Wednesday 11 May 2022
1- Joe Biden condemns violence after churches and Supreme Court justices’ homes targeted over abortion row
2- Remains of 2 martyred priests found in a chapel on the plain of Nineveh
3- Appointed by Benedict XVI, Bishop Wu Junwei of Yuncheng dies
4- BBC Brasil recalls the biblical condemnation of abortion
5- “Pontifex”: an original board game designed to imagine the balance of power during a conclave
Joe Biden condemns violence after churches and Supreme Court justices’ homes targeted over abortion row
As the issue of abortion becomes increasingly heated in the United States, officials from the administration of President Joe Biden have condemned protesters who targeted churches and the homes of Supreme Court justices. The White House said the right to protest “should never include violence, threats or vandalism.” From New York to Los Angeles, incidents are multiplying. Joe Biden criticized as “radical” the proposed Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion. “It concerns me a great deal that after 50 years we’re going to decide that a woman doesn’t have the right to choose,” he said. He expressed his hope that Congress would pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade.
Catholic News Service, English
Remains of 2 martyred priests found in a chapel on the plain of Nineveh
Syrian Catholic Father Yusuf Jabo Sakarya of Mosul and Father Behnam Hanam Mikho Khozymi, a monk belonging to the order of the Brothers of Saint Ephrem, were murdered by Turkish gendarmes on June 28, 1915, outside Qaraqosh as they were returning from Mosul to celebrate the feast of Peter and Paul the next day. Between 1915 and 1918, approximately 250,000 Chaldean Assyrians were massacred in the name of their faith by the Ottoman Empire. Among them, 40 are included in the cause of martyrdom and their case is currently being studied by the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes. The discovery of the remains is good news for the local Christian community, which fears daily discrimination from the government or extremists. “It’s a spiritual encouragement, a breath of air from the Holy Spirit, much needed in this land where we have suffered much” said Father Bahnan Jahola to Crux.