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Anglican primate calls for release of Boko Haram kidnapping victim (Archbishop of Canterbury)

Leah Sharibu, 16, was among the 110 Christian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from her school in Dapchi, Nigeria, in 2018. She is the last of the girls still in captivity, and her mother traveled to Great Britain to plead for assistance in obtaining Leah’s release.

Wuhan coronavirus hospital was originally Franciscan (Order of Friars Minor)

“One of the first designated hospitals to treat the coronavirus epidemic” was named for a slain Franciscan friar when it was established in 1926, according to the Franciscan order. “By 1949, there were 150 beds, two clinics, 20 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Doctrine, and 7 nurses. In 1952, when all missionaries were expelled, the hospital was confiscated and was renamed … The Franciscan missionary presence also awaits the opportunity to continue where it left off.”

Florida diocese declares 'Safe Haven Sunday' to focus on harms of pornography (CNS)

Bishop Gregory Parkes of St. Petersburg has set aside February 23 to address “the pervasive problem of pornography and its devastating effects on marriages and families.”

In weekday Mass homily, Pope offers 3 steps to knowing Jesus (Vatican News)

At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on February 20, Pope Francis preached on Mark 8:27-33, the Gospel reading of the day.

Coronavirus prompts Korean archbishop to cancel Ash Wednesday services (UCANews)

Archbishop Thaddeus Cho Hwan-Kii of Daegu, Korea, has announced that Ash Wednesday services will be cancelled because of the threat of the coronavirus. The archbishop directed that for three weeks, there are to be no public gatherings—including Masses—at churches in his jurisdiction.

Bishops encourage government talks with separatists in Cameroon (Fides)

A group of 16 Catholic bishops has written to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, urging him to join in peace talks designed to resolve violence in the African country. The bishops recommend that the proposed talks, to be held under Swiss mediation, include “Anglophone armed-separatist groups and non-violent civil society leaders.”

Pope advanced cause of married priests, Argentine archbishop claims (LifeSite News)

An Argentine prelate has argued that Pope Francis advanced the campaign for married priests in Querida Amazonia, even though the topic was not mentioned in the papal document. Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez explained that the Pope wants the faithful in the Amazon region to set their own standards. While the archbishop’s interpretation clashes with most readings of the apostolic exhortation, it is significant because Archbishop Fernandez is a close ally of Pope Francis, and because his essay appeared in the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Higher cancer rates found among promiscuous (LifeSite News)

A new scientific study has found that women who have more than 10 sexual partners in their lifetime have a 91% greater risk of contracting cancer than women with only one partner. Men with 10 or more partners had a 64% greater risk.

Portuguese lawmakers approve assisted suicide (AP)

Portuguese legislators have approved a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide. With the vote, Portugal will join Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and some US states in providing for legal euthanasia. The bill stipulates that assisted suicide will be legally available only to Portuguese citizens.

Australian archbishop in Rome to discuss legal challenge to confessional seal (Catholic Leader)

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane is in Rome this week for talks with Vatican officials, as the Australian hierarchy plans a response to a new law that requires priests in Victoria to report evidence of child-abuse, even if it is heard in a sacramental confession. The archbishop said that he would also speak with Vatican officials about the status of Cardinal George Pell, whose appeal of a sex-abuse conviction will be heard by Australia’s top court in March.