Hong Kong finds Joseph Zen guilty over pro-democracy protest fund

Cardinal Joseph Zen, a humanitarian and the outspoken critic of China’s Communist Party, was found guilty on charges relating to his role in a relief fund used by members of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement.

The 90-year-old Zen and five others were found guilty on Friday for failing to register the now-defunct 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund used to pay protesters’ llegal and medical fees.

Special preview of 'The Chosen' is surprise box office hit

Jesus might be known for calming storms, but he made waves at the box office last weekend.

Fans flocked to theaters to see The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2, a special preview screening of the wildly popular TV series on Jesus’ life. Season three debuted on over 2,000 screens globally and grossed $8.75 million in sales on opening weekend, according to a press release.

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After Pope Francis’s visit, Indigenous people in Canada reflect on trauma, healing

In July, Pope Francis made a widely publicized “pilgrimage of penance” to Canada. Over six days, Francis met with Indigenous people across the country in order to listen and to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in running Canada’s residential schools—a system that removed 150,000 children from their families and led to loss of Indigenous identity, language, and culture.

French Catholic leaders dig deeper hole in sexual abuse scandal

Like any modern Catholic official, Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of France’s Catholic bishops’ conference, realizes clergy sexual abuse is a systemic problem, one that calls for serious reform of the church’s uncertain rules and ingrained secrecy.

But recent revelations of sexual misconduct by a cardinal and a bishop on Moulins-Beaufort’s watch show how complicated, time-consuming, and personal stamping out abuse can be.

MacKenzie Scott gives $15 million to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has awarded Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service $15 million in donation funds, the single largest contribution in the advocacy organization’s 83-year history.

Scott announced donations to LIRS and more than 340 other organizations in a Medium post on November 14, totaling nearly $2 billion in overall donations.