Amazon missionary bishop rips synod's working document (CNA) Bishop José Luís Azcona Hermoso, 79, said that the working document of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region ignores rampant pedophilia and the spread of Pentecostalism. The document, he added, is “ecclesiologically devoid of theological and pastoral foundations, annulling the Gospel of salvation.”
Pope welcomes presence of autistic girl who interrupts general audience (CNS) A 10-year-old autistic girl unexpectedly started singing and dancing on stage during his August 21 general audience. The Pope then said, “I ask one thing, but everyone should respond in their heart: ‘Did I pray for her; looking at her, did I pray so that the Lord would heal her, would protect her? Did I pray for her parents and for family?’ When we see any person suffering, we must always pray.”
Melbourne, Sydney archbishops react to Pell decision (Archdiocese of Melbourne) “I respectfully receive the Court’s decision, and I encourage everyone to do the same,” said Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne. Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney added, “Reasonable people have taken different views when presented with the same evidence and I urge everyone to maintain calm and civility.” The Holy See and Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference also issued statements.
British bishops call for a Christian spirituality of ecology (CBCEW) “The challenge before us is to learn to care, in the same breath, not only for the beauty of God’s creation, its bounteous biodiversity and life sustaining ecosystems, but also for the unborn, the elderly, those who are victims of exploitation, and others thrown away by a society focused on the satisfaction of our supposed needs as consumers,” the bishops of England and Wales said in a statement.