Cardinal freed after being kidnapped by gunmen in Cameroon

A 90-year-old Cardinal from Cameroon has been released from captivity after being taken hostage for 24-hours by separatist fighters in the north west of the African country. Local sources suggest that Cardinal Christian Tumi was abducted on Thursday evening after the convoy he was travelling in was stopped at a roadblock manned by rebel fighters. The Cardinal was then taken to an unknown location where he was interrogated before being released later the next day. He is thought to be unharmed.
Vatican to release McCarrick report next week
The Vatican has announced that they will release its long-awaited report into the disgraced former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick next Tuesday. The report was commissioned by Pope Francis in October 2018 following a slew of credible allegations that 90-year-old former cleric abused children early on in his priestly career and then abused seminarians while a bishop. The pending Vatican report is thought to focus on why McCarrick was able to rise through the clerical ranks, seemingly unimpeded, over many decades.
Pope Francis transfers financial management responsibilities of Secretariat of State to APSA
The Pope is to strip the Vatican's Secretariat of State of responsibility for its investment funds and real estate holdings. That responsibility will now be transferred to the body which functions as the Holy See’s treasury known as the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See or APSA for short. The move follows criticism of the Secretariat of State for investing in a controversial property development deal in London which has seen significant losses for the Holy See coupled to exorbitant management fees.
Caritas Philippines appeal for help following tropical cyclone
The charitable wing of the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has issued an appeal for global assistance after one of the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone on record hit the Asian country last Saturday. Super typhoon Rolly, which struck the Philippines on October the 31st, has left 25 people dead and a trail of destruction in its wake. Now Caritas Philippines is asking for aid to provide food, water, and emergency shelter to those in the worst-hit areas.
Catholic church in Oregon attacked by political rioters
A Catholic church in the U.S. state of Oregon has been vandalized by politically-motived rioters. The parish of Saint Andre Bessette in the city of Portland came under attack on Wednesday night as a march, organized under the banner of Defend Democracy, turned violent. All three front windows of the church were smashed during the attack.
Archbishop Gądecki: Abortion court ruling “a positive step for civilization”
The President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference has hailed the recent ruling by the country’s top court that will outlaw nearly all abortions in Poland as, quote, “a positive step for civilization.” The comments by Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki come amid widespread civil unrest led by pro-abortion activists who are unhappy with last month’s decision by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal.
Pontifical Academy for Life establishes ‘Guardian of Life’ Award
The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life has established a new award to honor people who, quote, “make a significant contribution to protect and promote human life”. The Guardian of Life Award will be bestowed each year during the Academy’s annual General Assembly. The Pontifical Academy for Life was founded by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1994 as a forum for leading figures, drawn from a range of disciplines, to cooperate in protecting and promoting life at every stage of human development. MORE FROM SHALOM WORLD
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