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    After murder of Maltese journalist, can Church lead push for reform?

    With a total population of just about 445,000 people, Malta is one of the world's smallest sovereign nations, but both historically and today it's punched well above its weight in Church affairs. In the wake of Monday's shocking murder of an anti-corruption journalist, the Church there under Archbishop Charles Scicluna may be ideally positioned to inspire and sustain a serious push for reform.

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    Latest numbers confirm global south as new Catholic center of gravity

    New Catholic population numbers released in advance of today's 91st World Mission Day confirm that the southern hemisphere, containing most of the so-called "developing world," has become the new demographic center of gravity of the Church. Today more than two-thirds of all Catholics live outside the West, and that share is growing all the time.

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    Sudan's St. Josephine Bakhita captures Church's capacity for witness

    The life of St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan is one example of the Church’s immense capacity for witness in our world today and of her ability to offer a beneficial contribution to humanity’s struggle with darkness and hopelessness. She can become the source of living lessons to humanity about human dignity, goodness, hope and joy.

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  • Pope decries ‘eugenic tendency’ to eradicate people with disabilities

    Pope decries ‘eugenic tendency’ to eradicate people with disabilities

    • October 21, 2017

    Pope Francis said Saturday that a “eugenic tendency” to suppress the “unborn with some imperfection” is the product of a “narcissistic and utilitarian vision.” A mentality of “rejection” prevails, as if people with disabilities weren’t capable of being happy, the pontiff said, addressing participants at an international conference on catechesis for people with disabilities.

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  • Signs of the Spirit: App teaches blessings, how to pray in ASL
    Signs of the Spirit: App teaches blessings, how to pray in ASL
    • October 21, 2017

    Sister Kathleen Schipani says that while there are apps for learning ASL, there is nothing dedicated to religious terms, daily devotions or prayers of blessing, love, thanks and praise. The app meant to fill that gap is called, “Religious Signs for Families,” and will be available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play in early November.

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