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Protect Us, Beleaguered Nigerian Archbishop Pleads as Elections Loom (1847)

The country’s presidential and national elections will take place on Feb. 14, while elections for the governorship and State House of Assembly are set for Feb. 28.

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St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria, after being vandalized.

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ROME — As Nigeria’s general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people’s safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence.

“This is a time in Nigeria that calls for genuine, authentic patriotism, because the attacks seem to be ongoing and destruction, and displacement seems to be becoming a regular phenomenon,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama told CNA Nov. 22.

“We are hoping that Nigerians who care for the good and the profit of Nigeria will do everything possible by transcending narrow political interests in order to genuinely seek solutions to end the phenomenon of Boko Haram.”

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Cardinal Ratzinger’s Retraction: The Fruit of Theological Maturation (4533)

Pope Emeritus Benedict showed wisdom and humility when he retracted his statement in favor of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics.

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VATICAN CITY — News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI’s collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did.

But thanks to Sandro Magister and his translator, Matthew Sherry, the full text of his “Retractatio” is now available in English.

As CNA reported Nov. 25, Joseph Ratzinger published an essay in 1972, while a priest of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, which argued for access, under certain limited conditions, to Communion for the divorced and remarried. This line of argument was taken up in a 1977 book by Walter Kasper, who was then...READ MORE

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Ferguson’s Fallout (4297)

In the wake of last month’s rioting, Christian voices are calling for reform and reconciliation.

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Pastor Keith Clinton and his son Keith Jr. look in a window of the fire-damaged Flood Christian Church on Nov. 30 in Ferguson, Mo. Michael Brown’s father is a member of the church.

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FERGUSON, Mo. — The turmoil that has engulfed Ferguson, Mo., over the death of Michael Brown has stirred Americans — from President Barack Obama down to the local community — to take action to try to prevent similar tragedies from taking place.

For their part, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis and other local Catholic leaders are seeking to serve as agents of reconciliation and reform in this St. Louis suburb, where the unarmed 18-year-old African-American youth was shot and killed last August by white police officer Darren Wilson during a failed arrest attempt.

In the wake of devastating local riots that ensued following the Nov. 24 decision by a grand jury not to indict Wilson, the...READ MORE

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Coming Soon: The Vatican’s Report on U.S. Women Religious (2078)

The findings of the apostolic visitation conducted by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life will be disclosed Dec. 16.

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Religious sisters attend the enthronement of Our Lady of Charity in the Vatican Gardens on Aug. 28.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has confirmed it will release its report on the state of women religious in the United States later this month, following up on the apostolic visitation that concluded in January 2012.

“It’s true, it’s true … It’s the congregation that asked us to put this conference in the calendar,” Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told CNA Dec. 4, confirming reports in the United States.

The report, from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, will concern the survey of women’s religious and their communities in the U.S. known as an apostolic visitation.

Father Lombardi said that the congregation had requested a...READ MORE

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A Heart for Helping Refugees (1946)

John Klink, the president of the International Catholic Migration Commission, has devoted much of his life to helping the Church address international humanitarian needs.

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John Klink, president of the International Catholic Migration Commission

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John Klink is the president of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), which is a humanitarian organization that seeks to serve and protect “uprooted people — refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants — regardless of faith, ethnicity, race or nationality,” according to its website.

Klink has a long history of service to the Church and to disadvantaged people around the world that includes 11 years as an executive with Catholic Relief Services in Morocco, Italy, Yemen, New York, Thailand and Haiti. He also has served as a diplomat representing the Holy See at numerous U.N. negotiations, including key discussions. such as the 1994 International Conference on...READ MORE

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Cardinal Zen: ‘Prepared to be Jailed’ for Hong Kong’s Democracy (2149)

The 82-year-old Chinese cardinal was one of several leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement to surrender to police on Dec. 3.

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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong

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ROME — One of several leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail.

“I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in Hong Kong,” said Hong Kong’s emeritus bishop, according to a translation of a report published by the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Cardinal Zen, 82, turned himself into police on Dec. 3, along with three founders of the movement, Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Rev. Chu Yiu-ming. All were allowed to leave without facing any charges.

The demonstrations have drawn tens of thousands of people, although,...READ MORE

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Criminal Investigation of Former Papal Nuncio Moves to Next Stage (2550)

Jozef Wesolowski, the former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, remains under house arrest at the Vatican.

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Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case is moving forward, and the first stages of investigation and questioning have begun.

“Regarding the situation of Msgr. Wesolowski, I can say that the judiciary of the state of Vatican City, continuing investigations, made a first interrogation of the accused, of which others will follow,” Father Federico Lombardi said in a Dec. 2 statement.

Wesolowski, 66, was laicized earlier this year, after being accused of having paid for sex with minors while nuncio to the Dominican Republic. In September, he was placed under house arrest, rather than being...READ MORE

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Texas Court Commended for Staying Execution of Mentally Ill Man (1453)

The Lone Star State’s Board of Pardons and Paroles has unanimously recommended his sentence be commuted.

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment.

“The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops today expressed appreciation to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for granting a stay of execution for death-row inmate Scott Panetti,” a Dec. 3 statement from the Texas Catholic Conference read.

It added, “The Texas bishops have long taught about the immorality of the death penalty and were particularly vocal seeking mercy for Panetti, who has been diagnosed by several doctors as suffering from severe mental illness.”

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