Syrians flee to Iraq as cease-fire set to expire (CNS) Turkey attacked northeastern Syria on October 9 after President Donald Trump withdraw American troops from the area. Many Syrians “expressed fear over the Turkish bombing campaign, while others, particularly religious minorities such as the Christians and Yazidis, were frightened by Syrian Islamist militants employed by the Turkish military on the ground,” according to the report.
Influential Jesuit editor sees prophecy as synod's key theme (Vatican News) Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, said that “the preemptive attacks aimed at the Synod, dressed up as a fundamentalist religiosity, come from groups that protect political-economic interests.” He added, “An authentically Catholic response must be given to the request of the Amazon communities to adapt the liturgy by valuing the original cosmo-vision, traditions, symbols, and rites that include transcendent, community, and ecological dimensions.”
Focus more on peace, not power-sharing, say South Sudan bishops (CNS) The nation of 10.2 million (map), most of whose people are animist or Christian, gained independence from largely Muslim Sudan in 2011. The South Sudanese Civil War began in 2013; the war has left 400,000 dead and displaced over 3.6 million civilians. In April 2019, Pope Francis kissed the feet of the nation’s leaders as he appealed for peace.
Vatican official denies risk of default (CWN) Bishop Nunzio Galantino, the president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), has rejected reports that the Vatican is at risk of financial default because of plummeting contributions.
Hong Kong bishops call for independent inquiry into police violence (AsiaNews) “May the Lord touch the heart of our government officials to respond to the public by setting up an independent commission of inquiry, so that the society can embark on the journey of reconciliation through the finding of the truth,” said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha, who also called on the faithful to pray the Rosary during the month of October.
India: police seize assets of Jesuit activist (AsiaNews) Police in Ranchi, India, have confiscated the assets of a Jesuit priest-activist who failed to appear for a judicial hearing. Father Stan Swamy, who has worked with tribal groups to prevent development in forests, faces charges of treason and terrorism; civic officials claim that he worked with Maoist guerrillas against the government.
Florida bishops: Stay execution of man convicted of 1985 murder (Archdiocese of Miami) “Another man, Jack Pearcy, has signed a sworn affidavit that he, and he alone, was responsible for the tragic death of [Shelly] Boggio,” the Florida Catholic Conference stated. “No physical evidence ties [James] Dailey to the crime; however, the Florida Supreme Court refuses to allow him to present new evidence proving his factual innocence based on procedural time bars.”