A Message from the Editor
Many years ago I worked in Africa on reducing mother to child transmission of HIV. South Africa was a major challenge. I was trying to get the South Africa government to allow antiviral drugs to prevent mother and child transmission of HIV. I was invited by the Vatican to attend a healthcare conference and had an unexpected audience with Pope St, John II, and made some helpful contacts at the Vatican. Thanks to the Vatican and others, this advocacy eventually proved successful.
In this issue we address African Challenges which are complex and diverse.
Please read To Honor God, We Must Take Care Of Others by Henry Karlson. As someone who worked many years on addressing the challenges of the AIDS pandemic, I ask our readers to consider sending a donation to help support the work of my friend Francis Otieno whose work continues to save lives.
Africa has faced a series on what often appeared to be insurmountable challenges. War and terrorism often appear to be endemic. I ask all of our readers to pray daily for the protection of all Africans.
Martha Hennessy has been sentenced to jail for her activism by breaking into Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia two years ago to protest its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Please pray for her.
We continue to address the challenges of clerical sexual abuse and thank
Sara Larson for her courageous interview.
Our December 15 issue will address the Jesuits and include several interviews recommended by Father Hans Zollner, S.J.
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A Prayer for Africa
Lord, rightful advocate of peace.
God of power and mercy, please destroy war, which results in a spiral of human suffering and the destruction of your bountiful creation.
Eliminate violence from our midst and wipe away the tears.
Hear the cries of many African people afflicted through the death of their loved ones. Hear the sighs of those who live in constant fear,
Hear the cries of many African mothers who suffer with hunger pains but still break their backs to feed their families,
Hear the cries of those who have been displaced and are facing hunger and scarcity.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour we pray.” by Aneth Lwakatare World Council of Churches
A prayer for all those beheaded in Mozambique
“Mercy is Your Name”
Lord, Our Redeemer:
You know the terrible path to an untimely death:
The inner turmoil and suffering, the agony of parting,
The struggle to accept what is happening, the meaning,
The need to forgive before departing –
Let your Holy Spirit descend into the hearts of all
Who were so violently taken and let their departure
Be a new moment of mercy for those who remain.
Lord, Our Savior:
You know what your mother went through at the cross:
The silent sharing in the darkness of faith, the helpless
Aloneness and, at the same time, hoping against hope
For fruit to be born of your afflictions and pains –
Let your Holy Spirit announce your Love at this time, to all who are driven from their homeland, fractured in their families and faith Communities increasingly in need of help upon help.
Lord, Mercy is your name:
You know how little by little your disciples spread the Word,
Your Holy Word of reconciliation with the Father and each other,
Overcoming distances, permeating cultures, reconciling arguments
And bringing a new awareness of the gift and beauty of human life –
Let your Holy Spirit announce the Good News afresh through
The plight of so many people, that a spirit of communion may
Rise up and turn enemies into friends, causing them to
Wonder at the mystery of your Father’s merciful love of us.
by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for a Murdered Mother and Son
Dear Jesus and Mother Mary,
As a Mother, I bring before you Usman Masih, 25, who was shot dead along with his mother on Nov. 9 outside his home in Hasan Kathore, a village in Punjab province. Both Usman and his Mother died on the spot. His father, a laborer, has filed a police case against neighbors Atrat Bibi and her son Hasan Shakoor. We beg you Jesus and Mother Mary to help people heal and to realize that the drain that caused the grudge to deepen when it wasn't attended to, was not at all worthy of this terrible interaction. Please help the families to realize that life is to be shared with each other by assisting all that is needed in life. Hasan Kathore is home to 250 families, all of them Muslims. by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Health Care Workers
Almighty God, whose beloved Son Jesus Christ, went about doing good, and healing all manner of illness and disease: continue, we beseech you, his gracious work among us especially in… (Insert Name of Your Facility or Department). Grant to physicians, nurses and all health care professionals wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience; keep them safe and preserve them from all contagion. Cheer, heal and sanctify the sick, and send down your blessing on all who care for them healer, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
by Catholic Health Association of the United States
Let us gather together and pray for the victims of the typhoons and flooding in the Philippines.
