Marxist communism is being reborn in Spain, cardinal warns (Catholic Register) “Marxist communism, which seemed destroyed with the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been reborn and is certain to govern Spain,” warned Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia, vice president of the Spanish bishops’ conference. “The sense of democracy is substituted for the imposition of a single way of thinking and by authoritarianism and absolutism incompatible with democracy.”
Nicaraguan police record license plates of those attending Mass (Fides) “Members of the police take note of the plate of the cars of the faithful only for the fact that they go to Mass,” the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Managua said. “But the Church had this experience of persecution already in the 80s. We, despite this, do not stop in our work and in our mission, to evangelize and be next to the people.”
Italian bishops decry anti-Semitism (SIR) “Anti-Semitism is the most tragic manifestation of a form of exclusion that in our society is expressed in the hatred of strangers, intolerance of immigrants, racism, rejection of the weakest, the poorest, the elderly,’ said Bishop Ambrogio Spreafico of Frosinone-Veroli-Ferentino, president of the Italian Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue.
Chinese 'underground' bishop evicted, homeless (AsiaNews) Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin, who has resisted pressure to join the government-backed Patriotic Association, has been evicted from his residence and is now homeless. Bishop Guo agreed to step down as head of the Mindong diocese, as part of the secret accord between Beijing and the Holy See. (He was succeeded by Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu, who had previously been excommunicated.) Government officials said that the bishop’s residence was illegally occupied—although all relevant permits had been granted.
USCCB Martin Luther King Day statement: 'We have not come nearly far enough' (USCCB) “Too many young African American men are still being killed in our streets or spending their best years behind bars,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. “There has been a rise of anti-Semitic attacks and also ugly displays of white nationalism, nativism, and violence targeting Hispanics and other immigrants.”
Cardinal Hummes offers tips for allies on promoting Synod document (CNA) Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the relator general of the Amazon synod, has written to sympathetic bishops, offering suggestions on how they might promote a forthcoming papal document summarizing the Synod’s conclusions. The document should be released late this month or early in February, Cardinal Hummes discloses. His letter—sent to a limited group of bishops—was intended to be confidential, but leaked to the media.
Case of Benedict's book is closed, Pope tells Scalfari (La Repubblica) The involvement of Pope-emeritus Benedict in a book defending clerical celibacy is a closed issue, Pope Francis told Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari. In a new telephone conversation with Scalfari, the Pope downplayed the significance of disputes within the Church, saying that in a large organization “there is always someone contrary.” The Pope’s conversations with Scalfari—an avowed atheist—have furnished some of the most controversial quotes of the current pontificate.
Pope appoints woman undersecretary in Vatican Secretariat of State (Vatican News) Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni, since 1993 an official of the Secretariat of State, has been named undersecretary for the Multilateral Sector of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State. “It’s the first time a woman has had a managerial position in the Secretariat of State,” she said. “The Holy Father has made an unprecedented decision, certainly, which, beyond myself personally, represents an indication of an attention towards women. But the responsibility is connected to the job, rather than to the fact of being a woman.”