US Secretary of State honors Italian nun for efforts against human trafficking (US Department of State) Secretary of State Michael Pompeo honored Sister Gabriella Bottani for “her dynamic leadership of an extensive international network of Catholic sisters [Talitha Kum] committed to preventing human trafficking and connecting survivors to critical services and her relentless resolve to elevate the importance of combating human trafficking in communities around the world.” Callista Gingrich, the US ambassador to the Holy See, also paid tribute to Sister Bottani.
Utah governor meets with Pope (Governor Gary Herbert) During a brief June 19 meeting, Gov. Gary Herbert and his wife “expressed our gratitude to him for the great service he renders to the peoples of the world, and thanked him for his strong moral leadership.” Perhaps referring to the Vatican Secretary of State, the Mormon governor added that on June 21, “I will meet with the Vatican Prime Minister and further today’s exchange with the Holy Father. I plan to discuss ways to help with food security around the world through engagement with the important humanitarian agencies in Utah. I also expect to discuss matters affecting immigration and refugees.”
Priest arrested for murder in Mexico City (Mexico News Daily) The victim’s family said that “the murder was premeditated, and was an attempt to prevent [the victim] from going public with certain accusations,” according to the report. The Archdiocese of Mexico City pledged to cooperate with the investigation.
Pope recalls Corpus Christi, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Vatican Press Office) At the conclusion of his June 19 general audience, Pope Francis said that the feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday on the General Roman Calendar (but transferred to the following Sunday in many nations), is a “special opportunity to revive our faith in the real presence of the Lord in the Eucharist.” The Pope also recalled St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose feast day is June 21.
Abuse victim declines settlement, pursues legal case against Buffalo diocese (Church Militant) James Bottlinger has declined a $650,000 offer to settle his sex-abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo, New York. Bottlinger, who says that he was molested at gunpoint by a priest, insists on pursuing his suit to expose efforts by diocesan officials to protect his abuser. He says that refusing the settlement “was the right thing to do to protect future victims and more or less, force the Catholic Church to be more transparent.”