Father, we pray for the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines that you give them comfort in their dealings with their losses and provide them with all their needs. Provide them food, shelter and all their necessities. Give them healing and take away their fears. Give them the courage to face their losses and give them strength to care for their injured loved ones. Heal the hearts of those who lost their loved ones.
Father, we intercede on behalf of everyone affected by these storms. Bless, keep, protect, and comfort each and every one of them. Father, meet every need, and I pray for the safety of every missing person.
Let every grieving family know of your love in a special way. Bind the hand and voice of the enemy so they can hear you clearly.
Help and strengthen every person helping in the search, support, treatment, and cleanup effort.
Lord Jesus, our Prince of peace, bring peace to the victims and their family and friends. Perform miracles on their behalf that they may find financial aid and all types of relief they need to survive from these natural disasters.
We thank you Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for hearing our prayers. by St. Mary’s Parish Winnipeg, Canada
Prayer for Martha Hennessy
Oh Lord, as Catholics we offer our gratitude
which have been condemned by our Church,
and helping feed the hungry and serve those in need.
She will now be serving ten months in prison
for entering a nuclear arsenal
and painting peace signs and messages on its walls.
She caused very little actual damage.
Oh Lord, we pray for you to be with her
with your love and support,
helping her to endure and survive her imprisonment.
She is being punished for serving humanity
and working to save the lives of all of us,
by witnessing to the evil of nuclear arms and nuclear war.
May she emerge healthy and well
and return to those she loves
and who love her,
as do we all.
We pray for peace, shalom for all humanity.
by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for People With HIV/AIDS
Upon reflection of National AIDS Awareness Day – take time to pray for healing –
Hear our prayer, O God of mercy and love,
for all who suffer with AIDS.
Grant unto them tender and loving companions
who will support them in the midst of fear.
Give them hope for each day to come
that every day may be lived with courage and faith.
Bless them with an abundance of your love
that they may live with concern for others
and not be obsessed with their own illness.
Pout upon them the peace and wholeness
which you alone can give.
Source: Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts” © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
A Quote to Remember
The splendid growth and achievements of the church in Africa are due largely to the heroic and selfless dedication of generations of missionaries. Pope John Paul II Ecclesia in Africa
UN agencies warn of risk of famine in four countries. In a report, two United Nations agencies are warning that critical food insecurity in vulnerable regions of four African countries could lead to famine within months unless conditions improve. by Vatican News staff writer Vatican News
As fighting in Ethiopia escalates, Jesuits urge humanitarian access, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the army into Tigray to fight regional government forces by Fredrick Nzwili Catholic News Service/UCA News
Over 400,000 flee Islamic insurgents in Mozambique by Eduardo Campos Lima Crux
Anti-Christian persecution on the rise in East Africa by Crux Staff Crux The most remote parish in the world has 42 Catholics and zero priests. It’s still thriving. by Dominic Lynch America
Threats to democracy in Africa: The rise of the constitutional coup by John Mukum Mbaku Brookings
Mozambique: ACN rushes emergency aid after dozens beheaded by Fionn Shiner and Maria Lozano Independent Catholic News
Islamic insurgency in Mozambique threatens region, Catholic charity says by Crux Staff Crux
Children sit during a Sunday church service in Mozambique .Catholic Charity Sends Aid to Mozambique, After Reports of Mass Beheading The United Nations called on Mozambique Nov. 10 to investigate the reports of massacres and the beheading of women and children in the region. by Courtney Mares CNA/National Catholic Register
Nearly 500000 People Displaced in Mozambique due to Violence by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Ethiopia: UNHCR warns of humanitarian crisis by Vatican Staff Bews writer Vatican News
Cameroon and Nigeria: Struggling communities host Refugees by Paul Samasumo Vatican News
