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Catholic support for President Trump steady over past 2 years (Pew Research Center)

36% of Catholics approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president—a percentage identical to that in February 2017. Support among white Catholics has fallen from 52% to 44%, while support among nonwhite Catholics has risen from 13% to 26%. Among white Catholics who attend Mass weekly, support has fallen over the past two years from 60% to 52%.

Imitate the mercy of the Lord, Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)

At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on March 18, Pope Francis preached on Luke 6:36-38, the first reading of the day.

Pope encourages members of Camillian family in their charism of serving the sick (Vatican Press Office)

The Camillian Charismatic Family comprises a men’s religious order, three women’s congregations, three secular institutes for women, and a lay organization. All are inspired by the life and ministry of St. Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614).

Dutch cardinal appeals for prayer following mass shooting (Archdiocese of Utrecht (Dutch))

At least three people were killed and five people were injured in a mass shooting in Utrecht. A 37-year-old Turkish man and two others have been arrested.

Pope deplores government corruption (Vatican Press Office)

Addressing magistrates of the Italian Court of Auditors, Pope Francis described financial corruption as “one of the most lacerating wounds of the social fabric, as it gravely harms both from an ethical and an economic point of view.”

Vatican Secretary of State assesses Holy See's relations with China (La Civiltà Cattolica)

“The proclamation of the Gospel in China cannot be separated from a stance of respect, esteem, and trust toward the Chinese People and their legitimate state authorities,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin writes in the preface to a new book edited by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ.

Dalai Lama says his successor will come from India (AsiaNews)

The Dalai Lama has said that his successor—believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the reincarnation of the original Dalai Lamai—will arise in India, rather than in Tibet. The Chinese government has pronounced that no Dalai Lama can be accepted without the approval of the Communist Party. The 83-year-old Dalai Lama made his prediction as he accepted a Pacem in Terris award from the Davenport, Iowa diocese.

Pope declines Cardinal Barbarin's resignation (Lyon archdiocese)

Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, who was convicted last week of failing to report sexual abuse. Citing the presumption of innocence, the Pontiff indicated that he would wait for the result of the cardinal’s legal appeal. However, Cardinal Barbarin said that for the good of the Lyon archdiocese, he will step aside and allow the vicar general, Father Yves Baumgarten, to take control of the archdiocese.

French prosecutors ask Vatican to waive immunity for nuncio, allow abuse charges (La Croix)

Some clerics suggest giving troubled prelates posts in Rome (Catholic World Report)

In Catholic World Report, Christopher Altieri explores the presumption that a prelate caught up in scandal—such as Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta in Argentina—should be removed and quietly given a new post in Rome. One Vatican source argues, regarding the Zanchetta affair, “The Pope acted as he should have acted at the time. He saw that there was a man who was not suitable for ministry but who wasn’t a criminal, and took him to Rome.”