Argentine bishops face charges for accepting sex-abuse complaints (Crux) An Argentine lawyer has filed criminal charges against two Catholic bishops who set up offices for receiving sex-abuse complaints. The complaint charges that Archbishops Eduardo Martin of Rosario and Sergio Fenoy of Santa Fe sought to “supplant the public prosecutor’s office” by encouraging complaints to another body.
Canadian bishops rue lack of care for the elderly at some facilities (CCCB) “Reports by caregivers and military personnel providing emergency assistance, together with comparative studies as well as media accounts, help us recognize to what extent the circumstances are deemed ‘horrific,’ ‘cruel,’ and ‘abusive,’” the bishops said in their statement. “As followers of Christ, caring for one another must take on an ever greater imperative and meaning if we are truly being authentic in the witness of our faith and beliefs.”
Pope donates ventilator to Brazil hospital (Vatican News) “The Pope cares about indigenous peoples whose rights are often violated,” said ishop Vital Corbellini of Marabá. “Their lands, forests and rivers are occupied, so it is necessary to look after them with affection and help them live well.”
Italy expects drop in births because of CO19 (Catholic Herald) The Italian government’s statistical agency predicts a drop in the number of births for 2019 as a result of the CO19 epidemic. The Istat agency expects a decrease of 10,000 births from last year’s figure—which was itself significantly down from the previous year. If unemployment continues to rise as expected, Istat predicts an even lower birth rate for 2021.