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"While the Church must welcome those in difficulty, it would be useful to speak more widely about those families who remain faithful to the teachings of the Gospel."
The problem of divorced and remarried people and whether or not they should be allowed to receive Communion tops the list of topics discussed during the first week of the Synod of Bishops on the family, according to German priest who has attended the synod sessions.
"I've been keeping a little private checklist," said Jesuit Fr. Bernd Hagenkord, head of the German section of Vatican Radio. "The topic of the remarried divorcees and whether or not they should be allowed to receive the Eucharist has come up 40 times."
According to The Hindu:
The Georgetown University has appointed its first Hindu priest -- a woman -- to serve the religious needs of its Hindu students, whose number has increased in recent years.
Although he failed to receive the Nobel Peace Prize last week, Pope Francis continues his efforts at Middle East peacemaking in what is truly an epochal conflict across the region. In his latest move, the Holy Father has called for a consistory of cardinals and patriarchs for Oct. 20, immediately following the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, to discuss the ongoing conflict with which the future of the region's churches are inevitably intertwined.
John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, has put together another panel discussion in his "Pope Francis, Catholic Social Thought, and American Public Life" series that may be of interest to NCR readers.
Analysis: Listening, respecting, welcoming, dialogue are words repeated throughout the Synod of Bishops' new document. Condemnation and marginalization are nowhere to be found.
Movie review: This remake of the 2000 film is a watered-down and somewhat changed version of the earlier movie with a bigger budget and not much else.
On the PBS Newshour earlier this week, anchor Gwen Ifill hosted a discussion of a disturbingly under-reported fact about the Islamic State’s ongoing terror campaign: its brutal treatment of women.