Pope Francis names new Archbishops of Mexico City, Paris (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and Cardinal André Vingt-Trois for reasons of age (both are 75). The new Archbishop of Mexico City is Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla; the new Archbishop of Paris is Bishop Michel Aupetit of Nanterre. Bishop Aupetit, a medical doctor who was ordained to the priesthood at 44, served as Cardinal Vingt-Trois’ vicar general from 2006 to 2013.
Pope meets with Palestinian religious leaders, encourages dialogue (Vatican Press Office) “I am conscious of the kindness that the authorities of the State of Palestine, particularly President Mahmoud Abbas, have shown to the Christian community,” the Pope said in his remarks. The meeting came the day after Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Palestinian Commission for Interreligious Dialogue established a Joint Working Group for Dialogue.
Filipino bishop denounces killing after priest is gunned down by vigilantes (Fides) After a Catholic priest was gunned down by vigilantes in Mindanao on December 4, Bishop Edwin de La Pena condemned the killing as “a crime that shouts out to heaven for justice.” Father Tito Paez was the first Catholic priest to become a victim of extra-judicial killings; a Protestant pastor in Mindanao and eight other people were killed by soldiers the previous day.
Pope signals opposition to Trump plan for Jerusalem embassy (Vatican Radio) At his public audience on December 6, Pope Francis said that he “cannot keep silent” about the situation in Jerusalem—an obvious reference to the announcement by US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy to that city.
The Pope made “a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations resolutions.”