'To cry out, to walk, to give thanks': Pope Francis canonizes John Henry Newman, 4 other blesseds (Vatican Press Office) The five canonized during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square (video) are St. John Henry Newman (English cardinal, 1801-1890, works); St. Giuseppina Vannini (Italian, 1859-1911), virgin, foundress of the Daughters of Saint Camillus; St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel (Indian, Syro-Malabar, 1876-1926), virgin, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; St. Irmã Dulce Pontes (Brazilian Franciscan sister, 1914-1992), virgin; and St. Marguerite Bays (Swiss, Secular Franciscan Order, 1815-1879), virgin.
Pope appeals for dialogue for Syria following Turkish invasion (Zenit) “My thought goes once again to the Middle East, in particular, to the beloved and martyred Syria, from which tragic news arrives again on the fate of the populations of the northeast of the country, constrained to abandon their homes because of the military actions: among these populations, there are also many Christian families,” Pope Francis said following his October 13 Sunday Angelus address. “To all the actors involved and also to the international community, please, I renew the appeal to be sincerely committed, with honesty and transparency, to the path of dialogue to seek effective solutions.”
Advocates urge Trump not to desert Christians, Yazidis, Kurds in Syria (CNS) President Trump’s recent decision to move US troops from northeastern Syria “undercuts our own trust that this administration is truly committed to international religious freedom and the survival of religious minorities in the Middle East,” dozens of religious freedom advocacy organizations said in a letter.
Insurer: no coverage for Buffalo diocese in cover-up cases (WKBW) The insurance company that provides coverage for the Buffalo (New York) diocese has said that it will not handle payments for sex-abuse settlements if the diocese concealed evidence of the abuse. Continental Insurance argued in court filings that its coverage is for “accidents” and not for “a decades-long pattern of covering up allegations of abuse.”