South African bishops issue call to overcome racism (SACBC) “We need to have a candid conversation on racism and its manifestations in order to adequately and seriously address racism and racial divisions in our country,” the bishops said in their statement. “We need to address the issues of our social trauma as a country which result from the violence of centuries of colonialism and the violent decades of apartheid.”
Beatification causes of Father Kino, 4 others advance (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Father Eusebio Kino (1645-1711), a Jesuit missionary who founded San Xavier del Bac and other missions in Arizona and Mexico (Encyclopaedia Britannica article). The Pope also declared three others venerable—Father Mariano José de Ibargüengoitia y Zuloaga, Mother Maria Félix Torres, and Angiolino Bonetta—and recognized a miracle that paves the way for the beatification of Ven. Mariantonia Samà.
Catholic Charities: 'Deep disappointment' after removal of payday lending protections (Catholic Charities USA) “We are deeply disappointed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s action to remove crucial consumer protections from its rule on payday and car title lending,” Catholic Charities USA said after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revoked lending restrictions. “Scripture condemns usury and teaches us to respect the God-given dignity of each person and to love our neighbors rather than exploiting their financial vulnerability.”
Hagia Sophia becomes a mosque again (CNA) Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decreed that the Hagia Sophia is to be used as a mosque. The Turkish leader took that step immediately after a court ruled that the conversion of the building into a museum, as part of the drive to secularize Turkey in the 1930s, was illegal. The renowned building, originally constructed by Christians for the Patriarchate of Constantinople, became a mosque in the 15th century when Muslims conquered the city.