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Vatican Aiming For Child Protection Norms Custom-Fitted Per Culture (116)

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors met in October to continue its work on norms and procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.

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View of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical Urbanian University.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — When it comes to protection against sexual abuse, guidelines need to be implemented according to the customs of each country if they are to be effective, said one official of the Vatican’s commission for the protection of minors, which met in Rome over the weekend.

“The important thing about guidelines is that they’ve got to fit the country that they’re in, and the culture that they’re in,” said commission member Bill Kilgallon, director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand.

“What we don’t want to do is impose something that we don’t have the power to impose,” he told CNA. “But it won’t work if you try and impose something...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Establishes a Shelter for Rome’s Homeless Men (314)

The new dormitory is called ‘Gift of Mercy,’ Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the apostolic almoner, told Vatican Radio.

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Pope Francis’ dorm for the homeless, ‘Gift of Mercy,’ in Rome, Italy 2 on Oct. 12.

– L’Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months.

The new dormitory is called “Gift of Mercy,” because mercy is “love’s second name,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Apostolic Almoner, told Vatican Radio.

He added that the initiative is a response to Pope Francis’ call to the faithful to care for the poor and the homeless.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis established showers, bathrooms and a barber shop inside the Vatican to serve the homeless population.

The new shelter, just around the corner from the Vatican in Via dei Penitenzieri, is furnished by the...READ MORE

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Humanitarian Aid To Middle East Refugees Is Fully Mobilized (658)

But Why Aren't Displaced Christians Making it to the US?

10/13/2015 Comment
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Refugee families who fled the advance of Islamic State forces in Sinjar shelter under a bridge in the Kurdish city of Duhok.

– Hawre Khalid/Catholic Relief Services

Pope Francis leads by example.

In response to the unprecedented refugee crisis confronting Europe, the Holy Father urged all Catholic parishes and Church entities — from monasteries to seminaries and “every sanctuary of Europe” — to offer shelter to a refugee family during his Sunday Angelus on Sept. 6.

On the same day, a family of four arrived in Italy from Damascus, Syria.

Members of the Melkite Catholic Church, a Byzantine-rite Church in communion with the Holy See, the family was welcomed to a Church-owned apartment by the Vatican City parish of St. Anna’s, which will provide full assistance while the newcomers apply for asylum.

Before leaving for his pilgrimage to Cuba and the...READ MORE

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How the ‘Shadow Council’ is Trying to Influence the Synod on the Family (840)

The ideas of the European bishops who endorse approval of contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced-and-remarried were reflected in the German-speaking group report.

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising speaks at a press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College, Oct. 5.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — When the first week’s reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday, the influence of those who participated in May’s “Shadow Council” could be discerned in the report of the German-speaking group.

The secretive May meeting was organized by the German, French, and Swiss bishops’ conferences; and while nearly all of the small groups strongly criticized the synod’s instrumentum laboris, or working document, the German report is different, as it praises the working document for both its method and contents.

The three French speaking groups have a more nuanced approach to the instrumentum laboris, given the varied compositions of each groups,...READ MORE

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A Third Way for the Synod: Bring Back Penitential Discipline; Candida Attacks Pope Francis and More! (941)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on A Possible Third Way for the Synod: Bring Back the Penitential Discipline, i.e., the Path of the Ordo Pænitentium by Fr. Thomas Michelet, O.P., of Nova & Vetera link to read more.

A Possible Third Way for the Synod: Bring Back the Penitential Discipline, i.e., the Path of the Ordo Pænitentium by Fr. Thomas Michelet, O.P., of Nova & Vetera - Big Pulpit

Notre Dame’s Candida Moss Attacks Pope Francis With an Outrageous Claim – Kimberly Scharfenberger, Catholic Education Daily

Marriage: The Enigma in the Room – H. L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

The Humility and Hubris of Pope Francis – William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

The Lamest Defense of Planned Parenthood Ever – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Synod Update for Monday – Big Pulpit

12 Fatal Flaws in the Instrumentum Laboris, Synod Guide for Bishops – Douglas Farrow Ph.D., Catholic Herald Magazine

Four Reasons to...READ MORE

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At Synod, Cardinals’ Letter Controversy and Doctrinal Issues Take Center Stage (1928)

Following a relatively calm initial week, the synodal discussions took on a somewhat edgier tone on Oct. 12

10/12/2015 Comment
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– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Mystery over a private letter sent to Pope Francis from a group of cardinals and heated discussions in the synod hall over issues impinging on doctrine were the highlights as the debate heated up on the first day of the second week of the Ordinary Synod on the Family.

In an article published Oct. 12, Vaticanista Sandro Magister revealed the purported contents of a letter, first reported by Vatican Insider’s Andrea Tornielli last week, in which it was claimed that 13 cardinals had appealed to Pope Francis saying the synod lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, was among the reported...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell on Synod Letter: ‘List of Signatories Is Wrong, So Is Content’ (1266)

The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, adding that the contents of private documents should remain private.

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Cardinal George Pell leaves the Vatican's Synod Hall after a session of the synod on the family on Oct. 13, 2014.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, adding that the contents of private documents should remain private.

“The list of signatories is wrong, and so is the content,” Cardinal Pell told CNA Oct. 12.

“I don’t know what they did, exactly. Perhaps they attributed incorrect signatures to a wrong text,” he continued, referring to how the errors could have been inserted into the text. “I am not the head of any lobby; I am just a messenger.”

The cardinal’s comments come in response to a report that he was among the signatories of an Oct. 5 letter to Pope...READ MORE

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Converts Light the Way for the Synod on the Family (1401)


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As the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family debates proposals that would change Church discipline that bars divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics from receiving the Eucharist, an open letter signed by more than 100 Catholic converts calls on Church leaders to affirm the indissolubility of marriage.

“As you prepare for the synod on the family, we hope that you will be encouraged by the multitude of lay faithful who were, and continue to be, attracted to the Church in large part because of what she proposes about the human being in her teaching about sexual difference, sexuality, marriage and the family,” states an “Open Letter to Pope Francis and the Synod Fathers,” signed by...READ MORE

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