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Cardinal Turkson urges global youth to act on climate crisis (Daily Maverick (South Africa))

The prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development described youth climate activism as a sign of hope for the planet.

Ecumenical Patriarch criticizes 'fake news' on Ukrainian Orthodoxy (AsiaNews)

“The Moscow Patriarchate’s cold war against the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople continues,” AsiaNews reports. Until recently, Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful were divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kiev Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, with only the first canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches. After the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, signaled it would grant canonical recognition, the latter two bodies united to form the Orthodox Church of Ukraine—a decision condemned by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Kerala priest and nun face trial for 1992 murder (UCANews)

The southwestern Indian state of Kerala (map) is 55% Hindu, 27% Muslim, and 18% Christian. Two Eastern Catholic churches (the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church) have their headquarters there, as do two Oriental Orthodox churches (the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church).

US withholds funding from UN population fund for 3rd year (CNA)

In 2017, Cardinal Timothy Dolan applauded the Trump administration for withdrawing funding from the UNFPA’s coercive abortion and sterilization program.

St. Camillus de Lellis

On July 18 the U.S. Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who turned from his life as a soldier and gambler to become the founder of an order dedicated to caring for the sick. In some other countries, he is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, July 14.Camillus was born during 1550 in the Abruzzo region of Naples in present-day Italy. His mother died during his infancy, and he lost his father, a former army officer, six years later. The young man took after his late father professionally, serving in the armies of Venice and Naples until 1574. During his military service Camillus developed a severe gambling problem. He repented of the habit in 1575, when he found himself impoverished and forced to do menial work for a group of Franciscans. In February of that year he resolved to change his life and soon sought to join the order. A wound in one of his legs, however, was seen as incurable and kept him from becoming a Franciscan. After this rejection, he traveled to Rome and worked for four years in a hospice. Committed to a life of prayer and penance, he wore a hair shirt and received spiritual direction from St. Philip Neri. Grieved by the quality of service given to the sick, Camillus decided to form an association of Catholics who would provide them with both physical and spiritual care. He studied for the priesthood, and was ordained in 1584. Members of his order worked in hospitals, prisons, and in the homes of those afflicted by disease. The order's original name, the “Fathers of a Good Death,� reflected the desire to aid in their spiritual salvation and prepare the dying to receive their last rites. Later known as the Order of the Ministers of the Sick, or simply as the “Camillians,� the group received papal approval in 1586 and was confirmed as a religious order in 1591. In addition to the traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they took a vow of unfailing service to the sick. Camillus himself suffered physical ailments throughout his life. His leg wound failed to heal over the course of almost five decades, in addition to which he suffered from sores and severe kidney trouble. But he is said to have spent time with the sick even while unable to walk, by crawling from bed to bed. The founder of the Ministers of the Sick lived to assist at a general chapter of his order in Rome during 1613, and to make a last visitation of many of their hospitals. Learning that he himself was incurably ill, Camillus responded: “I rejoice in what has been told me. We shall go into the house of the Lord.�Receiving the Eucharist for the last time, he declared: “O Lord, I confess I am the most wretched of sinners, most undeserving of your favor; but save me by your infinite goodness. My hope is placed in your divine mercy through your precious blood.�After giving his last instructions to his fellow Ministers of the Sick, St. Camillus de Lellis died on July 14, 1614. He was canonized by Benedict XIV in 1746, and later named – along with Saint John of God – as one of the two main co-patrons of nurses and nursing associations in 1930.

EU bishops' commission discuss 'common values' with new EU leader (COMECE)

Every six months, a different nation holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU’s legislature. On July 1, the presidency passed to Finland, and thus leaders of the the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU met with the Finnish foreign minister.

'There are 200 Asia Bibis in jail in Pakistan today,' Punjab ex-governor says at religious freedom summit (National Review)

Asia Bibi is the Pakistani Christian woman who was jailed from 2009 to 2018 on an unsupported charge of blasphemy against Islam; protests erupted across Pakistan after the nation’s high court voided her conviction. The US State Department’s 2nd Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom has brought together 1,000 foreign ministers, religious leaders, and other participants from 115 nations.

As Ethiopia works for reform, Church tries to support people in many ways (Crux)

The East African nation of 108.4 million (map) is 44% Ethiopian Orthodox, 19% Protestant, 0.7% Catholic, and 34% Muslim.

Priest pleads for end to international silence on Eritrea (Fides)

The East African nation of 6 million (map) has been a repressive one-party state since it gained independence in 1993. Although Catholics have freedom of worship, the government shut down Catholic newspapers in 2001 and Catholic hospitals earlier this summer.

Appeals court blocks Trump administration's exemptions to contraceptive mandate (The Hill)

The Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor are expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.