Pope Francis canonizes Paul VI, Archbishop Romero, 5 other saints (Vatican Press Office) In his homily for the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Óscar Romero, and five other saints (video, booklet), the Pope emphasized that “Jesus is radical. He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart.” The Pope used Paul VI’s chalice and wore Romero’s cincture during the outdoor Mass, which 60,000 attended.
Pope laicizes 2 Chilean bishops for abusing minors (Vatican Press Office) The two are Francisco José Cox, 84, who was Bishop of Chillán (1974-81), Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family (1981-85), and Archbishop of La Serena (until his 1997 resignation); and Marco A. Órdenes Fernández, 53, who was Bishop of Iquique from 2006 until his resignation in 2012.
Chile's president meets with Pope (Vatican Press Office) Sebastián Piñera assumed office in March. Topics of discussion included the defense of life (Piñera is pro-life), migration, and “the painful scourge of abuse of minors, reiterating the effort of all in collaboration to combat and prevent the perpetration of such crimes and their concealment.” The nation of 18 million is 67% Catholic and 16% Protestant.
New 'sostituto' introduced by Pope Francis (Vatican News) Pope Francis personally introduced the new sostituto, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, to his colleagues at the Secretariat of State. The sostituto, or deputy Secretary of State, is responsible for the day-to-day paperwork of the Vatican, and meets frequently with the Pontiff. Archbishop Peña Parra, a native of Venezuela, had served in the Vatican diplomatic corps for 25 years before being appointed to his new post in August.
Face abuse 'head-on,' don't 'run and hide,' synod youth say (Crux) “This is the moment to not run and hide, but to face it upfront, and to have conversations about how to articulate the Faith to the generation that is questioning, especially because of this,” said Katie Prejean McGrady. “If, perhaps, those in power have lost credibility, then I think they need to apologize not only for what they’ve done, but then to also ask us what they need to do better —and then listen, with humility and openness, to our answers.”