Pope recalls Corpus Christi, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Vatican Press Office) At the conclusion of his June 19 general audience, Pope Francis said that the feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday on the General Roman Calendar (but transferred to the following Sunday in many nations), is a “special opportunity to revive our faith in the real presence of the Lord in the Eucharist.” The Pope also recalled St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose feast day is June 21.
There is 'an Islam that wants to dialogue,' Vatican spokesman says (Zenit) “I believe that the Pope’s hope, after the signing of the human fraternity document in Abu Dhabi, is to be able to show and make it clear, that there is an Islam that wants to dialogue, engage in respect for human rights and is also committed to making concrete progress, make significant steps,” Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication, said in an interview.
Archbishop Scicluna defends St. John Paul II's record on abuse (Zenit) “Those who question the competence or determination of St. John Paul II in the treatment of this phenomenon should brush up on their knowledge of history,” said Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who was once the top Vatican prosecutor in sex-abuse cases and who again has a Vatican role in addressing clerical abuse.
Coptic Orthodox patriarch meets with Pope Francis (Zenit) Born in 1952, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria has led the Coptic Orthodox Church (CNEWA profile) since 2012. The church is among the Oriental Orthodox churches that ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451.
Number of refugees, other displaced persons tops 70 million (UNHCR) According to a new report, released by the UN refugee agency, two-thirds of refugees come from five countries (Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia). The nations that host the most refugees are Turkey, Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, and Germany. Concern for refugees has been a hallmark of Pope Francis’s pontificate, from his 2013 visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, to his 2016 visit to the Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos), to his annual messages.
Kerala bishops' protest fails to change cartoon award (UCANews) The southwestern Indian state of Kerala (map) is 55% Hindu, 27% Muslim, and 18% Christian. Two Eastern Catholic churches (the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church) are headquartered there, as are two Oriental Orthodox churches (the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church).