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  • Mississippi asks US Supreme Court to solve circuit court split with 15 week abortion case

    Mississippi asks US Supreme Court to solve circuit court split with 15 week abortion case CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- The Mississippi Attorney General on Thursday urged the US Supreme Court to hear a case regarding the state’s ban on most abortions from 15 weeks into pregnancy, citing a circuit split over a question raised in the suit.Lynn Fitch submitted a brief petitioning for writ of certiorari in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Oct. 22.“The circuit split...continues to grow,” she wrote, over the question “whether the validity of a pre-viability law that protects women’s health, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession and society should[…]

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  • Trump and Biden clash on immigration and coronavirus during final debate

    Trump and Biden clash on immigration and coronavirus during final debate Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- Immigration and the coronavirus pandemic took center stage on Thursday’s final debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, while issues like abortion and religious liberty were not up for discussion, as the candidates enter the final two weeks of the presidential campaign. The debate, hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, featured new rules designed to improve the flow of discussion. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the candidates were spread apart and had a plexiglass barrier in between them. The night started off with moderator Kristen Welker of NBC[…]

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  • Two more Swiss Guards test positive for the coronavirus

    Two more Swiss Guards test positive for the coronavirus Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Pontifical Swiss Guard announced Friday that two more of its members have tested positive for the coronavirus. The world’s smallest but oldest standing army said in a statement Oct. 23 that a total of 13 guards had now contracted the virus, following tests on every member of the corps. “No guards were hospitalized. Not all guards necessarily show symptoms such as fever, joint pain, coughing, and loss of sense of smell,” the unit said, adding that the guards’ health would continue to be monitored.“We hope for a prompt recovery so that the guards[…]

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  • Munich archdiocese: church tax income rises as record numbers depart

    Munich archdiocese: church tax income rises as record numbers depart Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising announced Friday that it received 665 million euros in income from the church tax last year, despite a record number of Catholics in the diocese formally leaving the Church.Official figures released Oct. 23 showed that the archdiocese’s total assets were around 3.6 billion euros ($4.26 billion). That is 114 million euros more than last year, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.In 2019, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, in southern Germany, received a total of 887 million euros, of which 665 million euros, roughly $787.8 million dollars,[…]

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  • Vatican extends plenary indulgence for the dead throughout November

    Vatican extends plenary indulgence for the dead throughout November Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Vatican has extended the availability of certain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory, amid concerns about avoiding large gatherings of people in churches or cemeteries and including those confined to home due to the pandemic.According to a decree Oct. 23, certain indulgenced acts, which can help to remit the temporal punishment due to sin for those who have died in a state of grace, can be obtained throughout the entire month of November 2020.The decree was signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary.In an interview with[…]

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  • Australian state police rule out probe into Vatican money transfers during Pell trial

    Australian state police rule out probe into Vatican money transfers during Pell trial CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Police in the Australian state of Victoria said Friday that they have no plans for a further investigation into reports of money transfers from the Vatican during the trial of Cardinal George Pell, while federal police have said the information they have received is under their review, and been shared with an anti-corruption commission. Victoria Police told journalists Oct. 23 that AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial intelligence agency, had shared information with the force regarding the transfers.“AUSTRAC has made Victoria police aware of transfer of monies from the Vatican over a period of time[…]

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  • Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis' words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footage

    Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis' words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footage Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 08:50 am (CNA).-  A Mexican broadcaster said Thursday that the Vatican held back footage from a 2019 interview that it conducted with Pope Francis, in which the pope called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. That footage appears in a documentary on Pope Francis released this week, but the Vatican has not yet explained the situation.A spokesman for Televisa told the Washington Post Oct. 22 that “Someone at the Vatican gave us the part that we did broadcast, and later they gave the rest of the material to someone else.”The[…]

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  • Report: Vatican requests evidence in Becciu embezzlement investigation

    Report: Vatican requests evidence in Becciu embezzlement investigation Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Vatican prosecutors have requested evidence from Rome in an ongoing investigation into allegations that Cardinal Angelo Becciu used Secretariat of State funds to help family members, according to an Italian newspaper.La Repubblica reported Friday that Vatican prosecutors have sent letters rogatory to Rome’s public prosecutor’s office as they investigate claims that Becciu used his position to give money to companies owned by several of his brothers. Letters rogatory are a formal request from courts in one country to the courts of another country for judicial assistance.The Italian cardinal has insisted that the[…]

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  • Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

    Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded to the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation on the mainland.“With the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] dictating all matters, Catholics in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] are facing serious challenges to their faith and conscience,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) said in a statement issued Oct. 22.The government statement indicated that Taiwan has not changed its position on the Holy See’s provisional agreement with the Chinese government, which has been extended for two more[…]

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  • Polish president Duda welcomes landmark abortion ruling

    Polish president Duda welcomes landmark abortion ruling CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Polish president Andrzej Duda welcomed a landmark court ruling on abortion Friday.He told the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna Oct. 23 that he supported the constitutional court’s verdict that a law permitting abortion for fetal abnormalities was unconstitutional.“I have said it many times and I have never concealed it, that abortion for so-called eugenic reasons should not be allowed in Poland. I believed and believe that every child has a right to life,” he said in an interview with the legal and business daily.Duda, who was reelected by a narrow margin in[…]

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