offer the Pope their resignation. Born in 1940 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1966, the prelate served as auxiliary bishop of Seattle (1986-87), bishop of Pittsburgh (1988-2006), and archbishop of Washington (2006-17). Pope Benedict created him a cardinal in 2010 and appointed him relator general of the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization. In recent months, Cardinal Wuerl has become an object of rising anger following the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
100 young missionaries have been killed since 2000 (Fides) Although this report focuses on young missionaries, Fides also notes that “in the period between 2000 and 2017, 447 missionaries [of all ages] died violently: 5 bishops, 313 priests, 3 deacons, 61 religious men and women, 16 seminarians, 3 members of institutes of consecrated life, 42 lay people and 4 volunteers.”
Migration an emerging theme at Synod (Crux) “Sometimes [immigrants] are treated like animals,” said Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui (Central African Republic). “In our country many young people ask: If I stay I die, if I leave I die, so what do I choose?”
Boko Haram's attacks in Chad increase (AFP) The jihadist group, also known as Islamic State in West Africa, was founded in 2002 and is active in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Chad, a nation of 12 million, is 52% Muslim, 24% Protestant, and 20% Catholic.
Religious order sues Belgian members who allow euthanasia at hospital (The Tablet) Brother Rene Stockman, the superior general of the Brothers of Charity, has filed a lawsuit against members of his order who run a hospital in Belgium, where euthanasia has been allowed. Brother Stockman, whose suit has the support of the Vatican, has sought to stop the Belgian religious from carrying out a policy that is incompatible with Catholic moral law.
Cardinal Ouellet deplores 'blasphemous' Viganò letter, confirms Vatican had urged McCarrick to undertake life of prayer and penance (Vatican News) Responding to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s most recent statement, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops said that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had been “strongly advised not to travel and not to appear in public” and had been urged to undertake “a discreet style of life, of prayer and penance for his own good and that of the Church”—even if he was not the subject of canonical sanctions. Cardinal Ouellet added that Pope Francis received an “enormous quantity of verbal and written information” from all the Vatican diplomats he met on June 23, 2013, the day Archbishop Viganò said he warned the Pope about McCarrick.
Inmates at San Quentin join schola to sing Latin Mass (Way of Beauty) Inmates at San Quentin prison will sing a Latin Mass monthly, beginning in August, as part of a program organized by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. When organizers visited the prison to recruit men for a schola, they were happily surprised that 25 men volunteered immediately.
Vatican pledges 'thorough study' of McCarrick documents (Vatican Press Office) “The Holy Father has decided that information gathered during the preliminary investigation be combined with a further thorough study of the entire documentation present in the Archives of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal McCarrick, in order to ascertain all the relevant facts, to place them in their historical context and to evaluate them objectively,” according to the Vatican statement.