Pope appoints Venezuelan prelate as Sostituto (Vatican Press Office (Italian)) The Sostituto (officially, the Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State) coordinates the internal affairs of the Roman Curia and reports to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State. Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, a 58-year-old Venezuelan prelate, has served as apostolic nuncio to Pakistan (2011-2015) and Mozambique (since 2015). The former Sostituto, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, was appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
USCCB president: we are 'shamed and sorry' for sins of priests and bishops (USCCB) Reacting to the landmark grand jury report on the sexual abuse of minors in six Pennsylvania dioceses, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, joined by a USCCB committee chairman, said that “we are grateful for the courage of the people who aided the investigation by sharing their personal stories of abuse. As a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic bishops.”
Pope Francis: the Blessed Virgin Mary's Assumption confirms our glorious destiny (Zenit) Addressing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square (video), Pope Francis said that “the stupendous reality of Mary’s Assumption manifests and confirms the unity of the human person, and it reminds us that we are called to serve and glorify God with all our being, soul and body. To serve God only with the body would be an action of slaves; to serve God only with the soul would be against our human nature.”
Philippine president says he is no longer Catholic (Crux) Directing profanity at bishops and saints, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is no longer Catholic and now belongs to the “church of Rodrigo.” The president repeated his earlier allegation that a Jesuit priest had sexually abused him as a teenager.
Another Catholic parish demolished in China (AsiaNews) The parish, though recognized by the Communist government, was demolished to make way for a park. An estimated 100 people “began demolition work on the building, smashing the altar, the statues, and the benches,” according to the report.
US bishops' official 'angry' at abuse revelations (CNS) “Well, I’m angry, too,” said Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat for the Protection of Children and Young People, as he commented on acts committed by ex-Cardinal McCarrick and other recent reports of abuse. Deacon Nojadera referred to a need for “a spiritual cleansing in the Church.”