Synod press briefing: homosexuality, refugees, openness to change (Vatican News) The heads of the Jesuit, Dominican, and Conventual Franciscan orders addressed the press on October 15, as did Ms. Silvia Teresa Retamales Morales, a Chilean youth who “said that young people say that the Church should not discriminate against minorities—especially people of different sexual orientations.” The head of the Dominican order, Father Bruno Cadoré, added “that a hallmark of the Church is that it is open to change, orientated towards the future.”
Pope warns against 'rigid' laity, priests, and bishops (Vatican News) “Always, under or behind rigidity, there are problems, grave problems,” the Pontiff preached during his October 16 weekday Mass. “Jesus is not there. The spirit of the world is there ... Be careful around those who are rigid. Be careful around Christians—be they laity, priests, bishops—who present themselves as so ‘perfect,’ rigid. Be careful.”
Ukrainian Catholic leader: Pope's action on China, Ecumenical Patriarch's action on Ukraine are healing acts (Crux) Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk referred to Pope Francis granting full communion to “millions of simple faithful, simple Catholic Christians in China who in this way have returned to the womb of the mother Church,” as well as to the Ecumenical Patriarch granting “communion with the Church of Christ to almost 20 million Ukrainians ... What I perceive as a pastor is that, finally, this question has been resolved: will the members of these non-canonical [Ukrainian] churches have eternal salvation or not? Only the Orthodox had the faculties and power to respond to that.”
Some nuns press for women's vote at Synod (AP) A religious sister participating in the Synod said, “I believe that in future synods—I will not say the very next synod—but in future synods we will probably see a change as to who votes.”
Vatican holds conference on peace journalism (Vatican News) The Dicastery for Communication sponsored the conference. “Editors and reporters making choices about what to report, and how to report it ... create opportunities for society at large to consider and to value nonviolent responses to conflict,” one speaker said.
Pope Francis canonizes Paul VI, Archbishop Romero, 5 other saints (Vatican Press Office) In his homily for the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Óscar Romero, and five other saints (video, booklet), the Pope emphasized that “Jesus is radical. He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart.” The Pope used Paul VI’s chalice and wore Romero’s cincture during the outdoor Mass, which 60,000 attended.