1. Pope Francis meets with Cardinal Burke amid salary, apartment controversy, By Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency, December 29, 2023, 9:20 AM Pope Francis on Friday had an audience with Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Vatican said, several weeks after a flurry of reported controversy involving the pontiff and the 75-year-old U.S.-born prelate. A release from the Holy See Press Office briefly mentioned that the pope had met with Burke in an audience on Friday morning. No reason was given for the meeting, nor were details of the audience shared by the press office.  The cardinal on Friday declined to comment on the meeting. The meeting comes weeks after reports that Pope Francis had stripped Burke of his Vatican housing and salary privileges, with the Holy Father allegedly claiming that Burke was a source of “disunity” in the Church and that he was using the privileges afforded to retired cardinals against the Church.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256396/pope-francis-meets-with-cardinal-burke-amid-salary-apartment-controversy__________________________________________________________ 2. Pope, Zelenskyy speak as war grinds on and religious freedom concerns grow, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, December 29, 2023 Pope Francis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke by phone Thursday to exchange Christmas greetings and to discuss Ukraine’s peace plan, at a time when the country faces mounting religious freedom concerns for banning an Orthodox church with ties to Moscow. In a Dec. 28 post on social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, Zelenskyy said had spoken with Pope Francis that day and thanked him for “the spiritual support” he has given to the people of Ukraine.  https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2023/12/pope-zelensky-speak-as-war-grinds-on-and-religious-freedom-concerns-grow__________________________________________________________ 3. 2023 witnessed continued attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers, churches, By Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, December 29, 2023 Pro-life institutions continued to be targets of pro-abortion attacks in 2023 following the landmark Supreme Court decision in June 2022 overturning Roe v. Wade.  Roe, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide, was struck down on June 24 — the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus — with the decision on the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” the majority opinion in the case said. Before Roe’s downfall, news of the imminent Dobbs opinion was leaked to the media. Enraged pro-abortion activists began targeting Catholic churches as opportunities to disrupt worship. Some defaced churches with threatening graffiti, while others disrupted Mass by screaming and chanting pro-abortion slogans.  Pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life institutions came under attack as well. Some organizations were burned in arson attacks. Others were left threats written in graffiti. Many clinics had their windows smashed. The attacks only got worse once Roe was officially overturned in June, and they continued throughout 2023, with the latest reported act of vandalism occurring this fall at a group of Catholic churches.  …. CNA has counted more than 60 pro-life pregnancy centers and almost 40 Catholic churches that have been targeted since the overturning of Roe v. Wade.   https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256390/2023-witnessed-continued-attacks-on-pro-life-pregnancy-centers-churches__________________________________________________________ 4. Cardinal says Vatican doc on same-sex blessings a ‘natural’ for India, By Nirmala Carvalho, Crux, December 29, 2023 India’s most senior Catholic cardinal and a close advisor to Pope Francis has said the Fiducia Supplicans, a controversial new Vatican text approving non-liturgical blessings for same-sex unions, is a “natural” for his country, calling it “an affirmation of our spirituality and a gift.” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai told Crux that in Indian culture, asking for and giving blessings is a widely accepted custom.  https://cruxnow.com/church-in-asia/2023/12/cardinal-says-vatican-doc-on-same-sex-blessings-a-natural-for-india__________________________________________________________

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