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Synod groups on sexuality: Church welcomes all, calls all to conversion

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- No one is excluded from the love ofGod or from being welcomed into the Catholic Church, but God's love and thechurch's welcome also come with a call to conversion, said the English-languagegroups at the Synod of Bishops.Young people need to know "the church's beautiful, yetchallenging, vision, teaching and anthropology of the body, sexuality, love andlife, marriage and chastity," said the English-A group."At the same time, we restate the church's oppositionto discrimination against any person or group, and her insistence that Godloves every young person, and so does the church," the group said in itsreport.The reports, published by the Vatican Oct. 20, were theresult of reflections in the small groups -- divided by language -- on thefinal chapter of the synod working document, which dealt with "pastoraland missionary conversion."Most of the 14 working groups called for further local andnational dialogue with young people on what they need from t...

Response to sexual abuse crisis tops agenda for USCCB fall assembly

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob RollerBy Dennis SadowskiWASHINGTON(CNS) -- The firestorm surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis and the way somebishops handled allegations of abuse against priests will be an important partof the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall general assembly.The bishopshave had to deal with seemingly endless revelations of allegations of abusiveclergy since June, most of which referred to long-past incidents. New reportsfrom media outlets also were expected as the Nov. 12-14 assembly in Baltimore approaches.Bishopsnationwide also are facing new challenges as several state attorneys general haveopened investigations into the handling of abuse allegations. The investigationsfollow the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report in Augustthat linked more than 300priests and church workers to abuse claims and identified more than 1,000 victims over a 70-year period dating from 1947.The USCCB has not directly addressedthe investigations and has not offer...

Smith dinner's tone lighthearted, but abuse crisis not ignored in remarks

IMAGE: CNS photo/Gregory A. ShemitzBy Beth GriffinNEWYORK (CNS) -- In the current toxic environment where political rivals describeeach other as "evil" and "enemies," it is imperative to remember that inAmerica, "our political opponents are not evil, they are just our opponents,"according to Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.TheU.S. ambassador to the United Nations was the keynote speaker at the 73rdannual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Oct. 18 at the NewYork Hilton.Haleydistinguished the heated rhetoric from the "true evil" she has witnessed inSouth Sudan, Syria and North Korea since she arrived at the United Nations in2016. TheAl Smith dinner honors the memory of the former governor of New York, who was thefirst Catholic nominated by a major political party to run for president of theUnited States. Proceeds from the $3,000-a-plate event help needy children in thegreater New York area. The foundation distributed $3.4 million in grants afterlast year's dinner.Theevent dre...

Report: Immigrant aid agencies urge end to family separation policies

IMAGE: CNS photo/Loren Elliott, ReutersBy WASHINGTON(CNS) -- A report from two leading faith-based agencies serving immigrantsentering the United States from Mexico and Central America called on thefederal government to end a policy of separating children from their families andhelp families comply with immigration law.The reportdetails the collaboration in July between the U.S. bishops' Office of Migrationand Refugee Services and LutheranImmigration and Refugee Service to assist more than 1,200 families to reuniteafter children were separated from adults under the U.S. Department of Justice's "zerotolerance" policy.The policy causeda crisis at the border in the spring and summer months this year as federalagents jailed adults crossing into the U.S. and placed the children who had accompanied them indetention centers, largely in Texas, Arizona and California.Thefaith-based agencies mobilized in July to assist the departments of HomelandSecurity and Health and Human Services reunify ...

Scalabrini shelter in Guatemala swamped by Hondurans seeking safety

IMAGE: CNS photo/Luis Echeverria, ReutersBy David AgrenMEXICO CITY (CNS) -- AScalabrini migrant shelter in Guatemala City has served 1,700 Hondurans headingnorth as part of a caravan seeking to reach the U.S. border.Carlos Lopez, a shelter official,told Catholic News Service the Scalabrini facility in Guatemala normally servesup to 80 guests at a time, but the number of migrants arriving from Hondurashas forced the shelter to offer lodging in a nearby school. Resources, he added, arestrained and "staff are exhausted," having worked 48 hours nonstop.Rain is also making life miserable for migrants traveling mostly on foot andsometimes forced to sleep outside."We have a soccer fieldfull of people, in the dining room, in every nook and cranny. They're on thebleachers, in the school gym," he said Oct. 18. "The problem now isfeeding people and hygiene. ... We're experiencing chaos right now."A caravan of Hondurans departedthe city of San Pedro Sula Oct. 13, but its ranks swelled as it cro...

