'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.”
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.”
Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the Pope is to be outside the Church (Catholic Herald) “Whoever is against the Pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church,” the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview with an Italian newspaper. “Those who place me in opposition to the Holy Father cannot present a single word of mine, a single phrase or a single attitude of mine to support their absurd—and I would say, diabolical—affirmation.”
Amid Brexit, Church in Europe navigates competing perspectives over the future (National Catholic Reporter) “The Catholic Church’s voice will clearly be crucial in the years ahead — it’s already being canvassed on all sides, and this can only increase,” said the spokesman for Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the president of COMECE (the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU). “But it has to serve as a moderator, avoiding identification with left or right, and discerning what that Church voice should say between all the different conservative and liberal tendencies.”
'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.”