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International community is ignoring jihadist attacks in Mozambique, EU lawmaker charges (Aid to the Church in Need)

The Southeast African nation of 27.9 million (map) is 30% Protestant, 24% Catholic, 17% Muslim, and 28% ethnic religionist. An Islamist insurgency began in 2017, and Pope Francis made an apostolic journey there in September 2019.

India's Supreme Court rejects rape-accused bishop's petition (UCANews)

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur had appealed to India’s highest court to dismiss a rape charge against him.

Democrats 'want to put the churches out of business,' President Trump tells EWTN (CNA)

Asked “if there was one message you wanted to say to our viewers,” President Trump responded: “Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment, because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment.”

Congressman calls for DOJ investigation into anti-Catholic vandalism (Washington Examiner)

“I find these attacks to be a disturbing trend, happening in multiple areas across the nation, including within my own congressional district,” said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), who is Catholic.

Priest defends housing project stance following Los Angeles Times editorial (Los Angeles Times)

Father Albert van der Woerd responded to an editorial that took aim at his parish’s opposition to a housing project for the homeless next to the parish school.

Philadelphia archbishop, Argentine rabbi see progress in Jewish-Catholic relations (CNS)

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, coauthored a 2010 book with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Citing pandemic, New York extends window for abuse lawsuits (National Catholic Register)

“The Child Victims Act has allowed more than 3,000 brave survivors to come forward to seek justice,” said State Sen. Brad Hoylman. “Yet it’s clear many New Yorkers who survived child sexual abuse haven’t come forward — especially during the COVID-19 crisis which has upended our courts and economy.”

Philippine democracy in peril, bishop warns (CBCP News)

“We have been through the dark, cruel days of tyranny,” said Bishop Patricio Buzon of Bacolod. “If we stand and speak up now, our children do not have to go through it.”

Missouri bishops welcome Medicaid expansion (Missouri Catholic Conference)

By a 53%-47% margin, Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion.

In China, houses of worship forced to donate to the state or stay shut (Bitter Winter)

“Some elderly congregation members live alone and have no sources of income, but are also forced to give money,” said a local leader of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the nation’s official Protestant body.