Archive for October 9, 2023

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

St. John Henry Newman’s insights on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Newman, whose conversion to Catholicism rocked the 19th-century English world, devoted a portion of his autobiography defending the Immaculate Conception. Read more

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By Jonah McKeown

Belgian bishop: ‘Euthanasia is not necessarily an evil as such’

Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said the Church’s teaching that euthanasia is an intrinsic evil is “too simple an... Read more

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

By Andrea Gagliarducci

This week at the Synod on Synodality: Deliberations and veiled agendas

Concerns linger about the potential for pressure groups to sway the synod’s course. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Parolin: Hamas attack jeopardizes peace accord with Saudi Arabia

Before the attacks, the U.S. government had been involved in negotiations with Israel and Saudi Arabia working toward establishing formal... Read more

Metropolitan Job, the Eastern Orthodox bishop of Pisidia and the permanent representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the World Council of Churches, speaks to delegates of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 9, 2023, at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. He is attending the Synod on Synodality as a fraternal delegate.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Eastern Orthodox synods are bishops-only, metropolitan tells delegates

Speaking to the Synod, an Eastern Orthodox bishop said the definition of synodality of the October assembly “differs greatly” from... Read more

The Romeike Family.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

German Christian home-schooling family reportedly given stay of deportation

The Romeike family faced potential deportation by the Biden administration after having spent over a decade in the United States. Read more

The Synod on Synodality convened on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of October

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of October is for the Synod.  Read more

A salvo of rockets is fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City toward Israel on Oct. 8, 2023. The death toll surged to almost 1,000 since Palestinian militant group Hamas launched its massive surprise attack on Israel with a barrage of rockets and a massive ground assault, officials on both sides said on Oct. 8.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

U.S. bishops call for prayers for peace in Holy Land amid escalating war

The strike by Hamas resulted in hundreds of Israeli deaths, as well as reports of Hamas insurgents allegedly abducting Israeli... Read more


By Hannah Brockhaus

FACT CHECK: Did 118 participants at the Synod on Synodality really come down with COVID?

After consulting doctors, Cardinal Mario Grech said there was no reason to be alarmed about the spread of COVID at... Read more

The second week of the Synod on Synodality assembly began Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, with a Greek-Byzantine Divine Liturgy offered in St. Peter’s Basilica for all Synod delegates.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

PHOTOS: Synod on Synodality delegates attend Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica

Patriarchs representing many Eastern Catholic Churches chanted prayers and processed up to the basilica’s Altar of the Chair. Read more

A picture taken in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Oct. 7, 2023, shows burnt-out vehicles outside a residential building hit in a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Nearly 300 reported killed by Hamas insurgents at Israeli music festival

The Supernova music festival being held near Kibbutz Re’im in southwestern Israel, just a few miles from the Gaza Strip,... Read more

Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.?w=200&h=150

By Eduardo Berdejo

Archbishop Chaput offers advice to the Synod on Synodality

In an article published Friday in First Things, the archbishop was asked what he would say to those attending the... Read more