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Papal book on the Our Father to be published in November (SIR)

The book consists of a conversation between Pope Francis and Father Marco Pozza, an Italian theologian and prison chaplain. The head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication announced that a 9-part TV series related to the book will be broadcast beginning 10/25.

Background: World Mission Sunday (CWN)

On October 22, the Church around the world will commemorate World Mission Sunday. The theme of the Pope’s message for the day is “Mission at the heart of the Christian faith.”

Algeria: Protestants advocate for freedom to worship (World Watch Monitor)

The North African nation of 40.3 million is 99% Muslim (predominantly Sunni).

Catalan leader defiant as Spain moves to revoke region's autonomy (Fox News)

L’Osservatore Romano (10/20 Italian edition) devoted its most prominent front-page coverage to this story.

Iraqi forces advance to retake Kurdish-held territory near Mosul (Financial Times)

The Chaldean Catholic patriarch pleaded for national unity amid conflict between the Baghdad government and the Kurds.

Saudi Arabia to vet use of Muhammad's sayings to counter extremism (Reuters)

US surgical abortion rate drops 25% over 6 years (

“Abortions dropped from 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age (15 to 44) in 2008 to 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014,” according to the report, with the largest decline among teens.

Vatican hosts conference on disability and catechesis (Vatican Radio)

The 3-day conference is hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

FAO leader: Pope is 'one of the few indispensable people in the world' (Vatican Radio)

José Graziano da Silva, the Brazilian-American head of the Food and Agricultural Organization, praised the Pontiff after he called for a change in lifestyles to end world hunger.

Pope's weekday Mass homily (10/19): the gift of God's salvation opens the door to all (Vatican Radio)

Preaching on Lk. 11:47-54, the Pope warned that “the Pharisees, doctors of the law are not people of the past, even today there are many of them.” He cited the example of “parish priests who did not baptize the children of the mothers because they were not born in canonical marriage.” At root, he added, is the loss of a close relationship with the Lord, along with a “dull mindset that believes in the self-sufficiency of salvation with the fulfillment of the law.”