Buddhist-Catholic dialogue on nonviolence concludes with joint statement (Vatican Press Office) Meeting in Taipei, participants in the session organized by Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue agreed to a 10-point statement lamenting “unbridled nationalism, sexism, racism, casteism, ethnicism, and religious and secular fundamentalism,” as well as “fake news” and “poverty, injustice, inequality, exploitation, and discrimination, which are often the underlying causes of violence and conflicts.”
English city council vows to block pro-life prayer vigils (Catholic Herald) The city council of Portsmouth, England, has voted to “do all within its powers” to stop the prayer vigils organized at abortion clinics by 40 Days for Life. Lawmakers have suggested a buffer zone to keep pro-life activists away from the clinics. Bishop Philip Egan has been taking part in the vigils.
Irish archbishop: role of women and abuse scandal have alienate youth from Church (Irish Times) Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that young people have become alienated from the Catholic Church because of the perception that women are not respected and because of the sex-abuse scandal. In a November 16 speech, the archbishop said that he saw signs of hope in the emergence of younger Irish political leaders committed to changes in society—although he acknowledged that these political leaders often reject Church teachings on key moral issues.