Pope, at weekday Mass, prays for those serving unjust sentences (Zenit) At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on April 7 (video), Pope Francis preached on the firs reading of the day. The Pope invited those watching the Mass to pray the act of spiritual communion by Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val (1865-1930). The Mass concluded with adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the chanting of the Ave Regina Caelorum.
Pope Francis, in new interview, says pandemic can be a 'place of conversion' (The Tablet) In an interview with Austen Ivereigh, author of a 2019 papal biography, Pope Francis called for attentive concern for the poor, adding that “we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world.” Decrying a throwaway culture, the Pope praised Humanae Vitae and lamented the abortion of unborn children with Down syndrome.
Brazilian bishop resigns at 54 (Gazeta de Araçuai (Portuguese)) Citing physical and psychological health problems, Bishop Marcello Romano, 54, resigned as bishop of Araçuaí after eight years in office. The National Conference of Brazilian Bishops praised his work (Portuguese text), and the prelate said he looked forward as bishop emeritus to assisting the needy, hearing confessions, and visiting churches, families, and the sick.
'Welcomed by many, devastating for others': Australian bishops react to Pell decision (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) “Today’s outcome will be welcomed by many, including those who have believed in the Cardinal’s innocence throughout this lengthy process,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the bishops’ conference, said following the Australian High Court decision that overturned Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse conviction. “We also recognize that the High Court’s decision will be devastating for others.” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney struck a different tone: “I welcome today’s exoneration of Cardinal George Pell in a unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia. The Cardinal has always maintained his innocence and today’s decision confirms his conviction was wrong.”
Pope establishes emergency CO19 fund, donates $750,000 (Vatican News) “This fund has the aim of supporting the presence of the Church in mission territories, which also suffers the consequences of coronavirus,” said Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, president of the Pontifical Mission Societies. “Through the Church’s activity of preaching the Gospel and of practical aid through our vast network, we can show that no one is alone in this crisis.”
Chinese authorities imprison priest, cut off bishop's water, utilities (AsiaNews) “After the signing of the provisional agreement between the Vatican and China, the government launched a campaign to eliminate the unofficial communities by requiring each priest to sign a document with which they adhere to the ‘independent Church,’ [and] refuse relations with foreigners, prohibit religious education to young people under the age of 18,” the report notes.
'Powerful nations are brought to their knees,' leading Asian prelate says (Catholic Outlook) “This angel of death, like the Seventh Seal of the Book of Revelation, brings a shattering message,” Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Myanmar, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, said in his Easter message. “World powers that arrogantly negate all transcendent powers, learn with humility that life is fragile and that we all need one another. More than anything, all powers can learn to acknowledge the presence of a Power that is above all.”