1. Pope’s envoy speaks to Ukraine official about kidnapped children, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, January 10, 2024 Pope Francis’s personal peace envoy on Ukraine had a phone call Monday with a top Ukrainian official to discuss ongoing efforts to return children abducted by Russia amid the ongoing war sparked by their invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago. A Jan. 8 statement from the President’s Office said the Head of Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, had a phone call that day with Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, president of the powerful Italian bishops’ conference and Pope Francis’s handpicked peace envoy for the Ukraine war.  https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2024/01/popes-envoy-speaks-to-ukraine-official-about-kidnapped-children__________________________________________________________ 2. Pope Francis to preside over canonization Mass of Argentina’s first female saint, By Matthew Santucci, Catholic News Agency, January 10, 2024, 9:00 AM Pope Francis next month will preside over the canonization Mass of the woman set to become Argentina’s first female saint, the Vatican said this week. The pope will preside over the Mass for Blessed María Antonia of St. Joseph on Feb. 11 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican revealed in its release of the pope’s liturgical schedule for January and February. María Antonia was proclaimed “Venerable” by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and was later beatified by Pope Francis in 2016. In October, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, to give his authorization for the the promulgation of a miracle attributed to the Argentinian religious sister, paving her way to become the country’s first female saint.  María Antonia was born in 1730 in Silipica, Santiago del Estero, in northern Argentina. Her early life was characterized by a fervent desire to serve God. She spent the early part of her ministry helping parents with the instruction of their children and administering care to the sick and poor.  Following the expulsion of the Jesuits from the Spanish Empire by King Charles III, she traveled around northern Argentina by foot to safeguard and promote Ignatian spirituality, organizing retreats despite the widespread hostility to the Jesuits.   https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256494/pope-francis-to-preside-over-canonization-mass-of-argentina-s-first-female-saint__________________________________________________________ 3. Campaign advocate for abortion rights makes plea for Kentucky lawmakers to relax abortion ban, By Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press, January 9, 2024, 2:24 PM A young woman who dominated the discussion about abortion during Kentucky’s campaign last year stepped forward again Tuesday to call on lawmakers to relax the state’s near-total abortion ban.  She teamed with Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and the bill’s lead sponsor to try to generate momentum, but its fate ultimately will be decided by Republican supermajorities in the legislature. The prospects for carving out more exceptions appear to be uncertain as GOP lawmakers wrangle with the issue.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/01/09/kentucky-abortion/1902b58e-af24-11ee-9a32-5c9e6aa28b3b_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Late-Term Abortions at Issue In Proposed New Hampshire Constitutional Amendment, Opposing sides see chances for victory in 2024., By Matthew McDonald, National Catholic Register, January 9, 2024, Opinion Pro-lifers have lost abortion referendums in all seven states that have had them since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, most recently in Ohio in November. But there’s cautious optimism that the trend won’t extend to New Hampshire, where a ballot initiative enshrining abortion up to 24 weeks as a “fundamental right” in the state constitution is under consideration for 2024. That’s because the proposed amendment, which also would loosen the allowances for abortion after the 24-week mark, must first win support in both houses of the state Legislature by a supermajority of 60% before it can appear on the November ballot. What’s more, two-thirds of voters would have to approve the amendment for it to become law. That high bar wasn’t in place in Ohio, where pro-life advocates failed to win voter approval of a referendum in August that would have required 60% of voters to support a constitutional amendment, rather than a simple majority. The proposed amendment wound up being approved in November, 57%-43%.  https://www.ncregister.com/news/late-term-abortions-at-issue-in-proposed-new-hampshire-constitutional-amendment__________________________________________________________

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