Vatican diplomat criticizes stigmatization of motherhood in some nations (Holy See Mission) Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed a
meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. He said that “while many countries fear that the decline in fertility will lead to economic and cultural tipping points, their public services and protection programs regularly fail to extend to mothers and families the kind of social justice and the economic and employment assistance that would enable them to satisfy their noble desire to enjoy the beauty of motherhood.”
USCCB committee endorses American Dream and Promise Act (USCCB) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration endorsed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R.6), sponsored by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The legislation would “provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders,” the USCCB stated in a news release.
El Salvador bishops criticize proposal for civil-war amnesty (AP) The Catholic bishops of El Salvador have raised objections to a proposed law that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the country’s civil war in the 1980s. The bishops said that the proposal would protect wrongdoers without offering any reparations for victims. The proposed legislation responds to an order from the country’s top court, which directed legislators to prepare a law that would provide for a just settlement of civil-war claims.
India: Cardinal Gracias urges voters to protect democracy, spiritual life (Crux) Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, the president of the Indian bishops’ conference, has released a pastoral letter urging voters to uphold democracy and revive India’s status as a “spiritual nation,” as parliamentary elections loom in coming weeks. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist body, faces a challenge from the secular Indian National Congress.