8 sainthood, beatification causes advance (Vatican News) Pope Francis approved decrees recognizing miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai (1712-52) and Blessed Anna Maria Rubatto (1844-1904), paving the way for their canonization. The Pontiff also cleared the way for the beatification of Venerable Carlo Acutis and Father Rutilio Grande, SJ, and 2 lay companions, who were martyred in El Salvador in 1977.
Respond to challenges posed by artificial intelligence, Archbishop Paglia advises (OFCS.Report) “I am convinced that, as with nuclear and climate threats, if we do not meet the challenges of artificial intelligence head on, we will not really understand them,” the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said in an interview with an Italian publication. “It is true that attention is increasing, but we need to take a combined ethical, legal and academic leap forward.”
Pope advanced cause of married priests, Argentine archbishop claims (LifeSite News) An Argentine prelate has argued that Pope Francis advanced the campaign for married priests in Querida Amazonia, even though the topic was not mentioned in the papal document. Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez explained that the Pope wants the faithful in the Amazon region to set their own standards. While the archbishop’s interpretation clashes with most readings of the apostolic exhortation, it is significant because Archbishop Fernandez is a close ally of Pope Francis, and because his essay appeared in the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
Portuguese lawmakers approve assisted suicide (AP) Portuguese legislators have approved a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide. With the vote, Portugal will join Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and some US states in providing for legal euthanasia. The bill stipulates that assisted suicide will be legally available only to Portuguese citizens.
Bishops encourage government talks with separatists in Cameroon (Fides) A group of 16 Catholic bishops has written to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, urging him to join in peace talks designed to resolve violence in the African country. The bishops recommend that the proposed talks, to be held under Swiss mediation, include “Anglophone armed-separatist groups and non-violent civil society leaders.”