Statues of Virgin Mary defaced in Boston, New York (CNA) Police in Boston and in New York are investigating attacks on statues of the Virgin Mary at local Catholic churches. In Boston, a statue outside St. Peter’s Church was set on fire, causing serious damage. In New York, an unidentified man was shown on security videotape painting the word “idol” on a statue outside Cathedral Prep School.
Chaldean Patriarch says Hagia Sophia decision as setback for coexistence (AsiaNews) Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako said that it is “sad and painful” to see the Hagia Sophia converted into a mosque, particularly because the decision shows no respect for “the feelings of 2 billion Christians in the world.” The Iraqi prelate said that the Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk made a “courageous” move a century ago by converting the building to a museum, which stood for years as “a symbol of Islamic-Christian coexistence.”
Venezuela in chaos, bishops report (Crux) Venezuela’s Catholic bishops report that their country is “immerse in general chaos at all levels of social and personal life.” Concluding a plenary meeting, the bishops issued a statement criticizing the government of President Nicolas Maduro and calling for “genuinely free and democratic elections to constitute a new government of change and national inclusion.”
Beatification causes of Father Kino, 4 others advance (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Father Eusebio Kino (1645-1711), a Jesuit missionary who founded San Xavier del Bac and other missions in Arizona and Mexico (Encyclopaedia Britannica article). The Pope also declared three others venerable—Father Mariano José de Ibargüengoitia y Zuloaga, Mother Maria Félix Torres, and Angiolino Bonetta—and recognized a miracle that paves the way for the beatification of Ven. Mariantonia Samà.
Michigan court says noted pastor was defamed (Macomb Daily ) A Michigan court has awarded at $125,000 judgment to Father Eduard Perrone, saying that he was defamed by a detective who, the court found, “falsely and maliciously” accused the priest of a homosexual assault. Because of the charge, Father Perrone was suspended from his pastoral work at the Assumption Grotto, a parish noted for its traditional liturgy and devotions. The Detroit archdiocese has not indicated whether he will be returned to ministry.
South African bishops issue call to overcome racism (SACBC) “We need to have a candid conversation on racism and its manifestations in order to adequately and seriously address racism and racial divisions in our country,” the bishops said in their statement. “We need to address the issues of our social trauma as a country which result from the violence of centuries of colonialism and the violent decades of apartheid.”