Pope's weekday Mass homily (10/19): the gift of God's salvation opens the door to all (Vatican Radio) Preaching on Lk. 11:47-54, the Pope warned that “the Pharisees, doctors of the law are not people of the past, even today there are many of them.” He cited the example of “parish priests who did not baptize the children of the mothers because they were not born in canonical marriage.” At root, he added, is the loss of a close relationship with the Lord, along with a “dull mindset that believes in the self-sufficiency of salvation with the fulfillment of the law.”
Papal book on the Our Father to be published in November (SIR) The book consists of a conversation between Pope Francis and Father Marco Pozza, an Italian theologian and prison chaplain. The head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication announced that a 9-part TV series related to the book will be broadcast beginning 10/25.
House Speaker Ryan headlines Al Smith dinner (Crux) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was the featured speaker at the annual Al Smith dinner, raising funds for Catholic charities in New York. Actress Patricia Heaton shared the spotlight in the event, which raised almost $3.5 million.
The Al Smith dinner has caused controversy in past years, because presidential candidates—including those who are at odds with Church teachings—have traditionally been invited to speak.
Nigerian prelate demands end to ethnic violence (Fides) Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, the president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, decried a new outbreak of bloodshed in the Plateau state, where at least 29 people were killed in an attack on a primary school. The archbishop called for an end to the violence, caused by clashes between the Irigwe and Fulani tribes. He criticized government forces for their failure to stop the kilings.
Background: World Mission Sunday (CWN) On October 22, the Church around the world will commemorate World Mission Sunday. The theme of the Pope’s message for the day is “Mission at the heart of the Christian faith.”
Papal audiences (10/19) (Vatican Press Office) In 6 separate audiences, the Pope received the new Serbian ambassador, the leadership of the Brazilian episcopal conference, the nuncio to Uruguay, a Costa Rican political leader, a World Methodist Council delegation, and students from a Catholic school in France.