Chilean abuse witness to meet with Pope this week (AP) Juan Carlos Cruz, who wrote to Pope Francis in 2015 testifying about clerical abuse in Chile, is in Rome this week to meet with the Pontiff. Cruz told AP that he wants to know why the Pope did not respond to warnings, saying that “it’s really difficult to understand that this was an unknown.”
Alfie Evans granted Italian citizenship (BBC) Alfie Evans has reportedly been granted Italian citizenship, paving the way for the child’s transfer to Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, where administrators have promised to provide him with care. The Italian foreign ministry issued a statement saying that it hoped for an “immediate transfer” after a British court ruled that care should be suspended in a Liverpool hospital, and the boy allowed to die, despite his parents’ wishes to continue treatment. The surprise move granting Italian citizenship was reported prompted by the intercession of Pope Francis.
Pope renews criticism of 'rigid' believers (Vatican Insider) Pope Francis once again condemned “rigidity” in his homily at a weekday Mass on April 24. The Pontiff said that some Catholics are “incapable of leaving their closed world; they are prisoners of ideas.” While these people see any new development as a threat, the Pope said, the Church actually is like a bicycle: unstable except when it is moving forward.
Archbishop Paglia asks for 'shared response' to Alfie Evans (Crux) Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has called for parents and health-care workers to agree on a “shared response” to the condition of Alfie Evans. The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life—who last month said that hospital officials were trying to prevent “overzealous treatment” of the child—said that the conflict appears to be nearing “a dead-end.”
South Korean bishop hopes North-South summit brings results (CNS) “With the [April 27] inter-Korean summit, as well as the ensuing summit between North Korea and the US, expectations are growing that the 65-year-long confrontation and struggle will end, and a new era of peace will come,” said Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon, president of the Korean bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People.