Kenya's bishops rip international population summit (CNS) “We view this agenda as an intent to corrupt our youth and enslave them to foreign ideologies, for example, same-sex union and active homosexual activities,” the president of the bishops’ conference said of the Nairobi Summit, in which the Holy See will not participate.
Belgium's bishops oppose proposals to liberalize abortion laws (Crux) Several Belgian political parties “want to permanently remove abortion from the criminal code, remove the requirement for a mandatory consultation in advance, and raise the limit to when an abortion can take place from 12 weeks of gestation to 18 or even 20 weeks,” according to the report.
US bishops approve new edition of Program of Priestly Formation (CNS) “One change is how a seminarian’s progress to ordination is tracked,” the report notes. “What had been a seminary college or ‘pre-theology’ followed by graduate studies — known as the theologate — is being replaced by new terms: the ‘propaedeutic stage’ with preparatory and introductory teaching lasting one to two years, and a ‘discipleship stage,’ which is to last at least two years.”
Pope Francis denounces attacks on Jews (CNS) “Today the habit of persecuting Jews is beginning to be reborn,” the Pope said on November 13. “Brothers and sisters: this is neither human nor Christian; the Jews are our brothers and sisters and must not be persecuted! Understood?”
Background: World Day of the Poor (CWN) On November 17, the Sunday before the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Church commemorates the Third World Day of the Poor. The theme of the message, released on the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13), is “The Hope of the Poor Shall Not Perish For Ever.”
Protect children from internet abuse, Pope urges (Vatican News) Pope Francis called for action to protect young people from the child abuse spawned by the internet, in a November 14 address to a Vatican conference on that topic. “We must ban from the face of the earth violence and every form of abuse against children,” the Pope said.