- Jan 24, 2020
Pope Francis advanced the causes for sainthood for nine people on Tuesday October 10 at the Vatican. Two of those, a priest and a layman, were Franciscans who were martyred in Guatemala. They were killed shortly after Blessed Stanley Rother was martyred there. Rother was recently beatified in Oklahoma.
Government casualties have continued to rise as the conflict drags on in Marawi, Philippines, despite repeated promises by Philippine military commanders that it will soon be resolved. On Oct. 10, Bishop Edwin de la Pena said the Marawi diocese would be confronted with a malnutrition crisis after the conflict is over.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, said more must be done to protect the dignity of women, while promoting their integral development and advancement within the family and society. The Vatican’s UN delegation, he said, “strongly supports the international community in its efforts to raise awareness and take concrete steps to prevent the abhorrent phenomenon of violence perpetrated against migrant women and girls.”
Venezuelans will elect governors for all 23 states on Oct. 15. The bishops have called on the country’s electoral authority to act fairly. The agency is highly mistrusted in the country because many believe officials altered vote totals for the July 30 Constituent Assembly election.
Pope Francis says the Church’s law must always be perfected to better serve the church’s mission and the daily lives of the faithful. Canon law, he said, can and should be an instrument for implementing the vision of the Second Vatican Council.