Synod about learning from Christ, not producing document, bishop says

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican MediaBy Anne CondodinaVATICANCITY (CNS) -- The point of the Synod of Bishops on young people is not primarilyto produce a document, but instead is to learn from Christ how to "bringGod's mercy into the world," Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport,Connecticut, said in a homily at the synod."Wehave come to sit at the feet of the 'Divine Physician' and learn from him howto become physicians of broken hearts, among youth, young adults, and all God'speople," the bishop said Oct. 18.Eachday a different bishop is chosen to give a homily during midmorning prayer atthe synod. Speaking on the feast of Saint Luke, Bishop Caggiano began byasking, "How can one heal a broken heart?""Itis a question that no disciple of the Lord can avoid asking, since it was toheal broken hearts that our savior came among us," he said.Theyoung physician, Luke, was among the many doctors who sought to "remedythe brokenness of life" with their own skills and tools. But he learnedthat there...

Pope, meeting South Korean leader, says he's open to visiting North

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICANCITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, at a meeting with South Korean President MoonJae-in, said he is willing to visit North Korea.NorthKorean leader Kim Jong-un had asked Moon to tell the pope of the invitation. Accordingto Yonhap, the Korean news agency, Moon's press secretary told reporters thepope said he would accept "if an (official) invitation arrives and I cango.'"Meetingthe South Korean president Oct. 18, the pope praised Moon's efforts topromote peace in the Korean peninsula. "Move forward without stopping. Do not be afraid,"the pope told Moon according to Yonhap. In a statement released after the meeting, the Vatican saidPope Francis and Moon discussed the church's role in promoting "dialogueand reconciliation between Koreans.""Strong appreciation was expressed for the commoncommitment to fostering all useful initiatives to overcome the tensions thatstill exist in the Korean Peninsula, in order to usher in a new season of p...

Young migrants bring vitality, need support, synod members say

IMAGE: CNS photo/Juan Medina, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Helping young migrants hold fast totheir cultural and religious identity, especially in situations where they area minority, was a recurring topic at the Synod of Bishops.BlessedSacrament Father Robert Stark, director of the Office for Social Ministry for the Diocese of Honoluluand regional coordinator for the Vatican's Migrant and Refugees Section,offered synod members very practical advice for assisting young people on themove.First, he said Oct. 16, church workers must listen to youngpeople thinking about leaving their homelands and inform them of the dangers.Second, the church should offer food, shelter and safety to young people intransit. And, when they arrive at their destination, the young should be helpedwith legal assistance and language classes."At each phase of their journey, young migrants passthrough different dioceses but -- from beginning to end -- they can be in thesame loving, caring church,...

Indifference, hatred is the first step to murder, pope says

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hurling insults and being indifferentto other people's lives is the first step along the winding path that leads tokilling them, at leastfiguratively, Pope Francis said. By warning that "whoever is angry with his brother willbe liable to judgment," Jesus equates hatred with murder, the pope saidOct. 17 during his weekly general audience. "Indifference kills. It's like telling someone, 'You'redead to me,' because you've killed them in your heart. Not loving is the firststep to killing; and not killing is the first step to loving," he toldthousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. Continuing his series of talks on the Ten Commandments, thepope reflected on Christ's explanation of the Fifth Commandment, "Thou shall not kill.""Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, andthere recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift thereat the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother,...

'Every parish, rectory in hurricane zone' suffering, says church official

IMAGE: CNS photo/Brian Snyder, ReutersBy Tom TracyMIAMI (CNS) -- The physical impact of Hurricane Michael and theanticipated recovery period for parts of the Florida Panhandle appear to be ona scale of last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,according to the church's top emergency management specialist in Florida."The devastation is so large that we looking at couple of years atleast in recovery," said Gabe Tischler, who is working full time on theHurricane Michael response for the Tallahassee-based Florida CatholicConference following the storm's Oct. 10 landfall.The event brought near Category-5 strength winds when it cameashore at Mexico Beach, Florida, near Panama City in the Florida Gulf Coast."Every parish and rectory in the hurricane zone has suffereddamage, and we are working to get RV units in place so the clergy can move outof the damaged rectories," said Tischler.As a resident of Tallahassee, he had to evacuate hisresidence and is now working rem...

Thought of the Day

Brothers and sisters: In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will

Ephesians 1:11


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