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Cape Verde's president meets with Pope (Vatican Press Office (Italian))

Located in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa, the nation of 570,000 (map) is 77% Catholic and 5% Protestant.

Jury orders pro-lifer to pay Planned Parenthood $870,000 for undercover videos (

A California court ordered David Daleiden to pay for damages due to Planned Parenthood when he exposed the organization’s involvement in the sale of fetal body parts. Judge William Orrick—who refused to disqualify himself from the case despite several defense pleas—had ordered the guilty verdict. “While top Planned Parenthood witnesses spent six weeks testifying under oath that the undercover videos are true and Planned Parenthood sold fetal organs on a quid pro quo basis, a biased judge with close Planned Parenthood ties spent six weeks trying to influence the jury with pre-determined rulings and suppressed the video evidence,” said Daleiden.“ The pro-life activist will appeal the verdict.

Pope Francis: 'Move the deacons away from the altar' (Vatican News)

In an address to participants in a Vatican conference on the laity’s identity and mission, Pope Francis extemporaneously “warned against the danger of what he termed as ‘clericalizing the laity,’” according to Vatican News. “Sometimes, he said, permanent deacons, who are to be the custodians of service in dioceses, soon find themselves ‘looking at the altar’ and end up as ‘wannabe priests.’ Work with the laity but don’t clericalize them, the Pope said. ‘Move the deacons away from the altar … They are the custodians of service, not first-class altar boys or second-class priests.’”

As Vatican children's hospital celebrates 150th anniversary, Pope blesses hands of doctors, nurses (Vatican News)

Pope Francis spoke of the “moral authority of sick and suffering children” during his audience with persons associated with the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital (video).

Jesuit martyr beatified in Ecuador (Zenit)

Blessed Emilio Moscoso was martyred during the Revolution of 1895.

Sexually abused as a child, Minnesota diocese's judicial vicar feels revictimized by attorney's disclosure (Duluth News-Tribune)

In 1993, Father Joseph Richards, who was abused by an uncle, had a conversation with his bishop in which he “admitted to inappropriately touching a 5-year-old when he was 14,” according to the report. Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, who is under Vatican investigation for his handling of an abuse allegation, said he has no plans to remove the priest from ministry; parishioners interviewed in the article support the priest as well.

Pope blesses palace given to homeless on the doorstep of the Vatican (Crux)

“I asked a construction company to let the homeless workers do the renovation,” said Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner. “They agreed a bit hesitantly but then they were so happy with their work, they decided to hire those people.”

Experienced Vatican diplomat named new nuncio at United Nations (Holy See Mission)

Following the conclusion of Archbishop Bernardito Auza’s five-year term, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia as apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. The 61-year-old Milan priest was a leading official of the Secretariat of State (Assessor for General Affairs, 2002-09) before becoming apostolic nuncio to Lebanon (2009-17) and the Philippines (2017-19).

Pope rips 'idolatry of the market,' weighs Catechism change for 'ecological sin' (Vatican Press Office)

“It is no coincidence that sometimes emblems and actions typical of Nazism reappear,” the Pope told members of the International Association of Penal Law. The Pope referred to Nazi “persecution of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation” as “the quintessential negative model of the culture of rejection and hatred.”
In the same address the Pontiff said that he is considering the addition of a new item to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, citing “the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home.”

Jesus warns us against haste, self-centeredness, Pope preaches on World Day of the Poor (Vatican Press Office)

“The poor person who begs for my love leads me straight to God,” Pope Francis preached during the Mass for the World Day of the Poor (video, booklet). “The poor facilitate our access to heaven: this is why the sense of the faith of God’s People has viewed them as the gatekeepers of heaven. Even now, they are our treasure, the treasure of the Church.”