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Faith Briefs

Birthright October breakfast canceled

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Marshall Birthright Chapter is regretfully canceling the Birthright Breakfast this October. Birthright thanks you for your help with this breakfast in the past years and it is looking forward to it next year. Birthright is so grateful for the continuing financial support of this community and for your support of our mission — being a friend to turn to in an unplanned pregnancy and helping mothers and their babies. If you would like more information about Birthright, or if Birthright could help you, call its office at 507-532-3660, or check the website, Birthright of Marshall.org.

Pope replaces saint-making chief as corruption scandal grows

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis named a new head for the Vatican’s saint-making office Thursday to replace the once-powerful cardinal at the center of a growing corruption scandal that has raised questions about the current Holy See leadership.

Francis on Thursday promoted the Italian bishop who has been closely involved in efforts to draft a reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, Mons. Marcello Semeraro, to head the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Semeraro has served as the secretary of the commission of cardinals that Francis created in 2013 to reform the organizing constitution of the Vatican Curia.

He replaces Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who was fired as prefect of the saint-making office in September.

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