Gunman attacks Christmas market in Strasbourg (ABC News) Shouting “Allahu akbar” (Allah is great), the gunman killed three and injured 12 during a terrorist attack on the Christmas market in front of Strasbourg Cathedral (photograph). Strasbourg is a city of 275,000 in eastern France and headquarters of the European Parliament, which Pope Francis visited in 2014.
English bishops 'stand in solidarity with' EU citizens living in UK (Catholic Church in England and Wales) With Brexit, the UK government “will soon launch a settlement scheme, offering EU citizens living here a legal route to remain,” said Bishop Paul McAleenan. “While this is an important step we understand that, especially for people who have contributed to our society over many years, it may feel unjust and divisive that they are now required to apply for permission to stay.” Bishop McAleenan said that the majority of EU citizens living in the UK are Catholic.
USCCB grants $9.5M to home mission dioceses (USCCB) A subcommittee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has granted $9.5 million to 79 US home mission dioceses, most of them in rural areas. “Many dioceses and eparchies throughout the United States cannot provide basic pastoral services without outside assistance,” said Archbishop Paul Etienne of Anchorage.
Cardinal Pell convicted? (Daily Beast) Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of sexual abuse, according to an unconfirmed report from Australia. Cardinal Pell has been undergoing a trial in secret, with press coverage barred, and the Australian media have not reported the result. According to the Daily Beast, an original trial resulted in a hung jury in September; in a new trial, concluded this week, the jury deliberated for three days before delivering a guilty verdict.
Vatican Secretary of State: Address migration's root causes so that people may remain in their own countries (Holy See Mission) After welcoming the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Cardinal Pietro Parolin called upon the international community to address migration’s root causes so that people may “live in safety and dignity in their own countries.” In addition, he said that when migrants enter new countries, there should be “integration ... neither merely assimilation nor incorporation, but a two-way process rooted in the mutual recognition of the fundamental equality and dignity of all.”
Irish archbishop: no duty to obey immoral law (Irish Times) “There’s a clear Catholic teaching that if legislation is against the basic principles of the faith of people, that they can’t be forced to carry it out,” observed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. He was referring to new legislation that requires medical personnel to cooperate in abortion.
Colleagues say new Congolese archbishop will defend human rights (CNS) On November 25, Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu was installed as archbishop of Kinshasa, the nation’s capital and largest city, succeeding Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. Over 4.5 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have fled their homes in recent conflicts.