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Italian bishops provide humanitarian aid to South Sudan
NAIROBI (CNS): An infusion of US$1.1 million ($8.5 million) will benefit humanitarian initiatives, the resettlement of refugees and internally displaced people and peacebuilding efforts in violence-ravaged communities in South Sudan under a programme initiated by the Italian Bishops’ Conference. 
 

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Cubans pray for cardinal
WASHINGTON (CNS): Archbishop Juan Garcia Rodriguez of Havana, said the health of his predecessor, Jaime Cardinal Ortega Alamino, has weakened and taken a downturn in recent days although he is in stable condition. 
 

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Four doctors seek court review survey on assisted suicide
MANCHESTER,(CNS)  Four British doctors are attempting to take the Royal College of Physicians, their professional body, to the High Court over an assisted suicide survey they believe is illegal. 
 

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Pope names new camerlengo
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis named Kevin Cardinal Farrell, the 71-year-old prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, to serve as the camerlengo or chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, the Vatican announced on February 14. 
 
Cardinal Farrell, born in Ireland, was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Washington and served as bishop of Dallas from 2007 to 2016; as camerlengo, he fills the post left vacant by the death in July 2018 Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran of France. 

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Take charge of your roots pope tells young indigenous 
VATICAN (CNS): In a video message sent to the World Meeting of Indigenous Youth in Soloy, Panama, on January 18, Pope Francis urged the young people to “be grateful for the history of their people,” which will help them “go forward full of hope.”
 
He exhorted them, “Return to your culture of origins. Take charge of your roots, because from your roots comes the strength to make things grow, flourish and bear fruit.”

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Stay hopeful patriarchs urge Mideast faithful
BEIRUT (CNS): Amid Lebanon’s political and economic strife and uncertainty in the Middle East, Catholic patriarchs urged the faithful to forge ahead in hope at Christmastime. 
 

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Drug related killings prompt rights awareness drive 
Koronadal City (UCAN): The Diocese of Marbel, in the Soccsksargen region in Mindanao, the Philippines has stepped up its human rights awareness campaign amid an increase in drug-related killings in the region.
 
Workshops are being held to teach members of the clergy and lay leaders how to monitor and document rights abuses.
 

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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. 
 

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Visit by Timor Leste president to Vatican blocked
BANGKOK (CNS): The government of Timor Leste, one of Asia’s most Catholic countries, is blocking a planned trip by its president, Francisco Guterres, to the Vatican, where he plans to invite Pope Francis to visit. 
 
The president and government have been in a standoff since June, when the Alliance for Progress and Change (AMP), which won the May 10 general election, presented its candidates for the nation’s ministry for presidential approval. 

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