German bishops welcome the fact that Pope Francis has simplified annulment procedures, but it shouldn't be seen as a step in anticipation of the coming synod, said Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
STRUGGLE, CONDEMNATION, VINDICATION: JOHN COURTNEY MURRAY’S JOURNEY TOWARD VATICAN II
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Changes ordered by Pope Francis often reflect reforms that American dioceses have done or have been advocating for years. U.S. bishops are also starting to waive fees, which Francis wants.
When Catholic bishops arrive in Rome this October to debate “the vocation and mission of the family,” most will have carefully diagnosed the situation in their own dioceses.
That task may well have proved hardest in Europe, where traditional notions of family life are being widely challenged. Yet while some Catholics think the church is losing ground in consequence, others are more optimistic.
Francis has substantially altered the process for annulments in the Catholic church, eliminating redundant procedures and empowering local bishops to make judgments on their own in some cases.
Pope Francis will be decreeing new reformed procedures for those seeking annulments of marriages in the Catholic church, in his latest emphasis on God's mercy.
Pope Francis has made an extraordinary appeal for every European Catholic community to house a refugee family. Christian hope, he said, is "combative" and requires action.
Faith and Justice: The pope’s U.S. visit is going to be a whirlwind affair with scores of events and activities. Here are five things to focus on.
During a virtual town hall with Americans, Pope Francis asked a young girl to sing him a song, and what she sang couldn’t have been more appropriate.
When Pope Francis celebrates a canonization Mass at for Junípero Serra, he will do so in a language Serra would recognize: Spanish.