Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane Elected to 2nd 2-year Term as President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

The Catholic bishops of Australia on May 8, 2020, elected Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane to a second two-year term as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Archbishop Coleridge was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 2002 and later became Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn. Since 2012, he has served as Archbishop of Brisbane. He was elected president of the Conference at its plenary meeting in May 2018 after previously serving as its vice-president for two years.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP was re-elected Conference vice-president, a role he also took on in May 2018.

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Pope Names New Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, presented by Bishop Alvaro Corrada del Río, S.J.

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, the Reverend Ángel Luis Río Matos, of the clergy of the same diocese, judicial vicar and parish priest of “San Sebastián Mártir”.

Reverend Ángel Luis Río Matos

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Caritas Urges Post-Pandemic Preparation

Caritas Internationalis is highly concerned by the major humanitarian crisis to which the post-pandemic is heading and urges the international community to take courageous and immediate action.

The confederation notes that in the last four months, international political and media attention has rightly focused on the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, the aftershock of the pandemic is announcing to be even more complicated and more deadly than the impact of the virus itself, especially for the most vulnerable communities in the poorest countries.

Lockdown in Europe, the US, and in China and Japan has deregulated the global economy which is now grounded and economical exchanges are at the lowest ebb. The United Nations’ World Food Programme, projects worldwide that the number of people on the brink of starvation will double as a result of COVID-19 and could reach 230 Million people.

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In depth: A bishop’s resignation and the state of Church reform

Conflicting claims have emerged over the way an investigation into a former auxiliary bishop in the US Archdiocese of Cincinnati was handled, casting further doubt over Church leaders’ commitment to the “responsibility, accountability, and transparency” supposed to be the watchwords of ecclesiastical efforts to combat abuse and coverup in the Francis era.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Joseph Binzer’s resignation on Thursday, more than nine months after an investigation was opened into claims Binzer negligently handled allegations against a Cincinnati priest, of inappropriate behaviour with teenaged boys.

There are, in short, at least two different versions of how Church authorities handled the investigation. One version is from the Archbishop of Cincinnati, the other is from Rome. The two stories do not match.

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