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English bishops release independent review of safeguarding structures (CBCEW)

The Elliott Report (summary, full text), commissioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, is distinct from the recent report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, launched in 2014 by the UK government.

Pakistani cardinal calls for respect for human rights of Christians (Fides)

“We are citizens of Pakistan, and the law is the same for every citizen of Pakistan; it is the State’s responsibility to ensure justice for its citizens,” said Cardinal Joseph Coutts of Karachi. “The issue of kidnapping, forced conversions, and forced marriages should be dealt with on the basis of fundamental human rights, rather than making it a religious issue.”

'A terrible conflict': prelate in Mozambique expresses closeness to 500,000 displaced persons (Fides)

An Islamist insurgency began in 2017 in the Southeast African nation of 27.9 million (map).

Vatican cardinal mourns, pays tribute to late Serbian Orthodox Patriarch (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia died at the age of 90 after testing positive for Covid. Since 2010, he had led the Serbian Orthodox Church (CNEWA profile).

Doctors, nurses are unsung heroes of the pandemic: papal video message (Vatican News)

In a Spanish-language video posted by the Argentine Episcopal Conference, Pope Francis thanked doctors and nurses in his native land.

Pope, in new book, discusses '3 Covids in my own life' (Vatican News)

The Pope’s new book, written in collaboration with Austen Ivereigh, is entitled Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. According to the publisher, the Pope offers a “scathing critique of the systems and ideologies that conspired to produce the current crisis, from a global economy obsessed with profit and heedless of the people and environment it harms, to politicians who foment their people’s fear and use it to increase their own power at their people’s expense.”

NBA players discuss social justice with Pope (ESPN)

The Pope sought the meeting, and the players discussed “individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities,” the Associated Press reported.

Jesus is waiting for you in the poor, Pope preaches to young people (Vatican Press Office)

On November 22, the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (video, booklet). During the Mass, the World Youth Day cross was transferred to youth from Portugal, the site of the next international World Youth Day.

Vocation, culture, covenant: Pope addresses Economy of Francesco (Vatican Press Office)

The Economy of Francesco, which concluded on November 21, was a virtual event for young economists and entrepreneurs, who discussed the economy, ecology, and faith.

Draw near to Christ, present in the suffering, Pope says in reflection on final judgment (Vatican News)

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis devoted his Angelus address (video) to Matthew 25:31-46, the Gospel of the day.