The devil is no myth – he's real and we must fight him, Pope says
“In this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha house for his Oct. 30 daily Mass. He turned to St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, from which the day’s first reading was taken and in which the apostle warns against the temptations of the devil, telling Christians to clothe themselves with the armor of God so they can resist.
US bishops to vote on revised directives for healthcare partnerships
At its November meeting in Baltimore, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote on whether to revise the text of “Forming New Partnerships with Health Care Organizations and Providers,” a chapter in its Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. In February, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith offered guidance pertaining to the revision of the chapter, according to a USCCB press release.
Right to life is foundation of all human rights, Vatican envoy tells UN
“Along with the right to life, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion continues to face serious challenges around the world. In some regions, violations against religious freedom have multiplied and intensified in their brutality, in particular against religious minorities,” he said. “My delegation insists that these ruthless violations must not only be seen as violence against ethnic and religious minorities, but first and foremost must be condemned as blatant violations of fundamental human rights, and must be dealt with accordingly.”
Who can help end women's sexual exploitation? Christian men
Rather than being confined to a matter of personal behavior or morality, the need to put an end to the scourge is a greater issue of societal justice, according to Paul Horrocks, founder of Justice NYC. Christian men, he told CNA, “acknowledge that this is a problem and it is a problem within the churches,” but also tend to view the issue of sexual exploitation through media such as pornography as a topic “that we can't do anything about.”
Pope requests prayers for Mexico
“I would like to raise a prayer and draw close in our hearts to the people of Mexico, who are suffering from the loss of these students and many similar problems,” the Pope said following his October 29 general audience. “May our hearts be close to them in prayer at this time.” Investigators have found that local police kidnapped the student and handed them over to drug traffickers. The discovery of a mass grave of burned bodies suggests that the students were been burned alive.