Former Pope recovering from illness (CNA) Pope-emeritus Benedict is recovering from a bout with shingles, his personal secretary reports. Archbishop Georg Ganswein said that the “illness is subsiding” and the condition of the 93-year-old former Pontiff has improved. “While very unpleasant and painful, the illness was not life-threatening,” he said.
Disgraced West Virginia bishop is 'in a dark hole,' successor says (MetroNews) “I have not heard from him in many months and I would not expect to,” Bishop Mark Brennan said of Bishop Michael Bransfield. “Whatever he is doing, he is doing and is in a dark hole. We do not know exactly what he is up to, we have not been in communication.” Bishop Brennan added that the apostolic nuncio has not heard from Bishop Bransfield, who has been asked to make restitution for his exorbitant spending.
Vatican-China accord will be renewed: Bishop Sanchez Sorondo (LifeSite News) Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academies, has told China’s Global Times that a secret agreement between the Vatican and Beijing will be renewed “because the initial experience went well.” The Global Times is controlled by the Communist Party. Bishop Sanchez Sorondo has applauded China as a model of Catholic social teaching.
Kerala bishops seek action against terror network (UCANews) The southwestern Indian state of Kerala (map) is 55% Hindu, 27% Muslim, and 18% Christian. Two Eastern Catholic churches (the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church) have their headquarters there, as do two Oriental Orthodox churches (the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church).
Rome's cardinal vicar authorizes distribution of exorcist guidelines (SIR) “Unfortunately many Ordinaries entrust the exorcist ministry to priests who, while endowed with compassion, wisdom, prudence and integrity of life, lack specific preparation to carry out this demanding task,” said Father Francesco Bamonte, president of the International Association of Exorcists and editor of the guidelines.
Formula for Baptism cannot be altered, Vatican says (Vatican News) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that a newly popular form of Baptism is invalid, and those people baptized with this formula must be baptized again. The CDF ruled that saying “we baptize you,” rather than “I baptize you,” is improper and invalid, explaining that “when one baptizes it is really Christ Himself who baptizes.” The CDF cautioned against changing the formula for a sacrament, saying that doing so is a liturgical abuse and a “wound inflicted upon the ecclesial communion.”
Pope begins new series of talks on issues raised by pandemic (Vatican News) At his public audience on Wednesday, August 5, Pope Francis announced that he was beginning a new series of weekly talks on the social issues that have been highlighted by the Covid pandemic. The Pope—who was resuming his weekly audiences after a July break—said that the Church has no expertise on the medical aspects of the pandemic, but can offer a moral perspective on the social and political issues that have come to the fore.