Prelate appeals for prayer, dialogue in Yemen (AsiaNews) As the Yemeni Civil War worsened, Bishop Paul Hinder, the vicar apostolic of Southern Arabia, designated June 23 as a day of prayer for peace in Yemen. Following his June 17 Angelus address, Pope Francis also prayed for peace there.
Christian leaders: Israeli legislation still threatens church properties (Fides) Christian leaders in the Holy Land have urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block legislation that they describe as “a systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land.” Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, Armenian Patriarch Nurhan Manougian, and Father Francesco Patton, the head of the Franciscan Custody, signed the plea. The three observed that legislation allowing for taxation of church property— a bill that prompted the February closing of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in a protest— is still working its way through the Israeli parliament.
St. John XXIII's remains return to Vatican (Zenit) For three weeks, the relics of Pope St. John XXIII (1881-1963) were venerated in his native Bergamo, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his election to the papacy and the 55th anniversary of his death. Click here for links to his encyclicals.