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Counter resignation and evil with ethics and passion
VATICAN (CNS): Break through every wall of gloom and resignation and help the world realise people need to take care of one another because they are all part of one human family, Pope Francis said during an audience with some 340 students, alumni and faculty representing the Institute for the Promotion of Young Journalists, based in Munich, Germany, on November 9. 
 
The pope also urged them to continue to call out injustices, follow ethical standards and put people first. The school was established 50 years ago, after the Second Vatican Council, to provide professional training to Christians in the fields of journalism, media and communications, either for the Church or secular outlets. 
 
“As Christian journalists, you stand out for your positive approach toward people and for your professional ethics,” the pope told the group. 
 
The work is more than just a job, he said; it is a responsibility and commitment, especially today when it has become all too easy “to let oneself be carried away by popular opinion, defeatism and a pessimism that paralyses and blinds.”
 
Ethiopian bishops welcome nation’s first female president 
ADDIS ABABA (CNS): Ethiopia’s bishops welcomed the election of Sahle-Work Zewde as the nation’s first female president and said they were pleased that women “are getting their rightful place in the development of the country.”
 
The 68-year-old Zewde, a career diplomat, has served in a variety of posts, including as Ethiopia’s representative to the United Nations (UN) and as director-general of the UN offices in Nairobi, Kenya—a position in which she met Pope Francis in 2015.
 
“The Ethiopian Catholic Church believes that President Sahle-Work Zewde, who has years of impressive diplomatic experience, will further strengthen the leading role Ethiopia is playing in the region and further enhance the soft power of the country at an international level,” the bishops’ statement said.
 
The statement noted that, for years, the Catholic Church has worked to empower women, providing young girls with education and other opportunities so that they may explore their potential. It said it hoped Zewde’s election would inspire women and young girls throughout the country to recognise their potential and strive to become influential actors in the international arena.
 
In early November, the government appointed 54-year-old Meaza Ashenafi as the first female president of the Supreme Court. She is the founder of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.
 
Trump can’t stop childhood arrivals programme appeals court says
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS): A three-judge panel of the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, ruled on November 8 in favour of keeping in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rejecting efforts by the Trump administration to end it.
 
The decision upheld a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking the federal government’s attempts to stop the programme implemented by the Obama administration in 2012. 
 
Lawsuits by California and other states challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA will continue to move ahead in federal court while the injunction remains in place. 
 
This decision was the first from a federal appeals court and it could move the issue to the Supreme Court. The Trump administration has already asked the Supreme Court to review the injunction keeping DACA in place.
 
Brazil’s new president promises conservative moral agenda
SAO PAULO (CNS): Brazil’s newly-elected Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, a Catholic who campaigned to rid the nation of corruption, will take office on January 1 with a conservative moral agenda. 
 
“I want to thank God for this mission, because Brazil is in a somewhat complicated situation, with an ethical, moral and economic crisis. I am sure that I am not the most qualified, but God enables the chosen ones,” Bolsonaro told the media after his late-October victory as he stood in front of a statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil’s patron saint. 
 
His victory has been linked to the support of the evangelical community in Brazil. 
 
Although Brazil is the most populous Catholic country in the world, the number of evangelicals has been growing at a rapid pace in recent decades. In the 2010 census, 22 per cent of the population, approximately 42 million Brazilians, defined themselves as evangelicals. Evangelicals today have a strong, activist voice in Brazilian politics and society, with the annual March for Jesus gathering hundreds of thousands on the streets of some of Brazil’s largest cities. 
 
Bolsonaro attracted them with his strong views on issues such as abortion, LGBT rights and traditional family values.

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