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    Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Bevard of US Virgin Islands

    Vatican City, Sep 18, 2020 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Bishop Herbert Bevard of the U.S. Virgin Islands after he was hospitalized and airlifted to the U.S. mainland for medical treatment. “Regrettably, I have experienced some new and unanticipated medical conditions that unfortunately preclude my ability to continue to maintain my position in the Diocese of Saint Thomas,” Bevard wrote in a letter to the diocese Sept. 18.  “I have loved serving the People of God; the clergy, religious, laity and the entire Virgin Islands community in the Diocese of Saint Thomas and will treasure the fond memories that we share together. It is…

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    Polish bishops intervene in debate over European treaty on violence against women

    CNA Staff, Sep 18, 2020 / 03:30 am (CNA).- Poland’s bishops have intervened in a debate over whether their country should withdraw from a European treaty on preventing violence against women.  In a statement issued Sept. 17, the bishops reiterated their opposition to the Istanbul Convention, an initiative seeking to create a pan-European legal framework to protect women against violence, on the grounds that it  “introduces elements of gender ideology.” “We welcome the emergence of a social legislative initiative to terminate the Istanbul Convention and replace it with the International Convention on the Rights of the Family, and we encourage support for this action,” they said, according to an English…

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    Korean Air eyes sale of LA’s tallest tower

    Korean Air chairman and CEO Walter Cho Won-tae and the Wilshire Grand Center at 900 Wilshire Boulevard (Credit: Jae Joon Lee via Wikipedia and Fredchang931124 via Wikipedia) The tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi may soon be up for sale, as the Korean conglomerate that owns it struggles to shore up its finances. Korean Air is in talks with investors regarding a possible sale of the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center in Downtown Los Angeles, the Korean Economic Daily reported, citing industry sources. The property was facing a $900 million debt maturity this month. On Wednesday, Korean Air’s board decided to lend $950 million to Hanjin International, the subsidiary that owns…

  • Real Estate Investing,  Travel & Lifestyle

    Deutsche Bank: Employees can stay home until mid-2021

    Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing and Deutsche Bank’s Manhattan headquarters at 60 Wall Street (Getty) Employees at Deutsche Bank won’t have to replace sweats with suits any time soon. The German lender notified staff in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut this week that they can keep working from home until next July, according to Bloomberg. In a memo, the bank acknowledged its employees are contending with “the continuing balancing of your work and your children’s sporadic school schedule,” among other covid-related concerns. Their return to work next year will coincide with the bank’s move into a new office in Columbus Circle. “We will ask you to return to the…

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    Young Catholic who greeted Benedict XVI in Britain becomes a priest

    CNA Staff, Sep 18, 2020 / 01:00 am (CNA).- Paschal Uche woke up early on the morning of Sept. 18, 2010, a day that would change his life. He needed to set off in good time in order to pass through security at the event he was attending in central London. The 21-year-old hopped on the Tube near his home in Stratford, East London, and headed towards Westminster. On the way there, he began to see more and more young people heading in the same direction: towards a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI after Mass at Westminster Cathedral. “I remember being there in the Mass and being really wowed by…

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    Spanish cardinal: Passage of euthanasia bill would be ‘historic defeat’ for society

    CNA Staff, Sep 18, 2020 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Valencia said Sunday that if Spain’s euthanasia and assisted suicide bill is passed, it would be a “major and historic defeat for all of Spain, for Spanish society.” “It is a defeat also for humanity, for man himself, for the legislature to take up the bill on euthanasia, assisted suicide, and to reject other proposals on palliative care that improved the current legislation,” Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera wrote Sept. 13. The prelate also called the proposed euthanasia law “monstrous” and an “injustice.” Directly addressing the country’s president, government officials, department heads, and legislators, Cañizares challenged: “Realize that you…

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    Italian bishops’ conference newspaper defends Netflix’s ‘Cuties’

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 07:25 pm (CNA).- According to L’Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, those who have criticized the controversial French movie “Cuties,” released by Netflix last week “have not seen it or have really limited themselves to the poster. Otherwise they have not understood it or have looked at it with the wrong eyes.” A review of the film, entitled “The boycott: Cuties is a hard, but educational movie,” and written by the newspaper’s TV critic Andrea Fagioli, claims that the film “does not revolve around a ‘scandalous sexualization of adolescents’ nor does it obviously ‘simulate pedophilia,’ as some of the more than…

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    Amarillo diocese disavows Fr. Frank Pavone statements, requests prayer

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Amarillo has spoken out about election-related comments from Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of the pro-life group Priests for Life, and asked prayers for the priest. In a Sept. 16 statement, the diocese noted that Pavone, in videos posted online, had condemned the act of “voting for candidates of a particular political party” and had reportedly suggested he might need to refuse absolution if such votes were confessed with contrition. According to the diocese, Pavone also used “scandalous words not becoming of a Catholic priest.” “These postings are not consistent with Catholic Church Teachings,” the diocese said…

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    Why priests don’t endorse candidates: Experts respond to FEC chair

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).-   In an interview Wednesday, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission accused Catholic bishops of “hiding” behind the Church’s tax exempt status instead of backing political candidates, and insisted that priests and lay Catholics have a “right” to conduct political activity on parish premises.  The Catholic Church has had long-standing policies against endorsing particular candidates for political office. Experts in civil and canon law explained to CNA why Catholic clerics do not endorse political candidates, and why that issue touches on the religious liberty of the Church. James E. Trainor, a Catholic, was appointed to the bipartisan commission by…

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    Analysis: China and the Vatican – What if the US recognizes Taiwan?

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- Officials in Rome and Beijing are now confidently predicting an extension to the 2018 Vatican-China deal, despite continued persecution of Catholics in the country and little visible progress on the appointment of bishops.  The Vatican-China agreement continues to be viewed by many as a bad deal for the Holy See. Rome appears to have little leverage in the talks, and few cards to play. While the U.S. has made clear its own bleak assessment of the situation, there is one dramatic diplomatic maneuver from the Trump administration that could strengthen Rome’s hand, and rebalance the relationship between all three powers.…