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Synod participants discuss permanent episcopal Pan-Amazonian structure (Vatican News)

According to the Vatican’s summary of the October 15 morning synod discussions, the synod fathers also discussed an “Observatory for Human Rights and Protection of the Amazon,” inculturation and education, missionary commitment and the witness of the martyrs, “the ecumenical challenge,” “the response of the Eucharist,” and “women in ministry, following the example of antiquity.”

UN, bishops' conference mediate in strife-torn Ecuador (AP)

The South American nation of 16.5 million (map) is 74% Catholic and 10% Protestant. Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay in 2015.

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims (AP)

The law, for the next three years, eliminates the statute of limitations for sexual-abuse lawsuits. Dioceses are not the only institutions affected: “the California School Boards Association called the new law an ‘existential threat’ to smaller school districts,” according to the report.

On World Food Day, Pope Francis calls for 'conversion in our way of living and acting' (Vatican Press Office)

“We are in fact witnessing how food is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction,” the Pontiff wrote in his message for World Food Day (October 16). “820 million of the world’s people suffer from hunger, while almost 700 million are overweight, victims of improper dietary habits … Our first concern should always be the human person: concrete men, women and children, especially those who lack daily food.”

Synod fathers reject 'inter-Christian colonialism' and proselytism, Vatican prefect says (Vatican News)

Speaking at the October 15 synod press briefing, Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, cited remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI in a 2007 homily to the bishops of Latin America.

Non-Catholic indigenous woman brings message from her elders to Pope (CNS)

Anitalia Pijachi, an observer at the synod, is a member of the Ocaina Huitoto indigenous people (Encyclopaedia Britannica article).

To be freed from hypocrisy, learn to point the finger at yourself, Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)

At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on October 15, Pope Francis preached on Luke 11:37-41, the Gospel reading of the day.

'Night will be no more': El Paso bishop reflects on racism and white supremacy (Hope Border Institute)

Reflecting on the 2019 El Paso shooting, Bishop Mark Seitz writes, “I have decided to write this letter on the theme of racism and white supremacy to reflect together on the evil that robbed us of 22 lives.” The four parts of his pastoral letter are entitled “This is Racism,” “‘Heart-Sick’: The Legacy of Hate and White Supremacy on the Border,” “He Took the Form of a Slave,” and “They Threatened Us with Resurrection.”

Study 'definitively refutes the idea that being gay is an innate condition' (Public Discourse)

Father Paul Sullins, research professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America, discusses a landmark study published in the journal Science.

Pope, in general audience, reflects on St. Peter and the outpouring of the Holy Sprit upon the Gentiles (Vatican News)

On May 29, Pope Francis began a new series of Wednesday general audiences devoted to the Acts of the Apostles. In his October 16 audience (video), the Pope reflected on Acts 10:34-36.