Man jailed after destroying historic statue of Jesus at El Paso cathedral (KVIA-TV) The “skin color of the statue was the wrong color,” the suspect said in an affidavit. “Jesus was Jewish and therefore should be a darker skin color.” Following the attack, which took place when the cathedral was open for private prayer, Bishop Marc Seitz said, “He certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace.”
New papal nuncio faces challenges as Belarus blocks archbishop's return (AsiaNews) Archbishop Ante Jozic was ordained on September 16 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and will now take his new post as apostolic nuncio in Belarus. The new papal envoy will arrive at a time of tension, with the government of Belarus still refusing to allow Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk to re-enter the country. The government is reportedly pressing the Vatican to appoint another prelate who might be less critical of the regime. Meanwhile Cardinal Parolin says that Pope Francis would like to visit Belarus, but “plans have not materialized.”
Chinese 'underground' priest detained, pressed to join 'official' Church (AsiaNews) Father Liu Maochun, a priest of the “underground” Catholic Church, was seized by government officials and held for more than two weeks, while members of the Religious Affairs Bureau pressed him to acknowledge the authority of the government-recognized Patriotic Association. At least 20 other priests in the Mindong diocese where he serves are under the same pressure.
'Virtual' Mass never substitutes for in-person participation, Cardinal Sarah tells bishops' conferences (Vatican News) With the Pope’s approval, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has written a letter to the presidents of episcopal conferences. “As soon as circumstances permit,” he said, “it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life, which has the church building as its home and the celebration of the liturgy, especially the Eucharist, as the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed.”