#ShortNews: Bishops of Malta: divorced/remarried should receive Communion if ‘at peace with God’

The Catholic bishops of Malta, in guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, have said that those who are divorced and remarried should receive Communion if, after a careful consideration of their situation, they are “at peace with God.”

The bishops write that Catholics who are divorced and remarried should undertake a process of discernment about their unions. If they have entered a new marital relationship, the bishops say, they should “examine the possibility of conjugal continence.” But in some cases, the guidelines say, abstinence might be “humanly impossible.”

The Matla bishops conclude that if “a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she is at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.”

The Malta guidelines, issued by Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Mario Grech, were reproduced in the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.


#ShortNews: In France, 5% of population attends Mass, but over 50% identifies as Catholic

Just 5% of the French population attends Mass on a regular weekly basis, but 53% of the country’s people still identify themselves as Catholics, according to an extensive new survey undertaken by Bayard Presse.

The survey concluded that 23% of the French population can be categorized as “involved” Catholics. That term includes all those who report an attachment to the Church, whether or not they are actively practicing the faith.


#ShortNews: Report ranks persecution of Christians by country

Open Doors, an organization that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians, has published its 25th annual ranking of persecution of Christians by country.

The 2017 list of 50 countries includes ten nations with “extremely high” levels of persecution—North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Eritrea—as well as 21 nations with “very high” levels and 19 with “high” levels.