'Fratelli Tutti' translated into Russian (Vatican Press Office) The Pope’s third encyclical letter, Fratelli tutti, is devoted to fraternity and social friendship. “I think that reflection and dialogue on this Encyclical can be of help not only for the Russian Federation, where dialogue between Christians and Muslims is required to grow, but for the human family as a whole,” the Pope wrote in a March 3 message.
Lebanon: Chaldeans back Maronite call for international conference (AsiaNews) The Chaldean Church in Lebanon has endorsed the call by Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai for an international conference to resolve the country’s political stalemate. The Chaldean Council issued a public statement that it “does not expect current problems to be solved without international initiatives.”
Accused priest sues bishop, saying he was slandered (AP) Father Daniel Lacroix, a priest of the Diocese of Fall River (Mass.), has sued his bishop. “The suit does not seek monetary compensation, but a declaratory judgment that Lacroix did not engage in any misconduct,” according to the report.
Washington Post notes bishops differ on Covid vaccine (Washington Post) A Washington Post report has called attention to the different messages that American Catholic bishops have released regarding a newly available Covid vaccine. Several bishops have warned that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “morally compromised,” while other prelates have encouraged Catholics to receive whatever vaccine is available to them.
Alumni group petitions Notre Dame not to invite Biden (Sycamore Trust) A Notre Dame alumni group has sent a petition to the university’s president, Father John Jenkins, urging him not to invited President Joe Biden as a commencement speaker. Although Notre Dame has regularly hosted the incumbent US president, the Sycamore Trust notes that the US bishops have said that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.” The group’s letter argues: “Biden is such a person writ large.”
Benedict defends resignation, dismisses 'conspiracy theories' (Vatican News) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI said “I believe I did well” by resigning, and voiced regret that some of his friends and supporters “did not want to believe that it was a conscious decision,” in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. The newspaper reported that the former Pope looked thin and frail, and his voice was weak, but he was clear in rejecting “conspiracy theories” that suggested his resignation was forced.