Averting civil war in Ethiopia: It’s time to propose elements of a negotiated settlement by Zach Vertin Brookings
Ethiopian Bishops appeal for dialogue amid threats of civil war by Vatican News staff writer Vatican News
Blood and protests in Nigeria’s streets: The perspective of a bishop. A prolonged period of military rule stretching through 30 years has left in its trail a militarized environment where violence has become embedded in the polity. by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah The Dispatch/The Catholic World Report
Ethiopia: Civilian casualties increase in Tigray Crisis. Tensions between Ethiopian federal authorities and Tigray’s regional government have led to the brutal killings of several civilians as insecurity mounts in the east-African country. by Vatican News staff reporter Vatican News
US foreign policy toward Africa: An African citizen perspective by E. Gyimah-Boadi, Landry Signé, and Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny Brookings
Youth protests for police reform in Nigeria: What lies ahead for #EndSARS by Oluwole Ojewale Brookings Link to Police Brutality and Misconduct and to Youth Challenges/
Cameroon and Nigeria: Struggling communities host Refugees by Paul Samasumo Vatican News
Philippine diocese goes on a mission in Kenya. Archbishop Lazo of Jaro attends parish adoption ceremony in African country by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Zimbabwe: Bishops encourage unity and reconciliation ahead of Advent season by Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Vatican News
Burundi: Caritas Internationalis aids displaced persons by Fr Benedict Mayaki, SJ Vatican News
Scores of migrants drown in Mediterranean in separate shipwrecks. Over 110 people, including young mothers and their children, have drowned in the past three days in four shipwrecks off the Libyan coast. by Linda Bordoni Vatican News
Anti-Christian persecution on the rise in East Africa by Crux Staff Crux
Ivory Coast: Bishop appeals for peace and dialogue amid socio-political unrest by Vatican News staff writer Vatican News
Ghana: Bishop appeals to politicians to stop dividing people by Angela Ofosu Boateng Vatican News
Forces in Tigray aim missiles at Ethiopian airports by Nathan Morley Vatican News
Father Cosmas Nzeabalu Says It’s Time to Speak Out on Christian Persecution in Nigeria by Currents News/NetTV
The death of Ayman al-Zawahri and the future of al-Qaida by Daniel L.Byman Brookings Link to Terrorism
Adivasi Women to Prevent Human Trafficking in N-E India by TeamICM Indian Catholic Matters Link to Human Trafficking
A New U.S. Missile Defense Test May Have Increased the Risk of Nuclear War by Ankit Panda Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Link to Nuclear Challenges
Nuclear weapons are illegal: 50 nations ratify historic UN treaty by Art Laffin National Catholic Register
Dorothy Day’s granddaughter sentenced to prison for Kings Bay nuclear weapons protest by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service
Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories by Melissa Sanchez ProPublica Illinois Link to United States Immigration Challenges and to Youth Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Michigan Catholic deacon recovering after stabbing by CNA Staff Catholic News Agency
Firestorm on Twitter in Spain after trending topic calls for burning priests by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Social Media and to Catholicism
How regulators can get facial recognition technology right by Daniel E. Ho, Emily Black, Maneesh Agrawala, and Fei-Fei Li Brookings Link to Technology
More than 40k sign petition to make revenge porn a crime Ireland by Kerry O'Shea Irish Central Link to Pornography Challenges
Vatican and US join to condemn rising anti-Semitism by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service Link to Antisemitism
Cardinal Parolin: Interreligious dialogue essential to combat anti-semitism by Independent Catholic News
Dominican sister shot, injured delivering food in southern Mexico by David Agren Crux
Pope Francis talks about Uighurs, George Floyd and Universal Basic Income in new interview by Colleen Dulle America
So… Who Is My Neighbor? A Pastor’s Take On Pope Francis’ New Encyclical (Final Reflection) by Fr. James Kurzynski Sacred Space Astronomy
Manhattan church maintains focus on diversity, anti-racism efforts by Peter Feuerherd National Catholic Reporter Link to Racial Challenges and Outreach
Marie Stopes and Planned Parenthood Whitewash Racist Origins of Their Violent Mission. Margaret Sanger and Marie Stopes shared an aversion to “racial darkness” — an aversion that led them to promote contraception and eugenics. by Patti Armstrong National Catholic Register Link to Other ProLife Challenges
