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    Book says businesspeople are fascinated, bewildered by Pope Francis

    Father Martin Schlag says Pope Francis's focus on the good entrepreneur rather than the state makes him a natural ally of authentic U.S. capitalism. Schlag says the pope teaches "everyone in society has to work towards helping the poor, lifting them up — and therefore he is for the good entrepreneur, the good individual who creates work."

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    Church in Kenya accuses NGO of giving girls contraception without parents' consent

    Students at a Catholic high school in Kenya claim a pro-abortion NGO implanted several students with the Norplant contraceptive device during a presentation that was supposed to be on health awareness. The local diocese says it is demanding answers to find out exactly what happened.

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    Expert says on liturgy, Pope isn't settling scores but harvesting fruits

    A former executive director of the U.S. bishops' department on liturgy said Monday that by taking primary control over the translation of liturgical texts away from the Vatican and restoring it to local bishops' conferences, Pope Francis is doing more than settling historical scores from two decades ago. He is trying to "integrate" the Church's experience since Vatican II "and really balance everything."

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    • October 22, 2017

    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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    • 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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  • Pope tells Sarah power is indeed shifting from Rome to the bishops
    Pope tells Sarah power is indeed shifting from Rome to the bishops
    • October 22, 2017

    In a rare move, Pope Francis has issued a public letter to one of his own cardinals correcting his interpretation of one of the pontiff’s decisions. In a missive dated Oct. 15, Francis tells Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, head of the Vatican’s liturgical department, that the pope’s recent document ‘Magnum Principium’ does indeed mean a power shift away from Rome and toward local bishops’ conferences.

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    • October 22, 2017

    With a rising homeless population in the city of Los Angeles, the Catholic Church is joining with other religious groups and the city government to try to ameliorate the situation. “We want to promote greater cooperation among religions in addressing a serious challenge that our whole community faces,” Father James L. Heft, founder and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC.

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