Vatican City -- Francis to visit tombs of two formerly ostracized Italian priests, one a pacifist, the other ran a "school of the people" with a social justice curriculum.
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The group of cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Vatican bureaucracy spoke in their latest meeting about how to decentralize authority in the Catholic church and improve relationships between the Vatican and local bishops’ conferences.
The nine member Council of Cardinals spoke in their April 24-26 meeting about how the Vatican can “be more at the service of local bishops” spokesman Greg Burke said in a short briefing Wednesday.
The leadership of the Knights of Malta has recommended that the members of the order voting to elect its new leader decline to appoint a new permanent head of the group. It has asked instead that they consider electing a temporary leader with a one-year appointment.
Knights were informed of the recommendation Tuesday in an email from the order’s headquarters, which was obtained by NCR. The email included a lengthy opinion from the order’s juridical council that the members voting in the election have the possibility of deciding to elect only a temporary leader.
New television series: National Geographic Channel's first scripted series, "Genius," begins April 25 and is about the life of Albert Einstein, whose brilliance shines from the screen.
NCR Today: I'm traveling to Tucson April 26 to visit and assist some of the groups that work on our border with Mexico with the Loretto Community Latin American/Caribbean Committee.
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests will convene its annual meetin in Atlanta, Georgia, June 19-22, under the theme "Peacemaking in our Fractured Society."
Arkansas executed two men last night, marking the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000.
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