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Australian state police rule out probe into Vatican money transfers during Pell trial

2020-10-24T00:05:48+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Police in the Australian state of Victoria said Friday that they have no plans for a further investigation into reports of money transfers from the Vatican during the trial of Cardinal George Pell.  Victoria Police told journalists Oct. 23 that AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial intelligence agency, had shared information with the force regarding the transfers. “AUSTRAC has made Victoria police aware of transfer of monies from the Vatican over a period of time to Australia,” a police statement said. “They have not advised Victoria Police of any suspicious activity related to these [...]

Australian state police rule out probe into Vatican money transfers during Pell trial2020-10-24T00:05:48+08:00

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

2020-10-24T00:05:46+08:00

Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded to the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation on the mainland. “With the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] dictating all matters, Catholics in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] are facing serious challenges to their faith and conscience,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) said in a statement issued Oct. 22. The government statement indicated that Taiwan has not changed its position on the Holy See’s provisional agreement with the Chinese government, which has been extended for [...]

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges2020-10-24T00:05:46+08:00

Bishops in Kerala on hunger strike for Catholic education

2020-10-22T12:00:06+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 04:42 pm (CNA).- Several bishops in Kerala held a day-long hunger strike Tuesday to protest the state government’s withholding of funds from Catholic schools. The hunger strike was held Oct. 20 in front of the Kerala state secretariat. The prelates participating were Bishops Joshuah Kizhakkeveettil of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Mavelikara, chair of the Kerala bishops’ education commission; Paul Mullassery of Quilon, the vice chair; and Thomas Tharayil, an auxiliary of the Syro-Malabar Archeparchy of Changanacherry. Archbishop Maria Callist Soosa Pakiam of Trivandrum said the state government “curtails our rights as a religious minority [...]

Bishops in Kerala on hunger strike for Catholic education2020-10-22T12:00:06+08:00

Alleged Vatican money transfers during Pell trial referred to police by Australian intelligence agency

2020-10-21T12:00:06+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 20, 2020 / 09:46 am (CNA).- The Australian financial intelligence agency has handed information to federal police concerning allegations that international money transfers, amounting to hundreds of thousands of euros in Vatican funds, were sent to Australia during the trial of Cardinal George Pell. During a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, Nicole Rose, the chief executive of AUSTRAC, the Australian government’s financial intelligence service, was asked about allegations, first published in Italian media on Oct. 2, that approximately 700,000 euros in Church funds had been sent to Australia at the behest of Cardinal Angelo Becciu for the [...]

Alleged Vatican money transfers during Pell trial referred to police by Australian intelligence agency2020-10-21T12:00:06+08:00

Two minors killed during fighting between Burmese military, Arakan Army

2020-10-18T00:05:03+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 17, 2020 / 06:01 am (CNA).- United Nations officials in Burma said Wednesday that earlier this month, two boys were killed amid crossfire between the Tatmadaw, the country's military, and the Arakan Army, an ethnic Buddhist separatist group. The UN Country Taskforce on Monitoring and Reporting on Grave Violations against Children in Myanmar said Oct. 14 that on Oct. 5 “two boys were killed in Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State, in crossfire between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army. This occurred after the children, as part of a group of 15 local farmers, were alleged to all have [...]

Two minors killed during fighting between Burmese military, Arakan Army2020-10-18T00:05:03+08:00

Sri Lankan bishops oppose amendment that would strengthen presidency

2020-10-16T12:00:07+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 15, 2020 / 04:47 pm (CNA).- Sri Lanka’s bishops said Tuesday that the country’s democracy would decay if parliament passes a constitutional amendment that would strengthen the president's power. The bishops said the Twentieth Amendment, which would allow President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take control of parliament, would be dangerous for the country. They instead encouraged government officials to focus on drafting a new constitution that safeguards democracy, law, and equality. “We need to emphasize that concentration of power in an individual without checks and balances does not augur well for a Democratic, Socialist Republic,” they said in [...]

Sri Lankan bishops oppose amendment that would strengthen presidency2020-10-16T12:00:07+08:00

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

2020-10-14T12:04:55+08:00

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 13, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict on Friday. A historic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has reignited in recent weeks. The two countries, formerly part of the Soviet Union (USSR), fought a six-year war over the territory from 1988 to 1994 after the fall of the USSR, ending in a ceasefire. The United Nations currently recognizes the territory as part of Azerbaijan, but administered by ethnic Armenians. “There’s definitely a religious component here,” but it is [...]

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict2020-10-14T12:04:55+08:00

Christian aid groups call for response after Armenian Orthodox cathedral shelled

2020-10-10T12:04:55+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 9, 2020 / 03:55 pm (CNA).- A historic cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Nagorno-Karabakh was attacked this week, and Armenia says Turkish-backed Azerbaijan carried out the attack. Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in what humanitarian and Christian aid organizations say is a campaign of violence against Armenian Christians in the terrority. Holy Savior Cathedral in Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh - a disputed territory - was shelled Oct. 8 amid increasing violence in the region. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, spokesman for Armenia's defense ministry, blamed “enemy Azerbaijan” for the attack, the BBC said. In Defense of Christians, which advocates for persecuted Christians [...]

Christian aid groups call for response after Armenian Orthodox cathedral shelled2020-10-10T12:04:55+08:00

South Korea proposes new law allowing abortion up to 14 weeks

2020-10-09T12:04:55+08:00

Rome Newsroom, Oct 8, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- South Korea’s National Assembly is considering a proposal to allow abortion up to 14 weeks as the deadline approaches to revise the country’s abortion law. After the national law prohibiting abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, genetic disease, or risk to the mother’s health was overturned by South Korea’s Constitutional Court in April last year, the court gave Korean legislators until the end of 2020 to change the law. South Korea’s Ministry of Justice put forward a proposal Oct. 7 to allow abortion up to 14 weeks in all [...]

South Korea proposes new law allowing abortion up to 14 weeks2020-10-09T12:04:55+08:00

Zen challenges Parolin over China deal claims

2020-10-08T12:05:02+08:00

CNA Staff, Oct 7, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Joseph Zen has rejected claims that the 2018 Vatican-China deal was approved in draft form by Pope Benedict XVI, and accused Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin of “manipulating” Pope Francis on the Church’s engagement with China. In an essay published on his blog Oct. 7, Cardinal Zen, the emeritus Bishop of Hong Kong, offered an extended and personal critique of an Oct. 3 speech given by Parolin on the history and future of the Church’s missionary activity in China. “I read the speech given by Cardinal Parolin,” Zen [...]

Zen challenges Parolin over China deal claims2020-10-08T12:05:02+08:00