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Michigan's clergy abuse probe identifies 454 accused priests, 811 victims (MLive.com)

In 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested $2 million to investigate historic abuse by priests of the state’s seven dioceses.

Ohio priest indicted on charges of sex trafficking and coercion (US Department of Justice)

“I am profoundly shocked and grieved to learn of these charges against one of our priests,” Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo said in August, following the arrest of Father Michael Zacharias, 53.

Pope announces creation of 13 new cardinals, including Archbishop Gregory of Washington (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has announced a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals, including the new Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops (Bishop Mario Grech) and the new Prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints (Bishop Marcello Semeraro). Four of the 13 are over 80 and thus ineligible to take part in a papal election; among the four are Capuchin Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, since 1980 the preacher of the papal household.

Love of God and neighbor are inseparable, Pope tells pilgrims (Vatican Press Office)

“Adoring God is precisely the heart of prayer, Pope Francis said during his October 25 Sunday Angelus address (video) as he reflected on Matthew 22:34-40, the Gospel of the day. “And love for neighbor, which is also called fraternal charity, consists in closeness, listening, sharing, caring for others. And so often we neglect to listen to others because it is boring or because it takes up our time.”

There is no international right to abortion, US and 31 other nations affirm (US Department of Health and Human Services)

Signatories of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, released on October 22, include Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Poland, and the US.

Renewing criticism of government, bishops see Nigeria as 'failing state' (Fides)

“Ending the SARS [Special Anti-Robbery Squad] will not solve the enormous problems of Nigeria, because it is futile treating symptoms of a disease when the root cause is known,” the bishops said in a statements issued during protests against police brutality. “The audacity and impunity with which the SARS officials have been operating all the while is a manifestation of the failing state of Nigeria.”

Vatican official encourages children, youth to evangelize their peers (Fides)

Sister Roberta Tremarelli is Secretary General of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood, one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies.

Poland's top court rules out abortions due to fetal disabilities (AP)

“The court argued that terminating pregnancy due to defects of the fetus amounted to eugenics — a 19th century notion of genetic selection that was later applied by the Nazis in their pseudo-scientific experiments,” the Associated Press reported.

Spain's prime minister and Pontiff visit maskless at Vatican (AP)

Pope Francis and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez discussed relations between the Holy See and Spain, Church-state relations within Spain, and “issues of an international nature, such as the current health crisis, the process of European integration and migration.” During the meeting, the Pope delivered an eight-minute extemporaneous address in which he praised a book comparing Europe today to pre-Nazi Germany.

Papal message to Focolare initiative highlights ecological conversion (Vatican News)

The Focolare Movement was founded during World War II by the Servant of God Chiara Lubich (1920-2008).