CCCB Submits Brief on Bill C-7 to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

On 9 November 2020, in response to the meetings of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to study Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) submitted a Brief reinforcing its serious concerns regarding Bill C-7 and the steadfast opposition of the Catholic Bishops of Canada […]

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Militants descrate Church in Argentine Patagonia

CNA Staff, Nov 9, 2020 / 08:04 pm (CNA).- A group of militants charged into a Catholic church in Argentina on Friday, beat the priest, desecrated the Eucharist, and vandalized the interior of the church. Five were eventually apprehended.

The attack took place at Our Lady of Luján Parish, located in the town of El Bolsón in Argentina’s Patagonia region near the Chilean border.

The militants were Mapuche activists. The Mapuche are an indigenous people inhabiting present day south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of Patagonia. Militants have resorted in recent years to violence over land disputes, particularly targeting Catholic churches.

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In Paris, former apostolic nuncio begins trial for alleged sexual assault

CNA Staff, Nov 9, 2020 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- The former apostolic nuncio to France will go on trial Nov. 10 in Paris after allegations he committed sexual assault by inappropriately touching five men since 2018.

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who denies the claims, submitted his resignation as apostolic nuncio to France in December 2019 upon reaching the age of 75, and Pope Francis accepted the resignation less than 10 days later. The Vatican had revoked Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July 2019, paving the way for a trial in French courts.

“Bishop Ventura impatiently awaits this trial so that he can explain himself, that the light can be shed and his innocence recognized,” Ventura’s lawyer, Solange Doumic, told Agence France Presse.

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High Court of Sindh Confirms Criminal Offense of ‘Child Marriage’ in Case of Underage Catholic in Pakistan

“According to the report of the medical commission set up on 5 November, the Catholic girl Arzoo Raja is between 14 and 15 years old; the judges checked her details on her birth certificate, issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) of Pakistan and her school certificate, confirming that the girl is a minor. The High Court of Sindh has ordered the girl to stay in a state home for two weeks, until the next hearing on Monday 23 November”, said Arzoo Raja’s parents’ lawyer, Muhammad Jibran Nasir, following the hearing on November 9 in Karachi on the case of a Catholic girl who was kidnapped, converted and forcibly married to a Muslim man, reported Fides News Agency. The Court officially recognizes that this is a case of “early marriage”, prohibited by law.

According to the Lawyer “the issue of child marriage was addressed at the current hearing. The Sindh Marriage Act 2013 prohibits the marriage of children under the age of 18 and provides punishment for those involved in child marriage, including the person who arranges the marriage and the child’s guardian”. Nasir adds: “The judges also ordered the investigative police force to identify the people involved in this child marriage, in particular, those who produced false documents declaring an underage girl to be 18 years old and those who organized and actually carried out the marriage”.

The lawyer informs: “The court defined the marriage as a child marriage and ruled that the girl must remain in a home as the girl has refused to go to her parents and has asked to return to her alleged husband Ali Azhar, her kidnapper “. According to the lawyer, “the girl is still traumatized. The way in which she was kidnapped, forced into marriage and abused suggests that Arzoo has suffered violent physical and psychological trauma and needs time to recover”.

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Beatification of Joan Roig i Diggle: Pope Hails ‘Such a Brave Youth’

The day after the Beatification of Joan Roig i Diggle — November 7, 2020 –, Pope Francis asked the crowd at the Angelus to applaud “such a courageous youth! he said in St. Peter’s Square.

After the Marian prayer, the Holy Father hailed the memory of the lay martyr, “killed at only 19 during the Spanish Civil War.” He witnessed Jesus in his workplace and remained faithful to Him to the supreme gift of his life.”

“May his example arouse in all, especially in young people, the desire to live fully the Christian vocation,” said the Pontiff.

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