US House passes bill condemning China's treatment of religious minorities (CNS) “Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ongoing genocide against the approximately 10 million Uighurs living in Xinjiang in northwestern China demands action,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). “Today, more than a million Uighurs are in concentration camps. Millions more are harassed, beaten, raped, and tortured.”
German bishops' leader: need discussion on ordaining women (Katholisch) Bishop George Bätzing of Limburg, the president of the German bishops’ conference, has said that although three consecutive Pontiffs have said that women can never be ordained, “that cannot mean that the question of ordination of women is not discussed further.” He said that further discussion is necessary because the Church’s teaching is “often no longer accepted.”
Fauci recommends against Communion (America) In an interview with America magazine, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommended against distributing Communion in Catholic churches. “I think for the time being, you just gotta forestall that,” he said. Fauci also said that members of the congregation should “absolutely” wear masks.
Illinois drops restrictions after churches file suit (CNA) Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that the state will have “guidance, not mandatory restrictions,” for churches, dropping plans for legal regulations that had sparked controversy. Three churches had filed suit, arguing that the proposed regulations—which imposed tighter restrictions no churches than on liquor stores—were a violation of religious freedom.
Pope approves summer camp for Vatican employees' children (Vatican News (Italian)) In a sign of loosening CO19 restrictions, the Vatican has announced a July 6-31 camp for employees’ children (ages 5-14). The Vatican pledged that the camp, which includes basketball, tennis, swimming, and inflatables, will be operated in accord with CO19 protocols (social distancing, masks, temperature screening, and sanitizing of equipment). The camp will be run by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
Same-sex marriage becomes law in Costa Rica (CNA) “Not wanting to discriminate against homosexual people does not authorize the state to confuse the natural order of marriage and the family,” the nation’s bishops said in a statement. The legalization of same-sex marriage followed a 6-4 Supreme Court decision.
Founder of K of C cleared for beatification (Vatican News) The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has acknowledged a miracle through the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, thus fulfilling the requirements for his beatification. In decrees issued on May 27, the Vatican also recognized miracles attributed to Blessed Charles de Foucauld, the French hermit who died as a martyr in Algeria, who is now eligible for canonization; and Pauline-Marie Jaricot, founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, who is cleared for beatification. The Congregation also recognized the martyrdom of Cosma Spessotto, a Franciscan priest killed in El Salvador in 1980.
Papal message for UK Day for Life (CBCEW) “The theme ‘Choose Life’ is particularly fitting in this 2th anniversary year of St. John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which summoned the entire Church to be ‘a people of life and for life,’” said the Vatican’s Secretary of State. “The Holy Father asks the faithful to pray for all those families, volunteers and healthcare professionals committed, often heroically, to the care and healing of the suffering.”