Report the truth and avoid disinformation, Pope tells Italian journalists (Vatican Press Office) The mission of journalists is “to offer everyone a version of the facts conforming as closely as possible to reality,” Pope Francis said to members of the Italian Periodical Press Union and the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies. The Pope warned against disinformation, sensationalistic slander, and defamation, “looking for outdated and old things, and bringing them to light today; they are very grave sins.”
Australian panel blasts Catholic hierarchy, urges end to celibacy and confessional seal (AP) An Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse of children has denounced “catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades.” The commission recommended a new law requiring priests to inform police if they had any evidence of abuse—including evidence from sacramental confessions. The group also suggested an end to clerical celibacy.
Ecuador's president meets with Pope (Vatican Press Office) Topics for discussion included the Christian identity of Ecuador, the importance of dialogue, indigenous peoples, the environment, and the region’s sociopolitical situation. The nation of 16.1 million is 74% Catholic, 10% Protestant, and 8% atheist; Pope Francis made an apostolic journey there in 2015.
Catholics in Pakistan celebrate Year of the Eucharist (Fides) “We must return to the roots of our faith and the Eucharist, teaching the faithful to have a personal relationship with the Eucharistic Lord and to guide the faithful to celebrate the Eucharist worthily and fully,” said Bishop Benny Travas, who leads the bishops’ liturgical commission. “The miraculous power of the Eucharist will enable us to promote the culture of love, unity, peace and harmony and to be witnesses of Christ’s Eucharistic love in Pakistan.”
Nigerian prelate urges appointment of new bishop for troubled diocese (Crux) Breaking with other members of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, Bishop Joseph Danlami Bogobiri of Kafanchan has expressed sympathy for the priests and people of the Ahaira diocese, who have refused to accept the appointment of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke. He argues that the Vatican should “give Ahiara a bishop close to their hearts.”