Pope's weekday Mass homily (10/19): the gift of God's salvation opens the door to all (Vatican Radio) Preaching on Lk. 11:47-54, the Pope warned that “the Pharisees, doctors of the law are not people of the past, even today there are many of them.” He cited the example of “parish priests who did not baptize the children of the mothers because they were not born in canonical marriage.” At root, he added, is the loss of a close relationship with the Lord, along with a “dull mindset that believes in the self-sufficiency of salvation with the fulfillment of the law.”
Background: World Mission Sunday (CWN) On October 22, the Church around the world will commemorate World Mission Sunday. The theme of the Pope’s message for the day is “Mission at the heart of the Christian faith.”
Papal audiences (10/19) (Vatican Press Office) In 6 separate audiences, the Pope received the new Serbian ambassador, the leadership of the Brazilian episcopal conference, the nuncio to Uruguay, a Costa Rican political leader, a World Methodist Council delegation, and students from a Catholic school in France.
Episcopal resignations and appointments (10/18) (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop for reasons of age; the prelate was succeed by his coadjutor. The Pontiff also appointed a US-born Vatican diplomat as apostolic nuncio in Norway and an Illinois auxiliary bishop as the new bishop of Evansville, Indiana.