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Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, 48, of Chile resigned on Oct. 9 as a Vatican investigation into his alleged sexual abuse of a minor continued. • The Meaningful Chocolate Company, a fair trade enterprise in Great Britain, was forced to redesign its seasonal packaging after being advised that legally “Advent purple belongs to Cadbury,” a candy giant. The position was unwelcome to the Anglican Bishop Stephen Cotterell, who noted that the color purple “was around” before Cadbury and “perish the thought—after they have gone, it will still be here.” • President Barack Obama on Oct. 8 proclaimed the Cesar Chavez National Monument on 120 acres around the United Farm Workers headquarters in Keene, Calif. • The Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Savannah and other Catholic entities in Georgia filed a federal lawsuit on Oct. 5 challenging the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate. • The United Nations on Oct. 11 marked the first “International Day of the Girl Child” by calling for an end to child marriage. • The bishops of the European Union called the awarding of a Nobel prize to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka an “important milestone” in recognizing the superior potential of adult stem-cell research over experimentation on embryonic stem cells.

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