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CDF official: No link between celibacy or homosexuality and pedophilia (Revista Palabra (Spanish))

While denying a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “a certain homosexual subculture typical of some clerical groups and present in certain seminaries or novitiates, with the consequent tolerance of active homosexual behaviors, may lead to pederasty.” The priest also criticized the notion that clerical celibacy was a medieval innovation; instead, he said, scholars have shown that it dates from the time of the Gospels.

Prelate foresees 'hard times' for Church in Lebanon (Aid to the Church in Need)

“We are living like in an earthquake,” said Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop George Bacouni of Beirut, the capital of the Middle Eastern nation of 6.1 million (map). “We’re facing enormous economic problems, including a failing banking system … There’s a risk of losing the young generation: they don’t want to stay in Lebanon.”

Austrian bishop joins Archbishop Viganò in denouncing pro-LGBT concert at Vienna cathedral (LifeSite News)

Bishop Andreas Laun, OSFS, 77, is the retired auxiliary bishop of Salzburg.

Pope marks 50th anniversary of priestly ordination (Vatican News)

Born in 1936, the future Pope Francis entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 and was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969. Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for prayers for the Pope.

2 men enter Belgian basilica, make death threats against worshippers (Brussels Times)

Consecrated in 1935, the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart (photograph) is located in Koekelberg, a suburb of Brussels.

German Catholics complete final preparations for 'synodal way' (CNS)

“Our bishops’ conference verified the issues—authority, participation, the separation of powers, sexual morality, the priestly form of life, women in Church services and orders—and wishes to face these issues, especially because a vast number of believers await this,” said Matthias Kopp, the bishops’ spokesman.

Cardinal Tagle: Listening, interpersonal relationships are crucial for evangelization (Fides)

Speaking in Manila, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples discussed the importance of “listening to God and listening to each other with patience, interest and attention. This is a necessary first step in evangelization.” Young people and women, he added, should have a great involvement in evangelization: the former “know the digital world better than us and can give us wonderful advice,” while the latter “have a natural predisposition to interpersonal communication: let us also learn from them.”

Pope recalls suffering of Ukrainian Catholics under Soviet rule (Vatican Press Office)

The Byzantine-rite Eparchy of Mukachevo “is the mother of many martyrs, who with their own blood confirmed their fidelity to Christ, to the Catholic Church, and to the Bishop of Rome,” Pope Francis said in a December 11 audience marking the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the eparchy from hiding. “In particular, let us remember the Blessed Martyr Bishop Teodor Romzha, who in the darkest moments of your history was able to guide God’s people with evangelical wisdom and courage.”

World peace requires 'ecological conversion,' Pope says in annual message (CWN)

Peace is “a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family,” Pope Francis writes in his message for the World Day of Peace.

Vatican declares 27 new martyrs (Vatican Press Office)

In a series of decrees issued on December 12, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints proclaimed 17 new martyrs from the Spanish civil war. The Congregation also approved a miracle through the intercession of Maria Luigia of the Blessed Sacrament, a 19th-century Italian religious; and acknowledged the heroic virtue of six other candidates for beatification from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Brazil.