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Jury returns small verdict in Knights of Columbus lawsuit (AP)

A federal jury awarded $500,000 to List Interactive, which had sought $100 million in what the Knights described as a “garden variety contract case.”

Eritrea's bishops speak out against regime's takeover of schools (Fides)

The East African nation of 6 million (map) has been a repressive one-party state since it gained independence in 1993. The regime’s nationalization of schools follows a similar takeover of Catholic hospitals earlier this summer.

Missouri attorney general issues report on abuse in Church (Missouri Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a report in which he identified 12 cases for potential criminal prosecution. He also issued five recommendations, the first of which is that “the Church should assume greater responsibility and oversight over all religious order priests and priests visiting or relating from other dioceses to subject them to the same procedures and oversight with regard to youth protection and clergy abuse as if they were diocesan priests.”

Wisconsin jury acquits accused priest (Daily Jefferson County Union)

“You know, I’m a Catholic priest and I’m supposed to forgive, and I think I can do that,” said Father William Nolan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison. “But I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget the way (the accuser) ruined my life.”

Indian cardinal demands release of priest, catechist arrested for 'forced conversions' (AsiaNews)

Two priests and a catechist were recently arrested in the eastern Indian state of Jharkand. Police have released one of the priests.

Transmit the Gospel's joy and hope to all, Pope tells Venezuelan Catholic youth (Vatican Press Office)

The youth of Venezuela’s Catholic Action movement are taking part in a three-day meeting whose them is “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men” (Luke 5:1-11).

Central American, Mexican bishops urge more help for migrants (CNS)

“We know the suffering of migrants, the risks and dangers confronted by those leaving the security of home and the coming apart of families, especially when children are separated from their families,” the bishops stated as Mexico increased immigration enforcement on its own southern border with Guatemala.

Cardinal Cupich: Catholic social ministry challenged by 'changing face of the family,' societal polarization, abuse crisis (Vatican News)

“I want to open a conversation on how the Church may find a pathway forward for responding to these foundational challenges, because if we don’t, all the other efforts we make on behalf of those in need really will be undermined, while if we address them, we will be both effective and authentic,” Chicago’s archbishop said during a talk in Munich.

Pontiff expresses joy over Russian-Ukrainian prisoner exchange (Vatican News)

Seventy prisoners—35 Russians and 35 Ukrainians—were released in a recent prisoner exchange.

With God, sin does not have the last word, Pope tells pilgrims (Zenit)

In his September 15 Sunday Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Luke 15:1-32, the Gospel reading of the day.