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Holy See, China reach accord on appointment of bishops (CWN)

The Vatican has signed an agreement with China, giving the Beijing government a role in the appointment of new bishops.

Pope accepts resignations of 2 more Chilean bishops (Vatican Press Office)

In May, all 31 active Chilean bishops joined in a mass resignation; in June, Pope Francis accepted the resignations of four bishops. The Pontiff has now accepted the resignations of Bishop Carlos Pellegrín, 60, and Bishop Cristián Contreras, 71.

Create good soil where God's call can take root, Pope tells Italian religious community (Vatican News)

The Figli di Santa Maria Immacolata (Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate) were founded by Venerable Giuseppe Frassinetti (1804-1868).

Vatican conference participants issue message against racism, xenophobia (World Council of Churches)

The World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration was organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

EU court orders pro-life activist to stop comparing abortion to Holocaust (AP)

The European Court of Human Rights issued a unanimous decision in the case.

Work should not be equated with productivity, Pope tells injured workers (Vatican News)

Pope Francis also discussed subsidiarity and solidarity in his address to members of the Italian Association for Injured Workers.

In weekday Mass homily, Pope links 'doctors of the law,' scandal, persecution (Vatican News)

The Pope preached that the “doctors of the law” “have an attitude that only the hypocrites use often: they are scandalized ... Now everyone has the right to enter into the church, even the divorced, everyone. But where are we? The scandal of the hypocrites ... And the Church, when it journeys through history, is persecuted by hypocrites: hypocrites within and without.”

Pope appoints administrator for Indian diocese following rape charge against bishop (AsiaNews)

On September 19, police in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala questioned Bishop Franco Mulakkal for seven hours.

Hundreds of Chinese Christian leaders sign join statement on religious freedom (St. Charles Institute)

Since February, “the state has enforced a dramatic tightening of controls over religious matters,” the Protestant pastors said. “A fresh wave of attacks on religious gatherings, places of worship, and individuals has since erupted.”

Pope Francis sends video greetings ahead of visit to Baltic nations (Vatican News)

Pope Francis begins a 4-day apostolic journey to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on September 22.