Pakistani bishops say more help needed after deadly flooding

Three bishops of Pakistan dioceses most affected by recent deadly monsoon flooding appealed for more funding for emergency food, repairing damaged homes and providing medical needs for the worst-hit victims in their provinces. The South Asian country has been hit hard by record floods caused by monsoon rains and glacial melting since the rainy season…

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Cuban dictatorship expels Jesuit’s superior The Cuban dictatorship has expelled Fr David Pantaleón, who served as superior of the Jesuits, from the island by not renewing his residency permit. “On the morning of Tuesday, September 13, Fr David Pantaleón, superior of the Jesuits in Cuba, left the island because his residency permit was not renewed,”…

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US court’s blocking transgender mandate a ‘victory’

A unanimous ruling by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans blocking the Biden administration’s transgender mandate “is a major victory for conscience rights and compassionate medical care in America,” said the attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the case. “Doctors cannot do their jobs and comply with the Hippocratic oath if…

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Myanmar’s soldiers lay land mines around church

Soldiers in Myanmar used a Catholic church as a kitchen and laid mines around the building, Church sources told ucanews.com. A video posted by local defence forces showed dirty floors and pews covered with dust along with cooking pots and military uniforms inside Mother of God Church in Mobye, in Shan state. The video went…

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State neglecting nature of Ireland’s homelessness, says report

Staff reporter The Irish State’s definition of homelessness is not fully responding to its true nature and “neglecting” hidden homelessness, a report has stated. The report, published by Focus Ireland, found that homelessness focused on people sleeping rough and the number and duration of stays in emergency accommodation. In the report, a group of international…

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Family News

Cravings for fatty foods traced to gut-brain connection New research investigating the source of our appetites has uncovered an entirely new connection between the gut and the brain that drives our desire for fat. At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, scientists studying mice found that fat entering the intestines triggers a signal. Conducted along nerves to the…

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UN human rights report on Nicaragua cites ‘attacks on Church’

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released a report September 13 that condemned the regime of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, citing a “deterioration of the human rights situation”. The report included a compilation of recent incidents in which the Nicaraguan government has attacked and repressed the Catholic Church. President…

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Vatican Roundup

Holy See and Kazakhstan strengthen collaboration On Wednesday, 14 September, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the capital Nur-Sultan, an agreement was signed between the Holy See and the Republic of Kazakhstan. A statement from the Holy See Press Office said that the agreement was signed on behalf of the Holy…

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