'To cry out, to walk, to give thanks': Pope Francis canonizes John Henry Newman, 4 other blesseds (Vatican Press Office) The five canonized during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square (video) are St. John Henry Newman (English cardinal, 1801-1890, works); St. Giuseppina Vannini (Italian, 1859-1911), virgin, foundress of the Daughters of Saint Camillus; St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel (Indian, Syro-Malabar, 1876-1926), virgin, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; St. Irmã Dulce Pontes (Brazilian Franciscan sister, 1914-1992), virgin; and St. Marguerite Bays (Swiss, Secular Franciscan Order, 1815-1879), virgin.
Syrian prelate denounces US, Europe for betraying Kurds, helping Islamists (AsiaNews) The Roman Catholic vicar of Aleppo, Syria, has lashed out at the US for betraying the Kurds and giving new opportunities to Islamic radicals who have united with Turkey in a military offensive in northern Syria. Europe, too, has allowed the carnage, charged Bishop Georges Khazen. He reported that “not only Kurds, but also Armenian Christians, Assyrians, Chaldeans” are among the victims of the renews fighting.
Pope appeals for dialogue for Syria following Turkish invasion (Zenit) “My thought goes once again to the Middle East, in particular, to the beloved and martyred Syria, from which tragic news arrives again on the fate of the populations of the northeast of the country, constrained to abandon their homes because of the military actions: among these populations, there are also many Christian families,” Pope Francis said following his October 13 Sunday Angelus address. “To all the actors involved and also to the international community, please, I renew the appeal to be sincerely committed, with honesty and transparency, to the path of dialogue to seek effective solutions.”
Advocates urge Trump not to desert Christians, Yazidis, Kurds in Syria (CNS) President Trump’s recent decision to move US troops from northeastern Syria “undercuts our own trust that this administration is truly committed to international religious freedom and the survival of religious minorities in the Middle East,” dozens of religious freedom advocacy organizations said in a letter.
Bolivian bishops call for transparent elections (Fides) The Catholic bishops of Bolivia have called for transparency in the country’s elections, scheduled for October 20, emphasizing the role of international observers to guarantee a truly democratic result “in a climate of distrust.”
Greek Orthodox recognize new Ukrainian Orthodox body (Orthodox World) The Greek Orthodox Church has given its recognition to the newly independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) was recognized in January by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. But the Russian Orthodox Church has adamantly opposed recognition of the new body, supporting the continued authority of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church—Moscow Patriarchate.
Vatican: journalist misquoted Pope on Christ's divinity (CNA) The Vatican has flatly contradicted a report by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari that Pope Francis said Jesus was not divine. “The Holy Father never said what Scalfari wrote,” Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini told reporters on October 10. Earlier the Vatican press office had said that Scalfari’s report “cannot be considered a faithful account.” As for what the Pope truly thinks on the issue, Ruffini said: “That will be found rather throughout the Church’s magisterium and Pope Francis’ own, on Jesus: true God and true man.”