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Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Lori decry attacks on pro-life centers

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore pleaded for peace in light of recent attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers in the United States. “Each of us must choose the path of peace and open our hearts to the love that God has for his children,” said a joint statement June 13 by the two prelates. “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, touch our hearts and make them like your own.” They made the comments as committee chairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Religious Liberty and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore is chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The two prelates noted the pace of attacks had stepped up since a draft version of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Services was leaked in May. The final ruling has yet to be released.

Hemispheric summit ends with immigration deal among countries

WASHINGTON — Twenty countries from the Americas, including the United States, signed a declaration June 10, the last day of the Summit of the Americas, committing to help and protect “all migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and stateless persons, regardless of their migratory status.” The statement released by the White House and signed by the heads of state of Mexico and several countries in Central and South America said that “migration should be a voluntary, informed choice and not a necessity,” and it makes the task of aiding migrants and refugees a shared responsibility among many nations. The effort asks that countries such as Costa Rica and Ecuador, with proximity to nations such as Cuba and Venezuela, take in and protect more refugees from those neighboring nations instead of having them make longer and more dangerous trips north to the U.S. The U.S. in turn would seek funding for those countries to help refugees enter legally, to provide social services as well as “integration programs.”

Phoenix Bishop Olmsted retires; San Diego auxiliary named successor

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, 75, and named as his successor Auxiliary Bishop John P. Dolan of San Diego. Bishop Olmstead, who has headed the Phoenix Diocese since 2003, is at the age when canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation to the pope. Bishop Dolan, who turned 60 June 8, has been a San Diego auxiliary since 2017. He serves as the diocese’s vicar general, moderator of the curia and vicar for clergy. The changes were announced June 10 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S.

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Pope’s knee troubles force cancellation of African trip

VATICAN CITY — Because of continuing problems with his knee, Pope Francis has postponed his planned trip to Congo and South Sudan July 2-7, said the Vatican press office. Matteo Bruni, director of the press office, did not mention whether the pope’s planned trip to Canada in late July was still set. “At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy Father has been forced to postpone, with regret, his apostolic journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan,” Bruni said June 10. The trip would be moved “to a later date to be determined.” Although Pope Francis has canceled several events since mid-January and has begun using a wheelchair or a cane, the Vatican had continued to insist that he would make the two trips in July.

Vatican financial watchdog reports on its 2021 activities

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency said that more financial transactions flagged as suspicious in 2021 than in the previous year was an indication that stringent policies aimed at transparency were working. The 2021 annual report of the Supervisory and Financial Information Authority, published June 13, said it received 104 suspicious activity reports, 98 of which came from the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly called the Vatican bank, and five came from “authorities of the Holy See/Vatican City state.” In 2020, 89 suspicious activity reports were filed. “The reports of suspicious activity received in 2021 confirm the ongoing trend since 2017 toward higher quality reports, due in part to more detailed anomaly indicators and a more conscious implementation of a risk-based approach,” the annual report said.

— Catholic News Service

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