The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at Queen of Angels Monastery. Hundreds of volumes will be offered to the public, most at $1 each. There will be a variety of hardback and paperback books for sale, including novels, coffee table volumes, and books on spirituality, psychology, gardening and many other topics.
KONSTANCIN-JEZIORNA, Poland — Catholic female religious orders have expanded rapidly in China over the past decade, but are now facing restrictions and a decrease in vocations, said religious sisters from various parts of China.
PHILADELPHIA — Cathy and Tony Witczak of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, were taken by surprise when they were notified Pope Francis had invited them to participate as observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family meeting in Rome through Oct. 26.
SACRAMENTO — Terminally ill patients in the state of California who wish to have physicians hasten their deaths with lethal doses of drugs may now do so after Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a measure legally allowing physician-assisted suicide.
VATICAN CITY — As the discussion began at the world Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis urged members not to act as if the only question that mattered was the pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, his spokesman said.
VATICAN CITY — Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in church life.
VATICAN CITY — The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to "God who always surprises us."