Tell Senators to oppose Equality Act, USCCB urges (USCCB) Emphasizing that “the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an action alert calling on Catholics to urge their senators to oppose it. In a 224-206 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in February.
Another Vancouver-area parish vandalized (Tri-City News) A memorial to unborn children was toppled at a parish in Port Moody, a city of 30,000 in the Vancouver metropolitan area. The vandalism was discovered on June 13, on the same weekend in which a Vancouver parish was defaced.
Order that staffed Kamloops residential school refuses to share records sought by families (CBC News) Following the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, British Columbia’s government has asked the Sisters of St. Ann to turn over records immediately. Sister Marie Zarowny responded that some documents have already been made public, but that others will not be shared, and still others need to have inaccuracies changed before they may be made public.
(An anthropology professor who has conducted research on the schools has offered historical context on the deaths.)
Deacon's defamation suit against Texas diocese dismissed (Religion Clause) “The deacon’s name was included on a published list of those against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been raised,” according to the report. “The deacon contended that he was wrongly included on the list because the person accusing him was not a minor,” but a vulnerable adult.
Put priority on help for poor, Pope urges FAO (Vatican News) In a June 14 message to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Pope Francis called for “dedication to a more just world, at the service of our defenseless and needy brothers and sisters.” He said that as the world economy opens up following the Covid lockdown, higher priority should be given to the poor. He mentioned in particularly the poor living in rural areas that depend on agriculture for income.
Papal plea for 150 million victims of forced child labor (Vatican Press Office) “Yesterday, [the] World Day Against Child Labour was celebrated,” Pope Francis said on June 13. “It is not possible to close our eyes before the exploitation of children, deprived of the right to play, to study and to dream. According to the estimates of the International Labour Organization, more than 150 million children are exploited by labour: this is a tragedy! . . . Let us all together renew the effort to eliminate this slavery of our times.” (See related CWN article.)
Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray (AP) Ethiopian and Eritrean troops are fighting against the regional government and local rebels in the Tigray War, which began in November 2020. Pope Francis prayed for Tigray, and made his appeal, at the conclusion of his June 13 Sunday Angelus address.
Nearly 800,000 have fled brutal Islamist advance in Mozambique (CWN) An estimated 70,000 residents of Palma, a city of 75,000 in northern Mozambique, have fled the city in the past three months, the UN refugee agency announced on June 11—bringing to nearly 800,000 the total of those displaced by the Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province (map).