Belief Beat

Tons of Catholic news to report today, so here’s some links from Religion News Service’s daily roundup:

Catholic Bishops from the Middle East summoned to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI demanded that Israel end its “occupation” of Arab lands. Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims. Israel said the meeting was hijacked by enemies of the Jewish state

Nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed Catholic church documents show that the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them, the AP reports. Italian prosecutors say the Vatican’s bank has been laundering money…

The pope is praying for officials in Naples, Italy, to pick up 2,400 tons of trash left in the streets.

Also of possible interest: The sister-in-law of former British prime minster and converted Catholic Tony Blair has become a Muslim.

For more on these and other Catholic-related stories, check out Catholic News Agency, National Catholic Reporter, The Deacon’s Bench, and Catholic News Service. For more on the abuse crisis, check out BishopAccountability and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

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