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Chinese priest released, but bishop in custody (AsiaNews)

Father Liu Maochun, a priest of the “underground” Catholic Church who had been held for 17 days by government officials, has been released. But Catholics of the Zhengding diocese in Hebei province report that Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo has been held by officials of the government’s religious-affairs bureau for over a month. Bishop Jia is not recognized by the government.

Pause to evaluate catechetical programs, Quebec cardinal suggests (Catholic Herald)

Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec has suggested that parishes should “pause” to re-evaluate their catechetical efforts after the Covid lockdown. The cardinal said that the break in teaching caused by the lockdown is an opportunity to examine the programs, recognizing that “our methods and ways of doing things do not bear the fruits we expect.”

Archbishop Cordileone: 'Believers are being singled out for uniquely punitive treatment' (Archdiocese of San Francisco)

With San Francisco restricting attendance at indoor worship to one person (and outdoor worship to 50), Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced three Eucharistic processions to “free the Mass.” He also wrote a Washington Post op-ed defending the right to worship.

Cardinal Tobin: A 'person in good conscience' could vote for Biden (National Catholic Reporter)

“I think that a person in good conscience could vote for Mr. Biden,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said on September 15. “I, frankly, in my own way of thinking have a more difficult time with the other option.”

Sep. 17 Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor, Opt. Mem.

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) was born in Montepulciano, Italy, and died in Rome. The son of noble parents, he entered the Society of Jesus, finishing his theological studies at Louvain, Belgium. His services to the Church were outstanding and many. He occupied the chair of controversial theology in Rome. He defended the Holy See against anti-clericals. He wrote books against the prevailing heresies of the day. His catechism, translated into many languages, spread the knowledge of Christian doctrine to all parts of the world. He was the Counsellor of Popes and spiritual director of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. He helped St. Francis de Sales obtain approval of the Visitation Order. As a religious he was a model of purity, humility and obedience; as a bishop and Cardinal, an example of great love for his flock.

Sep. 16 Memorial of Sts. Cornelius, pope and martyr and Cyprian, bishop and martyr, Memorial

Today the Church commemorates two friends in the service of Christ and his Church. Cornelius, a Roman, was the twenty-first Pope during the reign of the Emperor Gallus and Volusian. He had to oppose Novatian, the first anti-pope, who believed that apostates who repented could not be forgiven. Helped by St. Cyprian, Cornelius confirmed his papal authority. He was beheaded in exile at Civitavecchia, Italy in 253. Saints Cyprian and Cornelius are mentioned in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) of the Mass.

Sep. 15 Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, Memorial

Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady has its roots in Sacred Scripture and in Christian piety, which always associates the Blessed Mother with her suffering Son. Today's feast was introduced by the Servites in order to intensify devotion to Our Lady's Sorrows. In 1817 Pius VII -- suffering grievously in exile but finally liberated by Mary's intercession -- extended the feast to the universal Church.

Sep. 14 Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast

This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem, but then had fallen into the hands of Chosroas, King of the Persians. The precious relic was recovered and returned to Jerusalem by Emperor Heralius in 629.

Sep. 13 Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday

His master summoned him and said to him, �You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?' Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart (Mt 18:32-35)."

Sep. 12 Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Opt. Mem.

On this day dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary let us repeat that wonderful prayer of Saint Bernard, responding to Pope Benedict XVI's invitation to "invite everyone to become a trusting child before Mary, even as the Son of God did. Saint Bernard says, and we say with him: 'Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary � in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart � If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination"' (Benedict XVI, address at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, September 9, 2007). -- Luciano Alimandi