SAN DIEGO — “The cry of the Earth and of the poor is becoming more and more heartbreaking.”

That’s how the head of the Vatican office that protects life describes what is occurring in every corner of the world.

In response, Pope Francis is asking everyone to join a new global grassroots movement to create a more inclusive and sustainable world. The Vatican will officially launch this initiative, called the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.  Read more>>

HONOLULU (CNS) — Hawaii bid aloha to Father Emil J. Kapaun, a U.S. Army Korean War chaplain and candidate for sainthood Sept. 23.

Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva celebrated an evening Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace honoring the priest who died 70 years ago in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.

The occasion was the transfer of Father Kapaun’s remains from Punchbowl’s National Cemetery of the Pacific to his home Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, where a tomb has been prepared for him in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Read more>>

VATICAN CITY — Lawmakers need to regulate and develop sound policies regarding today’s digital technology, specifically targeting the problems of child pornography, personal data violations, cyber attacks on critical infrastructures and fake news, Pope Francis told Catholic and Christian legislators.

“Prudent legislation can guide the development and application of technology in the service of the common good,” he said during an audience at the Vatican.   Read more>>

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who led the Diocese of Cleveland for 25 years and served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, died Tuesday, Sept. 21. He was 88. 

“It is with deep sadness that I share with the Catholic community of the Diocese of Cleveland the news of the passing this morning of Bishop Anthony M. Pilla,” said Bishop Edward Malesic of Cleveland on Tuesday. “Bishop Pilla died peacefully at his personal residence.”   Read more>>

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SLOVAKIA (CNS) — The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with church teaching, Pope Francis said.

“If we look at the history of the church, we can see that every time the bishops did not act like shepherds when dealing with a problem, they aligned themselves with political life, on political problems,” he said.    Read more>>

Catholics are the religious group most vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. 

The survey of 10,349 U.S. adults found that 82% of self-identified Catholics had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 75% of religiously unaffiliated adults and 73% of White Protestants. Hispanic Catholics were slightly more likely than White Catholics to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  Read more>>

Serene Attentiveness to God's Creation

With his encyclical Laudato si’, Pope Francis invites us to understand more deeply our relationships with God, one another, and the rest of creation, and to live accordingly. We are each responsible for caring for the world God has entrusted to us: www.respectlife.org/serene-attentiveness

Con su encíclica Laudato si’, el papa Francisco nos invita a comprender más profundamente nuestra relación con Dios, entre unos y otros y con el resto de la creación y a vivir como corresponde. Somos responsables de cuidar el mundo que Dios nos ha confiado: www.respectlife.org/serene-attentiveness

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