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Logic of weapons, self-interest wreak havoc on Mideast, pope says
Pope Francis said he will never give up calling for stronger efforts to bring peace to the Middle East and for people to stop being indifferent to the fate of the region's people. "My daily prayer to God," he said, is "to inspire the minds and hearts of all who have political responsibility, that they may be able to renounce their own interests in order to achieve the greater good -- peace." The pope spoke during a private audience Sept. 29 at the Vatican with bishops, priests, religious and lay Catholics who provide pastoral and humanitarian assistance to those in need in Syria, Iraq and neighboring countries.
K of C leader Anderson to receive Path to Peace Award
The Path to Peace Foundation, which supports the Vatican's work at UN headquarters in New York, will give its top annual award to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus. In announcing the award, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer at the UN, praised the Knights of Columbus for their work to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Invoke the archangels, Pope tells pilgrims
At the conclusion of his September 28 general audience, Pope Francis called upon pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to seek the intercession of the archangels. “In tomorrow’s liturgy we celebrate the feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael,” he said. “They are ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.”
LA Dodgers host first-ever 'Catholic Night'
On Sept. 2, Dodger Stadium served as the center of a massive Venn diagram of local Catholics and lifelong fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the ballpark hosted its first-ever “Catholic Night.” The baseball team hosted, fittingly, the San Diego Padres on the field, and actual ordained members of religious life and lay people from throughout the tri-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the stands. Notable Catholics in attendance included Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron and native Angeleno Auxiliary Bishop Joseph V. Brennan, both Dodger fans, who were given the chance to realize the lifelong dream of coming onto the field to throw out ceremonial first pitches.
Muslims, Catholics build bridges during week of fun, faith at camp
The smiles spread spontaneously, creating the kind of infectious joy that immediately connects people, no matter their backgrounds or faiths. The young Muslim Americans who spent a week in the summer swimming, canoeing, climbing and learning more about their faith at the Catholic Youth Organization camp in Nashville also wanted to learn a special song from the young Catholics who were their lifeguards, canoeing guides and climbing instructors.