When a large portion of Catholics ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith, the document says.
The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition Tuesday when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced.
As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the promoters of Sheen's cause demonstrated that the proposed miracle -- the survival of a child delivered stillborn -- occurred after prayers for the intercession only of Sheen.
Pope Francis expressed his fears over increasing violence in Iraq and prayed for peace, security and reconciliation in the country.
He also announced he would be visiting Albania Sept. 21 to encourage the Catholic minority there and the people "who long suffered as a result of the ideologies of the past."
Francis Chronicles: "I believe that interreligious dialogue must investigate the Jewish roots of Christianity and the Christian flowering of Judaism. ... It is possible to live as brothers."
NCR Today: All of the material sent to Rome for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will be compiled to stimulate discussion of the topic for the October meeting.
Pope Francis has conducted another personal interview and it’s likely to be scrutinized in the days ahead. This latest was with Vatican correspondent Henrique Cymerman of La Vanguardia, a Spanish daily headquartered in Barcelona.
The continued meetings between the two religious leaders have provoked speculation about whether the two churches may one day be reunited after nearly 1,000 years of estrangement.
Pope Francis canceled a second day of private audiences and his morning Mass on Tuesday because of a minor illness, but Vatican officials downplayed speculation about ill health.
Pope Francis reconfirmed most members of the Congregation for Clergy and named three new members Monday, including a U.S.-born archbishop from Lithuania.
Pope Francis urged the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to act with courage and end what he called the "spiral of hatred and violence."