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News Roundup (April 10, 2014)

Here is a roundup of some things making headlines on April 10, 2014, as collected by the staff of The Northern Cross. Today, the Vatican and law enforcement work together on human trafficking, the U.S. bishops call for action on unemployment benefits, students at St. Thomas School in International Falls make the honor roll, and the USCCB offers resources on the Girl Scouts.

Pope Francis on Twitter today (Twitter)

@Pontifex: Jesus teaches us to not be ashamed of touching human misery, of touching his flesh in our brothers and sisters who suffer. (EG 270).  

Vatican, civil authorities join forces to oppose human trafficking (CNA, USCCB, CNS)

Church and law enforcement officials gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, which Pope Francis called “a wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ“ and “a crime against humanity.” The Holy Father also met with victims. Read more >> What the USCCB is doing >> Watch >>

USCCB calls for action supporting unemployment insurance (USCCB)

A temporary extension of emergency unemployment benefits passed the U.S. Senate and is now in the House. Contact your representatives >>

St. Thomas School posts honor role (International Falls Journal)

Diocesan school announces list of academic achievers.

USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes (CNS)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been in dialogue with the Girl Scouts over various controversies and has now issued some guidelines. Read more >>

Vatican launches media center for Easter and canonization celebrations (Vatican News)

Broadcasters are gearing up to bring two of the biggest events of the year — Easter in Rome and the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II — to millions of viewers worldwide. Read more >> More from the USCCB >>