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Pope Francis: Catholic healthcare is called to bear witness to human dignity

Pope Francis greets members of the Biomedical University Foundation of the Biomedical Campus University, at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Oct. 18, 2021. / Vatican Media.Vatican City, Oct 18, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).On the feast of the patron saint of doctors, Pope Francis said that Catholic healthcare is called to bear witness to human dignity amid a throwaway culture. "There are no lives that are unworthy or to be discarded because they do not respond to the criterion of utility or to the demands of profit," Pope Francis said on Oct. 18.Vatican Media."We are experiencing a true throwaway culture; this is a bit like the air we breathe and we must react against this throwaway culture."In an audience with medical professionals on the feast of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians, the pope said that every healthcare facility, especially those with a Christian foundation, should be a place where it is possible to say: "Here you can experience the healing effects of human dignity....

Pope Francis names USCCB evangelization chair as new bishop of Crookston diocese

Bishop Andrew Cozzens. / Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit.Vatican City, Oct 18, 2021 / 06:20 am (CNA).Pope Francis on Monday named the chair of the US bishops' evangelization committee as the new bishop of Crookston, Minnesota.The pope appointed Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens, the 53-year-old auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, to the post that had remained vacant since Bishop Michael Hoeppner resigned on April 13.Hoeppner, who had led Crookston diocese since 2007, was the first U.S. bishop to be investigated under Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis' 2019 norms on investigating bishops accused of mishandling or obstructing allegations of clerical sexual abuse.Cozzens said: "I am humbled and honored to be asked by the Holy Father to be the next Shepherd of the Diocese of Crookston. I look forward to getting to know the priests, deacons, consecrated religious and many faithful laity of the diocese." "I pray that together we can grow to be Christ's faithful ...

??Bible, Quran apps removed from Apple app store for China, legal pressure cited

null / Aozora21/Shutterstock.Denver Newsroom, Oct 18, 2021 / 18:00 pm (CNA).Under pressure from Chinese law, a digital Bible company has removed its app from Apple's app store offerings in China while Apple itself has removed a Quran app from its China store at the request of Chinese officials."Olive Tree Bible Software was informed during the App Store review process that we are required to provide a permit demonstrating our authorization to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China," the company told BBC News."Since we did not have the permit and needed to get our app update approved and out to customers, we removed our Bible app from China's App Store," it said.Olive Tree Bible Software's work on digital versions of Bibles dates back decades. Its founder Drew Haninger developed Bible programs for the Palm Pilot and other early mobile devices in the late 1990s. It provides various translations of the Bible as well. The Spokane-based company's website li...

Senate committee proposes rollback of pro-life policies

Aug. 17 rally in support of the Hyde amendment in Raleigh, North Carolina / Erin Paré/TwitterWashington D.C., Oct 18, 2021 / 17:30 pm (CNA).A Senate committee introduced nine budget bills on Monday that would roll back several pro-life policies, allowing for domestic funding of abortions and funding of international pro-abortion groups.As part of the appropriations process for the 2022 fiscal year, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday released nine bills allocating funding to various federal agencies and programs. The proposals exclude or permanently repeal several pro-life policies, including the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions in Medicaid.The amendment, first passed in 1976, has to be attached to appropriations bills each year to become law. Democratic leaders, including President Joe Biden, have targeted the policy for repeal this year, and House in July passed appropriations bills without the policy included.Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), s...

St José Sánchez del Río's witness highlighted at Mexican Martyrs Shrine statue dedication

St. Jose Sanchez del Rio banner in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 16, 2016. / Martha Calderon / CNA.Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 18, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).At the dedication of the statue of Saint José Sánchez del Río at Guadalajara's Martyrs Shrine, the city's archbishop highlighted the saint's witness and encouraged young people to be inspired by his life.St. José Sánchez del Río was born in Sahuayo de Morelos, Mexico in 1913. He was a Cristero. At the age of 14 he was tortured and put to death by government officials when he refused to renounce the faith.A 5.5 foot statue of the saint, made by Carlos Espino, was dedicated at the shrine in Guadalajara during an Oct. 12 Mass.During the Mass, Jose Francisco Cardinal Robles Ortega, encouraged those who are younger to look to "the witness and example of Saint José Sánchez. Read his biography, meditate on it, share it, and see that despite his few years of experience, the full and total meaning of life can be found."The cardinal stressed...

