Texas bishops score major religious liberty victory in fetal remains case (Crux) The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that would have required the bishops to release decades of internal abortion-related correspondence to an abortion clinic. Judge James C. Ho, a Trump nominee, ruled, “It is hard to imagine a better example of how far we have strayed from the text and original understanding of the Constitution than this case.”
Quebec cardinal calls for renewed evangelization of Canada (Salt and Light Media) Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec was the Pope’s representative at the Mass marking the 200th anniversary of the evangelization of western and northern Canada. “Now is the time to evangelize!” he preached. “We have met the One who fulfills human needs, Christ Jesus. His Gospel is a way of life, for he is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.’ Let us go forth and share him!”
European bishops' conferences seek to sway Catholics' views on migrants (CCEE) At a meeting organized by the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, bishops and delegates entrusted with the ministry of migrants heard presentations on “Immigration and public opinion: the dynamics of information” and “how the Church uses the media to discuss the issue of migration and how the Church trains and informs her faithful about the issue of migration.”
Tennessee's bishops urge governor to halt executions (Diocese of Knoxville) The state’s bishops called on Gov. Bill Haslam “to use your authority as governor to put an end to the fast-track executions planned for later this year.” The death penalty, the bishops added, “is simply not necessary as the only means to protect society while still providing a just punishment for those who break civil laws. Rather than serving as a path to justice, the death penalty contributes to the growing disrespect for human life.”
Caritas official: Greeks are suffering under increasing economic strains (SIR) The general manager of the Church’s charitable agency in Greece said that everyday life is economically challenging for Greeks, who feel “betrayed by the EU, not only for the austerity policies imposed on the country, but also because they think they have been left to fend for themselves in facing the refugee crisis.”
USCCB grants $4.9M to 209 projects in ex-Communist nations (USCCB) “As the people of Central and Eastern Europe continue to build a new future after decades of repression, we are all inspired by the example of great hope they give to the world that it is possible to bring healing to the wounds of the past,” said Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ukraine's president renews call for autocephalous status for Orthodox church (112 Ukraine) Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful are divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Only the first is canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches; the second body is the largest of the three. In April, President Petro Poroshenko met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to seek autocephalous status for Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians—in effect, a canonically recognized independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.