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Report: Pope concerned that Chilean bishops may have entrusted seminaries to 'priests suspected of active homosexuality' (L'Espresso)

At the conclusion of the Pope’s meetings with Chilean bishops last week, the Vatican released a brief letter to Chile’s bishops. Il Sismografo—whose editorial director is a Chilean journalist who once worked for Vatican Radio—has published what purports to be the full text of a May 15 letter from the Pope to Chile’s bishops. In footnote 25, Pope Francis reportedly referred to “serious accusations against some bishops or superiors who are believed to have entrusted these educational institutions to priests suspected of active homosexuality.”

Pope Francis grants indulgences for World Meeting of Families (Vatican News)

The World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin from August 21 to 26.

Benedictine monastery celebrates 1000 years (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Sweden as his representative to the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Catholic, Protestant leaders mark anniversary of Northern Ireland's Good Friday agreement (Vatican News)

The Good Friday Agreement (April 10, 1998), approved in a May 1998 referendum, was a milestone in the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Resignations and appointments (5/24) (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis appointed an apostolic administrator for a Melkite eparchy (diocese) in Brazil.

Organization calls for Church role to protect human rights of Venezuelan detainees (Human Rights Watch)

“Regional and European leaders should strongly press the Maduro government to allow independent figures, including Catholic Church representatives, to visit intelligence services detainees,” Human Rights Watch stated. “Detainees, who include many political prisoners, told relatives they were barricading themselves in a section of cellblocks and requesting mediation by independent figures, including the Catholic Church.”

Serbian Orthodox patriarch says Eastern Catholics are 'tearing apart the robe of Christ' (Moscow Patriarchate)

Patriarch Irinej, 87, has led the Serbian Orthodox Church since 2010. In addition to criticizing “Uniates” (Eastern Catholics), he strongly criticized Ukrainian Orthodox Christians who are not in communion with the Moscow Patriarchate.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church begins 'missionary decade' (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church)

“Every day, all of us have to read and listen to the Word of God, as well as pray for the missionary work of our Church,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. “St. John Paul II used to say: if [the] Church ceases being a missionary one ... then [the] Church stops being a Church.”

Venezuela's Maduro expels US diplomats; EU ponders new sanctions (Agence France-Presse)

L’Osservatore Romano (5/24 Italian edition) devoted prominent front-page coverage to this story.

Persecution of Church in China continues despite talk of a thaw (MercatorNet)

“China is reluctant to sign an agreement with the Holy See on the selection and appointment of Catholic bishops,” said Father Bernardo Cervellera, editor of AsiaNews. “I do not consider this agreement as positive for the Church, because the regime would select the candidates. However, some in China regard it as dangerous for the government too ... The optimism transmitted to the media was part of a Vatican campaign aimed at persuading the Chinese side to sign the agreement.”