#ShortNews: Indian cardinal: Church in Asia is ‘100%’ behind Pope

The Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Indian bishops, as well as the federation of the Asian bishops, was commenting on the scandal that has rocked the Universal Church and especially Pope Francis. Last week, returning from the World Meeting of Families held in Dublin, the Pontiff was accused of having been aware of the allegations of sexual abuse within the US Church and having been silent.

“The Church in Asia firmly supports the Holy Father. As president of the FABC [Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences], I reiterate that the Church in Asia is 100% on the side of Pope Francis.”

“There are many gaps in testimonies and there has been a clever use of words. Words are used with ambiguity. The testimonies are a coordinated effort to adulterate reality”.

In conclusion he affirms: “I hope that his Excellency understands the damage he has done to the Church. I am sure that the Holy Father has drawn his conclusions on this dossier and we are grateful that the Vicar of Christ chose not to respond “.

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#ShortNews: Pope points to Christ’s silence in face of accusations

The Pope said that when Jesus arrived at the synagogue, he aroused curiosity. Everyone wanted to see the person they had heard was working miracles in other places. Instead of satisfying their curiosity, the Pope said, the Son of the Heavenly Father uses only “the Word of God”. This is the attitude Jesus adopted when confronting the devil. The Pope then said that Jesus’ humility opens the door to his first words meant to construct a bridge but instead sow doubt immediately changing the atmosphere “from peace to war”, from “amazement to fury”.

The Pope continued saying the truth is humble and silent and is not noisy, acknowledging that what Jesus did is not easy. However, “the dignity of the Christian is anchored in the power of God”. Even in a family, he said, there are times when division occurs because of “discussions on politics, sports, money”. Pope Francis recommends silence and prayer in these cases:

With people lacking good will, with people who only seek scandal, who seek only division, who seek only destruction, even within the family: silence, prayer.

Read full story: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-09/pope-mass-santa-marta-silence-truth-humble-silent.html

#ShortNews: Accuse yourself, not others, Pope counsels Christians

We need to recognize that we are sinners: without learning to accuse ourselves, we cannot walk in the Christian life. That was the heart of Pope Francis’ message in the homily for the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The morning Eucharistic celebrations in the chapel at the papal residence recommenced Monday following the summer break.

And so that first step is also a grace: the grace of learning to accuse oneself, and not others:

“A sign that a person does not know, that a Christian does not know how to accuse himself is when he is accustomed to accusing others, to talking about others, to being nosy about the lives of others. And that is an ugly sign. Do I do this? It’s a good question to get to the heart [of things]. Today let us ask the Lord for the grace, the grace to find ourselves face to face with Him with this wonder that His presence gives; and the grace to feel that we are sinners, but concretely, and to say with Peter: ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinner’.”

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#ShortNews: Protester at church yells, ‘Shame on you!’ as Cardinal Wuerl addresses sex abuse scandal

As the embattled Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, addressed the Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuse scandal on Sunday, one Catholic yelled “Shame on you!” while another turned her back on Wuerl in protest.

Wuerl, who faces accusations that he mishandled clergy sexual misconduct while he was a bishop in Pittsburgh, addressed Washington’s Annunciation Catholic Church, where the cardinal was installing a new pastor. In a short speech after the Mass, Wuerl asked the 200 or so people in the congregation to forgive his “errors in judgment” and “inadequacies.”

“Yes, my brothers and sisters, shame,” Wuerl said. “I wish I could re-do everything over these 30 years as a bishop and each time get it always right. That’s not the case. I do think together, asking for God’s mercy, pleading for God’s grace, recognizing that we can move into light, I simply ask you to keep me, keep all of those that have been abused, all of those who have suffered, all of the church in your prayers.”

Read full story: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/02/us/wuerl-mass-protest/index.html

#ShortNews: Singapore archbishop sees sex-abuse scandal as ‘wake-up call’

In light of recent reports of the cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, Archbishop of Singapore, Most Reverend William Goh assured that there have been no cover-ups in Singapore’s archdiocese, and that guidelines have been put in place to reduce the risk of such abuses, said the Archbishop in a pastoral letter on Saturday addressed to the Church.

All priests and religious workers employed by the archdiocese must now declare that they have not been convicted of any sex offences. Those with known records will not be allowed to work in ministry or “mingle with the vulnerable”, he said. Furthermore, seminarians and novices will also be subjected to more stringent psychological tests and background checks before they are accepted into the priestly or religious life.

Read full story: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-cover-ups-allegations-child-abuse-cases-singapores-catholic-church-archbishop

#ShortNews: Indian priest thanks Muslims for help with flood relief

An Indian Catholic priest spoke to an assembly of the Muslim faithful gathered in a mosque for Friday prayers, thanking them for humanitarian aid received after the recent floods in Kerala. As Fides learns, Fr. Joseph Puthussery visited the Juma mosque at Vechoor in Kottayam district, Kerala (state of South India) and delivered a thanksgiving speech at the prayer hall. The priest reported that, with a spirit of great solidarity, many Muslim faithful brought food and assistance to the flood victims who had taken shelter at his church, located in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

Fr Puthussery recalled the appeal of Pope Francis to “build bridges, not walls”, underlining the need to continue interreligious collaboration to promote harmony in society. “This fraternal bond must not cease: we will have to transmit the values we have rediscovered through this calamity to new generations”, he added.

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#ShortNews: India’s Christians mark 10th anniversary of brutal persecution in Odisha

Bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful came together in large numbers for the high Mass at St. Joseph’s School ground in Bhubaneswar on August 25, recalling the day 10 years ago when violence erupted with untold brutality against the Christians of Kandhamal District, with Hindu extremists blaming them for the August 23 murder of their Hindu leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples.

Even though Maoist rebels claimed the assassination, the anti-Christian violence continued unabated for days and months on end.

The violence, considered to be India’s worst against Christians in 300 years, displaced an estimated 56,000 Christians who were forced to flee to the forests where many perished because of hunger and snakebites. Church and social activists reported the destruction of almost 300 churches, convents, schools, hostels and welfare facilities. Women and young girls were raped.

At least 91 people died, 38 immediately, 41 from injuries sustained in the violence, and 12 in police action. However, according to government figures, 38 people were killed and two women raped. Scores of people were injured and permanently maimed.

Read full story: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-08/india-kandhamal-violence-10-anniversary-mass-barwa.html