Bishops urge Mexican people to overcome divisions (Fides) The bishops spoke of “the growing polarization of political discourse; the alarming rate of assassinated candidates; entire regions under the yoke of organized crime; the mistreatment of migrants and the militarization of borders; the lack of attention to our common home; the threat to clean energy; the lack of interest in the common good and the truth. . .”
Catholics in Vietnam fight evictions (Aid to the Church in Need) Officials in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) demolished 503 homes. “The residents, most of them Catholics, were evicted from their homes and became homeless, although they had legal papers stating they owned the land where they had lived and cultivated crops for 65 years.”
USCCB calls on people of good will to commemorate Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (USCCB) “April 24 is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, marking the 1915 start of a campaign that resulted in the death of as many as 1.2 million Armenian Christians—victims of mass shootings, death marches to distant camps, torture, assaults, starvation, and disease,” writes Bishop David Malloy of Rockford (IL), chairman of the bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. “Thousands of Armenian children were torn from their families and forcibly converted.”
Statement of US bishop chairmen on verdict in trial of Derek Chauvin (USCCB) “Let us pray that through the revelation of so much pain and sadness, that God strengthens us to cleanse our land of the evil of racism which also manifests in ways that are hardly ever spoken, ways that never reach the headlines,” said the bishops who chair the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “Let us then join in the hard work of peacefully rebuilding what hatred and frustration have torn down.”
Pope sents respirators to Colombia, Brazil (Vatican News) Pope Francis has sent 22 respirators to hospitals in Colombia and Brazil, to help them cope with the Covid epidemic, the Vatican has announced. The respirators—conveyed through the office of the papal almoner—were sent along with other protective equipment.