Pentecostal church's challenge to California Covid limits rejected again (Religion Clause) The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision in May, rejected an earlier suit filed by South Bay United Pentecostal Church. “At bottom, Plaintiffs’ renewed motion asks the Court to second guess decisions made by California officials concerning whether COVID-19 continues to present a health emergency and whether large indoor gatherings with singing pose a risk to public health,” a federal district court ruled on October 15, in response to a new lawsuit.
Barred from Belarus, archbishop confers with Vatican on return (AsiaNews) Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk is in Rome this week, to confer with Vatican officials on the prospects for his return to his archdiocese in Belarus. The archbishop, who has voiced support for critics of the government in Belarus, has been living in Poland since August 31, when he was barred from re-entering his native land after a pilgrimage to Poland. Vatican officials are in talks with government officials in Minsk, seeking to resolve the impasse.
As refugees increase, German bishops work to include Eastern Catholics (CNS) “The Catholic Church in Germany is changing and the life of our parishes becoming more diverse — faithful from Eastern Catholic Churches are living with us and finding their home here,” the bishops’ conference said in a statement. “Their developed patterns of liturgy and church law deserve to be valued and cherished.”
Becciu 'vigorously' denies interference in Cardinal Pell trial (CNA) Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu oversaw the internal affairs of the Roman Curia as Substitute (Sostituto) of the Secretariat of State from 2011 to 2018. Pope Francis created him a cardinal in the 2018 consistory and named him Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He resigned on September 24.
Woman arrested in Vatican financial scandal fights extradition (CNA) Lawyers for Cecilia Marogna, who was arrested last week in connection with a widening Vatican investigation into financial misconduct, have disclosed that she will fight the move by Italian government officials to extradite her to Vatican City, where she is wanted for alleged misuse of funds. Marogna contends that the money she received through Cardinal Angelo Becciu was spent properly in her work as a security consultant.