Pelosi 'pleased' with Vatican statement on Communion and abortion (CNA) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she is “pleased with what the Vatican put out” on the controversy over the reception of Communion by Catholic politicians who favor legal abortion. Pelosi interpreted a statement by Cardinal Luis Ladaria as saying “don’t be divisive on the subject.” The cardinal actually was clear in saying that pro-abortion politicians should not receive the Eucharist, but Pelosi said she would “use my own judgment on that.”
Pope urges Italians to welcome life, reverse demographic decline (Vatican News) “Children are the hope that makes a people reborn,” Pope Francis said in a May 14 address to a Rome conference on Italy’s demographic crisis. The Pontiff observed that “a society that does not welcome life stops living.” Italy’s declining birth rate—well below the “replacement level”—has commanded the attention of political leaders, and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi participated in this week’s conference on “the general states of birth.”
Vatican conference features liberal speakers on 'restart' (National Catholic Register) The heads of the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Treasury Department took part in a Vatican conference May 14 on “Dreaming of a Better Restart.” Population-control advocate Jeffrey Sachs also spoke at the meeting. It was sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Science, whose chancellor, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, has frequently invited Sachs to speak, and has himself said that China is the country that best exemplifies Catholic social teaching.
Former US ambassador says Vatican should push China on religious freedom (CNA) Sam Brownback, who was US ambassador for religious freedom during the Trump administration, has argued that the Vatican should press China harder in demands for religious freedom, noting a new State Department report that lists China as a “country of political concern” regarding religious liberty. Brownback said that the US urged the Vatican not to renew a secret agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops, because “this is not a regime we should be negotiating with.”
Christians suffer in Gaza, Israeli strikes disproportionate, bishop says (Fides) Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, the vicar of the Jerusalem patriarchate, reports that Christian home in the Gaza strip, as well as a convent and a parochial school, have been hit by Israeli air strikes this week. Bishop Marcuzzo said that Israel’s response to Hamas missiles has been disproportionate. More than 100 of the casualties in Gaza have been women and children, he said, remarking that “the famous ‘smart bombs’ harm everyone.”
China shuts down Catholic radio network's social-media account (LICAS.news) The Chinese government has shut down the WeChat account of Radio Veritas Asia, saying that the Catholic broadcaster had violated government regulations. Radio Veritas had reported difficulties during Holy Week and Easter, when the government blocked the release of religious videos, saying that they were “sensitive” material.