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    Pope trip to Congo won't happen until after elections, says Vatican ambassador

    Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor, the papal nuncio to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says there is a danger that if Pope Francis visits the country before elections are organized, politicians could use the visit to score political points. He also called the Congo a “predatory state” where politicians are more concerned about amassing wealth than taking care of the needs of the people.

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    Up and down Latin America, it's been a busy week in Catholic news

    Although the Church in Latin America, just like the rest of the developed world, seems to be losing both numbers and its hold on national affairs steadily with every year that passes, it's still the most Catholic zone on the global map, and there's never any shortage of Church happenings "south of the border." Here's a round-up of what's been going on lately in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.

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    Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl 'false and ridiculous'

    Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, known for his role in the "Vatileaks 2.0" affair, published a purported bombshell document on Monday allegedly showing the Vatican spent a half-billion lira between 1983 and 1997 on a 15-year-old girl and daughter of a Vatican bank employee who vanished -- but the catch is, right now there's no way of knowing if the document is real or a fake.

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  • UN says hunger on the rise for first time in a decade

    UN says hunger on the rise for first time in a decade

    • September 18, 2017

    After a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization found that global hunger is increasing for the first time in a decade, Monsignor Fernando Chica, the Holy See’s observer to the UN agency, called the results a “defeat for humanity,” and said the findings represent a global “call to solidarity.”

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  • Cardinal Gracias: Curial reform is nearing the ‘end of the tunnel’
    Cardinal Gracias: Curial reform is nearing the ‘end of the tunnel’
    • September 19, 2017

    Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals tasked with reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, says that more than anything, there is a change in mentality that’s needed, which will take longer than simply reforming the Vatican’s structures, he said, but said the group is “rather confident that it will happen because the pope is giving very effective leadership.”


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