Pope reflects on 'Honor your father and mother' (Zenit) In recent months, Pope Francis has devoted his Wednesday general audiences to the Sacrament of Baptism (April 11-May 16), the Sacrament of Confirmation (May 23-June 6), and the Commandments (beginning June 13). The September 19 audience, devoted to the Fourth Commandment, took place in St. Peter’s Square (video).
Bono meets with Pope, offers support of papal educational initiative (Vatican News) Founded by the future Pope Francis in 2001, Scholas Occurrentes seeks to “educate young people in the commitment for the common good” and to “implement the culture of the meeting for peace through education.” The Irish singer Bono said that he and the Pontiff discussed “the wild beast that is capitalism” and clerical sexual abuse.
Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in annual miracle (ANSA) The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples, Italy.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, who was presiding at the service in the city’s cathedral, collapsed during the ceremony. But after sitting for a while he recovered, and spokesman for the archdiocese said that the incident was caused by heat, not any more serious illness.
St. Januarius, who was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian, is the patron saint of Naples. A vial of his blood, preserved by the faithful since the 4th century, regularly turns into liquid form on his feast day. Many residents of Naples believe that if the saint’s blood does not turn to liquid form, it is a sign that some tragedy will befall the city.
Prelate laments Trump administration's refugee limit (USCCB) The Trump administration will cap refugee admissions at 30,000 in 2019—the lowest level since the refugee program’s inception in 1980. The announcement, said the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration, “is deeply disturbing and leaves many human lives in danger. To cut off protection for many who are fleeing persecution, at a time of unprecedented global humanitarian need, contradicts who we are as a nation.”
Dutch bishop to skip Synod: 'not the right time' (In Caelo) Bishop Robertus Mutsaerts, an auxiliary of the Hertogenbosch diocese, has announced that he will not attend the October session of the Synod of Bishops, because it is “not the right time” for a discussion of youth and mission. Bishop Mutsaerts, who was elected to represent the Dutch hierarchy, cited the sex-abuse scandal as the reason for his decision.