||Pope Francis greets Chilean miners
Before the general audience
Oct. 14, the pope met with
700 sick and disabled people who were gathered in the Paul VI audience hall. Among those present in St. Peter's Square were the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 70 days at the Copiapo mines in 2010. "I believe that any one of you is capable of coming up here and telling us what hope means. Thank you for hoping in God," the pope told them.
Pope urges people
Pope Francis leads the Oct. 18 Mass for the canonization of four saints.
Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters, cns
to serve others with joy
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.
All of Christ's disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and "suppress our instinctive desire to exercise power over others, and instead exercise the virtue of humility."
The pope said the new saints — a Spanish religious woman, an Italian priest and the first married couple with children to be canonized together — "unfailingly served their brothers and sisters with outstanding humility and charity in imitation of the divine master."
On World Mission Sunday Oct. 18 in St. Peter's Square, during the Synod of Bishops on the family, the pope created the following new saints:
• Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877), the French parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. They had nine children; four died in infancy and five entered religious life. During their 19-year marriage, the couple was known to attend Mass daily, pray and fast, respect the Sabbath, visit the elderly and the sick, and welcome the poor into their home.
• Italian Father Vincenzo Grossi (1845-1917), founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory.
• Spanish Sister Maria of the Immaculate Conception (1926-1998), a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross.
Some 65,000 people attended the Mass, including the more than 300 cardinals, bishops and others taking part in the Oct. 4-25 synod on the family.
Favorability numbers rise
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Marist Poll survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus found Pope Francis' favorability made significant gains among Catholics and among Americans overall in the wake of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. Among practicing Catholics, 90 percent now say they view Pope Francis favorably, up from 83 percent in August, one month before his visit. Among all Americans, the pope's numbers jumped from 58 percent to 74 percent. Asked if they are clear about Pope Francis' vision for the church, 55 percent of Americans said yes, up from 43 percent, and 88 percent of practicing Catholics said the same, up from 73 percent.
Young Catholics' survey
WASHINGTON — A survey commissioned by Holy Cross Family Ministries provides insights into the faith practices of young Catholic families. One of the more surprising findings is that Hispanics now make up a solid majority of Catholic families where the parents are ages 25-45, the age group targeted by the survey. Another is that more than two-thirds of families make no provision for the faith formation of their children, either by sending them to a Catholic school or by enrolling them in a parish religious education program. The prevalence of Hispanics as the heads of young families "really tells us a lot about where we need to focus a lot of our resources, time, energy and our own prayer as well," said Holy Cross Father Willy Raymond, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries.
Stolen cross recovered
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Diocese of Lincoln announced Oct. 16 that Bishop James D. Conley's pectoral cross, taken from his home in a burglary, has been recovered. The cross was stolen the afternoon of Oct. 10, when the bishop was not home.
Fight to reopen church
WASHINGTON — An attorney representing members of a closed parish in the Boston Archdiocese said the group plans to continue its legal battle to reopen the church. Attorney Mary Beth Carmody said Oct. 15 that Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini Inc. of Scituate, Massachusetts, would seek a rehearing of their case with the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and petition the state Supreme Judicial Court to hear the case. The appeals court issued its judgment in the case Oct. 14, agreeing with the archdiocese's stance that parishioners are trespassing on church property.
Extreme poverty down
UNITED NATIONS — Despite the good news that the percentage of people living in extreme poverty is set to go below 10 percent for the first time since such data has been collected, much work remains if the United Nations' goal to wipe it out entirely by 2030 is to be met, according to Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the U.N.
— Catholic News Service
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