Pope announces creation of 13 new cardinals, including Archbishop Gregory of Washington (Vatican News) Pope Francis has announced a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals, including the new Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops (Bishop Mario Grech) and the new Prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints (Bishop Marcello Semeraro). Four of the 13 are over 80 and thus ineligible to take part in a papal election; among the four are Capuchin Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, since 1980 the preacher of the papal household.
Police in Gabon prevent churches from holding Mass (La Croix) “Bishops in the Central African nation had announced Oct. 25 resumption of public worship after six months of lockdown, but security forces intervened,” the report begins. The nation of 2.2 million (map) is 57% Catholic, 29% Protestant, and 10% Muslim, with 3% adhering to ethnic religions.
Treaties do not apply to nations that have not ratified them, Vatican diplomat emphasizes at UN (Holy See Mission) “Any effort to extend a treaty obligation upon a State that has not ratified the relevant instrument would both undermine the sovereignty of each State,” Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said at an October 22 UN meeting. “Imprecise or overly broad language that suggests universal applicability of treaty provisions per se is unhelpful and blurs the line between what is binding on States as a matter of treaty law and what is not.”
Benin's bishops, in election statement, decry 'insidious promotion' of homosexuality (Fides) Benin, a West African nation of 11.3 million (map), is 28% Muslim, 26% Catholic, and 14% Protestant, with 12% adhering to the traditional regional Vodun religion. Benin’s bishops lamented “the insidious promotion and gradual introduction of homosexuality and sexual orientation as human rights in the legislation of the countries of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP) in exchange for the renewal of bilateral and multilateral agreements on international aid.”
Love of God and neighbor are inseparable, Pope tells pilgrims (Vatican Press Office) “Adoring God is precisely the heart of prayer, Pope Francis said during his October 25 Sunday Angelus address (video) as he reflected on Matthew 22:34-40, the Gospel of the day. “And love for neighbor, which is also called fraternal charity, consists in closeness, listening, sharing, caring for others. And so often we neglect to listen to others because it is boring or because it takes up our time.”
Poland: Masses disrupted after court's abortion ruling (CNA) Protesters burst into Catholic churches and disrupted Sunday Mass by shouting abuse on October 26, after a court ruling restricted legal abortion. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, the president of the nation’s episcopal conference rebuked the invaders: ““Profanity, violence, abusive inscriptions, and the disturbance of services and profanations that have been committed in recent days—although they may help some people to defuse their emotions—are not the right way to act in a democratic state.”
Plenary indulgence for faithful departed extended to entire month of November (Vatican Press Office) The Apostolic Penitentiary has decreed that “this year, in the current circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the plenary indulgences for the deceased faithful will be extended throughout the entire month of November.” The decree urged “all priests with the appropriate faculties offer themselves with particular generosity to the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and administer Holy Communion to the sick.”