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Italian president, Vatican Secretary of State celebrate anniversary of 'Pope's hospital' (Vatican Insider)

The Holy See’s Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital was founded in 1869.

China's aging population is a major threat to its future (Time)

“If current trends continue, China’s population will peak at 1.44 billion in 2029 before entering ‘unstoppable’ decline” and an “era of negative population growth,” according to the report.

US bishops' chairman offers prayers for recovery after flooding in the Midwest (USCCB)

The March 2019 North American blizzard was followed by devastating flooding; Nebraska’s governor described it as “the most extensive damage our state has ever experienced.”

Man arrested in fatal wedding shooting at Texas parish (KSAT-TV)

The Archdiocese of San Antonio issued a statement following the shooting at Holy Spirit Church.

Chinese authorities shut down Protestant church in Zhengzhou (AsiaNews)

The city of 10.1 million is the capital of Henan province (map). “According to some Christians, China’s Churches have been subjected to unprecedented persecution, the kind not seen in 40 years,” AsiaNews reported.

Catholic prelates aghast at 'unspeakable' suffering in Syria (Irish Catholic)

“It is shameful that the so-called free world was accomplice to that disaster for no reason than satisfying the greed and opportunism of its politicians,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, head of the Syriac Catholic Church since 2009. “All fake news of the agglomerate media, like the show play of chemical attacks attributed to the Syrian soldiers, were based on lies, in order to keep the fighting going on.”

Illness may have driven bishop to commit sexual harassment, Jamaican archbishop says (Jamaica Gleaner)

The Archdiocese of Baltimore recently revealed that Bishop Gordon Bennett, SJ, resigned from a Jamaican diocese in 2006 following a sexual harassment allegation.

Upcoming papal trip aims at thaw in Catholic-Orthodox relations in Romania (Crux)

Pope Francis will begin a three-day apostolic journey to Romania on May 31. The Eastern European nation of 21.5 million (map) is 82% Orthodox, 6% Protestant, and 4% Catholic.

Indian bishops seek to postpone polling on Holy Thursday (UCANews)

Elections in two Indian states would prevent many Catholics from attending Holy Week services, according to the report.

Bishop's phone porn didn't involve minors, but questions remain on move to Vatican (Crux)

Pope Francis appointed Father Gustavo Zanchetta, now 55, as bishop of Orán, Argentina, in 2013. The prelate resigned in August 2017; four months later, the Pope named him an official of the the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, which acts as the Vatican’s central bank.