Data show mass exodus from Catholic Church in Amazon region (L'Espresso) Working with statistics furnished by the Vatican press office, Sandro Magister of L’Espresso finds that the Catholic proportion of the population in the Amazon region has plummeted in the years since 1970: “fully 46% of the 34 million inhabitants in the region have in recent decades abandoned the Catholic Church to switch to other religious denominations.”
40 indigenous persons meet with Pope (Vatican News) “They expressed their gratitude to the Holy Father for convoking the Synod, and asked for help in implementing their desire to ensure a peaceful and happy life for their peoples, caring for their land, and protecting its waters, for their descendants to enjoy,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office.
Brazilian bishop insists that the Amazon's indigenous people can understand celibacy (CNA) “It’s not the indigenous culture that finds insurmountable difficulties in understanding celibacy,” said Bishop José Luis Azcona, who led an Amazonian diocese for nearly 30 years. “For many reasons, there has been a transmission of the faith that was not transformed into culture, a faith that was not completely received, not thought out completely, not lived faithfully.”
Brazilian prelate ducks question on Ford Foundation funding (Catholic World Report) At an October 17 Vatican press conference, Archbishop Roque Paloschi, the president of the Brazilian bishops’ indigenous missionary council, deflected a question about Ford Foundation support for his group. When journalist Edward Pentin remarked that reports showed heavy Ford Foundation support for the Pan-Amazon Church Network, Archbishop Paloschi only replied that the group’s financial accounts had been audited by the Brazilian bishops and the government.
Background: World Mission Sunday (CWN) On October 20, the Church around the world commemorates World Mission Sunday. The theme of the Pope’s message for the day is “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World,” which is also the theme of the Church’s extraordinary missionary month (October 2019) in celebration of the centenary of Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic letter Maximum Illud.
Following Turkish invasion of Syria, prelate calls on Catholics in US to 'beseech our Lord' for peace (USCCB) “The ancient Christians and other religious minorities who have called this region home for millennia are at risk of being lost forever,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio, the archbishop for the military services and chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. “I invite all people of good will [to] join me in beseeching our Lord, the Prince of Peace, for real solutions and stability and to prepare to meet the concrete needs of the new wave of refugees.”
'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.