2 priests killed, church burned down in Central African Republic (AFP) Repeatedly calling for peace since the onset of civil war in 2012, the nation’s bishops have condemned violence on all sides, including violence committed by the predominantly Christian “anti-balaka” militia mentioned in the article. The bishop of Bambari stated (French-language link) that two priests were killed during an attack on the Diocese of Alindao.
Church in England, Wales recalls 'Transgender Day of Remembrance' (@catholicEW) The Catholic Church in England and Wales tweeted, “Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance and we pray for all people who are ill at ease with their gender, seek to change it, suffer for it and have been persecuted, and also killed. All people are loved by God and valued in their inherent God-given dignity. #TDOR”
Nuns kidnapped, then released, in Cameroon (La Croix) A group of 16 women religious have been set free in Cameroon, after having been abducted on November 15. Early reports were unclear on the details of the incident, including whether the kidnappers sought or received ransom. The kidnapping occurred on the country’s northwest, a site of intense rebel activity. Cameroon has been torn by conflict between the English-speaking minority and the Francophone majority.
Report: Cardinal Cupich, Cardinal Wuerl collaborated on alternate sex abuse proposal (CNA) The proposal originally under consideration by the US bishops “would have established an independent lay-led commission to investigate allegations against bishops,” CNA reported. “The Cupich-Wuerl plan would instead send allegations against bishops to be investigated by their metropolitan archbishops, along with archdiocesan review boards.” Cardinal Cupich subsequently denied this report.
Vatican reinstates German rector sympathetic to women priests, homosexuals (La Croix) The Vatican has reinstated Father Ansgar Wucherpfennig as rector of the Sankt Georgen school of philosophy. Earlier this year the Congregation for Catholic Education had announced that the theologian’s approval would not be renewed, apparently because of his support for the ordination of women and his calls for change in Catholic attitudes toward homosexuality.
Nobel Peace Prize winner meets with Pope, expresses 'grave concern' about abuse by priests (@k_satyarthi) Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist and the 2014 laureate, met with Pope Francis on November 16, “raised grave concern about institutional child sexual abuse by priests,” and “expressed hope that meeting of Presidents of Catholic Bishops conferences in Feb. 2019 will give a clear roadmap to ensure such crimes never occur.” The Pope, according to Satyarthi, said that “it will be a practical meeting.” Satyarthi also tweeted that the Pope lent his support to a legally binding UN treaty devoted to online child sexual abuse.