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Wednesday 16 February 2022
1 – Bishop of Kyiv warns of the dramatic consequences of disinformation
2 – Pressure groups demand Church in Italy submit to external sexual abuse inquiry
3 – Sri Lanka’s archbishop speaks out against activist’s arrest
4 – How Our Lady of Guadalupe can rebuild the social fabric in Latin America
5 – Unity and Love: the message of a new Vietnamese bishop ordained on Valentine’s Day
In an interview with Famiglia Cristiana, Bishop Vitalii Kryvytskyi of Kyiv thanked Pope Francis for his prayers for peace. He warns: “Some of the news about the situation here is false and causes damage to the country.” In particular, he explains that they are causing investors to withdraw their money from his country, leading to a devaluation of the currency and an increase in prices. “Many people are considering emigrating,” he said. He therefore asks politicians and journalists not to forget “that every word has a weight and a consequence.”
Famiglia Cristiana, Italian.
Pressure groups demand Church in Italy submit to external sexual abuse inquiry
A collective of nine Catholic groups launched a campaign denouncing the Church in Italy for “institutional failure” in confronting clergy sexual abuse, and called for an independent national inquiry. The campaign is called “Beyond the Great Silence” and is accompanied by the hashtag, #ItalyChurchToo, inspired by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. The groups reject the assertion from some Italian Catholic leaders that the Church has the resources to investigate itself. “Only independent investigations (elsewhere) have overcome the Church’s resistance to recognise its own institutional failure,” said anti-abuse advocate Ludovica Eugenio. Italian bishops should decide in May if an inquiry will be held and what form it will take.