#ShortNews: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

“Without an end to this persecution and violence, there is no future for religious pluralism in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East for that matter,” said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in a speech at Georgetown University on Feb. 15.

After an attack by ISIS displaced more than 125,000 Christians, Warda said that there is a core of the faithful who will not leave their ancestral homeland in the Nineveh plains in Iraq. “And, yet, we are still there, scourged, wounded, yet still there,” he noted.

Read More: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/archbishop-of-erbil-christians-in-iraq-are-scourged-wounded-but-still-there-62878

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#ShortNews: South Korean Catholics fight to keep abortion illegal

The Catholic Church in South Korea has gathered over a million names on a petition to keep the country’s anti-abortion law in place. The CBCK (Committee for Bioethics of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea)  held a special Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on Feb. 12 and presented the petition of 1,005,000 signatures. It launched the campaign on Dec. 3.

“[This] shows how desperate the church is to fulfill its mission of protecting all forms of life,” said Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who presided over the Mass.

Read More: https://www.ucanews.com/news/south-korean-catholics-fight-to-keep-abortion-illegal/81602

#ShortNews: German bishops approve Communion for non-Catholic spouses

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced that the German bishops’ conference will publish a pastoral handout for married couples that allows Protestant spouses of Catholics “in individual cases” and “under certain conditions” to receive Holy Communion, provided they “affirm the Catholic faith in the Eucharist”.

According to the press report of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, the handout is primarily aimed at pastoral workers and is to be understood as a tool for pastoral situations, “to consider the concrete situation and come to a responsible decision about the possibility of the non-Catholic partner to receive Communion”.

Read More: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/german-bishops-promote-intercommunion-of-lutheran-catholic-spouses-17230