Archive for October 16, 2023

Bishop William Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Jerusalem bishop discusses hopes for cease-fire, ‘two-state solution’ to Israel-Hamas war

Bishop William Hanna Shomali’s interview with EWTN New’s “Vaticano” program aired Oct. 15. Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, patriarch of Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem offers to be exchanged for hostages held by Hamas

Israel Defense Forces announced Monday that 199 Israeli hostages, including children, are being held by Hamas. Read more

Eli Cohen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, addresses the Globsec regional security forum in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 30, 2023. (?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Israel’s foreign minister criticizes Vatican response to Hamas attack

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen spoke Oct. 15 with the Holy See’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, about the situation... Read more

Synod on Synodality delegates in small groups listen to Pope Francis’ guidance for the upcoming weeks on Oct. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Andrea Gagliarducci

This week at the Synod on Synodality: Participation focus comes amid exit of Chinese bishops

The Vatican confirmed that the bishops from the People’s Republic of China are leaving ahead of the event’s conclusion. Read more

Bishop Yao Shun of Jining  and Bishop Yang Yongqiang of Zhouchun (right) of the People's Republic of China at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican in October 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Chinese bishops leaving Synod on Synodality early

The two prelates are returning to China because of “pastoral needs,” a Vatican spokesman said Monday. Read more

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis reflects on the glorious mysteries of the rosary during the Holy Land Peace Vigil on Oct. 15, 2023, in Rome.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Cardinal De Donatis leads faithful in Rome for prayer vigil for peace in the Holy Land

The candlelight vigil opened with a prayer for the Holy Land and was followed by a recitation of the rosary. Read more

Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

‘Each of us is loved’: California bishops’ letter shows Church response to gender ideology

The joint letter follows other documents and pastoral letters issued by prelates to offer clarity and guidance regarding topics of... Read more

Local Christians pray the rosary during a prayer service hosted by the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, in St. Saviour's Church, Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Marinella Bandini

Praying for peace: Franciscans hold special prayer services in Jerusalem

This past weekend, Franciscan friars joined with other religious and laypeople to pray for peace in the Holy Land one... Read more


By Jonah McKeown

Catholic Relief Services calls for ‘immediate humanitarian access’ to Gaza Strip

The charity group on Saturday asked for aid access “before a dire humanitarian situation becomes a catastrophe.” Read more

Archbishop José Miguel Gómez Rodríguez.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Synod on Synodality ‘cannot remove pages from the Bible,’ synod archbishop says

Archbishop José Miguel Gómez Rodríguez, the archbishop of Manizales in Colombia, shares his experience at the Synod of Synodality. Read more

Israel unleashed an attack in the northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 12, 2023, in Gaza City, Gaza.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

U.S. bishops urge faithful to join in day of prayer and fasting for peace in Holy Land

The Latin Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, last week urged Catholics to devote Oct. 17 to prayer. Read more

Bishop Olivier Leborgne of Arras, France.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Islamist kills teacher at French high school, bishop condemns the terrorist attack

The bishop of Arras, France, Olivier Leborgne, condemned the murder of a teacher by a young Islamist and the terrorist... Read more

"The Chosen" Season Four poster.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

‘The Chosen’ announces Season 4 theatrical release, new trailer

For the first time, the full season of the hit Christian series will be shown exclusively in theaters before its... Read more

A view of Baltimore's Basilica nestled amid the city's famed row houses.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Pastor removed from ministry after report about $200,000 in sex abuse hush money

Father Paschal Morlino, OSB, who has been removed from his 30-year tenure as pastor of a local parish, denies any... Read more