Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said an apostolic exhortation on the family following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops could be released soon. Synod fathers requested it.
Just over a month into the Year of Mercy, Catholics from around the world will gather in Cebu, Philippines, for the International Eucharistic Congress, an opportunity to remind Catholics that reaching out to all with the Gospel is a key act of mercy.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu told reporters at the Vatican Tuesday that the theme of the congress -- "Christ in you, our hope of glory" -- was chosen long before Pope Francis announced the special jubilee Year of Mercy would begin Dec. 8.
The improved relations between Jews and Catholics prove that openness and humility can transform even the most poisonous rapport between religions into genuine fraternal respect, a leading rabbi said.
Pope Francis named two new archbishops, Matteo Maria Zuppi and Corrado Lorefice, in Italy on Oct. 27, as strategic appointments for the pontiff’s push to create a “poor church.”
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Pope Francis concluded the synod warning against a temptation to practice a spirituality that ignores people’s struggles or sees things only as we wish them to be.
Basic principles of human dignity are being violated repeatedly in the Middle East as conflict continues, said members of the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Faith and Justice: All right. Let’s get it over with. I was too pessimistic in my prediction of how the synod would end. I should have trusted the Spirit.
The Synod of Bishops has softened the church’s practice towards those who have divorced and remarried, saying they should discern decisions individually with priests.
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.