On World Food Day, Pope Francis calls for 'conversion in our way of living and acting' (Vatican Press Office) “We are in fact witnessing how food is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction,” the Pontiff wrote in his message for World Food Day (October 16). “820 million of the world’s people suffer from hunger, while almost 700 million are overweight, victims of improper dietary habits … Our first concern should always be the human person: concrete men, women and children, especially those who lack daily food.”
'Leaving room for the abundant outpouring of the Spirit': Vatican summary of synod day 8 (Vatican News) Themes discussed on the eighth day of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region included “no to victimization, more co-responsibility,” “fundamental contribution of science for the care of creation,” “putting out into the deep for a profound ecological conversion,” “symmetry of relations,” “the drama of priestless communities,” “mission: in the footsteps of Jesus,” and “migrants in the cities, torn from their territories.”
California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims (AP) The law, for the next three years, eliminates the statute of limitations for sexual-abuse lawsuits. Dioceses are not the only institutions affected: “the California School Boards Association called the new law an ‘existential threat’ to smaller school districts,” according to the report.
Synod participants discuss permanent episcopal Pan-Amazonian structure (Vatican News) According to the Vatican’s summary of the October 15 morning synod discussions, the synod fathers also discussed an “Observatory for Human Rights and Protection of the Amazon,” inculturation and education, missionary commitment and the witness of the martyrs, “the ecumenical challenge,” “the response of the Eucharist,” and “women in ministry, following the example of antiquity.”
'Night will be no more': El Paso bishop reflects on racism and white supremacy (Hope Border Institute) Reflecting on the 2019 El Paso shooting, Bishop Mark Seitz writes, “I have decided to write this letter on the theme of racism and white supremacy to reflect together on the evil that robbed us of 22 lives.” The four parts of his pastoral letter are entitled “This is Racism,” “‘Heart-Sick’: The Legacy of Hate and White Supremacy on the Border,” “He Took the Form of a Slave,” and “They Threatened Us with Resurrection.”
'Neglected and abandoned by this world': Syriac Catholic patriarch pleads for peace in northeastern Syria (CNS) “We Christians of the East are neglected and abandoned by this world, which searches for its immediate material interests,” Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan preached as Turkish forces advanced in Syria. “We know that those who will pay the price are particularly innocent, especially Christians who cannot defend themselves, while Christians believe that the world around them, especially the powerful, exploits them and does not think of them, as if they are the scum of this world.”
New head named for Vatican Gendarmerie (Vatican Press Office) Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti has been named director of the Vatican Gendarmerie, replacing Domenico Giani, who resigned under pressure yesterday. Broccoletti, who has worked on the Vatican’s internal network and internet security since 1999, had been named deputy commander of the Gendarmerie, and second in command under Giani, last year.
Laity, women, sexual abuse, water: Amazon synod discussions continue (Vatican News) “Thanks to the laity, the Church is manifesting itself as a Church moving outward, distancing itself from clericalism,” the Vatican stated in its summary of recent discussions at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. “Sexual exploitation of the young was a recurring theme … In Brazil alone, 62,000 rapes were recorded … Forming catechists toward an integral ecology was underlined again, particularly regarding caring for and safeguarding water, a primary resource and source of life.”