Economy of Francesco speaker Jeffrey Sachs an advocate for contraception and 'reproductive justice' by Courtney Mares Catholic News Agency
Tackling ‘Period Poverty,’ Scotland Is 1st Nation to Make Sanitary Products Free, The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass a measure that makes free period products available to anyone who needs them, the first country to do so. by Megan Specia The New York Times Link to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
To Surrender Is Just ‘Ducky’ by Judy Davids The Coming Home Network
The ethical questions that haunt facial-recognition research by Richard Van Noorden Nature
Signs of the Times: End of the Trumpian captivity of the American Church by Massimo Faggioli La Croix International
After US Elections What Next? Let the Gospel Lead the Way! by Tony Magliano Indian Catholic Matters
The Case for Prosecuting Trump by Ankush Khardori The New York Review of Books
Scorched Earth: Trump Plans To Leave Behind A Weakened Country To Biden by Henry Karlson Patheos
Gomez's lack of leadership is on full display with statement on Biden by Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter
Biden’s Covid-19 Mission. As Donald Trump continues to find new ways to make things worse, Joe Biden is preparing to take immediate action on an escalating crisis. by Amy Davidson Sorkin The New Yorker Link to Covid-19
Tom Hanks, Joanne Rogers to raise money to rebuild Tree of Life Synagogue site The site at which 11 Jews were shot to death two years ago will be razed or rehabilitated in a plan that will include a memorial. by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service
New Catholic Elected Officials Hope to Lead with Faith by Jonathan Liedl National Catholic Register
Vandana Shiva on how we risk becoming “obsolete technology” by Marco Bellizi Vatican News
Moving past inshallah: What Muslims want to see in a Biden presidency by Omar Suleiman Religion News Service
Lost In Translation by J.A. Dick Another Voice
The death of Ayman al-Zawahri and the future of al-Qaida by Daniel L.Byman Brookings Link to Terrorism
Tumult over sex abuse, abortion and corruption grips LatAm church by Inés San Martín Crux
Australia: Reconciliation Action Plan to correct “past injustices” against Aboriginal people by Lisa Zengarini Vatican News
Bishops of England and Wales focus on child abuse prevention by Lisa Zengarini Vatican News Link to Children Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Measuring Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine: Now’s the Time to Press Hard for Ethical Options by Stacy Trasancos National Catholic Register
Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit by Lisa Song ProPublica
Former Neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini on Combating the Rise of Extremism by Quinn Myers WTTW News
Mum reaches out to grieving families by CathNews
Peru's 3rd president in 1 week seeks stability for the nation by James Blears Vatican News
Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows by Matt Sedebsky and Bernard Condon Associated Press
St. John Henry Cardinal Newman on Apologetics by Dave Armstrong Patheos
California Bishop Cantu under Vatican 'Vos estis' investigation by JD Flynn and Ed Condon Catholic News Agency Link to Catholic Sexual Violence Against Minors
Two secular lawsuits raise deeply ecclesiastical conundra by John L. Allen Jr. Crux
New York state sues Buffalo diocese over priest misconduct. New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets. by Carolyn Thompson Associated Press/America
Catholic Church’s abuse-prevention policies are inconsistent, incomplete: study by The Associated Press
Is Castration an Acceptable Punishment for Sex Offenders? by Patti Maguire Armstrong Catholic Lane
Bishop Flores evangelizes on Twitter. Now he is in charge of doctrine for the U.S. bishops.The Most Rev. Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Tex., since December 2009, was elected head of the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Nov. 16. by Sean Salai, S.J. America
Football-Playing Seminarian Tells of Return From Hell’s Doorstep Chad Cheramie Jr. finds peace of mind in silent adoration. by Trent Beattie National Catholic Register Link to Sports and Spirituality
Pope meets with NBA players’ union delegation at the Vatican by Junno Arocho Estev Crux
Two churches in Washington state burn in apparent arson attacks by Jonah McKeown Catholic News Agency Church of England publishes major teaching resource on identity and sexuality by Episcopal News Service
