1. Pope in ‘good general condition’ after surgery to remove intestinal scar tissue, repair hernia, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, June 8, 2023, 7:47 AM Pope Francis’ was in “good general condition” Thursday, alert and breathing on his own, following a three-hour operation to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall, the Vatican said. The 86-year-old Francis rested “extensively” during a peaceful night at Rome’s Gemelli hospital and was spending his first full day after the surgery observing the “necessary post-operative rest,” the Vatican said in a statement.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/06/07/vatican-pope-health/e71d2018-0505-11ee-b74a-5bdd335d4fa2_story.html__________________________________________________________ 2. What happens to papal power when a pope is unconscious? Nothing, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, June 7, 2023, 5:44 PM Pope Francis’ three-hour surgery Wednesday raised a question about what happens to papal power when a pope is unconscious or otherwise incapacitated and cannot lead the Catholic Church. The answer: nothing. While many countries regulate the transfer of power when a head of state becomes incapacitated, and the Vatican has governance norms when a pope resigns or dies, none of those regulations apply to a sick, unconscious or hospitalized pope. In other words, Pope Francis was still pope, fully in charge of running the Vatican and the 1.3-billion strong Catholic Church, even while under general anesthesia and undergoing surgery to repair a hernia in his abdominal wall. The Vatican said there were no complications and that he was expected to be hospitalized for several days.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/06/07/pope-vatican-hospital-canon-law/d4621f22-0560-11ee-b74a-5bdd335d4fa2_story.html__________________________________________________________ 3. ‘Vatican bank’ reports profits of progress, By The Pillar, June 7, 2023, 4:19 PM The Institute for Works of Religion, the Vatican City bank, has published its annual report for the 2022 financial year. The report, which follows an independent audit of the insulation, showed increased profits and financial stability for the bank, even while its customer base shrank. In his statement opening the report, IOR president Jean-Baptiste de Franssu noted that he and most of the bank’s current board of superintendence have been working for nearly a decade to improve its financial performance while moving to shore up oversight and regulatory compliance.  https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/vatican-bank-reports-profits-of-progress__________________________________________________________ 4. California honors anti-Catholic drag group ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’ at state capitol, By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, June 7, 2023, 12:25 PM Michael Williams, who goes by the name “Sister Roma” and is a member of the San Francisco chapter of an anti-Catholic drag group known as the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” was honored by the California state Legislature on Monday. Outside the capitol, hundreds of Catholics and other Christians held a prayer vigil, and several members of the California Republican Caucus walked out of the capitol in protest while Williams was honored.  Inside the capitol, Williams received a standing ovation on the assembly floor, and several lawmakers posed for photos with Williams, who was wearing a black gown, heavy white makeup, and a large purple-blue wig.   https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/254512/anti-catholic-drag-group-sisters-of-perpetual-indulgence-honored-at-california-state-capitol __________________________________________________________ 5. Dictatorship in Nicaragua withholds more than $500,000 donated by CRS to the Church, By Diego Lopez Marina, Catholic News Agency, June 7, 2023, 3:30 PM A recent investigation by the Nicaraguan newspaper El Confidencial revealed that the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega has withheld more than half a million dollars that was donated to the Church in Estelí by the U.S. bishops’ humanitarian aid agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The independent media reported June 2 that according to sources with ties to the diocese, the donation of $563,206 was legally made on June 14, 2012, to Estelí Caritas when Abelardo Mata was diocesan bishop. The charity, whose legal personhood was canceled on Feb. 7, 2022, by the National Assembly, agreed to a “total donation” of the money to the Diocese of Estelí, whose apostolic administrator is currently Bishop Rolando Álvarez. The prelate was unjustly sentenced in February to 26 years and four months in prison, charged with treason by the regime.  The money, the news outlet said, was the remainder of a donation that CRS had earmarked for the construction of a hospital.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/254515/dictatorship-in-nicaragua-withholds-more-than-500-dollars-000-cents-donated-by-crs-to-the-church __________________________________________________________

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