Vatican watchdog skips scandals in annual report (CWN) In his annual report, made public on July 3, the president of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) does not mention the October 1 police raid on the AIF offices, nor the abrupt departure of the agency’s top two officials.
Hong Kong cardinal appeals for unity of the Church (Vatican News) Cardinal John Tong Hon was Hong Kong’s bishop from 2009 until his retirement in 2017, and is currently apostolic administrator following the death of his successor, Bishop Michael Yeung. In recent weeks, Cardinal Tong and his predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Zen, have expressed contrasting views about new Chinese security legislation.
Video released for July papal prayer intention (Vatican News) The Pope’s July 2020 prayer intention is “that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect, and guidance.” In the video, Pope Francis comments, “The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress. Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties.”
Cardinal Zen prepared to be arrested (UCANews) Cardinal Joseph Zen acknowledges that he could be arrested under the terms of Hong Kong’s new security law, and is prepared to face imprisonment. Officials have already arrested scores of political dissidents.
Tucson bishop closes churches (KOLD) Bishop Edward Weisenberger of Tucson, Arizona, has closed the churches of the diocese in response to a surge of CO19 cases. “Now is the time to let the Church come to you in your homes,” the bishop said. Arizona emergency regulations allow for gatherings of up to 50 people, but the bishop said that “our parishes will no longer be open to the public.”