Pope Francis lauds St. John Paul II, St. Luke (Vatican Press Office) “Let us give thanks to the Lord for all the good that has been done in the Church, in the world and in human hearts through the words of John Paul II, his works and his holiness,” Pope Francis said on October 16, the anniversary of the saint’s election to the papacy in 1978. Pope Francis also described St. Luke, whose feast day is October 18, as “the evangelist who best reveals the heart of Jesus and His mercy.”
Vatican prefect summarizes synod's main themes (Vatican News) The Amazon synod’s main themes, according to Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, are the “Amazon region as a paradigm for the earth as our common home a calling to ecological conversion; interculturation; access to the sacraments and education; ministries; migration; rural and urban life; [and] international and multilateral engagement for human rights.” He made his remarks at an October 16 press briefing (video).
Controversial feminine image at synod resprents life, leading Vatican official says (CNA) “The wooden figure of a [nude] pregnant woman has been described as both a Marian image and as a traditional indigenous religious symbol of the goddess Pachamama, or Mother Earth,” according to the report. Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, said that the image “represents life through a woman,” though he added this was merely his personal opinion.
Venezuelan bishop: why so many priests in Rome? (Crux) A Venezuelan bishop, speaking at the Amazon Synod, has remarked that at a time when the Amazon region (among others) suffers from a severe shortage of priests, there is an enormous number of priests now living in Rome. “It cannot be that they’re all studying in Rome,” said Bishop Johnny Eduardo Reyes of Puerto Ayacucho.
Kenyan priest abducted and killed (Fides) The body of Father Michael Kyengo, who was abducted from his parish in Thata, Kenya, on October 7, has been discovered. Police report that he was evidently strangled. A suspect who was in possession of the priest’s car and cell phone has been arrested.
'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.