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.
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.
The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle.
Just Catholic: Pope Francis approved 12 men and one woman as consulters to the 2-year-old Vatican Secretariat for Communication. This does not send a good message.
The Field Hospital: The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests criticizes treatment of homosexual persons in the Congregation for Clergy's recent document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation."
Vatican City -- Franciscans ask Pope Francis for the "privilege" of allowing non-ordained religious brothers to be elected to leadership positions, including those with authority over ordained priests.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday that President Trump is seeking to meet Pope Francis. Earlier reports had indicated the president had not made a request with the Vatican.
The special delegate appointed to be Pope Francis' spokesman to the Knights of Malta has reportedly ordered the group's former leader not to participate in the election of his successor, which will be held in Rome at the end of the month.
Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who was appointed to his role in February following weeks of tension between the Vatican and the historic chivalric order, told former Grand Master Matthew Festing that his presence would "reopen wounds ... and would prevent the event from taking place in an atmosphere of peace."
Faith and Justice: Amid security fears, Francis will have the tricky task of acknowledging the increased religious freedom in Egypt while not ignoring horrendous violations of human rights.