Pope appeals for renewed love for Sacred Scripture (Vatican Press Office) At the conclusion of his September 30 general audience, Pope Francis said, “Today I signed the apostolic letter Sacrae Scripturae affectus, on the 16th centenary of the death of Saint Jerome. May the example of the great doctor and father of the Church, who placed the Bible at the center of his life, inspire in everyone a renewed love for the Sacred Scripture and the desire to live in personal dialogue with the Word of God.”
Vatican, US Secretaries of State discuss religious freedom (US Embassy to the Holy See) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (keynote address) and Cardinal Pietro Parolin (closing remarks) took part in a symposium on religious freedom. Pompeo concluded, “Pope John Paul II bore witness to his flock’s suffering, and he challenged tyranny. By doing so, he demonstrated how the Holy See can move our world in a more humane direction, like almost no other institution. May the Church, and all those who know that we are ultimately accountable to God, be so bold in our time.”
Federal court affirms Colorado's Covid limits on religious gatherings (Religion Clause) In its suit on behalf of Andrew Wommack Ministries International and Charis Bible College, Liberty Counsel said that “as soon as a gathering transitions from a nonreligious to a religious gathering for Bible study or worship, the number must be reduced to no more than 175. In addition, Gov. [Jared] Polis allows mass gatherings of protestors throughout the state with no social distancing or other health precautions.”
Pope brings 7 people closer to sainthood (CNS) The seven include two Spanish nuns, an Italian laywoman, and four martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. “Normally the Pope signs the decrees during a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes,” the report notes. “However, its prefect, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, was forced to resign during a meeting with the Pope Sept. 24 due to allegedly embezzling Vatican funds — an accusation the cardinal denies.”
USCCB 'redoubles commitment' to immigrants initiative (USCCB) Marking the 15th anniversary of the Justice for Immigrants initiative, the president of the US bishops’ conference, joined by the chairman of the Committee on Migration, said that “our efforts are rooted in the Gospel and the need to recognize the face of Jesus in every person.” They pledged to “continue our work to educate Catholics about the Church’s teaching on promoting the human dignity of every person” and to “continue to encourage lawmakers and community leaders to prioritize reform of our broken system and to avoid politicization of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters.”
Pope appoints special prosecutor (Catholic Herald) Pope Francis has appointed a special prosecutor, the Vatican disclosed on September 28. Although the announcement did not identify the case involved, the prosecutor—Gianluca Perone, an expert in commercial law—is expected to probe the financial dealings of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.
Assisi awaits Pope Francis (Vatican News) Pope Francis will visit Assisi on October 3 to sign Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All), an encyclical letter on fraternity and social friendship. “This gesture of Pope Francis gives us new courage and strength to ‘restart’ in the name of the fraternity that unites us all,” said Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi.
Irish primate calls for family Rosary crusade against Covid (Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference) “I invite families all over Ireland to pray the Rosary together at home each day [in October] for God’s protection during this time of coronavirus,” said Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland. “These past six months have reminded us of the importance of the ‘domestic Church’ – the Church of the sitting room and kitchen – the Church that meets every time a family stands or kneels down, or sits down to pray together.”
Indiana bishop calls for faithful citizenship in a divided nation (Today's Catholic) “Faithful citizenship demands that Catholics hold fast to the teachings of the Church and not succumb to the temptation of adopting positions of either political party that are inimical to the truths of our faith,” said Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne —South Bend. “In the United States today, being a Catholic and a faithful citizen does make us, in a sense, truly politically homeless.”
Pope's apostolic letter praises St. Jerome (Vatican News) Pope Francis has released an apostolic letter, Scripturae Sacrae Affectus, marking the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome. The Pope remarks on “Jerome’s profound knowledge of the Scriptures, his zeal for making their teaching known, his skill as an interpreter of texts, his ardent and at times impetuous defense of Christian truth, his asceticism and harsh eremitical discipline, his expertise as a generous and sensitive spiritual guide.” He voices the hope that the faithful, reading the Scriptures, will learn to “love what Jerome loved.”
Moneyval begins review of Vatican finances (Vatican Press Office) Moneyval, the international banking oversight group, begins a review of Vatican finances this week. The reviews—the latest in a series of periodic assessments—comes at a time when the removal of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu has raised new concerns about the Vatican’s internal controls. In the most recent previous reviews, Moneyval has praised the Vatican for imposing stricter controls on transactions, but expressed concern that violations have not been prosecuted.