News Briefs

As conditions on the ground deteriorated, a papal delegation that was scheduled to visit Damascus, Syria, was postponed indefinitely on Oct. 23. • Flooding at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on Oct. 20 temporarily closed much of the popular French pilgrimage site. • Three Assumptionist priests were taken at gunpoint from their home at Our Lady of the Poor Parish in the village of Mbau in the embattled North Kivu province of Congo on Oct. 19 and have not been heard from since. • “In the north of Mali, all Christians were forced to flee,” reports Laurent Balas, a missionary priest of the White Fathers, after Islamic militias seized much of the territory. • Claudio Sciarpelletti, the computer technician at the Vatican secretariat of state accused of aiding and abetting the pope’s butler in stealing confidential Vatican correspondence, was scheduled to be tried at the Vatican on Nov. 5. • Bishop Richard Williamson of Great Britain was expelled from the Society of St. Pius X on Oct. 24 because he refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors,” following his sharp criticism of the society’s doctrinal discussions with the Vatican.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Greg Hicks as "Richard III" (photo: Alex Brenner)
It would be fascinating were the producers able to arrange a quick transfer to a venue somewhere near the White House.
David StewartMay 26, 2017
In the hyper-curated, beautiful world that Dev lives in, a scene that conveys the touching, ugly stubbornness of marriage seems totally impossible.
Eloise BlondiauMay 26, 2017
This image released by the Minya governorate media office shows bodies of victims killed when gunmen stormed a bus in Minya, Egypt, Friday, May 26, 2017 (Minya Governorate Media office via AP).
The attack in central Egypt today killed at least 26 people, including children aged 2 to 4, and wounded 25 others.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 26, 2017
The data and facts are clear: If you care about working families and sound economic policy, SNAP is the program for you.
Meghan J. ClarkMay 26, 2017