NEWS FROM THE SYNOD:
- Ave Maria Explores the Synod on Young People – Week 4 – As the Synod wraps up, Katie Prejean McGrady discusses how the next steps—the work done in parishes, dioceses, schools, and homes—is critically important to the success of this Synod on Young People.
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- The Migrant Caravan Through the Eyes of Catholic Social Teaching
- “The value of securing borders has to be weighed against these rights of asylum seekers to seek protection and the demands of social justice.” (Kristen Heyer – Boston College)
- In spite of her circumstances and uncertain future, this 5-year old Honduran child sings God’s praises with confidence that He is looking out for everyone and will not abandon her.
TRANSLATION: “I saw you yesterday…I saw you crying… asking God for a miracle. And you cry for my loneliness, my loneliness, Jesus. There is no glory without the desert…there is no victory without tears first. Even though the path has been difficult, I know that He, I know that He will never abandon you…”
- Catholic Church Suffers With Her People As Venezuelan Economic Crisis Worsens
- “Priests are going hungry and religious communities have been leaving the country, but leaders say the crisis is an opportunity to return to the core of the Gospel.”
- Persecuted Nigerian Catholics Maintain Faith in Spite of Boko Haram
- Every Monday through Saturday at the camp for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Catholics gather to pray the rosary. (Festus Iyorah)
- Martin Holley Removed as Bishop of Diocese of Memphis
- The change follows three-day Apostolic Visitation and months of complaints related to Bishop’s management of the diocese.
- Bishop Wack, from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, has an urgent message: Floridians need your help. Hurricane Michael has caused severe damage, leaving many without easy access to food, clean water, or shelter. Parishes such as St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City are pulling together to provide these basic needs.
- Mundelein Seminary to Host USCCB January Spiritual Retreat
- Pope Francis suggested retreat during a meeting with USCCB delegation at the Vatican in September. A Papal household preacher will be the Retreat Director.
- Immigration and Clergy Sexual Abuse at Top of USCCB Agenda for Fall Assembly
- U. S. Catholics await details of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.
- “No, There is Not a ‘Civil War’ in the Catholic Church”
- Jesuit Joe Hoover takes a somewhat humorous look at claims of divisiveness and polarization within the Catholic Church. “Catholics do not focus on epic abstract quarrels (a dubia? Does anyone really know what a dubia is?) as much as they do on whether their parish is welcoming, the choir at least tries, the grade-school principal is competent.”
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