Pope Francis denounces attacks on Jews (CNS) “Today the habit of persecuting Jews is beginning to be reborn,” the Pope said on November 13. “Brothers and sisters: this is neither human nor Christian; the Jews are our brothers and sisters and must not be persecuted! Understood?”
Protect children from internet abuse, Pope urges (Vatican News) Pope Francis called for action to protect young people from the child abuse spawned by the internet, in a November 14 address to a Vatican conference on that topic. “We must ban from the face of the earth violence and every form of abuse against children,” the Pope said.
Buffalo's Bishop Malone denies resignation rumors (WKBW) Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York—who is in Rome for his ad limina visit—told journalist Christopher Altieri that rumors he had submitted his resignation were “absolutely false.” The Vatican recently received a report from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who conducted an investigation of the Buffalo diocese at the request of the Holy See, in response to a series of complaints and calls for the bishop’s removal.
Vatican newspaper: Pachamama is not a god, but mother earth (L'Osservatore Romano) Pachamama is not a divinity or idol that is worshiped, but is mother earth, honored as the “creation and manifestation of the love of God,” writes retired Mexican Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel. He recalls that years ago, while in Bolivia for a meeting, he asked a member of the indigenous Aymara people whether his people consider Pachamama and Inti to be gods. The man replied, “Those who have not received evangelization consider them gods; for those of us who have been evangelized, they are not gods, but God’s best gifts.” Bishop Arizmendi commented, “Wonderful response! … They are manifestations of God’s love, not gods.” (For background on the deities, see the Encyclopedia Britannica articles on Inti and Pachamama.)
Papal nuncio to US bishops: follow lead of Pope Francis (CNA) Archbishop Christoph Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, prodded the American bishops to show greater loyalty to Pope Francis, in a November 11 address to the US bishops’ conference. The nuncio encouraged the bishops to reflect on “to what extent we have received the magisterium of the Pope.” He claimed, for example, that “families continue to demand of dioceses and parishes the accompaniment envisioned by Amoris Laetitia.”