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Synod members 'share the journey' with migrants, refugees

IMAGE: CNS photo/Ueslei Marcelino, ReutersBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Honduran Bishop Jose Antonio Canales of Danli said that, given what is going on in his country and throughout Central America, he had to walk in the "Share the Journey" campaign of Caritas Internationalis.The 1.5-mile walk Caritas organized Oct. 21 from Rome's Trastevere neighborhood to the Vatican "is nothing when compared to what migrants are experiencing," said the bishop, who was in Rome for the Synod of Bishops while thousands of his fellow citizens were in a caravan heading toward Mexico and the United States to flee violence and poverty.Joseph Moeono-Kolio from Samoa, one of the young adult observers at the synod, also joined the walk because "migrants and refugees are being forced from their homes. They don't want to leave, but they have to, and once they arrive, they aren't welcome."Nicole Perez from the Philippines, another young synod observer, said that when she w...

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

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- No one is excluded from the love of God or from being welcomed into the Catholic Church, but God's love and the church's welcome also come with a call to conversion, said the English-language groups at the Synod of Bishops.Young people need to know "the church's beautiful, yet challenging, vision, teaching and anthropology of the body, sexuality, love and life, marriage and chastity," said the English-A group."At the same time, we restate the church's opposition to discrimination against any person or group, and her insistence that God loves every young person, and so does the church," the group said in its report.The reports, published by the Vatican Oct. 20, were the result of reflections in the small groups -- divided by language -- on the final chapter of the synod working document, which dealt with "pastoral and missionary conversion."Most of the 14 working groups called for further ...

Nuns on the Bus 21-state tour stirs support for 'responsible programs'

IMAGE: CNS photo/Dennis SadowskiBy Dennis SadowskiCLEVELAND (CNS) -- Franciscan Sister Janice Cebula isn't one to turn down a chance to learn and be inspired.So when Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, decided to take its Nuns on the Bus campaign on the road again beginning Oct. 8 to call attention to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and its impact on social services and local communities, she readily agreed to join one leg of the trip.Sister Cebula, president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton, Iowa, told a rally at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland Oct. 20 that she has not been disappointed since joining the Tax Justice Truth Tour five days earlier in Omaha, Nebraska."You meet a lot of people who understand that we are all sisters and brothers," she said to applause from about 100 people. "And they act like it. We saw a lot of on-the-ground, really innovative programs that are integrative in addressing the whole person."But she said she fe...

Update: Synod members 'share the journey' with migrants, refugees

IMAGE: CNS photo/Ueslei Marcelino, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Honduran Bishop Jose Antonio Canales of Danli said that, given what is going on in his country and throughout Central America, he had to walk in the "Share the Journey" campaign of Caritas Internationalis.The 1.5-mile walk Caritas organized Oct. 21 from Rome's Trastevere neighborhood to the Vatican "is nothing when compared to what migrants are experiencing," said the bishop, who was in Rome for the Synod of Bishops while thousands of his fellow citizens were in a caravan heading toward Mexico and the United States to flee violence and poverty.Joseph Moeono-Kolio from Samoa, one of the young adult observers at the synod, also joined the walk because "migrants and refugees are being forced from their homes. They don't want to leave, but they have to, and once they arrive, they aren't welcome."Nicole Perez from the Philippines, another young synod observer, said that when she ...

U.S. cardinal: Abuse crisis discussed at synod, will top bishops' agenda

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the clerical sexual abuse crisis did not dominate discussions at the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said it was discussed, and everyone in the room clearly believed the crisis has to be dealt with.Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Catholic News Service Oct. 22 as the synod was winding down and preparations for the U.S. bishops' November general meeting moved into high gear.The agenda for the November meeting will include multiple items for dealing with the abuse crisis and, particularly, the issue of bishops' behavior and accountability, Cardinal DiNardo said.One suggestion the bishops will examine, he said, is to draw up "a code of conduct for bishops," similar to those that most dioceses have for priests and for lay employees. Another would be to establish a "third-party reporting system" that would allow so...

Update: Response to sexual abuse crisis tops agenda for USCCB fall meeting

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob RollerBy Dennis SadowskiWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The firestorm surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis and the way some bishops handled allegations of abuse against priests will be an important part of the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall general assembly.The bishops have had to deal with seemingly endless revelations of allegations of abusive clergy since June, most of which referred to long-past incidents. New reports from media outlets also were expected as the Nov. 12-14 assembly in Baltimore approaches.Bishops nationwide also are facing new challenges as several state attorneys general have opened investigations into the handling of abuse allegations. The investigations follow the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report in August that linked more than 300 priests 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 addressed the investigations and h...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Thought of the Day

Be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

Luke 12:36

 

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