Vatican 'foreign secretary' foresees cooperative relations with China (Vatican Insider) Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, said that the Holy See is prepared to welcome a more assertive Chinese role in world affairs. In an address at the Gregorian University, the archbishop said that the Church in China should be “fully integrated” into the life of the nation, “fully Catholic and genuinely Chinese.” He praised China’s economic progress and said that the Vatican is not worried by China’s emergence as a world power.
Author of 'Dictator Pope' suspended from Knights of Malta (Catholic Herald) Henry Sire, the author of Dictator Pope, has been suspended from the Knights of Malta, reportedly on a charge that he violated the constitution of the Order. Sire, who had originally written the critical work under a pseudonym, was informed of his suspension shortly after his authorship was revealed.
Brazilian bishop, priests accused of stealing $600,000 from church (Crux) Bishop José Ronaldo Ribiero of Formosa, Brazil, has been arrested and charged with taking $600,000 in church funds. Several other priests, including the vicar general of the Formosa diocese, were also charged, in what police said was a conspiracy to divert diocesan funds to the clerics’ personal purposes.
Uttarakhand poised to pass anti-conversion bill (Hindustan Times) The northern Indian state may soon require potential converts “to submit an application and an affidavit with the district magistrate one month in advance,” according to the report. “The law also proposes that any marriage solemnized for religious conversion will be considered illegal.”
EU bishops' commission welcomes proposed European Labor Authority (COMECE) The European Labor Authority “could help member states to better implement the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and promote the European social market economy as laid down in the EU treaties,” the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community said in a statement.