In Mexico, 26 churches are desecrated per month (Fides) Father Omar Sotelo Aguilar, who documents attacks on priests and churches, said that 50 priests have been murdered since 2006, with 80% of murders going unpunished. “Attacks on priests,” he added, “begin with extortion, then kidnapping, torture, and ultimately murder, with a particularly brutal violence.”
Kidnapped priest released, but violence continues in northern Nigeria (Fides) A kidnapped priest, Father Isaac Agubi, has been released after being held for two days in Nigeria. But violence against Christians continues in the north of the African nation, where more than 150 people have been killed in the past week. The violence is attributed primarily to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Capuchins choose lay brother as provincial (Crux) The Mid-American Province of the Capuchin order has elected a lay friar as their provincial minister. The choice of Brother Mark Shenk violates canon law, which stipulates that a layman cannot exercise control over ordained priests, but that provision has been waived by the Vatican.
Vatican official speaks to FAO on eliminating poverty (Vatican Press Office) In an address to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Msgr. Fernando Chia Arellano said that the failure to eliminate extreme poverty is due to “the deteriorating global economic situation, the worsening of environmental conditions, conflicts that disrupt and cause bloodshed in many countries, and extreme climatic phenomena.”
Violence has reached terrifying levels in Colombian city, bishop says (Fides) Armed groups are battling for control of Buenaventura, a city of 360,000 on Colombia’s Pacific coast, said Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya. “We have had 54 violent deaths so far this year, but there are many people who disappear.” Residents are being forced out of their homes, and parishioners are hesitant to attend evening Masses for fear of being abducted.
Themes of Amazon synod's working document: 'the voice of Amazonia,' integral ecology, prophetic Church (Vatican Press Office) At a June 17 press conference (video), officials of the Synod of Bishops discussed the instrumentum laboris (working document) of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27. One official spoke of “a pastoral conversion of the Church, called to take care of the common home as part of its evangelizing mission, to teach its faithful after learning from the native peoples.” The Synod fathers will discuss married priests for areas of the Amazon region.