A Catholic environmentalist has accused the government of Evo Morales of “poisoning indigenous communities” and deforesting their habitats ahead of today’s papal visit to Bolivia.
The Holy See has rejected “four appeals from Israeli diplomats” to disclose details of its comprehensive agreement with the Palestinian authorities, according to Haaretz.
The criminal trial of former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski will begin on Saturday.
An attempt to legalise assisted suicide in California has failed following concerted Church opposition.
Rocco Palmo notes that Francis “made his first extensive remarks” on his encyclical Laudato Si’ last night.
PrayTell blog offers some background on the Pope’s new wooden “travel staff” (video).
And young Paraguayans have created an online game in which players negotiate the country’s potholed roads in a Popemobile (game).
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