Faithful Chinese bishop goes into hiding from communist authorities

A faithful Catholic Chinese bishop is believed to be hiding from Chinese communist authorities following his refusal to sign an agreement to join the communist-run “patriotic church” that would allow him to serve his flock openly. According to AsiaNews, the 61-year-old auxiliary bishop Vincent Guo Xijin of Mindong, Fujian province, is reportedly exhausted by his ordeal, having been harassed for more than a year by the Chinese government. Although under the watch of government security guards, Guo escaped from the headquarters of Msgr. Vincenzo Zhan Silu, the officially recognized bishop…

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Dutch bishop joins statement calling for Pope to repent of Pachamama idolatry at Amazon Synod

Bishop Robert Mutsaerts, auxiliary bishop of ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, has joined the signatories of the “Protest against Pope Francis’ sacrilegious acts” whose statement protesting the pagan worship in the Vatican went online on November 12. He is the second bishop to have signed the statement since Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò joined the original signatories hours after it was published. Bishop Mutsaerts is an outspoken prelate who has not hesitated to express criticism of the present “paradigm shift,” also calling the Amazon Synod “the most politically correct meeting of all…

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Pope Francis denounces rise in anti-Semitism

Pope Francis denounced rising anti-Semitism on Wednesday as an attitude that is inhumane and unchristian. “The Jewish people have suffered so much in history … And, in the last century, we saw so many brutalities on the Jewish people and we thought that this was over,” Pope Francis said in St Peter’s Square on November 13. “Today the practice of persecuting the Jews has begun again here and there. Brothers and sisters, this is neither human nor Christian. The Jewish people are our brothers, and they should not be persecuted,”…

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Blessed Sacrament stolen from Texas Catholic parish

The pastor of a Catholic parish in El Paso, Texas is calling for prayer and reparation after a tabernacle containing the Eucharist was stolen from the church. On October 28, Holy Spirit Parish in Horizon City was broken into by unknown individuals. “It is with a very saddened heart that I write these words to you,” said Father Jose Morales, pastor of the parish, in a November 1 letter. “Sunday night into Monday morning we had some intruders in the church that caused damages and stole items including the tabernacle…

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Nigeria: Archbishop Kaigama takes over Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja as Cardinal Onaiyekan retires

The Holy Father has accepted the retirement of His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, as the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja. The Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Musa, announced Onaiyekan’s retirement in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja. Musa said Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Onaiyekan and appointed Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Archbishop of Abuja.

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John Cardinal Onaiyekan Officially Resigns

Today, the Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the resignation of from the pastoral governance of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja. We thank God for the life of so great and so compassionate a shepherd and teacher. May the Lord God bless him in the years that lie ahead in retirement, bless our new Archbishop Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, and the Church of God in Abuja. Amen.

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Survey says: Most Catholics in US reject Church teaching on cohabitation

Nearly three quarters of Catholics in the United States are not opposed to couples cohabiting before marriage, despite the Church’s moral teaching. A new survey by the Pew Research Center, released Nov. 6, reports that Americans as a whole are very accepting of unmarried couples living together, even if they have no plans to marry. Additionally, Pew found that a shrinking percentage of adults are getting married, and an increasing number of adults have decided to cohabit. Only 14% of adults surveyed said they did not believe that it was…

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