CDF rejects German bishops' policy on intercommunion (OnePeterFive) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has rejected a policy approved by the German bishops’ conference, which would have allowed Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in some cases. The CDF decision, which was approved by Pope Francis, was originally reported on the German news site Kathnet.
Syria probe mission on hold amid security fears (Agence France-Presse) Devoting front-page coverage to this story, L’Osservatore Romano (4/19 Italian edition) also reported on a leading EU official’s defense of the recent airstrike on Syria, Angela Merkel’s discussion with Vladimir Putin, the halting of US sanctions against Russia, and the US invitation to Arab nations to send troops to Syria.
Speaking at Saudi forum, Cardinal Tauran demands condemnation of terrorists (Crux) In an unprecedented public appearance in Saudi Arabia, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, said that religious leaders have a moral obligation to speak out when “some of our fellow believers, like the terrorists, are not behaving properly.” Speaking to a meeting of the Muslim World League, the cardinal called for clear denunciation of all terrorism.
Orthodox, Catholic prelates in Syria condemn US air strike (CWN) The Orthodox and Catholic patriarchs of Antioch have united in condemnation of the US air strikes on their country, saying that the attacks were “brutal aggression” and “a clear violation of the international laws.” The patriarchs charged that the strikes were a violation of the UN charter, since they constituted an “unjustified assault on a sovereign country.”