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Vatican Roundup

Pope
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 Vatican Pope Francis has created a new law that will regulate the judicial system of the Vatican City State. The new law, announced last week, will provide greater independence for the judiciary and simplify judicial processes. According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the new…

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Biden and Sanders eye up the Catholic vote

Letter from America Christopher White   One of the more intriguing events that takes place during the US presidential election cycle every four years is the annual Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, which has traditionally brought together the leading two contenders with the Archbishop of New York sandwiched in between them, responsible for keeping the…

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Peru Cardinal seeks dissolution of religious group

Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto believes the Soldalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV), a scandal-ridden religious lay group in the country, ought to be dissolved and says the Vatican feels the same way. In a recent interview, Barreto said: “My personal opinion, which I believe is shared by some, is that I insist that this religious organisation should…

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US Christian health groups ordered to cease plans

Two Christian groups in California have been ordered to shut down their cost-sharing health plans and cease conducting business by the State’s Department of Insurance. The State issued the Cease and Desist order against Aliera Healthcare, Inc. and Trinity Healthshares, Inc., on the grounds that the two faith-based cost-sharing health ministries are misleading consumers by…

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Australia High Court defers Cardinal’s final appeal

Cardinal George Pell has had his “leave to appeal” ruling deferred by the Australian High Court last week in what is a final attempt to have his conviction for sexual assault overturned. Pell was sentenced last year to six years in prison for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, while he was…

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Singapore restores public Masses and liturgical prayers

Singapore resumed public Masses and liturgical prayers at the weekend with government-issued directives and precautionary measures being taken. The Archdiocese of Singapore, who had previously suspended all Church programs in February, announced their plan to resume religious services on March 14 and 15 last week. The archdiocese said the resumption of public gatherings for the…

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In Brief

Church dismay at ‘neglected’ Indian schools report Church leaders in India have voiced concerns over a recent survey on education which found almost half of government-run schools have no electricity or playgrounds. In its report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) says 40% of government schools lack infrastructure – classrooms, libraries and…

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Vatican Roundup

Pope
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 East
 Timor
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 other
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 doubtful The Vatican representative to East Timor says a visit by Pope Francis to the region has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, with other possible trips likely to be scrapped as well. Msgr Marco Sprizzi, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, told reporters in Dili that…

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