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Pope, at weekday Mass, contrasts leaven of the Pharisees, Holy Spirit (Vatican News)

9 hours 28 min ago
On October 19, Pope Francis preached on Ephesians 1:11-14 and Luke 12:1-7, the readings of the day.

Synod groups issue reports on 3rd part of working document (Vatican Press Office)

9 hours 28 min ago
Fourteen groups—four of which conducted discussions in English, three in French, three in Italian, two in Spanish, one in German, and one in Portuguese—commented on the third part of the instrumentum laboris (working document). Click here and here for the groups’ reports on the first and second parts of the working document.

'Dumbed-down Catholicism' has been 'pastoral disaster,' Bishop Barron says at Synod (Vatican News)

9 hours 28 min ago
The Los Angeles auxiliary bishop said that the testimony of persecuted Christian youth at the Synod has helped other participants “to get us out of our first-world preoccupations.”

Important African issues not being addressed at Synod, Cameroon prelate says (Vatican News)

9 hours 28 min ago
Archbishop Joseph Atanga cited “corruption, extreme poverty, and political upheaval,” according to the report.

Migration, communion, and 'prophetic Church' are themes of Synod press briefing (Vatican News)

9 hours 28 min ago
On October 18, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna (Italy), Father Alexandre Awi Mello (secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life), and Sister Alessandra Smerilli (lecturer in economics at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium) spoke with the press.

Spanish Jesuit beatified (Vatican Press Office)

10 hours 28 min ago
Blessed Tiburcio Arnáiz Muñoz (1865-1926) founded the Missionaries of the Rural Parishes. Click here for local Spanish-language coverage of the beatification, which took place in Málaga Cathedral. This Spanish-language web page is devoted to Blessed Arnáiz’s cause for canonization.

New Dutch ambassador meets with Pope (Zenit)

10 hours 28 min ago
28% of the Netherlands’ 17 million people are Catholic, 19% are Protestant, and 5% are Muslim.

Christ's teaching on service is the 'rule of the Christian,' Pope tells pilgrims (Zenit)

10 hours 28 min ago
During his October 21 Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Mark 10:35-45, the Gospel reading of the day.

Former US Energy Secretary, a Nobel laureate, named to pontifical academy (Vatican Press Office)

10 hours 28 min ago
Steve Chu (biography), a professor at Stanford University, won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997 and was US Energy Secretary from 2009 to 2013. The academy, whose membership is open to non-Christians, is a consultative body and not an organ of the Church’s teaching authority; it was founded in 1603 and reconstituted in 1936.

Leading Vietnamese government official meets with Pope Francis (Viet Nam News)

10 hours 28 min ago
In 2016, Truong Hòa Bình assumed the office of First Deputy Prime Minister of the Communist nation.

Caritas launches global solidarity walk with migrants, refugees (Caritas Internationalis)

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who leads the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, said, “If the wars and poverty in the world today make you feel powerless, take back your power by connecting to migrants and refugees who flee other lands, and listen to their stories.”

Chilean abuse victims win suit against cardinals for cover-up (Crux)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
Three Chilean sex-abuse victims have won a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago and two cardinals who they charged with concealing evidence of sexual abuse. The court found Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, former Archbishop of Santiago, and Cardinal Ricard Ezzati, the current archbishop, guilty.

Colombian president, Pope discuss peace process, drug traffic, ecology (Vatican Press Office)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Marquez met on October 22 with Pope Francis. Their conversation, a brief Vatican statement indicated, centered on ending Colombia’s long civil war, the drug traffic, and protection of the environment.

Number of American nuns continues to plummet (Catholic Herald)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
The number of American women religious, which peaked at over 185,000 in 1965, is now about 47,000. More than three-quarters of the remaining women religious are over 70 years old. The trend suggest that three out of four religious orders in the US will cease to exist within the next few decades.

Shooting leaves guard dead at Mexican cardinal's residence (AP)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
A security guard was shot and killed on October 21 at the residence of Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera. The Mexico City archdiocese said that the guard was shot when he resisted the attempt by two men to enter the residence. The crime was believed to be an attempted robbery, an archdiocesan spokesman said. The cardinal, who was in residence, was never considered to be in danger.

Gay parish associate resigns, despite support from Bishop McElroy (National Catholic Reporter)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
An openly homosexual pastoral associate at a San Diego parish has resigned, complaining of harassment by conservative Catholics. Aaron Bianco, who is a partner in a same-sex marriage, had been defended by Bishop Robert McElroy, who said: “If the Church eliminated all the employees who are not living out the teachings of the Church in its fulness, we would be employing only angels.”

Cardinal Burke: College of Cardinals 'in a very bad way' (Sismografo)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
The College of Cardinals is “in a very bad way” because its members are not well acquainted with each other, Cardinal Raymond Burke told an Australian audience. The College of Cardinals has not been convened by Pope Francis in four years, so members have not had opportunities for discussion. Cardinal Burke believes that when the time comes to elect a new Pontiff, because of this unfamiliarity, “it will be hard to vote.”

Most British abortions follow contraceptive failure (Daily Telegraph)

10/21/2018 - 10:10pm
A new study by the British Prenancy Advisory Service shows that most abortions (51%) are procured by women who are using some form of contraception. The study undermines claims that greater access to contraceptives would decrease abortion rates.