Here are the top stories for Sunday, Oct. 4th: Trump could be discharged Monday; coronavirus restrictions lifted in Mecca; Pope Francis releases his third encyclical; pet lovers in Manila received blessings for their animals. (Oct. 4)
RON HARRIS: This is AP News Minute. US President Donald Trump's team of doctors say he is doing well after his COVID-19 diagnosis and could be discharged as early as Monday. Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a specialist in pulmonary critical care, said Trump received a second dose of an experimental drug Saturday and isn't showing any side effects. A very small, limited number of people circled Islam's holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months. The worshippers donned the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage.
Pope Francis released his third encyclical on Sunday, a document titled Fratelli tutti-- All Brothers. The pope urged his followers to focus on the need for greater solidarity with the poor, dialogue with others, and care for god's creation. Vatican encyclicals are the most authoritative form of papal teaching. And pet lovers in Manila receive blessings for their animals via a drive-through ceremony on Sunday to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. A row of vehicles lined up outside a mall in Manila as pet owners patiently waited for their turn to drive forward to have a priest sprinkle holy water on their mostly canine companions. Ron Harris, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.