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Grand Imam of Al-Azhar meets with Pope Francis at Vatican (Vatican Press Office)

During his February apostolic journey to the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam, regarded by many Sunni Muslims as the highest religious authority, signed Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. On November 15, members of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity met with the Pope and the Grand Imam at the Vatican.

New York bishops meet Pope at end of 'ad limina' visits (CNS)

“It was intense, in terms of the painful situations we shared,” said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, referring to the sexual abuse of minors. “What was heartwarming was how you could tell that Pope Francis was listening with his heart, and he expressed his gratitude realizing that we are in difficult situations where there is lots of pain and expressed great admiration for the work that’s been done.”

Pope addresses 'words of friendship' to Japanese people as visit approaches (Vatican News)

“Your country is well aware of the suffering caused by war,” Pope Francis said in a video message released before his apostolic journey to Thailand and Japan. “Together with you, I pray that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history. The use of nuclear weapons is immoral.”

Become 'agents of peace and witnesses of hope in a future of salvation and resurrection,' Pope tells pilgrims (Zenit)

During his November 17 Sunday Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Luke 21:5-19, the Gospel reading of the day.

Pope speaks to Havana's people of faith, charity, and hope on city's 500th anniversary (Vatican Press Office)

“Faith is at the roots of the city,” Pope Francis said in his Spanish-language video. “Do not forget those roots, the testimony of faith of your ancestors. The founding act of the city of Havana was the celebration of Holy Mass. Therein lies the centrality of Christian life: in the Eucharist, the sacrament that brings us Christians together as a people in the presence of the Lord Who speaks to us, nourishes us, and sends us to be witnesses in the midst of the world. Witnesses of the Gospel.”

Top Vatican financial regulator removed (AP)

Rene Bruelhart, the president of the Financial Information Authority (AIF), has stepped down, in the latest sign of turmoil over the Vatican’s financial affairs. Bruelhart, a respected regulator who joined the AIF in 2012 to restore confidence in the Vatican’s financial dealings, told reporters that he had resigned; other Vatican officials said that he had reached the end of his term.
Tommaso Di Ruzza, the director of the AIF, was suspended in October, after Vatican police raided the AIF offices. The reasons for that raid have not been fully explained.
With both Bruelhart and Di Ruzza gone, the AIF is without effective leadership, at a time of intense questioning about the Vatican’s financial affairs. Vatican officials said that a new AIF president would be named soon.

A 'turning point' in Australian perceptions of Cardinal Pell's appeal? (National Catholic Register)

Responding to the news that Australia’s high court will hear an appeal of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction, several liberal journalists—critics of the cardinal in the past—have raised questions about the verdict. Sources close to Cardinal Pell suggest that public opinion may have reached a “turning point.”

Fire at former French cathedral; mayor suspects Satanists (La Depeche (French))

Eauze is a town of 4,000 in southwestern France; the former Diocese of Eauze is now part of the Diocese of Auch.

Mozambique's bishops defend prelate against accusations of racism, inciting violence (Vatican News)

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa, 63, entered the Passionist order in 1977 and was named a bishop in 2013.

Pope invites impoverished pilgrims at Lourdes to become Christians, live out the sacraments (Vatican News)

“You, who are at the foot of the cross, perhaps alone, isolated, abandoned, homeless, expelled from your family or from your country, victims of alcohol, prostitution, be aware that God loves you,” the Pope said in his video message to the participants in the Fratello Gathering 2019. “God listens to your prayer in particular.”