The search is still ongoing for a Catholic bishop in eastern Nigeria who was kidnapped at gunpoint on Sunday night. Bishop Moses Chikwe was abducted less than two miles from his residence in the city of Owerri in the country’s Imo State. The 53-year-old cleric has been Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri since October of last year.
Iraqi President: Religious and cultural rights of Christians should be protected
The President of Iraq has delivered his Christmas greetings to the country’s Christians. Speaking prior to Midnight Mass in Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in the capital city of Baghdad, President Barham Salih said the world needs to learn from Christ’s teachings which he summarized as the concepts of love, cooperation and tolerance for the sake of humanity, in the spirit of peace and co-existence.
Italian judge murdered by the mafia to be declared blessed
An Italian judge who was murdered by the Sicilian mafia is set to be declared blessed by Pope Francis. On December the 22nd, the Pope authorized a decree recognizing Judge Rosario Livantino’s death in September 1990 as a martyrdom borne of hatred for the faith.
The State of Massachusetts votes to legalize abortion up to birth
The State of Massachusetts in the U.S. has voted to legalize abortions up to the day of birth and to lower the age at which girls can procure an abortion without parental knowledge or consent to 16. The abortion law reform bill was vetoed last week by the State’s Republican Governor, Charlie Baker.
Pope Francis reorganizes the Vatican’s financial structures
Pope Francis has stripped the Vatican’s Secretariat of State of responsibility for investment funds and real estate holdings. In a papal edict issued December the 28th, the Holy Father transferred responsibility for such matters to the body which functions as the Holy See’s treasury known as the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See or APSA for short.
Pope Francis announces a special year dedicated to family
The Pope has also announced a special year dedicated to the family. The year will begin on March the 19th 2021, the Feast of Saint Joseph. It marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, ‘Amoris laetiatia’ on the pastoral care of families.
Relics of Saint Maximilian Kolbe gifted to Polish parliament
Relics of the Auschwitz martyr, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, have been gifted to the chapel of the Polish Parliament in Warsaw. The relics were handed over in an official ceremony on December the 17th. Gifting them were the Provincial of the Conventual Franciscans in Poland and the Guardian of Niepokalanów Monastery which was founded by Saint Maximilian in 1927.