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Church’s Catholicity Embraces All of Humanity, Pope Affirms (2272)

The Holy Father explained that the universal identity of the Church can be understood in many ways.

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Andreas Dueren

– Andreas Dueren

VATICAN CITY — During his weekly general audience Pope Francis explored the different elements of what makes the Church catholic, reflecting on why we call ourselves by that name.

“Dear brothers and sisters: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is ‘catholic;’ in other words, she is universal,” the Pope said during his Oct. 9 audience in a rainy St. Peter’s Square.

He told the thousands of pilgrims present that the Catholic identity of the Church can be understood in many ways, first of all because “she proclaims the apostolic faith in its entirety.”

“She is the place where we meet Christ in his sacraments and receive the spiritual gifts needed to grow in holiness together with...READ MORE

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Vatican’s Financial-Transparency Law Enacted (2912)

The measure is meant to conform with international guidelines on money laundering and financing of terrorism.

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VATICAN CITY — A new law governing financial transparency, supervision and information-sharing within the Vatican came into effect Oct. 8, the Vatican has announced.

The Holy See Press Office said in a communiqué Oct. 9 that the new norm, Law XVIII, “strengthens the current internal system for the prevention and countering of money laundering and the financing of terrorism, in conformity with international guidelines.”

It marks the latest development in efforts by both Pope Francis and, up until his retirement, Benedict XVI to reform the financial system of Vatican City and the Holy See.

Law XVIII implements Pope Francis’ motu proprio of Aug. 8, which called for a broadening of...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley Calls Christians to Open Hearts to Life (3049)

‘We are called to promote a culture of life where people are more important than possessions,’ the cardinal stresses in a Respect Life Month video.

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Cardinal Séan O'Malley of Boston

WASHINGTON — A year-long initiative from the U.S. bishops is calling the faithful to respond to the needs of the unborn, supporting life in its most vulnerable stages.

“We are called to love and respect one another as Christ does,” said Cardinal Séan O’Malley of Boston, who heads the pro-life committee for the U.S. bishops’ conference, in an Oct. 4 video.

In the video, he delivered a message for Respect Life Sunday, which took place this year on Oct. 6 in dioceses across the country.

Respect Life Sunday kicks off Respect Life Month, the cardinal explained, as well as “a full year of programs devoted to promoting and upholding the dignity of every person’s life, from the first moment...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Heads Into a New Term (3599)

Abortion, public prayer and HHS mandate cases are under review.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is diving into a new term, with several cases threatening court precedents dealing with abortion and public prayer.

Church leaders and religious-freedom advocates are also waiting to see whether the high court will agree to hear one or more appeals in legal challenges to the Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate filed by for-profit employers who oppose the federal law on moral grounds.

While the justices are not slated to hear blockbuster cases like recent challenges to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, or the federal Defense of Marriage Act, The Washington Post noted that the high court has increasingly become the “uneasy...READ MORE

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Victims of Sex Trafficking ‘Need the Body of Christ,’ Says Advocate (3582)

Candace Wheeler of Restoration Ministries says only the Church can bring Christ’s love and needed support to women and girls written off by society as ‘throwaways.’

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George Hodan

– George Hodan

WASHINGTON — Although largely unrecognized, sex trafficking in the United States, especially of young girls, is a serious problem, and its victims need the loving support that Christ’s Church can give, says the head of a ministry based in the nation’s capital.

“We need to get people to pay attention to the plight of American girls,” said Candace Wheeler, founder of the Washington-based Restoration Ministries, which seeks to bring Christ’s love and aid to victims of sex trafficking.

“These girls need the body of Christ, and the body of Christ needs them,” Wheeler said.

According to the Department of Justice, 82% of U.S. human trafficking reported between January 2008 and June 2010...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities Rejects Restaurant’s Donation Over Burger Blasphemy (17680)

Chicago restaurant Kuma’s Corner put an unconsecrated host on its new ‘ghost burger’ to honor a heavy-metal band.

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CHICAGO — Catholic Charities of Chicago has rejected a $1,500 donation from a local restaurant, which drew offense by releasing a burger topped with an unconsecrated host.

On Oct. 1, Kuma’s Corner announced its new “ghost burger,” a cheeseburger topped with a red-wine reduction and an unconsecrated “communion-wafer garnish,” which the restaurant parenthetically described as the body and blood of Christ.

The blasphemous burger was created as a tribute to a Swedish band called “Ghost B.C.” that is currently touring. The band is known for its Satanic lyrics and themes. Its lead singer dresses as a clergy member with skull face paint, and other band members wear distorted religious...READ MORE

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Familyʼs Donation Reopens Parish Closed for 30 Years (5341)

The owner of the company that restored the church said bringing it back was 'important for the self-esteem of the town.'

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Church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian in Ansoain

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MADRID — Thanks to the donation of a local family, Sts. Cosmas and Damian parish in the Spanish town of Ansoáin was reopened to the public recently, after having closed its doors 30 years ago.

On Sept. 30, Bishop Juan Aznárez Cobo, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Pamplona and Tudela, said Mass at the parish to reopen it. The date was chosen because of its proximity to the Sept. 27 feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, the patrons of Ansoáin.

Ansoáin is a suburb of Pamplona, in the Navarre region. The reopening of the parish came through a donation from Felisa Sarasibar Esquiroz and her family, according to the local Diario de Navarra.

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‘Bergoglio’s List’: Author Says Pope Rescued Hundreds From Military Dictatorship (2697)

A new book recounts the Holy Father’s efforts to spare those targeted in the 1970s by Argentina’s military dictatorship.

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ROME — Italian journalist Nello Scavo has released a book entitled Bergoglio’s List, recounting the efforts of Pope Francis to help hundreds escape persecution by Argentina’s military dictatorship.

Scavo told CNA that his book was based on interviews with numerous eyewitnesses and on testimonies reconstructed after thorough research in Argentina.  

“From all these stories emerges a list of persons saved by [then-Father] Bergoglio, which, by conservative estimates, includes more than 100 people.”

During much of the 1970s, Argentina was ruled by a right-wing military government, which “disappeared” thousands of left-wing activists and militants, accusing them of communism.

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