Anglican bishops sign historic letter on UN Nuclear Weapons Treaty by Independent Catholic News Link to Nuclear Challenges
Argentine bishop accused of sexual misconduct returns to work at Vatican central bank by Inés San Martín Crux
US won't press charges against former Mexican defense minister by James Blears Vatican News
Hate crimes in US reach highest level in more than a decade by Michael Balsamo Associated Press
Joe Biden's very Jewish family. Joe and Jill Biden are Roman Catholics - but all three of the Biden children married Jews by Keren David The Jewish Chronicle
Microsoft: Russian, North Korean hackers target vaccine work by Frank Bajak Associated Press
Pope Francis commemorates the 40th Anniversary of JRS by Jesuit Refugee Service
We will dance again: This viral video shows why we don’t believe death is the end by Ruth Jackson Patheos
Pope Francis encourages young economists to learn from the poor by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report Link to Catholicism and Economics and to Poverty
Francis' teachings inspire Catholics in Latin America's economic protests.Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Brazil see rising discontent over abysmal inequalities by Eduardo Campos Lima National Catholic Reporter
Public pressure or civil disobedience: a conversation with Archbishop Cordileone by Phil Lawler Catholic Culture
Brazil has Black Lives Matter reckoning after man killed in supermarket by Eduardo Campos Lima Crux Link to Racial Challenges and Outreachand to Murder
Maryknoll lay missioner continues work of 'martyred' U.S. Catholic women. Four missionaries were murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service/UCA News
Inside the Fall of the CDC by James Bandler, Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg ProPublica
Warnings from India by Nicole-Ann Lobo Commonweal
Autism no barrier as Daniel lives life to the full by CathNews Link to Autism
Adult Autism Diagnosis Changes Ministry by Matthew Schneider Patheos
God is Bigger than Religion by Vance Morgan Patheos
Canadian bishops say expanding euthanasia is ‘morally pernicious’ by John Lavenbur Crux Link to Euthanasia
The EPA Refuses to Reduce Pollutants Linked to Coronavirus Deaths. Particulate matter kills people. That was true before the pandemic, and new research has tied it to coronavirus deaths. But the EPA is ignoring scientists who say stricter particulate matter limits could prevent tens of thousands of early deaths. by Lisa Song and Lylla Younes ProPublica Link to Covid-19
Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West by Ken Chitwood Religion News Service Link to End of Life Challenges
Priest fires shot at Duterte over lawmaker's imprisonment by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Priest blames plague of corn for Philippine floods.Crops planted on hilltops fail to hold soil, causing floods and landslides during heavy rain by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Bishop says cockfighting erodes ‘societal moral fiber’ of the Philippines by Crux Staff Crux Link to Animal Challenges
New Filipino cardinal choice takes churchgoers by surprise by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Filipino students threaten to strike amid disaster fallout amid disaster by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Successive typhoons hit Philippines - Letter from Manila by John Din Independent Catholic News
Typhoon-hit Philippine diocese begs for clean water by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
William Barr and the politics of death, We are not executing the ‘worst of the worst,’ as some may believe, but the poorest of the poor, and disproportionately people of color. by Shane Claiborne Religion News Service Link to United States Politics ,Racial Challenges and Outreach and to Political Abuse
How Narcissistic Leaders Destroy from Within. When the person at the top is malignant and self-serving, unethical behavior cascades through the organization and becomes legitimized. by Lee Simmons Stanford Business
Can We Overcome the Hypocrisy of Polish Consciences? by Father Wojciech Kućko National Catholic Register
Painful Ethical Choices in 2020 vs 2010: How Has Thinking Changed? by Marcia Frellick Medscape
Vatican vowed solidarity with Jews 25 years before Holocaust by Elise Ann Allen Crux Link to Catholic/Jewish Challenges
Last resting place for clergymen transformed by Vietnam Catholics by UCA News reporter UCA News
Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis by Bob Smietana Religion News Service Link to The Rosary
