Catholic headlines for September 22

Speaking to a group of Italian journalists this morning, Pope Francis said that journalists should strive to “love the truth,” “embody professionalism” and “respect human dignity.” He also said that rumors can be a form of “terrorism.” Read the summary here.

In response to a study by the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University on Catholic opinion and portrayal of Islam, Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago, Catholic co-chair of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, said the report “raises serious questions about how Catholics view their Muslim brothers and sisters.” He stressed that such findings show that it’s more important than ever to “promote ongoing encounter, dialogue and education between our two great faith traditions,” without dismissing the “real threats” that some Muslims with a radical ideology present.

In Israel, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, stressed dialogue and communication between Christian denominations and other faith groups in the region. According to The Jerusalem Post, he gave the press conference ahead of his investiture, which took place in Jerusalem’s old city.

During his homily this morning at daily Mass, Pope Francis preached about vanity, calling it “an osteoporosis of the soul.” “The bones seem good on the outside, but within they are totally ruined,” he said. "Vanity makes us a fraud.”

Michael Heinlein, editor of The Catholic Answer, ponders if Pope Francis could become the first “Eastern pope.”

And the OSV Editorial Board says the recent ad placement by Catholics for Choice is tantamount to a “Catholic hijacking.”

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor-in-chief of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.