Vatican Museums to reopen in May (Vatican News) The Vatican Museums, which have been closed because of the Covid epidemic, are scheduled to reopen during the first week of May. Visitors will be required to follow strict safety protocols, wearing masks and preserving social distance.
Notre Dame to require students to be vaccinated for Covid (University of Notre Dame) “Requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a new and important addition to our health policies, one that we believe will enhance public health at Notre Dame and in our community,” said Father John Jenkins, CSC, the university’s president since 2005. The university pledged to “accommodate documented medical or religious exemptions.”
Russian patriarchate reaches out to Chinese Orthodox (AsiaNews) The Russian Orthodox Church is reaching out to isolated Orthodox communities in China. Although China’s strict controls on religious organizations make it difficult to envision a Chinese Orthodox Church—or the recognition of a religious body affiliated with Moscow—the Russian Orthodox Church sees room for an autonomous Orthodox body in Beijing.
Economic recovery must produce new global model, Pope tells IMF leaders (Vatican Press Office) In a message to leaders of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, who are meeting this week, Pope Francis insists that recovery from the Covid epidemic should lead to “new, more inclusive and sustainable solutions to support the real economy.” The Pontiff says that recovery plans cannot be limited to individual nations, but should include new roles for global governance. The Pope urges steps to relieve the debt of poor countries, while acknowledging an “ecological debt” that the rich nations owe to the poor.
Paris archbishop takes action against priest for ignoring mask mandate (CNA) Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris has opened canonical disciplinary proceedings against a traditionalist priest for failing to enforce archdiocesan safety mandates during an Easter Vigil liturgy. The archbishop took action after Paris police announced their own investigation, citing the parish of Ste. Eugene-Ste. Cecile for “endangering the lives of others” by allowing parishioners to participate in the liturgy without wearing masks.
Leading German, Swiss bishops praise Father Hans Küng (Crux) Cardinal Walter Kasper was more nuanced in his recollection of the late dissident theologian: “in my judgment, he went too far — beyond Catholic orthodoxy — and so did not remain tied to a theology based on the doctrine of the Church, but ‘invented’ his own theology.”
Cardinal Burke: Catholic officials who promote abortion guilty of apostasy (Cardinal Burke's web site) “The reception of Holy Communion by those who publicly and obstinately violate the moral law in its most fundamental precepts is a particularly grave form of sacrilege,” writes Cardinal Raymond Burke. Explaining that he has received many inquiries about the question, the cardinal suggests that Catholic public officials who promote abortion are guilty of apostasy, and might also be accused of heresy. “Clearly, no priest or Bishop can grant permission to a person who is in public and obstinate grave sin to receive Holy Communion,” he insists.