Pastors must discern with divorced and remarried Catholics before determining whether the admission to the sacraments is possible, as is the practice of the Vienna archdiocese.
Rome: "How do you say the truth without wounding mercy? How do you be merciful without omitting the truth?"
Bishop Paul Hinder said he has "strong indications" that Salesian Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil "is still alive in the hands of his kidnappers."
NCR Today: In a television interview, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he could understand Austria's decision to close its borders.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, president of the executive council of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, corresponded with Richard Masterson, scheduled to be put to death Wednesday in Texas.
Text of the German-speaking group's proposal for a possible way for Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics at the Synod of Bishops.
The group of German speaking prelates at the ongoing synod has presented a way that certain divorced and remarried Catholic persons might be allowed to take Communion in the church.
NCR Today: The new discussion procedure at the ongoing Synod of Bishops was a "huge step forward," according to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, moderator of the German language group.
Austrian and German bishops have given top priority to the migrant crisis and made it a key policy issue.
Catholic aid agencies have urged Europeans not to turn against migrants seeking refuge other countries, in what reports are calling Europe's greatest refugee movement since World War II.