Pope Francis in Iraq: recap (CWN) Pope Francis returned to Rome on March 8 after a historic 4-day visit to Iraq, which was highlighted by an inter-religious ceremony at Ur, the birthplace of the patriarch Abraham.
In airplane interview, Pope acknowledges risks of inter-religious statements (Vatican News) Speaking with reporters on his return trip from Iraq on March 8, Pope Francis said that he realized some Catholics think he is “one step away from heresy” in his statements on inter-religious harmony. But he said he feels a “restless for fraternity” with non-Christians, and always prays before issuing such statements. The Pope praised Ayatollah al-Sistani as “a beacon,” adding that “wise men are everywhere because God’s wisdom has been scattered all over the world.”
Former Buffalo bishops must pay their own lawyers (Buffalo News) A federal bankruptcy-court judge has ruled that Bishops Richard Malone and Edward Grosz—the former Bishop of Buffalo and a retired auxiliary—must pay for their own lawyers in suits charging that they neglected sex-abuse complaints. The court ruled that the Buffalo diocese has “no obligation” to pay lawyers for the accused prelates.
Massachusetts high court: no anti-discrimination protection for Christian college (New Boston Post) By a unanimous vote, the highest court of Massachusetts has ruled that a Christian college cannot remove a homosexual activist from its faculty. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a professor at Gordon College was “expected and required to be a Christian teacher and scholar, but not a minister.” Therefore, the court ruled, the college could not lawfully discriminate against the teacher on the basis of her advocacy.
Remains of Father Kapuan, heroic Korean war chaplain, identified (NBC) US military officials have announced the discovery of the remains of Father Emil Kapuan, a military chaplain who died in 1951. Father Kapuan, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously, and is a candidate for beatification, died of pneumonia while in a North Korean prison camp, after he was captured while tended to wounded soldiers.
Returning from Iraq, Pope offers prayers of thanks to Our Lady (Vatican News) Returning to Rome on March 8 after a 4-day visit to Iraq, Pope Francis followed his usual practice by visiting the basilica of St. Mary Major to offer a prayer of thanksgiving before the icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani. The Pontiff placed a bouquet of flowers, brought from Iraq, before the beloved image.
Repeated threats made against Colombian bishop (Fides) Bishop Jaramillo Montoya’s brother bishops lamented “drug trafficking, [an] increasing number of armed groups, corruption, extortion, loss of faith and values, inefficiency of large public and private sectors, as well as the ill-treatment inflicted on the common home.”