In the News, October 9th

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, spoke on Wednesday regarding Vatican financial transparency and presented new legislation in the Vatican’s financial laws to reduce any chance of money laundering or the financing of terrorism.

In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis called on various nationalities to focus on the various issues surrounding their nations and former colonies. The Pope especially called for prayers for those of the Alexandrian Rite and renewed prayers for those affected by atrocities in Syria.

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A recent report has found that up to 1/3rd of U.S. Catholic parishes are multicultural in some aspect., and this statistic continues to grow.

Civilian chaplains serving in the U.S. military are being returned to duty after much uproar surrounding the threat of arrest to any civilian chaplain who performed services during the government shutdown.

The United Nations is being sued over a cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti over three years ago. The U.N. is blamed for sending Nepalese workers to the earthquake-shattered Haiti who spread the disease.

President Obama has called for a cease of support and funding to the State of Egypt after a series of violent episodes and great civil unrest. The U.S. will continue to provide aide, however, that effects such institutions as hospitals and educational facilities. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry have noted that they are “very pleased” with the Syrian governments latest compliance regarding their admitting to maintaining and willingness to decommission chemical weapons.

President Obama announced Wednesday that he will nominate Janet Yellen for the position of Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Ms. Yellen, currently Vice-Chair of the Reserve, is not considered to be a significant departure from the styling’s and policies of Mr. Bernanke, the current Chairman.

Intelligence from South Korea has confirmed that North Korea has recently restarted its nuclear power plant in spite of the threat of further sanctions. Since 2007, the plutonium plant has been decommissioned per an international agreement. 

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