Vatican News Update: Bishop arrested, controversial appointment & Pope Francis' advice
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Welcome to the Vaticano Update, the most important news on Pope Francis and the Vatican
TOP 1: Pope Francis: Examine the story of your life
“Thinking back on our lives enables us to understand the small miracles God does for us every day.” - This was the central message of Pope Francis' general wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square. The Pope invited everyone to look at their own lives and question themselves, and to try and reduce and eliminate negative thoughts, especially ones that are toxic, because – as the Pope said - “our life is the most precious book that has been given to us.“
TOP 2: Eritrea: bishop and two priests arrested
The Eritrean bishop, Fikremarian Hagos Tsalim was arrested On Oct. 15 in Eritrea’s Asmara international airport after arriving back to his home country from Europe. A priest and a Franciscan friar were also arrested alongside the Bishop. The three were targeted for drawing attention to human rights abuses in Eritrea in their homilies. The abuses they were highlighting include the imprisonment of those who speak out against the goernment, forced military conscription, and the confiscation of property from those who refused to go to war.
TOP 3: Pope Francis prays for Nigeria and Ukraine
Greeting the different groups of pilgrims during the general audience, the Pope turned his thoughts to Nigeria, which has been battered by torrential rains, causing terrible flooding that has left more than 600 people dead and one million without a home.
The Pope asked the world to pray for them, and also reminded the faithful gathered to pray for Ukraine, as the Pope said, "for the torture, the deaths, the destruction."
TOP 4: A Controversial appointment to Pontifical Academy for Life
At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, established by John Paul II in 1994 for the defense of human life, a new appointment has been raising eyeborws. istinguished Italian-American economist, l, has been an outspoken supporter of abortion. Her appointment by Pope Francis on the advice of Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, the academy's current president, has caused concern and confusion from many Catholics... as to how someone who supports something so against the teachings of the Church, could be appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life.
In a statement from the Pontifical Academy for Life, they defended the recent appointment, saying that members of the academy are chosen to contribute to “fruitful interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue.”
TOP 5 Pope Francis to visit relatives in Northern Italy
Asti is a small city located in northern Italy. And it was announced by the Vatican that Pope Francis will visit the city on November 19 and 20 for both a personal and pastoral visit. The Holy Father will visit his cousin for her 90th birthday and, the next day, will celebrate Mass in Asti Cathedral.
The weekend visit will bring the 85-year-old pope back to the Italian diocese where his father, Mario Josè Bergoglio, lived before emigrating from Italy to Argentina in 1929.