Hong Kong priest decries government oppression (AsiaNews) “This is about people being abused by the government, people being falsely arrested by the police, people being unfairly prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” said Father Carlos Cheung. “As Christians who are well familiar with words of justice, do we choose to remain silent when the world needs us to speak up?”
LCWR president challenges notion that declining number of sisters is 'somehow bad' (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) The religious superiors who belong to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious represent nearly 80% of the 44,000 religious sisters in the United States. Sister Sharlet Wagner, the Conference’s president, deplored “nativist populism” and commented on the declining numbers of American nuns: “The assertion that what’s happening is not our fault presupposes that what’s happening is somehow bad ... I challenge this assumption that the shifts taking place in religious life today are somehow wrong.”
Christian leaders upset by Indian judge's comments (UCANews) “This court feels it appropriate to point out that Christian missionaries are always the source of attack in one way or the other and, in the present era, there are several accusations against them for indulging in compulsory conversion of people of other religions into Christianity,” a high court judge in Tamil Nadu (map) said.
Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions, Vatican official says (CNS) “I think that for the moment it is necessary to evaluate the richness of the work in Medjugorje,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. “We need to understand all of this together: why there is such a huge number of pilgrims, of prayers and to understand also how the possible apparitions in Medjugorje (relate) to the life of the Church. For that we should await the judgment the Holy Father will give. To rush this delicate matter is a mistake.”