Oklahoma priest recognized as first US martyr In a December 1 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees that advance a dozen sainthood causes. Among them was a decree recognizing the first US citizen to be honored as a martyr.
Attack on Christians in Egyptian village A group of Muslims in an Egyptian village, fearing that a community center would become a church, burned down the center, looted businesses owned by Coptic Christians, and attacked 15 Christian homes, according to multiple reports.
Caritas: mixed review of UN climate conference Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies, said that the recent COP22 UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, sent a “positive yet weak signal of commitment to tackle climate change.”
French bishops decry bill that would squelch pro-life websites Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, has criticized President François Hollande for his support of a bill that would criminalize websites that “exert psychological or moral pressure to dissuade from recourse to abortion.”
Clashes in China at new bishop’s ordination The ordination of a new bishop in Chengdu, China, saw a clash between loyal Catholics and police officials, provoked by the attendance of a bishop who has been excommunicated by the Vatican.