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Pope Appoints New Secretary General for Vatican City State Governorate (5846)

Legionary of Christ Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga will serve in the No. 2 administrator post under Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

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Palace of the Governorate in Vatican City

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VATICAN — Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican city state.

The position is the Vatican’s No. 2 administrator, and it was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura.

Father Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City governorate, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

Vérgez was previously the director of the Vatican’s papal telecommunications office for five years prior to his new appointment.

He has not been appointed as a titular bishop, which is customary for the position, possibly signaling a new...READ MORE

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Philippines Campaign Seeks to Help Typhoon Victims (4883)

Earlier this month, Manila and surrounding areas were devastated by severe flooding caused by a powerful typhoon, which intensified the effects of the area’s monsoon rains.

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MANILA — The Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines have organized a campaign to assist the nearly 1 million people in Manila and various provinces on Luzon Island affected by recent storms.

Earlier this month, Manila and surrounding areas were devastated by severe flooding caused by a powerful typhoon, which intensified the effects of the area’s monsoon rains.

Last week, it was reported by local authorities that roughly 60% of the capital was submerged, with more than 300,000 people affected by the flooding.

The campaign initiated by the Recollects, “One Heart,” began its efforts on the feast of St. Augustine.

The provincial of the Recollects in Manila, Fray Lauro Larlar,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Praises 'Month of Martyrs' in Korea (4430)

The Church in Korea remembers 8,000 Catholics killed for faith in Jesus Christ in the 19th century alone.

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Statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon at the shrine of the Korean martyrs in Seoul.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis sent a message today to Church leaders in South Korea praising their decision to proclaim September as the “Month of Martyrs.”

“The Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed the month of September 2013 the ‘Month of Martyrs’ in commemoration of those who laid down their lives for the Gospel in Korea,” said an Aug. 29 statement from the Vatican.

“His Holiness trusts that all who participate in pilgrimages during this month, aided by the prayers and example of the martyrs, will deepen their communion with the Lord Jesus Christ, who laid down his life,” stated the message, which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State...READ MORE

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Charity 5K Takes on New Meaning as Family Preps for Adoption (6171)

The Little Flowers Virtual 5K run inspires its founders to adopt a child of their own.

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WASHINGTON — The organizer behind a charitable run to raise funds for orphans in China says the event has special meaning this year as her family is in the midst of adopting a child of their own.

“God has really opened a lot of doors and moved the process forward for us,” Katie Murphy, founder of the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K, told CNA. “The run has been a big blessing for us and even for our kids.”

When Murphy organized the race last year, it was to help support and raise awareness of the world’s 147 million orphans. At that time, she and her husband, Peter, had begun researching adoption for themselves after learning that they may no longer be able to have children.


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Bishop Morlino Highlights Link Between Religious Liberty and Natural Law (3911)

‘Catholics don’t observe the natural law because we’re Catholic; Catholics observe the natural law because it is true,’ the shepherd of Madison, Wis., said.

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wis., implored Catholics to speak up for religious freedom and for truth after explaining the link between the two at a lecture in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 23.

“Freedom of religion is the most basic of all the human rights, because the other human rights are limited to matters of time,” he said in a talk at the Institute of Catholic Culture. “Freedom of religion relates to my eternal salvation: whether I’m free to achieve that, by God’s grace, or not. There’s nothing more important than that.”

Bishop Morlino spoke on Dignitatis Humanae, the Vatican II declaration outlining the Church’s relationships to states and the proper...READ MORE

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Vietnam War Hero and U.S. Military Chaplain Father Vincent Capodanno Remembered (8751)


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Maryknoll Father Vincent Capodanno

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On April 11, the nation witnessed an extraordinary event in the East Room of the White House. President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, to the nephew of a deceased Catholic priest, U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun, for his uncle’s heroic service and death in the Korean War.

Next week, the Archdiocese for the Military Services will honor another Catholic priest who has earned the Medal of Honor. Vietnam War hero and U.S. Navy chaplain and Maryknoll Father Vincent Capodanno will be remembered in a Sept. 4 Mass for the repose of his soul at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

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Pope Francis Tells Augustinian Order to Be ʻRestlessʼ in Love (3289)

The Holy Father asks them to imitate St. Augustineʼs zeal to never cease ʻevangelizing with courage, without fear.ʼ

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VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis asked members of the Order of St. Augustine gathered in Rome for the opening Mass of their worldwide meeting to be restless in continuing to seek the well-being of other people.

“Restlessness is also love, always seeking the good of others, of loved ones, with that intensity that also leads to tears,” Pope Francis said Aug. 28 at the Basilica of St. Augustine.

“The restlessness of love always encourages us to reach out to the other, without waiting for the other to express his needs,” he added.

Pope Francis presided over the Eucharistic celebration to launch the general chapter of the Augustinian order, which takes place every six years. The Augustinian...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and Jordan's King Urge Dialogue to End Syria Civil War (5327)

The Holy Father urged support for 'fruitful dialogue.'

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Pope Francis welcomes Jordan's King Abdullah II on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Aug. 29.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the brutal conflict in Syria at a time when Western nations are considering military action.

The Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and negotiation between all groups in Syrian society, reported L’Osservatore Romano. The meeting between the Pope and Jordan's royals concluded that, with the international community’s support, this dialogue is the only option to end the conflict.

Pope Francis’ discussion with King Abdullah and Queen Rania also covered other concerns in the Middle East, focusing in particular on restarting negotiations between...READ MORE

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