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Faith Briefs for Jan. 17

First Lutheran youth to have fundraiser Monday

First Lutheran Church’s Youth will be involved in a Community Impact Fundraising Event Monday at the Marshall Pizza Ranch. First Lutheran youth will be on hand to greet customers, answer any questions about their summer High Adventures trip and bus tables at the Pizza Ranch that evening.

The Pizza Ranch will donate 10 percent of guest checks and 100 percent of the tips between the hours of 5-8 p.m. to First Lutheran Youth’s 2020 High Adventures Trip to Black Diamond Adventures Camp in Washington. Everyone in the community is welcome.

Pope names 1st woman manager in Vatican Secretariat of State

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has tapped an Italian lawyer to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s most important office, the Secretariat of State.

Francis on Wednesday named Francesca Di Giovanni, a 27-year veteran of the Vatican, as undersecretary for multilateral affairs. In that role, she will be responsible for running a division that coordinates the Holy See’s relations with the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations.

Francis has called for women to be given greater decision-making roles in the Vatican and the Catholic Church at large, though no women head a Vatican congregation or other important office.

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