Toledo archbishop asks forgiveness for 'negligence' after filming of music video in cathedral

Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, Spain. / Nikthestunned via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)Toledo, Spain, Oct 18, 2021 / 16:19 pm (CNA).Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo carried out a penitential act Sunday at the city's cathedral, after the filming of a music video which includes sensual dance scenes within the church.The penitential act took place in the Toledo Cathedral Oct. 17 at the beginning of the opening of the diocesan phase of the synodal assembly convened by Pope Francis. The  archbishop asked for forgiveness for "negligence in the care and respect for the church."Spanish rapper C. Tangana released a music video for his song "Ateo" (Atheist) Oct. 7, made with Argentine singer Nathy Peluso. In the video, both perform sensual and provocative dances inside the cathedral.Archbishop Cerro also referenced to "the abuse of vulnerable people" and "the sins against unity and communion in the Church, due to destructive, intentional or thoughtless and superficial criticism."I...

PHOTOS: Pope Francis ordains Msgr. Guido Marini a bishop in St. Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of Guido Marini during his episcopal consecration in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 17, 2021 / Daniel Ibanez/EWTN/Vatican PoolVatican City, Oct 17, 2021 / 05:21 am (CNA).On Sunday, Pope Francis consecrated two new bishops for the Catholic Church in St. Peter's Basilica: Bishop Guido Marini of Tortona, Italy, and Bishop Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira, secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy.During the Mass, Pope Francis reminded the bishops-elect to always be close to God, their brother bishops, priests, and the People of God.Two of the most important things a Catholic bishop must do are pray and announce the Gospel, the pope said in impromptu comments during the homily Oct. 17."The first task of the bishop is to pray," he said, "and not like a parrot, to pray with the heart, to pray."Do not make excuses about not having time to pray, he added. "Remove the other things, because praying is the bishop's first duty."Pope Francis also advi...

Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?

Mother Teresa. / India 7 Network via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).Vatican City, Oct 17, 2021 / 09:42 am (CNA).Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.It wasn't until after her death, for the vast majority of people, that this part of Mother Teresa's spiritual life was uncovered. “It was a big discovery,” Missionary of Charity priest, Fr. Vazhakala told CNA.  When Mother Teresa's cause for canonization was opened, just two years after her death in 1997, documents were found in the archives of the Jesuits in Calcutta, with the spiritual director and another of Mother Teresa's close priest friends, and in the office of the bishop, containing her accounts of the communications.Fr. Vazhakala, who co-founded the contemplative branch of the Missionaries of Charity alongside Mother Teresa, said he has a document handwritten b...

American missionaries reported abducted in Haiti

null / ContentForAll/ShutterstockWashington D.C., Oct 17, 2021 / 11:55 am (CNA).A group of 17 missionaries and family members were abducted in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported. The missionaries were part of Christian Aid Ministries, based in Ohio, and were kidnapped while visiting an orphanage.In an update posted to its website on Sunday afternoon, Christian Aid Ministries asked for prayers for a "resolution." It said the group included five men, seven women, and five children; nearly all of those abducted were U.S. citizens, with one Canadian citizen in the group."As an organization, we commit this situation to God and trust Him to see us through. May the Lord Jesus be magnified and many more people come to know His love and salvation," the group stated.A person familiar with the situation said one of those abducted sent a message via WhatsApp, the Washington Post reported. "Please pray for us!! We are being held hostage, they kidnapped our driver. Pray pray...

Texas abortion law survives injunction effort; Supreme Court challenge next

The Texas capitol. / f11photo/ShutterstockDenver Newsroom, Oct 15, 2021 / 18:12 pm (CNA).A federal appeals court has allowed a heartbeat-based Texas ban on abortion to remain in effect, rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to reinstate an injunction. Biden administration officials have pledged to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction.A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Oct. 14 ruled 2-1 that the Texas Heartbeat Act, Senate Bill 8, may continue. Their decision follows a temporary ruling last week that overturned an injunction against the law.Texas' law, which is designed to be enforced through private lawsuits, prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks gestation, except in medical emergencies.The law allows for awards of at least $10,000 for successful lawsuits against those who perform or "aid and abet" illegal abortions. Women seeking abortions cannot be sued under the law, which ...

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The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.

Luke 10:1-2






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