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Pencil Preaching for Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Vatican butler convicted in Benedict XVI leaks case dies

Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict XVI's private papers in 2012, has died. He was 54.

Pope advances sainthood causes for Spanish martyrs, Italian almoner

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 127 Spanish martyrs, three Italian religious women, an Italian archbishop and three priests. 

Washington's Archbishop Gregory expects 'respectful' dialogue with President Biden

Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton Gregory expects being able to dialogue with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, only the second Catholic to be elected to the nation's highest office, "in an honest and respectful way."

As Economy of Francesco ends, pope calls on the young to chart a new development model

On the final day of the Economy of Francesco conference, Pope Francis encouraged participants to respond to "the urgent need for a different economic narrative," while the young adults attending laid out their own ideas for what that vision is.

Francis' teachings inspire Catholics in Latin America's economic protests

Amid severe economic consequences of COVID-19, Catholics in Latin America — often inspired by Pope Francis' teachings against unregulated capitalism — have raised their voices against neoliberal policies.

Links: moral consistency, spiritual bromides, the 'Latino vote'

A twice-weekly round-up of political news and commentary: Looking at why certain minorities are tilting toward the right; welcoming the stranger and rebuilding immigration policy; Republican leaders cast doubt on voting itself

Some bishops seek common ground, not confrontation, with Biden

Catholic President-elect Joe Biden's stance on abortion causes confusion, said Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, as he announced the formation of a working group to examine what this would mean for the bishops' conference.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: The cartoon fact checkers are here!

Prisons and law enforcement are not the solution to our social problems

Commentary: America's catastrophic responses to the coronavirus pandemic and to racial justice protests have made plain for many the effects of a 40-year project that began in the early 1980s.