1. Montana bans abortions at 20 weeks, By Caroline Kelly, CNN, April 27, 2021, 8:07 AM
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a 20-week abortion ban and two other anti-abortion bills into law on Monday, adding to the slew of such measures advanced by Republican state lawmakers as the Biden administration seeks to unwind restrictions on the procedure.
“Today we’re taking action to protect the most vulnerable amongst us, the unborn — we are celebrating life,” the Republican said at the bill signing Monday, adding that he was “proud to sign three bills that will protect the lives of the unborn.”
2. Catholic clerics among 12 arrested after bishop-elect shot in South Sudan, By Catholic News Agency, April 27, 2021, 3:20 AM
Three South Sudanese Catholic clerics are among 12 people arrested following the shooting of the bishop-elect of Rumbek diocese in the early hours on Monday, a source in Rumbek has told ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner.
Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare, appointed by Pope Francis to lead Rumbek diocese on March 8, was shot in both legs when two armed men fired multiple bullets at his door, gaining access to his room.
3. Lawsuits make new sex abuse claims against Legion of Christ, By Dave Collins, Associated Press, April 26, 2021, 5:25 PM
The Legion of Christ, a Roman Catholic order disgraced by sexual abuse committed by its founder and other clergy, is facing new allegations of molestation of children in lawsuits filed this month in Connecticut, where it is based.
Five men and a woman sued the order in federal court on April 14 and 15, saying they were victims of sexual crimes when they attended schools run by the Legion of Christ in New Hampshire and Rhode Island in the 1990s when they were children.
4. What can the Vatican expect on its Moneyval report card?, By Ed. Condon, The Pillar, April 26, 2021
This week, Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering watchdog, is expected to publish a report on the Holy See, assessing nearly a decade of efforts by the Holy See to combat financial crime. At stake is the Vatican’s credibility on the global financial stage, and its place on the international “white list” of financial jurisdictions, essential for its daily economic operations.
While the ongoing Vatican financial scandal is a source of serious concern for many Vatican watchers – and officials – there is reason to expect this week’s report will not be all bad news.
5. Vatican cardinal: The Armenian genocide is a ‘stain’ of evil on all humanity, By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, April 26, 2021, 7:00 AM
The fact of the Armenian genocide forces us to confront both the great evils committed in human history and the small evils we commit in our personal lives, a Vatican cardinal said this weekend.
Also known by the Armenian term Medz Yeghern, the genocide, is a “stain in the history of the whole of humanity, not only of those who were the negative protagonists of those days or of those who have remained silent for indifference or complicity,” Cardinal Leonardo Sandri said on Saturday.
Sandri, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches, spoke in a homily during a Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Catholic Church in Rome April 24.

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