#ShortNews: Vatican newspaper lauds new book on Dorothy Day

L’Osservatore Romano has published a strongly positive review of Dorothy Day: Love in Action, a recent biography of the foundress of the Catholic Worker movement by Patrick Jordan, who worked with Day from 1968 until her death in 1980.

Praising Day’s “profundity and honesty,” reviewer Giulia Galeotti recalls a contemporary historian’s assessment that Day is “the most important, interesting, and influential figure in the history of American Catholicism.”


#ShortNews: Profile of Iraqi Christian town

World Watch Monitor, a news agency that reports on the persecution of Christians, has published a profile of Alqosh, a northern Iraqi town of four churches, two monasteries, and 500 Christian families that once was close to being taken over by ISIS.

“Christianity in Alqosh is like gold,” a Chaldean Catholic priest who ministers there. “It is tested in the fire. It hurts, but the result is that the gold will be purer.”

“I see people changing, not just in faith but also in their behavior,” he added. They have felt for themselves that, when everything could be taken from them, God is all that remains. When the government soldiers leave you, when IS comes, when you run out of bullets, who do you cry out to?”


#ShortNews: Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for November

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for November 2016.

The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for November is: “That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.”

His intention for evangelisation is: “That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.”