Pope Francis, Israel's president discuss Jerusalem (Vatican Press Office) In summarizing the audience, the Vatican press office referred to Jerusalem’s “religious and human dimension for Jews, Christians and Muslims, as well as the importance of safeguarding its identity and vocation as City of Peace.” President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, “Jerusalem has been a holy city for the three monotheistic religions for centuries. For the Jewish people, Jerusalem has been the spiritual center since the days of the First Temple over 3000 years ago, but it is also a microcosm of our ability to live together.”
Angolan police close 34 churches (The East African) The report did not state whether any of the closed churches are Catholic parishes. The southern African nation of 29 million is 41% Catholic and 38% Protestant; Pope Benedict XVI made an apostolic journey to Cameroon and Angola in 2009.
Bishop Trautman criticizes media, attorney general report (GoErie.com) “We should not be so naive as to accept every government report, every attorney general report as being totally accurate or honest,” said the retired Pennsylvania bishop, once a leading critic of the more accurate translation of the Roman Missal. “And I would not cite the Philadelphia Inquirer or the Boston Globe as sources of confident information.”
Editorial: 'The Catholic Church is in crisis, and its leaders are making it worse' (Baltimore Sun) “The Church once moved abusive priests from parish to parish, now it is shuffling the fallout from meeting to meeting,” the editorial stated. “The bishops’ failure to act this week now places the priest sex abuse scandal squarely in Pope Francis’ lap. By ‘insisting’ that the American bishops hold off on any action until after a previously scheduled meeting in Rome in February, he has taken full ownership of the matter. It will now determine his legacy.”
Cardinal DiNardo: US bishops will take 'strongest possible actions' against abuse 'at the earliest possible moment' (USCCB) “I am sure that, under the leadership of Pope Francis, the conversation that the global Church will have in February will help us eradicate the evil of sexual abuse from our Church,” the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said at the conclusion of the bishops’ fall meeting. “Listening is essential, but listening must inform decisive action ... We leave this place committed to taking the strongest possible actions at the earliest possible moment. We will do so in communion with the Universal Church.”
'Open Wide Our Hearts': US bishops issue pastoral letter against racism (USCCB) The 32-page pastoral letter (“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love”) has three major sections: “Do Justice,” “Love Goodness,” and “Walk Humbly with God.” The bishops also issued a pastoral letter on racism in 1979; the current letter follows a 2016 report by a USCCB Special Task Force to Promote
Peace In Our Communities.