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Tuesday 12 July 2022
1. The painful first-hand account of Mother Teresa’s nuns expelled from Nicaragua
2. Catholic groups oppose EU vote to designate gas and nuclear energy as ‘green’
3. Who will be the next Archbishop of Westminster?
4. Does the Pope have a communication strategy?
5. Two Ukrainian academics criticize the naivety of the Pope’s Russia position
The painful first-hand account of Mother Teresa’s nuns expelled from Nicaragua
“We left with great sorrow in our hearts, leaving our poor people there,” said Sister Agnesita, one of the 18 Missionaries of Charity who were expelled from Nicaragua, after a decision from the government led by President Daniel Ortega. “A choice that has outraged the world, and revealed the measure of the brutality and dullness of the current Nicaraguan government, which month after month is shutting down any free voice and persecuting, in particular, the Catholic Church,” explains Catholic news agency SIR. “We have never done any kind of political activity, and we remember that President Ortega met Mother Teresa. Our thought has always been to serve the poor. Of course, the country is suffering, especially the Church, which is persecuted. There is no freedom, but the economic situation is also difficult, and there is a growing lack of jobs,” analyzed Sister Agnesita. The Missionaries of Charity had three centers in Nicaragua, which served the poor, old people, and at-risk teenage girls. The nuns have now gone to Costa Rica and hope to “take special care” of all the Nicaraguans who have been forced to flee to the neighboring country.
Catholic groups oppose EU vote to designate gas and nuclear energy as ‘green’
In a vote on July 6 the European Parliament of the European Union approved nuclear and gas being designated as “green” options for sustainable investing, as part of the 27-nation bloc’s efforts to combat climate change. This means that certain fossil gas and nuclear energy activities are set to be included in a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities, referred to as the “EU taxonomy.” CIDSE, a network of primarily European-based Catholic social and environmental justice organizations, was among the groups criticizing the vote. They echoed comments from Climate Action Network Europe, which said in a statement that “classifying fossil gas and nuclear power as green is a climate disaster fueling human right violations, as it will increase gas and uranium demand.” The European Laudato Si’ alliance also criticized the decision in a Tweet saying this was a “missed opportunity […] to preserve the integrity of the EU Taxonomy and the credibility of the EU Green Deal.”
National Catholic Reporter, English