Alphabet saint book aims to introduce kids to heavenly friends

CNA Staff, Dec 17, 2020 / 06:52 pm (CNA).- A new book for young children aims to both teach kids the alphabet and introduce them to new heavenly friends – through pictures and rhymes about more than two dozen saints.

ABC Get to Know the Saints with Me is available through EWTN Publishing Inc., and was written by Caroline Perkins, brand content editor at Church Pop, a service of EWTN.

Perkins told CNA that asking the saints for their intercession is part of her daily prayer life.

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Australia’s Bishops Publish Response to Church Governance Review Report

A review of governance will help shape the way the Catholic Church in Australia understands co-responsibility in its life and mission and puts it into practice, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has said.

The Australian bishops reviewed and discussed the final version of the governance review report The Light from the Southern Cross: Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia during their recent plenary meeting.

The bishops finalized their initial response to the report, which they have published today.

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Rosary Inspires Release of Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria

A priest kidnapped in Nigeria has described how his abductors were persuaded to set him free after witnessing his unswerving devotion to the Rosary.

Father Valentine Ezeagu was driving through Imo state on Tuesday (15th December) en route to his father’s funeral when he was ambushed by four armed men.

The priest was freed 36 hours later and, reporting his release to his religious superior, Father Ezeagu said the abductors had let him go after watching him pray.

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Belarus: President Lukashenko Receives a Papal Envoy

Belarusan  President Alexandre Lukashenko received a Special Envoy of  Pope Francis, on December 17, 2020, indicated the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni.

Former Nuncio in Belarus, Monsignor Claudio Gugerotti was sent “to express the Pope’s solicitude and concerns over the country’s current situation,” specified Matteo Bruni.

In mid-August, the Pontiff appealed for the “respect of justice and of law” in Belarus, where social tensions have multiplied following the contested election of the President (who obtained officially 80% of the votes on August 9). Linked week after week are the protests and arrests.

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