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Former DeSales University priest indicted on child pornography offenses (US Attorney's Office)

Father William McCandless was an advisor to Monaco’s royal family, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Alberta, Northwest Territories bishops: It is morally permissible to receive Covid vaccine derived from abortion (Catholic Bishops of Alberta and NWT)

“With respect to someone simply receiving the vaccine, the degree of connection with the original evil act is so remote that, when there also exists a proportionately grave reason for vaccination, such as the current, urgent need to halt the COVID-19 pandemic, then the Church assures us that it is morally permissible for Catholics to receive it for the good of personal and public health,” the bishops wrote in their letter to the faithful. “It remains imperative that Catholics make clear their moral objection to vaccine development derived from abortion, and to advocate with their governments for ethically produced vaccines.”

Diocese of Pittsburgh pays $19.2M to settle 224 clergy abuse claims (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Bishop David Zubik “stressed that the funds did not come from parishes, schools, the [diocesan] Church Alive campaign or the sale of parish assets, but rather from insurance and a fund from the sale of historic assets that has grown over time,” according to the report.

Haiti's bishops declare 3 days of prayer and fasting (Fides)

“Today more than ever, our dear Haiti needs salvation, redemption, peace and profound change: a change in mentalities, structures, ways of governing and doing politics,” the bishops said. “Today we are witnessing a poisoning of social life due to a proliferation of acts of kidnapping, banditry, rape, murder, and barbarism.”

Australian bishops establish Catholic Safeguarding Limited (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)

“The work of safeguarding and professional standards is constantly evolving, including through important and necessary state regulation and oversight,” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the bishops’ conference. “We in the Church knew we had to evolve as well, which has brought us to this point and to this new agency.”

English bishops issue updated statement on Covid vaccine (CBCEW)

“Each of us has a duty to protect others from infection with its danger of serious illness, and for some, death,” the bishops said in their December 3 statement. “A vaccine is the most effective way to achieve this unless one decides to self-isolate.” After distinguishing between various vaccines, the bishops concluded that “Catholics may in good conscience receive any of these vaccines for the good of others and themselves. In good conscience, one may refuse a particular vaccine but continues to have a duty to protect others from infection.”

Indonesian president, Catholic groups deplore jihadist attack on Christians (Fides)

Four Salvation Army Christians were murdered and dismembered on Sulawesi, an Indonesian island province that has seen repeated acts of violence by Islamic militants against Christians.

Justice Dept. files suit against NY village over zoning restrictions that target Orthodox Jews (US Department of Justice)

“Targeting Orthodox Jewish individuals for the purpose of excluding them from a community is both illegal and a direct assault on this Nation’s fundamental values,” the Justice Department stated on December 2. “This unlawful anti-Semitic conduct is wholly unacceptable in the United States of America.”

Pope establishes Worldwide Prayer Network as Vatican entity (Vatican News)

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) disseminates the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions. The papal document establishing the Network as a Vatican entity was accompanied by a Vatican press office statement and the publication of Italian-language statutes.

US government aid supports Sant'Egidio community, International Union of Superiors General (Vatican News)

Andrea Riccardi founded the Community of Sant’Egidio in 1968; the international lay association is devoted to prayer, the service of the poor, and peace. The International Union of Superiors General is the canonical organization for superiors of women’s religious institutes.