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Synod Drama Continues
Francis X. Rocca - Catholic News Service
The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views.
Settlement in Minnesota
Catholic News Service
With a historic courtroom in downtown St. Paul as the backdrop, attorney Jeff Anderson and officials from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Oct. 13 announced a settlement of one of the first cases filed under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. They also released a history-making agreement to work together to protect children and help clergy sexual abuse victims/survivors heal.
How to Minister to Divorced and Remarried?
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
By tapping into its Eastern theological and spiritual traditions, the Catholic Church could find an appropriate way to minister to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics and others in situations the church considers irregular, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said.
A New Round of Protest Begins in Ferguson
From CNS, Staff and other sources
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis urged protesters to turn away from violence as a new round of protests began over the shooting death of African-American teenager Michael Brown this past summer in the small town of Ferguson.
The protests were to take place not only in Ferguson, where Brown was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, but also in St. Louis under the banner "Ferguson October."
U.S. Sisterhood in Decline?
Catholic News Service
A longtime trend of declining numbers of women in religious orders is unpacked a bit in a new study by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
In the report released Oct. 13, the social science researchers of CARA observed that the demographical story of women religious in the United States takes some disentangling.
Synod Mid-term Report Highlights 'Graduality,' Welcoming
Kevin Clarke
The Synod on the family's General Rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdő, presented the mid-term report on Oct. 13, outlining the main questions highlighted over the past week of General Congregations which will now be examined in by the bishops, fraternal delegates, auditors and experts in the ‘minor circles’ or small working groups.
Voice Lessons
Francis X. Rocca - Catholic News Service
In official reports of the closed-door talks at the Synod of Bishops on the family, an emerging theme has been the call for a new kind of language more appropriate for pastoral care today.
"Language appeared many, many times," Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the briefer for English-speaking journalists, told reporters Oct.7, the assembly's second working day. "There's a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the very complex situations" the church faces.
Synod Stops for Message of Solidarity for War Suffering
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Gathered with Pope Francis, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family issued a message of solidarity, support and prayers for all families suffering the impact of war and violence, especially in Iraq and Syria.
The members prayed particularly for those who, "because of the Christian faith they profess or because they belong to other ethnic or religious communities, have been forced to abandon everything and flee toward a future that lacks any kind of certainty."
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Parents Pray as Search for Missing Mexican Students Continues
David Agren - Catholic News Service
Families of 43 students who "disappeared" in Guerrero state spend their time praying at the teacher training college the students attended.
They plead for intervention from Our Lady of Guadalupe and pray the rosary in front of a makeshift St. James shrine, adorned with flowers placed in plastic Pepsi and mayonnaise bottles and set up in a common area adorned with murals of Che Guevara and other revolutionaries.
Peace Prize Winners Announced - #NotFrancis
Kim Hjelmgaard - USA Today (RNS)
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi won the 95th Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work promoting education rights for children in a year that has been anything but peaceful.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Yousafzai, 17 and the youngest-ever Nobel winner, is from Pakistan and Satyarthi, 60, is from India — facts that bring added...
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