Holy See reiterates, broadens calls for disarmament (Vatican News) Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, addressed the High-Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament. He “said that while the importance of disarmament was particularly evident for nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, it applied just as strongly to increased military competition in outer space, in cyberspace and artificial intelligence.”
China's new measures on clergy ignore Vatican agreement (UCANews) “The Communist government in China has promulgated a new set of rules for religious clergy to be implemented in two months, but they ignore the Sino-Vatican agreement on bishop appointments by asking people to elect their bishops democratically,” according to the report.
Vancouver archbishop asks health officials to reconsider public worship ban (The B.C. Catholic) “While we respect the measures taken by government to protect the health of British Columbians, we want to be assured that the orders are being fairly applied to all sectors of the population,” said Archbishop J. Michael Miller. “Specifically, we seek to understand why gathering for worship in limited numbers with safety precautions is not allowed, while bars, restaurants, and gyms remain open.”
Equality Act will discriminate against people of faith, US bishops warn (USCCB) “Rather than affirm human dignity in ways that meaningfully exceed existing practical protections, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith,” five bishops who chair USCCB committees warned in a February 23 letter. “It would also inflict numerous legal and social harms on Americans of any faith or none.” The Act (H.R. 5), sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), has 224 cosponsors in the House of Representatives.
Reporter: Persecution of Laotian Christians is largely ignored (UCANews) The Southeast Asian nation of 7.4 million (map), a Communist state, is 53% Buddhist and 3% Christian, with 42% adhering to ethnic religions. “Laos’ Christians are among Asia’s most persecuted religious minorities, and the Vatican has largely ignored their plight,” writes James Lovelock.