Pope says his off-the-cuff interviews are worth the risks (CNS) Pope Francis acknowledges that he runs the danger of misinterpretation in his impromptu remarks, but says “I want to run this pastoral risk,” in the introduction to a new collection of his interviews. The Pontiff disclosed that even when questions are submitted in advance, he does not prepare his answers. “I know this can make me vulnerable, but it is a risk I want to take,” he says.
Winner of Austrian election is practicing Catholic (Kath.net) Sebastian Kurz, 31, is poised to become the next head of Austria’s government following Sunday’s election. The nation’s foreign minister since 2013, Kurz attends Sunday Mass and took part in a March for Jesus on the day his Socialist opponent participated in a gay pride parade.
Ousted Indonesian bishop promises to restore church funds (UCANews) Bishop Hubertus Leteng, who resigned as head of the Ruteng, Indonesia diocese after being accused of using church funds to support a mistress, has promised to repay the debt. The Vatican reportedly demanded the repayment. Bishop Leteng has also been directed to leave the Ruteng diocese.
English bishops rap Catholic paper's editorial questioning Church stand on abortion (Christian Today) Several Catholic bishops in England have reacted strongly to an editorial in the Catholic newspaper, The Tablet, suggesting that the Church’s stand against all abortions “comes close to having no position at all” since it is widely rejected by the public. Bishop Mark Davis of Shrewsbury lamented: “Sadly there are journals which use the name ‘Catholic’ but are not reliable guides to the faith and teaching of the Catholic Church.”
In homily, Pope speaks of 'foolishness' of resistance to God's Word (Vatican Radio) At a Mass in the Sancta Martha residence on October 17, Pope Francis spoke of the “foolishness” of those who will not listen to the Word of God. He said that many people are deaf to the Word because of their preoccupation with comfort, their concern for external appearances, or because they have become “ideologues of Christianity.”
Papal message for 800th anniversary of Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (Vatican Press Office) “You are ambassadors of the entire People of God,” Pope Francis wrote in a message to Father Francesco Patton, the head of the Franciscan Custody. “Assiduous in contemplation and in prayer, simple and poor, obedient to the bishop of Rome, you are engaged also in the present in living in the Holy Land next to brothers of different cultures, ethnicities and religions, sowing peace, fraternity and respect.”