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by Dennis Coday

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The Synod of Bishops will meet in Rome Oct. 3-28,to discuss teenagers and young adults in the Catholic Church and find ways to encourage their enthusiasm and dreams, help them sift through the possibilities to serve others and resist temptations. A few stories to catch you up:

That story has to do with this: Francis asks China's Catholics: trust Vatican's judgment on deal with government as well as this story: Chinese Catholics outside mainland divided over Sino-Vatican agreement

Sister immigration lawyers ply expertise at border, in courtrooms "This is intrinsically redemptive work," says Society of the Holy Child Jesus Sr. Ann Durst, who has made it her mission to get legal representation for minors arriving at the southern border. "It doesn't get any rawer than this."

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has said repeatedly that he didn’t know about years of sexual misconduct complaints involving his predecessor in the District, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was named in a 2005 settlement agreement that included allegations against McCarrick, according to the accuser in the case and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

New Delhi -- Catholic Bishops' Conference of India issues a statement on alleged rape of a nun by a bishop in south India (this is a video news report) and meanwhile two more bishops visit Bishop Franco Mulakkal at jail, equate him with Jesus Christ

Six Buffalo bishops let priest accused of sex abuse in 1980s remain in parishes Allegations made against priest in the 1980s, he is removed from ministry in 2007.

Catholic University's president suspended a dean whose comments on social media this week questioned allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh. John Garvey, the president of the university, said the remarks "demonstrated a lack of sensitivity to the victim."

It gained some attention, even in the middle of a very crowded news cycle, when  Jesuit magazine America rescinded its endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation after Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony. It goes to show you that the Kavanaugh saga is uncomfortable for Catholics amid crisis over sexual abuse.

Commentary: On Catholic Boys, Kavanaugh, Women, and Belief It seems to me now, the way men perceive women is how they perceive life itself, writes Bill C. Davis

Start your day inspired with daily Scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.

Or reflect on Pencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.

Pope Francis' exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and Be Glad") has inspired many. NCR and Celebration have the resources to help you on your journey of 'small holiness'.

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