Vatican, International Jewish Committee mark 55th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) Issued in 1965, Nostra Aetate is the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. “It is without doubt that Nostra Aetate (no.4) laid the foundation for relations between Catholics and Jews and can therefore rightly be considered to be the ‘Magna Carta’ of Catholic–Jewish relations,” Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, said in an October 28 message. Rabbi Noam Marans, in his message, thanked Pope Francis for repeatedly denouncing anti-Semitism.
At Vatican abuse trial, victim petitions to sue pre-seminary (CNA) Vatican City State prosecutors have brought criminal charges against two priests: one for sexual abuse, the other for failing to report abuse allegations. “The whistleblower — the alleged victim’s roommate — is Kamil Jarzembowski, who was 15 at the time,” according to an NPR story. “In 2012, he reported the abuse to Church authorities. He received no response and at the end of the academic year was kicked out of the seminary.”
8 sainthood, beatification causes advance (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis has approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Bl. Giustino Russolillo (1891-1955), founder of the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters, paving the way for his canonization. The Pontiff also advanced the causes of Ven. Maria Llorença Llong, Ven. Elzbieta Czacka, and 20th-century martyrs in Turkey, Italy, and Brazil. Finally, he recognized the heroic virtues of a Brazilian religious brother and a Spanish nun.
Nigerian youth are tired of police brutality and corruption, bishops say (Fides) “We support young people who protest and we warn that they are authorized to exercise their right to peaceful demonstrations without any intimidation, but they must not give in to provocations or to incitement to violence,” the Nigerian bishops said in a new statement, issued a week after they described their country as a “failing state.”
El Salvador prelate concerned by border militarization (CNS) While not opposed in principle to a military presence at the border with Honduras, Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar of Chalatenango called for a respect for the rights of poor agricultural workers, “including being able to move about freely.”
Irish priests could be arrested for celebrating Mass (The Tablet) Catholic priests could be arrested for celebrating Mass in Ireland under new restrictive laws passed last week. Although the law does not explicitly contain penalties for religious rites, a priest could be arrested for leaving his home without adequate excuse, and celebrating the Eucharist is not deemed sufficient reason for travel.
In overview of Fratelli tutti, leading Vatican diplomat notes 10 'questions raised' (Holy See Mission) On October 26, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, offered an overview of the new encyclical to priests of the Archdiocese of New York. Among the ten “questions raised” by the encyclical, he noted at the presentation’s conclusion, are “the nature of the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan,” “the few references to Jesus in the encyclical,” “the mention that ‘we no longer uphold’ the just war theory,” “life imprisonment as a ‘secret death penalty,’” and “Pope Francis’ criticisms of the free market economy.”
Pope reflects on Jesus as man of prayer (Vatican Press Office) On May 6, Pope Francis began a series Wednesday general audiences on prayer; during August and September, he temporarily interrupted that series to speak on the theme of healing the world. His October 28 audience (video) was the 12th devoted to prayer.