Cardinals, theologians discuss decision-making role of laity in church

As the Catholic Church continues to reflect on synodality through a two-year process of listening and dialogue, a panel of six notable theologians and canonists discussed the nature of consultation and decision-making in a synodal church.

Do not be afraid to vent to God, have faith in his justice, pope says

Pope Francis praised the way people have faced the trials and losses in their lives with a firmness of faith in God's promises and love.

Poverty driving children into forced labor must be tackled, pope says

Poverty and inequality, which are major factors in child labor exploitation, must be addressed, Pope Francis said in a written message.

The past should be source of inspiration, not the destination, pope says

Wanting to go back to the way things were in the past is not Christian, Pope Francis said.

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