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Pope Francis: Fighting The Mafia Starts With Cleaning Up Politics

In a meeting with Italy's Anti-Mafia Parliamentary Commission on Thursday, Pope Francis said that dismantling the mafia begins with a political commitment to social justice and economic reform. Corruption “has a contagious and parasitic nature, because it does not nourish what good produces,...

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In Abuse Cases There Should Be No Recourse To Appeals, Pope Francis Says

There should be no opportunity for appealing canonical cases of sexual abuse against minors when allegations have been proven by evidence, Pope Francis said in spontaneous comments Thursday. In off-the-cuff remarks to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) Sept. 21, the...

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Church Collapses In Mexico Quake During Baptism, Killing Several

On Sept. 19, a family in Puebla, Mexico was attending the baptism of their daughter when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the church, cracking the dome above them, which collapsed and fell on top of them. At least 11 people were killed when the Church of Saint James the Apostle collapsed,...

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Pope Reiterates Church’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ On Abuse Of Minors

Thursday in a written speech Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s commitment to the protection of minors from sexual abuse, stating that the Church will continue to take a “zero tolerance” stance against offenders. “Let me say quite clearly that sexual abuse is a horrible sin, completely...

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Vatican Official Laments Lack Of Fair Trade Label For Commercial Fishing

An upcoming world congress by the Catholic organization Apostleship of the Sea will focus on the plight of fishermen, who frequently face exploitation in carrying out their work, according to one Vatican official. He lamented that no ‘Fair Trade’ certification exists for their product. “We...

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Mexican Bishops Join In Prayer, Grief After Second Deadly Earthquake

Following Mexico’s second major earthquake in two weeks, bishops in the country called for prayers and solidarity, asking Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede and comfort the suffering people. “We join in grieving the victims of the earthquake, which occurred today, Sept. 19, 2017, in different...

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US Senate Committee Advances Bill To Aid Christians In Iraq

A Senate committee on Tuesday voted to advance a bill that seeks to ensure U.S. aid reaches Christian genocide victims in Iraq. “The vote from this morning is an important step toward providing relief for those victims of the genocide committed by ISIS,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), one of the...

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Pope Francis Prays For Mexico During This ‘Moment Of Sorrow’

On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake Sept. 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones. “Yesterday a terrible earthquake has devastated Mexico. I saw...

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Togo's Bishops Call For Peace While Reform Goes To Public Vote

Following Togo's largest protests in over a decade, the bishops of the small African country urged political leaders toward a constitutional reform aimed at lasting peace. The time is “right to organize prayers in each diocese for peace, or more specifically, for institutional and...

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UK Slammed For Media Portrayal Of People With Disabilities

A United Nations committee addressing the rights of disabled people has rebuked the U.K. for how people with disabilities are portrayed by the government and seen in the media, with one expert expressing concern for attitudes which may lead to euthanasia.  “Disabled people being portrayed as...

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Christian Refugees Reportedly Forced To Say Muslim Prayers For Food In Sudan

Christian children in Sudanese refugee camps are reportedly being given food only after they recite Muslim prayers, a papal aid group says. According to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a papal charity that provides aid to persecuted Christians around the world, there are reports of Christian...

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In Fight Against Sex Abuse, Australian Archbishop Sees Progress, Challenges

Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country's archbishops believes the local Churches are making progress – but still face a long journey ahead. “It's very much a work in progress; we still have a long way to go,” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge of...

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Archbishop Calls For Peace Amid Protests Over St Louis Verdict

The Archbishop of St. Louis called for prayer and peace after a judge acquitted a former St. Louis police officer in the shooting of a man in 2011. “If we want peace and justice, we must come together as a community through prayer, mutual understanding, and forgiveness,” Archbishop Robert Carlson...

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Take In More Refugees, Not Fewer, Bishops Urge White House

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to further reduce the number of refugees the U.S. will accept in the coming fiscal year, drawing concern from the U.S. bishops and others. “We’re strongly urging the administration, the President, to set a Presidential determination of at least...

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Father Tom Thanks The World For Their Prayers

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian missionary released this week after 18 months of captivity, thanked Saturday all those who have prayed and made sacrifices on his behalf, saying he recommits himself to the service of God. “With your prayers and sacrifices you have brought me from God and have...