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Pope accepts resignation of Honduran bishop accused of misconduct with seminarians (Vatican Press Office)

Earlier this year, former seminarians accused Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle of sexual misconduct. The bishop was governing the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa as Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga received cancer treatment.

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.”

Vatican cardinal: Pope's Bari visit offers hope for Middle East (OSV Newsweekly)

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, reflected on the Pope’s July 7 meeting with the heads of the churches and Christian communities of the Middle East.

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.”

Pope Francis will help Church in Ireland grapple with changed culture, Dublin archbishop says (Archdiocese of Dublin)

On July 19, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin released the program for the Festival of Families, which will take place during the World Meeting of Families in August.

Knesset approves Jewish nation-state bill, claiming Israel is 'exclusively' Jewish (AsiaNews)

The Knesset is Israel’s unicameral parliament; the bill passed in a 62-55 vote.

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.”

Church works to counter tribalism in Sudan (CNS)

“Africa is suffering from one big cancer: tribalism,” said retired Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid. “And as long as tribalism prevails, people will suffer a lot.”

2 Pentecostals arrested for 'forced conversions' in Chhattisgarh are released (AsiaNews)

Chhattisgarh is a state in east-central India; it is 93% Hindu, 2% Christian, and 2% Muslim.

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.”