October 6, 2019: APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE CALL TO HOLINESS IN TODAY’S WORLD

http://m.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20180319_gaudete-et-exsultate.html

October 5, 2019: Newborns’ removal after refusal of optional shot raises parental rights concerns

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/newborns-removal-after-refusal-of-optional-shot-raises-parental-rights-concerns-11090 for medical perspective, see: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vitamink/faqs.html

October 2, 2019: Remarks by Secretary Pompeo at the Holy See Symposium on Working with Faith-Based Organizations: “Human Dignity and Faith in Free Societies”

https://va.usembassy.gov/remarks-by-secretary-pompeo-on-working-with-faith-based-organizations-human-dignity-and-faith-in-free-societies/ and see a video of comments by Cardinal Parolin, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Gingrich at

September 18, 2019: Benedict XVI provokes critics of his April essay on clerical sex abuse

https://international.la-croix.com/news/benedict-xvi-provokes-critics-of-his-april-essay-on-clerical-sex-abuse/10860 Benedict XVI has ignited new controversy by issuing a stinging response to critics of an essay in which he blamed the 1968 Movement for triggering the clerical sexual abuse of minors. The 92-year-old retired pope originally put forth his thesis with the 6,000-word article “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse”, published last April in […]

September 13, 2019: Vatican: German Synod Plans ‘Not Ecclesiologically Valid’

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vatican-german-synod-plans-not-ecclesiologically-valid In a letter sent to German bishops last week, the Vatican has said that plans for a binding Church synod in Germany are “not ecclesiologically valid.”  Plans for a “binding synodal process” were first announced by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German episcopal conference, earlier this year.  CNA reported last week that draft […]

September 13, 2019: German bishops respond to Vatican intervention, but documents indicate ongoing disagreement

ohttps://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/german-bishops-respond-to-vatican-intervention-but-documents-indicate-ongoing-disagreement-11033 The German bishops’ conference has responded to the Vatican’s intervention in preparations for a binding synodal process to be held in that country beginning in Advent. The conference said Friday that detailed criticisms from the Vatican’s legal department concerned older draft documents, and did not take into account changes made to the German plans. […]

September 11, 2019 – Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider Announce Crusade of Prayer and Fasting

Citing “serious theological errors and heresies” in the Amazon Synod’s working document, they call on the faithful to pray and fast for 40 days to prevent such errors being approved.

July 30, 2019 – Francis deplores prostitution as a ‘disease of humanity’

Ohttps://international.la-croix.com/news/francis-deplores-prostitution-as-a-disease-of-humanity/10620?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_content=30-07-2019&utm_campaign=newsletter_crx_lci&PMID=a38f1b6bedbc0736b1119886df78705f ‘Any form of prostitution is a reduction into slavery, a criminal act, a disgusting vice that confuses love-making with venting one’s instincts.’

June 26, 2019 – Christian girls continue to be abducted. The latest case involves a 14-year-old in Lahore converted under threat

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-girls-continue-to-be-abducted.-The-latest-case-involves-a-14-year-old-in-Lahore-converted-under-threat-47615.html Benish Imran was kidnapped by a man who then forced her to embrace Islam. In court, she said she was 19 and had married of her own free will. The association that follows the case complains of dozens of similar episodes.

June 21, 2019: UN Day marks victory for religious freedom

https://www.catholicregister.org/home/international/item/29774-un-day-marks-victory-for-religious-freedom?utm_source=ADF+International+Alliance+Alert+Subscribers&utm_campaign=28be885019-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_30_09_41_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d877f2b466-28be885019-92538885&mc_cid=28be885019&mc_eid=749ce7a1dd OTTAWA — Getting the United Nations and the European Union to acknowledge the persecution of Christians is an ongoing challenge, but there are signs of progress, says Marcela Szymanski, a lobbyist for Aid to the Church in Need. One positive step was taken May 29 with a United Nations resolution to make Aug. 22 the […]