Pope highlights importance of family farms in World Food Day message
In his message for World Food Day, Pope Francis deplored food waste and highlighted the importance of family farms, which he said can address food needs “without destroying the resources of creation.” Calling the farming family “a model for social life, the Pope wrote that “we must learn from their experience, their capacity to work and, above all, that bond of love, solidarity, and generosity.” Farming families, he added, have an interest in preserving nature for future generations.
Benedict XVI will attend beatification of Paul VI
The retired Pontiff is one of three living prelates who were elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Paul VI on Sunday, October 19. The other two-- Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, the retired Archbishop of Sao Paulo; and Cardinal William Baum, the former head of the Apostolic Penitentiary-- are also expected to attend the beatification.
We Need Courageous Bishops: Ignatius of Antioch is a Model
We need Bishops like Ignatius in this new missionary age of the Church. There is a literal assault on marriage and the family in much of the West. Yet, what the Church has to offer on the truth about marriage and the family paves the path to a future of true freedom and human flourishing for all men and women and every culture. The Lord Knows that - and the deposit of faith is in His hands. It must be defended so that it can be given to an age so desperately in need of true freedom.
Climate change is a moral imperative, says Vatican representative at UN
Archbishop Auza called particular attention to the concerns of small island nations that have said rising ocean levels could endanger their future. “This is paradoxical and unjust,” the archbishop said, “given that the primary factors of climate change, like high consumption and high-quantity greenhouse gas emissions, characterize highly industrialized societies.”
German cardinal defends Synod document, says Church teaching can change
"Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things," the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper. “We cannot change the Church,” Cardinal Marx said, “but we have not understood everything yet.”
Sistine Chapel rented out as part of ‘exclusive Porsche tour of Rome’
The Sistine Chapel is being rented out on the evening of October 18 to the Porsche Travel Club as part of an "exclusive Porsche tour of Rome" for 40 tourists, according to the auto company and to media reports. Proceeds will benefit the poor and the homeless.