'Go forward in the footsteps of the first missionaries,' Pope preaches to Thailand's Catholics (Vatican Press Office) At a Mass celebrated in Thailand’s National Stadium (video, missal), Pope Francis called on Thailand’s faithful to manifest God’s love to those in need. “I think of children and women who are victims of prostitution and human trafficking, humiliated in their essential human dignity. I think of young people enslaved by drug addiction and a lack of meaning that makes them depressed and destroys their dreams. I think of migrants, deprived of their homes and families, and so many others, who like them can feel orphaned, abandoned, without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ.”
Argentine bishop blasts prosecutors for seeking his arrest (AP) A spokesman for Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta decried an Argentine prosecutor’s appeal for the bishop’s arrest, claiming that Bishop Zanchetta has cooperated fully in an investigation of sex-abuse charges against him. But the spokesman did not disclose where the bishop is now living, nor whether he would return to Argentina to face trial.
Vatican officials tapped suspect Swiss bank for controversial loan (CNA) A controversial loan, made by Vatican officials to finance a London real-estate deal, was arranged through a Swiss bank with a reputation for money-laundering violations, reports Ed Condon of CNA in the latest of a series of investigative reports. Cardinal Pell, in his capacity as head of the Secretariat for the Economy, questioned the unauthorized loan, but the Secretariat of State gave him a “reprimand” when he sought details, officials told CNA.
Bear witness to Jesus but do not proselytize, Pope tells US Catholic youth (Vatican Press Office) “You know your contemporaries, you know that many are alone, that many do not know Jesus,” Pope Francis said in a message (video) to participants in the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. “Go, go and take the Lord, go and fill up your environments, even the digital ones, not with convictions, not to convince, not to proselytize, but rather by bearing witness to Jesus’ tenderness and mercy.”
Belgian priest convicted of abuse became Caritas director in Central African Republic (CNN) Caritas Internationalis is the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies. After becoming Caritas’ country-wide director in the Central African Republic, Salesian Father Luk Delft, earlier convicted in Belgium, allegedly abused two boys. According to the report, he was “only removed from the post after CNN revealed the new accusations against him to his superiors.”
Vatican diplomat calls for stronger commitment to international law (Holy See Mission) Archbishop Bernardito Auza issued this statement before the appointment of his successor, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, as apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. “There can be no rule of law unless lawyers and judges are free to uphold it, free from any pressure, harassment, corruption or persecution,” said the prelate. “My Delegation notes with dismay the continued rise of assaults upon the independence of both ‘bench and bar’ around the world.”
Pope denounces exploitation of women, children as he begins Thailand trip (Vatican Press Office) Addressing political leaders in the Government House of Thailand (video), Pope Francis referred to “all those women and children of our time, especially those who are wounded, violated and exposed to every form of exploitation, enslavement, violence and abuse.” He also described the conditions in which migration takes place as “a phenomenon that represents one of the principal moral issues facing our generation. The global crisis of migration cannot be ignored.”
Over 2,000 Jesuit school students push for action in Washington (CNS) Chris Kerr, who leads the Ignatian Solidarity Network, said that the students addressed “racism, xenophobia, mistreatment of the earth and marginalization of people because of their gender, sexual identity, immigration status and other forms of injustice,” according to the report.