Archbishop Cordileone on Catholic voters' duties [Exclusive] (CWN) [This week Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco spoke with Phil Lawler of CWN about a piece that appeared on this site last month (”Two cheers for Archbishop Cordileone”). The results of that conversation will appear in a new piece next week. During the conversation, Phil Lawler took the opportunity to ask the archbishop about the responsibilities of Catholic voters in the US elections.]
Pope deplores attack on Nice basilica, prays for victims and their families (Vatican Press Office) “Informed of the savage attack that was perpetrated this morning in a church in Nice, causing the death of several innocent people, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in prayer with the suffering of the families affected, and shares their sorrow,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State. “He asks the Lord to bring them comfort and commends the victims to His mercy. As he condemns such violent acts of terror in the strongest possible way, he assures his the Catholic community of France and all the French people of his closeness ... He entrusts France to the protection of Our Lady ...”
Pope to halt in-person weekly general audience, resume livestreaming (Vatican News) Following reports that a person at the Pope’s October 21 general audience tested positive for Covid, the Holy See Press Office announced that the Pope would again livestream his Wednesday general audiences from the library of the Apostolic Palace, “in order to avoid any possible future risk to the health of the participants.” Livestreaming of the weekly audiences began on February 26; the Pontiff resumed in-person audiences on September 2.
Irish primate protests ban on public Masses (Irish Independent) Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh criticized a “blanket restriction on public worship” in Ireland, after a meeting with the country’s prime minister Michael Martin. The archbishop lamented that the ban had been imposed “without any meaningful consultation with religious leaders,” and observed that there is no evidence that the Covid virus has spread through churches. He argued that religious worship would be viewed as an essential activity. “It is fundamental to what we are as a Christian community,” he said.
French authorities arrest 2nd suspect in Nice terror attack (AP) French authorities have arrested a second suspect in connection with the terror attack on a basilica in Nice. The man believed to have killed three people is already in police custody, in a hospital, having been shot on the scene. Police are looking into claims that the attack was organized by a Tunisian jihadist group.
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar condemns terrorist attack on French basilica (Andalou News Agency) “There is no justification for such heinous terrorist attacks which contradict the tolerant teachings of Islam and all monotheistic religions,” said the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, whom some Sunni Muslims regard as the highest Muslim authority, and who signed the Document on Human Fraternity with Pope Francis in 2019. “Terrorism has no religion, all Muslims are invited to condemn this criminal act that neither belongs to Islam nor to the peace-loving [Muhammad].”
Archbishop Cordileone: Christian culture endures in health care workers' sacrificial commitment (Catholic San Francisco) “I think at this time of health care workers, especially early on in the crisis of the pandemic, who worked themselves to exhaustion, at risk to their own health and even their own lives in this pandemic,” San Francisco’s archbishop preached at a White Mass for medical professionals. “As de-Christianized as our society has become, we still see this happening. This tells me we still have the last vestiges of what was once a society imbued with Judeo-Christian values. This is what a Christian society looks like.”
Cardinal-designate Grech discusses vision for Synod of Bishops (The Malta Independent) In September, Cardinal-designate Mario Grech succeeded Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri as Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. “Rather than taking a more top to bottom approach, my aim, as well as the Church’s, is to see what challenges people face and then look towards God for an answer,” he said. “This entails a process of listening which is something that Pope Francis strongly believes in, as he has always appealed for us to learn how to listen to one another and God Himself.”
Pakistani prelate protests court decision allowing kidnapping of Christian girl (Fides) Cardinal Joseph Coutts of Karachi has protested a Pakistani court decision that rejected protests after a 13-year-old Catholic girl was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam, and married to a middle-aged man. The cardinal pleaded for “measures to be taken to stop the growing wave of kidnappings and forced conversions and marriages of young girls belonging to religious minorities in Pakistan.”
Brooklyn diocese pressing lawsuit against shutdown (National Catholic Register) The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, is continuing a legal challenge against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shutdown rules, which have closed down churches. The diocese has appealed a court ruling that upheld the emergency regulations; the appeal will be heard next week. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio argues that religious worship should be recognized as “essential,” and that “we are convinced that we can hold religious services safely.”
Pope recalls late Malaysian cardinal (Vatican Press Office) Following the death of Malaysia’s first cardinal, Pope Francis prayed for the repose of his soul and expressed “gratitude for Cardinal [Anthony Soter] Fernandez’s faithful witness to the Gospel, his generous service to the Church in Malaysia and his longstanding commitment to the promotion of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.”
US bishop chairmen commend administration for Geneva Consensus Declaration (USCCB) The US and 32 other nations have now signed the declaration, which emphasizes that there is no international right to abortion. “We are grateful to the administration for its leadership on this historic declaration that proclaims many critical truths about the sanctity of human life and the family, including that every human being has the inherent right to life, and that the family is foundational to a healthy society,” the bishops said.