Nicaraguan police surround Managua's cathedral (Fides) “Once again the people of Nicaragua have been smeared with hatred, blood and death,” a missionary priest in Nicaragua said in reference to the repressive rule of the Ortega regime. “Until when? Nicaragua is no longer [under] a rule of law.”
Pope curtails schedule for 2nd day, Vatican slights 'slight' illness (CNA) Pope Francis postponed public audiences on February 28. The Pontiff stayed within the St. Martha residence for a second day, due to what Vatican officials described as a “slight imposition.” The Pope is still expected to hold his regular Sunday public audience, before leaving for his Lenten Retreat next week.
The Vatican is clearly downplaying the Pope’s illness—which appears to be a cold or flu—because of anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus in other parts of Italy.
Bishop Schneider rebuts arguments that papacy is invalid (LifeSite News) Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who has frequently criticized the statements and actions of the current papacy, has issued a letter rejecting the “desperate” argument that Pope Francis is not the true Roman Pontiff. In an essay related February 28, explaining the canonical arguments involved, Bishop Schneider argues strongly against claims that the Pope was invalidly elected, or has lost his office because of heresy. Instead the bishop calls for fervent prayer as a means of “remedying the current unprecedented crisis of the papacy.”
West Africa's bishops denounce land grabbing (Fides) “We strongly denounce the land grabbing and forced expropriation of land in all its forms,” the region’s bishops said in a statement. “States, companies, multinationals, and to all those involved in this disastrous operation of land grabbing and forced expropriation of land in Africa: …Do not strip the weak.”
Buffalo diocese files for bankruptcy (AP) The Diocese of Buffalo, New York, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Diocesan officials had warned, in an annual financial report released in January, that the move was “imminent.” The Buffalo diocese becomes the 22nd in the US, and the 2nd in the state of New York, to enter bankruptcy because of sex-abuse lawsuits.
Bishops disagree over whether Pope Francis feels 'used' by Father Martin (National Catholic Reporter) Five months after Father James Martin, SJ, met with Pope Francis, the Pope “was most displeased about the whole subject of Father Martin and how their encounter had been used,” a bishop said following his recent ad limina visit with the Pope. “He was very expressive, both his words and his face—his anger was very clear, he felt he’d been used.” Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe and Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyenne offered a far different account of the meeting.
Philippine bishops criticize dam project (CBCP) “The coming celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the country would be meaningless if we remain deaf to the cry of our poor indigenous people and if we remain indifferent to the destruction of our forests and their biodiversity,” said Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the bishops’ conference, in reference to the Kaliwa Dam.
With no Ash Wednesday Masses, bishops in northern Italy share prayers (CNS) “This year, Lent is beginning in an unforeseen way that we could not have imagined even a few days ago,” said Patriarch Francesco Moraglia of Venice, following the suspension of Masses because of the coronavirus’s spread. “The situation we are experiencing brusquely awakens us from the illusion of being the generation that, thanks to its technical and scientific knowledge, has placed everything under control.”