Page One: Headlines for 9/23/19

Pope Francis arrives for an audience with participants of an international meeting of schools, movements and associations of the new evangelization at the Vatican on 21 September 2019. The pope said the church should be more concerned with welcoming those who are far from the church rather than defending its good name. (photo: CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope: Church exists to proclaim Christ, not itself (CNS) The Catholic Church must not become a distant memory for men and women today but must be a welcoming place where everyone feels at home, Pope Francis said. Too often, people judge the church to be either irrelevant in today’s world or perceive it as “too powerful in comparison with the great poverties of the world,” the pope said on 21 September…

Indian priest seeks to help the ’unseen people’ of Tamil Nadu ( Santhi Polur was beaten up for bathing regularly, cleaning her children and doing her hair. The attack didn’t come from her enemies — it came from people of her own lower caste because they believed she was offending their lifestyle. Her community, considered the lowest of the castes in India’s Tamil Nadu state, even serves Dalit people — the former untouchables outside the caste system — as their barbers, cleaners and undertakers. ”That makes their social status the worst,” says the Rev. Arul Valan, who has been working with them in the southern state for the past 17 years. “They are the Dalits of the Dalit people. Until some time back, they were not even allowed to go out and walk in the daylight…”

Ethiopia says Egyptian plan on Nile dam hurts ’sovereignty’ (AP) Ethiopia’s foreign ministry in a sharply worded statement dismisses Egypt’s latest proposal on a massive Nile River dam project as “against the sovereignty of Ethiopia.” The statement issued Friday comes shortly after Egypt said a new round of talks over the soon-to-be-finished $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam failed to achieve progress?

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