Pope concludes weekly audiences on the Our Father (Vatican News) “Jesus has revealed to us that Christian prayer begins with the audacity to call God ‘Father,’” Pope Francis said during his May 22 general audience (video). The Pontiff devoted most of his 2018 Wednesday general audiences to the sacraments and the commandments (April 11 —November 28) and the Lord’s Prayer (beginning December 5). In his 2019 audiences, he has continued to reflect on the Our Father.
Amazon synod's working document approved (Vatican News) “Amazonia: new pathways for the Church and for an integral ecology” is the theme of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which takes place October 6-27. The text of instrumentum laboris, or working document, has not yet been published in English.
US withdrawal will leave power vacuum, Iraqi archbishop warns (CNA) “We are gravely concerned regarding the recent draw down of the U.S. presence in Iraq,” said Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil. “The 2011 pullout by the last administration created the vacuum which allowed ISIS to emerge. A new vacuum created by American disengagement will likely meet with a similarly unhappy result.”
Vatican diplomat urges US, Russia not to abandon nuclear treaty (Holy See Mission) At a recent UN committee meeting, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, called on the US and Russia not to let the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty lapse. The prelate also discussed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (which the US and Russia have not signed), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and the situation in Korea.
Caritas leaders gather to discuss 'one human family, one common home' (Caritas Internationalis) The general assembly of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, takes place every four years. “The sheer number of displaced people, the spread of conflict and the environmental disaster which is becoming more and more evident, together threaten to overwhelm us—unless we urgently act together against these problems as one family with one home,” said Caritas’ President, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.