First Swiss-Filipino Joins Vatican Guard

For the first time, the Vatican has sworn in a Swiss with Filipino parentage as a member of the Swiss Guard, the elite corps of soldiers who protect the pope, according to toCBCP News.

Vincent Lüthi was among the 38 new recruits who took the oath of allegiance to Pope Francis in the Vatican on October 4.

The 22-year-old grew up in Cugy, Switzerland, and the only child of a Swiss father and a Filipino mother from Santa Fe town on Bantayan Island in Cebu province.

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Sisters Servants of Divine Providence of Catania Offer Use of Building in Rome for Migrants

To respond to the invitation of Pope Francis, who in the Encyclical “Brothers All” renews several times the necessity to prepare an adequate reception of migrants fleeing from wars, persecutions and natural disasters, the Sisters Servants of Divine Providence of Catania decided to offer Pope Francis, through the Apostolic Almonry, the use on loan of their building on via della Pisana, in Rome.

The building, called “Villa Serena,” will become a reception house for refugees, in particular, for single women, women with minors, families in a vulnerable state that arrive in Italy through the humanitarian corridors. The building will be able to house up to 60 people and its primary purpose will be to receive refugees in the first months after their arrival, to then accompany them in endeavors for autonomous work and lodging.

The reception house has been entrusted to Sant’Egidio Community, which, as is now known, since 2015 opened humanitarian corridors for refugees, from the Horn of Africa and the last from Greece, in particular from the Island of Lesbos. Up to now more than 2,600 people have been received and accompanied in the process of integration, among them a large number of minors.

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Senator Sasse: Questioning Barrett’s faith reveals misunderstanding of civics, religious freedom

CNA Staff, Oct 12, 2020 / 06:14 pm (CNA).- Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) on Monday criticized questions aimed at Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs, saying they reflect a fundamental confusion of civics with politics.

“Religious liberty is the basic idea that how you worship is none of the government’s business. Government can wage wars. Government can write parking tickets. But government cannot save souls…Your soul is something that the government can’t touch,” he said in his opening statement at Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Sasse stressed the importance of religious freedom as one of the five “basic pre-governmental rights” enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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