Pope Francis decries 'resurgent, barbaric' anti-Semitism (Simon Wiesenthal Center) “May the anniversary of the unspeakable cruelty that humanity learned of 75 years ago serve as a summons to pause, to be still, and to remember,” Pope Francis said to a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on January 20. “An increase in selfishness and indifference … creates a fertile ground for the forms of factionalism and populism we see around us, where hatred quickly springs up.”
'Defy the Apocalypse': Influential Jesuit journal examines Pope's view of global politics (La Civiltà Cattolica) “Defy the Apocalypse,” an article written by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, includes sections entitled “Hold back the end: the Empire or the Church?”; “The task of the Church in the face of the apocalypse”; “The global role of Catholicism in today’s context”; “Against the temptation of tribal Catholicism”; “Saint Francis on the throne of Saint Peter”; “The primacy of spiritual authority and the end of ‘Christianity’”; and “The challenge to the apocalypse after the Bomb and the Wall: human fraternity.”
One Nigerian seminarian released, badly injured (CNA) One of the four Nigerian seminarians who were kidnapped 10 days ago has been released, having sustained serious injuries—apparently incurred when he resisted his captors. He was dumped by the side of the road, and rescued by passersby; he is now in intensive care.
Bishop Gumbleton: 'Refuse cooperation with United States wars' (CounterPunch) “The endless War on Terrorism has fallen short of the Church’s Just War requirements on multiple fronts,” writes retired Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, 89. “All Catholics should refuse to kill and should refuse cooperation with United States wars. Catholic taxpayers should make every effort to avoid paying for war and weapons.”
US bishops' novena for life begins (USCCB) “The pro-life novena is an opportunity for recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in a news release.
Cardinal Farrell outlines Vatican's vision for the Catholic charismatic renewal (CHARIS) Speaking in Brazil at the first international conference for leaders of charismatic communities, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life outlined the Vatican’s vision for CHARIS, founded in 2019. Cardinal Farrell said that Pope Francis “is convinced that Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a grace that every baptized person can and should receive. It is an experience of a personal Pentecost, an eruption of the Holy Spirit into the life of the baptized person, accompanied by an experience of conversion and an encounter with the living Jesus. All this should be part of the normal life of every baptized person called to holiness.”