1. Pope Francis to resume general audiences with the public, By Catholic News Agency, August 26, 2020, 5:45 AM
Members of the public will be able to attend Pope Francis’ general audiences again from Sept. 2 after an almost six-month absence due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household announced Aug. 26 that the pope’s general audience next Wednesday would take place “with the presence of the faithful.”
2. Knights of Columbus donating $250,000 after Beirut explosion, By Catholic News Agency, August 26, 2020, 12:26 AM
The Knights of Columbus is donating $250,000 to aid relief efforts following a massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month.
The donation includes funds for Caritas Lebanon, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Telelumiere/Noursat Christian Television in the Middle East, and Sesobel, a group that support children with special needs.
“The calamity in Lebanon is a threat to the vital Christian community there and threatens the existence of Christianity throughout the Middle East,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a statement. “This desperate situation must be addressed.”
3. Pope Francis: Catholics should combat ‘dismal’ economic inequality with hope, By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, August 26, 2020, 4:30 AM
Pope Francis Wednesday encouraged Catholics to work to address the injustice of wealth inequality and its effects in the world, which he condemned as a “sickness.”
“When the obsession with possessing and dominating excludes millions of people from primary goods; when economic and technological inequality is such as to tear the social fabric; and when addiction to unlimited material progress threatens the common home, then we cannot stand by,” he said Aug. 26.
“No, this is dismal. We cannot stand and watch.”

The Christian response, he explained, must be hope in Jesus Christ.
4. Cardinal Dolan’s prayer opens Republican National Convention, By Catholic News Service, August 25, 2020
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan thanked God for living in a country that respects religious freedom and prayed for people battling COVID-19 and those caring for them, the unborn, the elderly, immigrants and refugees during the opening evening of the Republican National Convention.
The cardinal offered the prayer, which was prerecorded, prior to a full evening of speakers Aug. 24.
The cardinal also prayed “that all lives may be protected and respected, in our troubled cities and the police who guard them.”
5. Texas renews court effort to ban abortion procedure, By Kevin McGill, Associated Press, August 25, 2020, 4:13 AM
Texas officials asked a federal appeals court’s permission Tuesday to enforce a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure — before the court rules on its constitutionality.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments on the law in November 2018. But the panel had yet to rule as of Tuesday. Last week, the same panel declined a Texas motion to allow enforcement of the law while it prepares its ruling. So, Texas officials on Tuesday asked the full 17-member court to consider the matter, essentially doing an end run around the panel.
6. As South Korea revises abortion law, Catholics mobilize to protect unborn life, By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, August 25, 2020, 11:15 AM
For more than 500 days a demonstrator has stood before South Korea’s government offices in a protest against the Constitutional Court’s decision to end the country’s abortion ban.
As the deadline approaches for South Korea’s National Assembly to revise the country’s abortion law, Korean Catholics are working to promote legislation that will address the needs of pregnant mothers.

Fr. Hugo Park Jung-woo, the secretary general of the Archdiocese of Seoul’s Committee for Life,  told CNA Aug. 24 that he feared that the Ministry of Justice’s recommended revisions to the abortion law this month were paving the way for unregulated “abortion on demand.”

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