For Catholic supporters, Poland's abortion protests about more than one issue by Donald Snyder and Iwona Hoffman National Catholic Reporter Link to Abortion
Bishops aim to get ahead of Argentina’s abortion debate by Inés San Martín Crux
Massachusetts bishops decry push for abortion expansion by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report
Church needs to confront painful histories with 'unflinching honesty,' speakers say by Madeleine Davison National Catholic Reporter Link to Racial Challenges and Outreach
Nearly two-thirds of older Black Americans can’t afford to live alone without help – and it’s even tougher for Latinos by Jan Mutchler The Conversation
Are we on the right side of history on racial justice? by Leslye Colvin National Catholic Reporter
Bishops consider COVID-19, racism additions to four-year strategic plan by Mark Patterson The Pilot
Liberation Theologian Leonardo Boff Is a Keynote Speaker at Vatican’s ‘Economy of Francesco’ Conference by Edward Pentin National Catholic Register
Australian bishops discuss abuse, governance and Covid-19 by Lisa Zengarini Vatican News
Vatican Library Enlists Artificial Intelligence to Protect Its Digitized Treasure Link to Artificial Intelligence The archive employs A.I. modeled on the human immune system to guard offerings including a rare manuscript of the “Aeneid” by Nora McGreevy Smithsonian Magazine
An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart by Timothy R. Tangherlini The Conversation
Florida Principal Who Wouldn’t Call Holocaust ‘Factual’ Is Fired Again. Wiliam Latson was fired last year after an email exchange about staying “politically neutral” about Holocaust education became public. After being rehired last month, he was fired again on Tuesday. by Johnny Diaz The New York Times
Is Reconciliation Possible in our Religiously Polarized Moment? by Victoria J. Barnett The University of Chicago Divinity School
Spain’s bishops meet as religious freedom threatened in the country by Inés San Martín Crux
Mental health of young people declined during lockdown by CathNews Link to Mental Health/Illness and to
Youth Challenges/ Outreach/Protection\ Catholic mental health council applauds Bishop Conley’s candor on mental illness by CNA/The Catholic World Report
Innovative solutions to address the mental health crisis: Shifting away from police as first responders by Stuart M. Butler and Nehath Sheriff Brookings
How a Road Trip with a Retired Franciscan Led to a Jesuit Vocation by Tucker Redding, The Jesuit Post Report urges people-centred mental health system by CathNews
God Never Leaves: What Mental Illness Taught Me About My Faith by Guest Writer Patheos
WMO alarmed over record CO2 levels in atmosphere. The United Nations agency says that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a record level last year. The situation continues to worsen this year despite the industrial slowdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. by Vatican News staff writer Vatican News Link to Environment and Climate Challenges, Advocacy, and Response
Pakistan: Christian girl who escaped forced marriage receives death threats by John Pontifex Independent Catholic News
Whitey Ford and Me by Dick Flavin The Boston Pilot
New Life in Catholic Theater: Catholic Young Adult and Lolek by David Paul Deavel The Catholic World Report Link to Spirituality and Theater
Viewpoint: After US election 'We can breathe again' by Independent Catholic News
U.N. calls for governments to act after shipwreck kills 74 migrants by Junno Arocho Crux Link to General Immigration Challenges
Vatican cardinal says ouster deprived him of possible papacy by Nicole Winfield Crux Link to Financial Crimes
N-E India: Prison Ministry Discusses Skill-Building Initiatives by Team ICM Indian Catholic Ministry Link to Prison Challenges
UK Bishops call for protection of prisoners and staff during second Covid-19 wave by Lisa Zengarini Vatican News
New ‘benchmarks’ released to help seminaries deal with sexual misconduct by John Lavenburg Crux
World Day of Poor Initiatives Adapt to Pandemic, Vatican Official Says by The Tablet Link to Poverty
Zoom Censorship of Palestine Seminars Sparks Fight Over Academic Freedom by Alice Speri and Sam Biddle The Intercept
Ukrainian Greek Church launches "Feeding the poor" campaign,In coordination with the World Day of the Poor, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is promoting a campaign aimed at “Feeding the Poor” – focusing especially on those who are suffering as a result of Covid-19. by Vatican News staff reporter Vatican News
