Italian bishops urge new government to be receptive to migrants, refugees (SIR) In cases that have received much media attention in Europe, the government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has not permitted boats of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea to land in Italy. “We feel responsible for this army of poor people, victims of war and hunger, of deserts and torture,” the Italian Episcopal Conference said in a statement. “These painful stories of men, women and children ... challenge us to dare solidarity, justice, and peace.”
Pope's representative in Nicaragua appeals for peace (Vatican News) “I wish to express, on behalf of the Holy Father and the Holy See, my deep concern for the grave situation the country is facing,” said Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, who was present when pro-government paramilitary forces desecrated a basilica on July 9. “With all my human and spiritual strength, I appeal to the consciences of all to reach a truce and return quickly to a national dialogue to seek together an adequate solution to solve the crisis.”
OAS condemns Nicaraguan regime (Fides) The permanent council of the Organization of American States approved a resolution on July 18 condemning the Nicaraguan government for political repression and human-rights violations.
UN agencies interfere in Mexican abortion debate (C-FAM) According to the report, three UN agencies applauded a court ruling that “orders the legislature of Veracruz to guarantee access to abortion for women and girls on the basis of the non-binding recommendations of UN committees.”
Majority of US Melkite priests have no roots in Middle East, bishop says (Aleteia) The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic church based in Damascus. Bishop Nicholas Samra, who ministers to Melkite Greek Catholics in the US, cited the “great attraction to Eastern spirituality ... People join us because they feel the comfort of an Eastern tradition in America. More than half of my clergy have no Middle Eastern roots.”
New Mexico bishop investigates report of weeping statue at parish (Las Cruces Sun-News) Bishop Oscar Cantú said that investigators determined that the tears reportedly flowing from a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary are composed of olive oil. “But even if it were (a hoax), we are not sure how it would be done, physically,” he said. “Because [the statue] is hardened bronze. We’ve examined the interior, and there’s nothing on the interior.” The prelate spoke of “stories of tremendous faith, people who have been dealing with terrible suffering in their lives and have felt a tremendous spiritual consolation that Mary walks with us in our tears.”
Archbishop Gomez: reread Humanae Vitae with 'new eyes and open hearts' (Angelus News) Blessed Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, his encyclical letter on the regulation of birth, on July 25, 1968. “Much of what Pope Paul warned of has come to pass—from rampant divorce, infidelity and pornography, to ‘test-tube’ babies, widespread abortion, ‘demographic winter,’ and the total confusion about gender, sexuality and the human person that we see in our society today,” the archbishop of Los Angeles said. “But we should also read Humanae Vitae as a promise. This is a letter about happiness and love.”