|Cardinal Pell's conviction upheld; Vatican, Australian bishops react (CWN)|
<p>In a 2-1 ruling, an Australian appeals court has upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on charges of sexually abusing two choir boys in the Melbourne cathedral in 1996.</p>
|Muslim-Catholic committee created to promote document signed by Pope, grand imam (Vatican News)|
Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar signed the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=12066"> Document on Human Fraternity</a> in Abu Dhabi in February.
|Holy See, Vietnam begin 8th round of talks toward diplomatic relations (Vatican News)|
The first meeting of the Vietnam — Holy See Joint Working Group was held in 2009. Vietnam, a Communist nation of 97 million, is 7% Catholic.
|Contribute to Congo's development, bishops' conference urges multinational corporations (CNS)|
“Instead of contributing to our country’s development and benefiting our people, however, our mineral, petrol and forest resources have become the cause of our misfortune,” said Msgr. Donatien Nshole, secretary-general of the bishops’ conference. “Our fellow-citizens find themselves stripped of their lands, without any reward or compensation, through concessions and sales made to this or that mine or forest exploiter.”
|Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X program over Trump administration's abortion rule (NPR)|
In March, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, while restating the Church’s “strong objections to government promotion and funding of contraceptives,” <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=40867"> praised the Trump administration’s new rule</a> separating abortion from Title X family planning.
|India expels 86-year-old Spanish nun who helped the poor (UCANews)|
The Indian government did not state why it declined to renew the visa of Sister Enedina, a Daughter of Charity who first came to India in 1965.
|In book preface, Pope Francis gives boost to popular movements (Vatican News)|
Pope Francis has written the preface to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America’s new work, “La irrupción de los movimientos populares: Rerum novarum de nuestro tiempo” [The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of Our Time]. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=4904"> Rerum Novarum</a> is Pope Leo XIII’s landmark 1891 social encyclical.
|Myanmar fighting forces people to take shelter at churches, monasteries (CNS)|
Rebels backed by China have <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=38901"> targeted Christians</a> in Myanmar’s Shan State (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shan_State#/media/File:Shan_State_in_Myanmar.svg">map</a>). The state is 81% Buddhist, 10% Christian, and 7% animist.
|Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries, gifts to console Syrian families (Aid to the Church in Need)|
“The rosaries, made at the initiative of Aid to the Church in Need, are a sign of my closeness to our brothers and sisters in Syria,” Pope Francis said following his <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=43023"> August 15 Angelus address</a>. “We continue to pray the Rosary for peace in the Middle East and around the world.”
|Hong Kong priest decries government oppression (AsiaNews)|
“This is about people being abused by the government, people being falsely arrested by the police, people being unfairly prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” said Father Carlos Cheung. “As Christians who are well familiar with words of justice, do we choose to remain silent when the world needs us to speak up?”
|Flood of claims emerges as NY suspends its statute of limitations on child sex abuse (PBS NewsHour)|
427 lawsuits were <a target="_blank" href="https://www.apnews.com/d0881aa1c81b45af9ca78143d077fd23"> filed</a> against dioceses, the Boy Scouts, and other entities on the first day of the yearlong suspension of the statute.
|LCWR president challenges notion that declining number of sisters is 'somehow bad' (Leadership Conference of Women Religious)|
The religious superiors who belong to the <a target="_blank" href="https://lcwr.org/"> Leadership Conference of Women Religious</a> represent nearly 80% of the 44,000 religious sisters in the United States. Sister Sharlet Wagner, the Conference’s president, deplored “nativist populism” and commented on the declining numbers of American nuns: “The assertion that what’s happening is not our fault presupposes that what’s happening is somehow bad ... I challenge this assumption that the shifts taking place in religious life today are somehow wrong.”
|Papuans seek Vatican probe into deaths of churchmen (UCANews)|
“Many Catholics in Papua believe the recent deaths of several indigenous priests and a bishop were not due to illness but the result of a conspiracy to end their fight for the rights of local people,” according to the report.
|Catholic, Hindu, Sikh leaders send 10-point resolution to Pakistan's prime minister (Fides)|
“A specific request touches on the problem of abductions, sexual violence and forced conversions of women belonging to religious minorities” in the Muslim nation, according to the report.
|Another Protestant church closed in Algeria (World Watch Monitor)|
The nation of 41.7 million (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Algeria_(orthographic_projection).svg">map</a>) is 99% Muslim (predominantly Sunni), and Islam is the official religion.
|Bibles escape Trump's tariff fight with China (Christianity Today)|
The world’s largest Bible factory is located in the Communist nation, according to a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=23191"> 2014 report</a>.
|Police investigate death of Polish missionary in Puerto Rico (Fides)|
Father Stanislaw Szczepanik, CM, was a missionary in Ponce, one of the island’s largest cities.
|Christian leaders upset by Indian judge's comments (UCANews)|
“This court feels it appropriate to point out that Christian missionaries are always the source of attack in one way or the other and, in the present era, there are several accusations against them for indulging in compulsory conversion of people of other religions into Christianity,” a high court judge in Tamil Nadu (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Nadu#/media/File:IN-TN.svg">map</a>) said.
|Priests are under-compensated in southern Africa, bishops' official warns (CNS)|
Father Dumisani Vilakati, who leads the pastoral department of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa, spoke of “lots of anxiety among members of the clergy, who more often than not embark on self-help projects to make ends meet.”
|Missionary sisters in Mali persevere in service amid rising tensions, insecurity (Fides)|
The West African nation of 18.4 million (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali#/media/File:Mali_(orthographic_projection).svg">map</a>) is 95% Muslim and 2% Christian.