Catholic News

  1. Bishop Athanasius Schneider on Prof. Seifert, Cardinal Caffarra, and Amoris Laetitia (OnePeterFive)
  2. Father Stanley Rother beatified in Oklahoma City (CNS)
  3. Identification of faith with Europe can curb evangelization, Cardinal Filoni says in Japan (Fides)
  4. Pope makes surprise visit to patients at rehabilitation clinic (Holy See Press Office)
  5. Pope meets members of foundations that support Swiss Guard (Vatican press office)
  6. Vatican to set up joint committee with Muslim World League (Vatican Radio)
  7. 62 clergy, lay scholars accuse Pope of propagating heresies (National Catholic Register) - Signatories of “A Filial Correction Concerning the Propagation of Heresies” include Msgr. Antonio Livi (dean emeritus of the Pontifical Lateran University), Ettore Gotti Tedeschi (former head of the Vatican bank), and Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the Society of St. Pius X.
  8. Christians in Kurdistan differ on autonomy referendum, Chaldean patriarchate says (Fides) - As residents of Kurdistan prepared to vote in a referendum on autonomy, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch issued a statement emphasizing that the region’s Christians are divided on the issue. “Everyone is personally responsible for their own statements and actions,” the patriarchate said, and no one should claim that they represent the entire Christian population.
  9. FEC nominee faces questions about conservative Catholic views (National Review) - A Texas lawyer nominated for the Federal Elections Commission faces questioning because has called attention to the work of conservative Catholic web sites on his social-media profiles. Trey Trainor describes himself as “a very devout, orthodox Catholic.”
  10. New curial document on Catholic education: "Educating to Fraternal Humanism" (Congregation for Catholic Education) - The document, dated April 16, was presented at a September 22 press conference (video). It commemorates the 50th anniversary of Populorum Progressio, Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on the development of peoples.
  11. Peru's president meets with Pontiff (Holy See Press Office) - Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the South American nation in January, and he and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski discussed education, the environment, development, and poverty. The nation of 30.8 million is 81% Catholic and 13% evangelical.
  12. Pope Francis: Address to Italy's Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission (full text) (Holy See Press Office) - “Fighting against the mafias means not only repressing,” the Pontiff told members of the commission—the 4th since 1963. “It also means reclaiming, transforming, and building, and this involves commitment at two levels,” political and economic.
  13. Pope Francis: Address to participants in the general chapter of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance (full text) (Holy See Press Office) - Assiduous prayer, sobriety of life, unity in charity, and fidelity to spiritual heritage were among the themes of the Pontiff’s address to members of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, also known as the Trappists.
  14. Pope Francis: Angelus address on Mt. 20:1-16; tribute to Blessed Stanley Rother (full text) (Holy See Press Office) - For a video of the Pope’s address, click here.
  15. Pope's homily at Mass for the Vatican Gendarme Corps (full text) (Holy See Press Office) - “It is true, you must seek the Lord and do everything to find Him; but the important thing is that it is He Who is searching for you,” Pope Francis preached on September 24.
  16. Russian Orthodox prelate calls for restoration of Europe's Christian culture (AsiaNews) - Metropolitan Hilarion, the chief foreign-affairs spokesman of the Patriarchate of Moscow, said that Church leaders must unite to recover the Christian identity of Europe. Speaking to an audience in London, he lamented that “the monopoly of the secular idea has affirmed itself in contemporary Europe.”
  17. SNAP founder Barbara Blaine dies suddenly at 61 (RNS) - Barbara Blaine, the founder and longtime president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), died suddenly on September 24 at the age of 61. Blaine had resigned from the SNAP presidency earlier this year. The family announced that a “celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at a future date.”
  18. UN should work for concrete commitments to change, Vatican 'foreign minister' urges (Holy See mission) - Addressing a UN session on “Striving for Peace and a Decen Life on a Sustainable Planet,” Archbishop Richard Gallagher repeated the warning of Pope Francis that world leaders should not rest on their laurels simply because international agreements have been reached. Concrete commitments are needed, he said, to address the world’s most pressing problems. He listed warfare, climate change, the drug trade, and human trafficking.
  19. Vatican tribunal holds 5th hearing in misappropriated-fund case (Holy See Press Office) - Click here for background on the case.
  20. Vatican's former auditor says he was forced to quit after finding irregularities (Reuters) - Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu (the Substitute of the Secretariat of State) said that Libero Milone’s allegations were “false and unjustified” and that “he went against all the rules and was spying on the private lives of his superiors and staff, including me. If he had not agreed to resign, we would have prosecuted him.” The Holy See Press Office issued a similar response.
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