Acknowledging impact of crisis, Australian bishops begin 'ad limina' visits (CNS) On June 24, Pope Francis and the nation’s bishops discussed “the Church’s work to eliminate child sexual abuse and to accompany survivors of abuse, the bishops’ desire to support and minister to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the hopes for the Plenary Council and the need to find new ways of witnessing to Jesus Christ in Australian society in a time of change.”
Venezuela's bishops meet with leading UN official about national crisis (Fides) The bishops met with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and called for “the recognition of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and the permission to allow supplies for humanitarian assistance to enter, the release of political prisoners and the elimination of police stations as detention centers, [and] the end of abusive practices that violate human rights by different State security groups.”
Address root causes of migration, prelate says in response to President Trump's deportation announcement (USCCB) “We recognize the right of nations to control their borders in a just and proportionate manner,” Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, said in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement of deportations (which were subsequently postponed). “However, broad enforcement actions instigate panic in our communities and will not serve as an effective deterrent to irregular migration. Instead, we should focus on the root causes in Central America that have compelled so many to leave their homes in search of safety and reform our immigration system with a view toward justice and the common good.”
Chinese province tightens restrictions on Catholic Church (AsiaNews) Government officials in the Chinese province of Fujian have instructed Catholic priests and religious to bar young people from churches and religious education, and to refrain from contact with Catholics from other nations. The restrictions come while China continues to promote official contacts with the Vatican.
Council of Cardinals holding 30th working session (Vatican Press Office) The Council of Cardinals is meeting in Rome this week, to continue work on a draft apostolic constitution restructuring the offices of the Roman Curia. This is the 30th working session for the Council of Cardinals, with meetings scheduled Monday through Wednesday, June 25—27. Pope Francis is expected to participate in the sessions, except on Wednesday when he holds his regular weekly public audience.
Melkite Catholic bishops call for peace in Syria during annual synod (CNS) Headquartered in Damascus, the Melkite Catholic Church (CNEWA profile) is an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See. The church also launched an extensive program of study and dissemination of the Document on Human Fraternity, which Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar signed in Abu Dhabi in February.
English judge orders abortion for unwilling mother; bishops protest (Catholic Herald) An English judge has ordered an abortion for a mentally handicapped woman, although the pregnant woman and her mother both oppose the procedure, and the grandmother had offered to care for the child. Judge Nathalie Lieven said that although her decision was an “immense intrusion” she was acting in the woman’s “best interests.” In a mild protest, Bishop John Sherrington said that the “sad and distressing” decision “infringes her rights,” and “raises serious questions about the meaning of ‘best interests.’”Update:An appeals court has reportedly reversed the forced-abortion decision, in a ruling that has not been made public.