Mary's faith is 'journey, prophecy, and compassion,' Pope preaches at final Mass in Slovakia (Vatican Press Office) On September 15, the final day of the 34th apostolic journey of his pontificate, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Sastin.Following a prayer of entrustment to Our Lady with Slovakia’s bishops, Pope Francis presided at an outdoor Mass (video). “May Mary Most Holy obtain for you the grace of a faith that ever sets out anew, is deeply prophetic and abounds in compassion,” he said at the conclusion of his homily.Following a farewell ceremony (video), the Pope returned to Rome and prayed at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. During his in-flight press conference, he discussed abortion and Catholic politicians who support it.
Bishops' migration chairman welcomes House provisions on immigration (USCCB) In a move welcomed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the House Judiciary Committee has “approved language to be included in the forthcoming budget reconciliation bill that, if enacted, would provide legalization with a pathway to citizenship for millions of Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries, undocumented agricultural workers, and other undocumented essential workers.”
Maronite Church returns to receiving Communion on the tongue as anti-Covid measures loosened (Fides) Based in Bkerké, Lebanon, the church (CNEWA profile) is among the Eastern Catholic churches in full communion with the Holy See. According to the report, Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai, who has led the Maronite Church since 2011, mandated Communion in the hand in March 2020. He has now advised Maronites in Lebanon to return to the traditional way of receiving Communion, common in the Eastern Catholic churches. His mandate allows exemptions for those suffering from Covid, and directs Maronite churches outside Lebanon to abide by the decisions of local episcopal conferences.
Historic Viennese church given to SSPX (The Tablet) The Minoritenkirche was completed in 1350. An Austrian emperor gave the church to an Italian society, the Congregazione Italiana Madonna della Neve, in the 18th century, and the church became the Italian church in Vienna. The society has given the church to the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
Pope declines resignation of German archbishop (AP) Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Hesse of Hamburg, who had been criticized for his handling of sex-abuse cases. A Vatican-ordered inquiry into the Archdiocese of Cologne, where Archbishop Hesse had previously been an administration, faulted him for “procedural errors” in abuse cases but concluded that he had not covered up evidence. The investigation thus confirmed the claim of Archbishop Hesse, who—while he admitted to errors—insisted that he had never concealed the truth about abuse cases.
Archbishop Hesse had offered his resignation in March. Pope Francis instead authorized a “time out” while the investigation continued.
Vatican cardinal urges Mexican bishops to prioritize care for migrants (CNS) “Especially since the governments of the region are aligning themselves with an anti-migrant policy, the voice of the Church . . . can help promote solidarity, Christian fraternity in an environment that is tending to be exclusive, xenophobic,” said Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, undersecretary for migrants and refugees at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.