China's five-year plan proposal stresses eugenics in birth policy, says expert by Courtney Mares Catholic News Agency/Angelus Link to China Challenges
Catholic Hong Kong media mogul: ‘Freedom has a price’ by John Lavenburg Crux Link to Catholicism and China
China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority by Associated Press/Crux Link to Catholic/Muslim Challenges
Catholic student jailed in Hong Kong for pro-democracy protest by CNA/The Catholic World Report
Aggiornamento of the Chinese Catholic Church by Thierry Meynard, SJ La Civilta Cattolica
Cardinal Cushing's Outreach to Other Faiths by Thomas Lester The Boston Pilot
Caritas leaders in UK call for government to keep ‘lifeline’ for poor families by Charles Collins Crux Link to Poverty
Vatican message to Hindus for Diwali 2020 by Independent Catholic News
Hundreds of nurses strike at Philadelphia-area Catholic hospital by Associated Press/Crux
Catholic bishop prays for Belarusian reportedly beaten to death by security forces by Catholic News Agency
Pandemic leads multicultural parish in Israel to unite in faith by Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service/Crux
The long and winding road of a dedicated Indonesian priest, Difficult journeys on foot can't keep Father Frumensius Andi from attending to his flock's pastoral needs by Katharina Reny Lestari UCA News
The Revenge of the Yankees How Social Gospel became Social Justice by Michael Lind Tablet Link to Social Justice
Ending the Yemen war is both a strategic and humanitarian imperative by John R. Allen and Bruce Riedel Brookings Link to War/Acts of War /Terrorism/Genocide
Church leaders urge ‘difficult path’ of peace and dialogue in Peru by Inés San Martín Crux
U.S. congressman to Australians: Catholic social teaching needed in public discourse by Catholic News Service/Crux Link to Catholic Social Teaching
When Ivanka Trump Tries to Rebrand, Don’t Forget She Sold You Out. Ivanka is a powerful woman, yet she has consistently used that power to help block wage-equality efforts and our right to choose by Jenny Singer Conde Nast Spotlight
Faith Comes Through Hearing .Some days, when we cannot pray, a prayer utters itself. by Christian Wiman Commonweal
Venezuelan bishop warns of Iran’s rising influence in the country by Inés San Martín Crux
Economy of Francesco: Generating solidarity out of ashes of pandemic by Devin Watkins Vatican News Link to Catholicism and Economics
Battered by Back-to-Back Category 4 Hurricanes, Hondurans Struggle to Survive. Residents discuss the hardships they are facing, in the wake of the worst natural disaster to strike their central American nation in a generation. by Sabrina Ferrisi National Catholic Register
Supreme Court allows federal execution of Texas inmate to proceed by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Link to Death Penalty
Pope to Latin American seminarians: 'Cure the world of evil that afflicts it'. Pope Francis receives members of the Pontifical Latin American College in Rome, and reminds them of the richness that their culture has to offer to Christian communities around the world. by Vatican News staff writer Vatican News
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (maybe) spoke with the dead by Christopher Sandford America
Viewpoint: Taking an active part by Sister Gillian Price Independent Catholic News
Man admits to defecating twice at Catholic parish church in England by Crux Staff Crux
Statues, Politics and The Past.Public monuments have become sites of historical conflict, revealing bitter divisions over interpretations of the past. by Simon John History Today Volume 69 Issue 9 September 2019
African Catholic by Elizabeth A Foster, Reviewed by Fr John Buckley Independent Catholic News
Healing the Wound of Sexual Abuse: Reading the Bible with Survivors by Elaine A. Heath Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What to do About it by Drs. Marybeth Shinn and Jill Kaddurl Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Word After Ten Years: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Our Times edited by Victoria H. Barnett Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
And You Will Find Rest by Fr. Wayne Sattler Reviewed by Patti McGuire Armstrong Profiles in Catholicism
Bounce: Learning to Thrive through Loss, Tragedy, and Heartache by Aaron Früh Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis and Austen Ivereigh Commentary by Inés San Martín Crux
A Promised Land by Barack Obama Commentary by Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service
Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil Reviewed by Diana L. Hayes National Catholic Reporter