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Vatican releases document on human trafficking (CNA)

The 37-page document, “Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking,” was published by the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugee Section.

At March for Life, Trump vows to veto any pro-abortion legislation (Washington Post)

President Donald Trump pledged to veto any legislation that would promote legal abortion, in a video message to participants int he March for Life. Vice President Mike Pence appeared at the March in person to encourage the massive crowd.

English bishop says Britain in 'amazing political mess' over Brexit (CNS)

“This is a time of uncertainty, and I do think we should pray for our politicians and our leaders, that the Lord will guide them in order to find some kind of active plan and also that people will really get behind them in it,” Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said after the House of Commons, in a 432-202 vote, rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU.

Papal sends message to youth in Panama before World Youth Day trip (Vatican News)

Pope Francis sent a video message to the World Indigenous Youth Gathering, meeting in Panama this week, encouraging the fight against poverty and exclusion. The Holy Father will visit Panama next week for the 37th World Youth Day.

CDF, Asian bishops conclude meeting on doctrinal issues (Vatican News)

A delegation from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) have concluded a 4-day meeting with Asian Church leaders that took place in Bangkok this week. The meeting was devoted to doctrinal issues, with Luis Ladaria, the prefect of the CDF, reminding the representatives from Asian episcopal conferences of their “responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the doctrine of the faith.”

Archbishop Naumann: abuse weakens pro-life witness (Crux)

Speaking at a prayer vigil on the eve of the March for Life, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas said that the sex-abuse scandal “undermines every other ministry within the Church.” Archbishop Naumann, who chairs the pro-life committee of the US bishops’ conference, said that abuse “upends the pro-life ethic” because it is a violation of human dignity.

Pope mourns Colombian terror victims (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis condemned a terrorist attack that killed 21 people and injured dozens more at the national police academy in Bogota. The bloodshed “has sown pain and death” and is “a very grave offense to the Creator,” he said.

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Luigi Sturzo, Italian Popular Party (CWN)

In a front-page editorial, the Vatican newspaper’s new editor described the centenary of the founding of the Partito Popolare Italiano (Italian Popular Party) on January 18, 1919, as the first of the important historical anniversaries of 2019.

Background: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (CWN)

In 1908, Rev. Paul Wattson, then an Anglican religious in Graymoor, New York, began a Church Unity Octave with the support of Anglican and Catholic prelates, including Cardinal William O’Connell of Boston.

EU court upholds Germany's removal of home-schooled children from home (Religion Clause)

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that “the enforcement of compulsory school attendance, to prevent social isolation of the applicants’ children and ensure their integration into society, was a relevant reason for justifying the partial withdrawal of parental authority.”