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Venezuelan bishops rip high court for stripping lawmakers of immunity (Conferencia Episcopal Venezolana (Spanish))

Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó are vying for power in the South American nation. Guaidó, whose leadership has been recognized by over 50 countries, is president of the National Assembly of Venezuela; the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, the nation’s high court, backs the Socialist Maduro, who assumed power in 2013.

President Trump's proposed cuts to family immigration are 'extremely disturbing,' says USCCB official (America)

Ashley Feasley, director of migration policy and public affairs at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered comments following President Donald Trump’s May 16 remarks on immigration. Proposed cuts to family migration, said Feasley, are “extremely disturbing,” as “families are foundational to our immigration system, and they always have been.”

Pope Francis praises St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle as 'genius and creative innovator' in education (Zenit)

Honoring the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719), Pope Francis discussed three themes: “he was a genius and creative innovator in the vision of the school, in the conception of the teacher, and in the methods of teaching.”

Pontifical academies host conference on robotics and artificial intelligence (

“Robotics, AI, and Humanity: Science, Ethics, and Policy” is the theme of the two-day conference sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Participants are examining seven topics, including consciousness, robotics engineering, ethical implications, and the future of work.

Exercise conscientious objection without pride, Pope urges health-care (Vatican Press Office)

Speaking on May 17 to the Catholic Association of Healthcare Workers, Pope Francis said that times can arise when conscientious objection is necessary, “in the cases in which the integrity of human life is endangered.” He cautioned, however, that health-care workers should use that option carefully, “not like one who gives a lecture,” showing respect for their colleagues, “so that what should be done with humility does not become a reason for disdain or pride.”

Theme chosen for 2021 World Meeting of Families (Vatican Press Office)

The Vatican has announced the theme chosen for the next World Meeting of Families. The meeting—to be held in Rome in June 2021—will have the them: “Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness.”

Vatican clears CDF official of abuse charges (AP)

A former senior official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has been cleared of sex-abuse charges. A Vatican panel found that the charge made against Father Hermann Geissler by a woman religious “was not proven with absolute moral certainty.” Earlier this year Father Geissler had resigned his post as head of the CDF’s doctrinal section, after being accused of soliciting sex during a confession. He has insisted that he is innocent of the charge.

Police broke into archives of Houston archdiocese to obtain subpoenaed documents (Houston Chronicle)

Police broke into sealed archives at the offices of Houston-Galveston archdiocese, to obtain priest-personnel records that archdiocesan officials had not turned over despite a subpoena, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Sri Lanka: Muslim leaders ask forgiveness for the Easter massacres (AsiaNews)

The Sri Lanka Easter bombings claimed over 250 lives.

Catholic, Protestant leaders call for 'courageous leadership' in Northern Ireland (

“For the sake of the most vulnerable in our society, for the sake of the victims of our past, for the sake of children in our schools and for the sake of people who need improved health and social care services, now is the time to find a resolution to the political impasse” in Northern Ireland, the Christian leaders said in their statement.