Laypeople are called to be a bridge between the church and the world, particularly in matters of finance, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' commission to study the possibility of women deacons shows how he wants discernment to be the process by which the church makes decisions.
NCR Today: I was pleasantly surprised -- stunned -- today to hear that Pope Francis has opened a door on women's roles in the church.
Vatican commission on women deacons: Read full text of the questions asked by the women religious, originally spoken in Italian and translated into English by NCR.
Distinctly Catholic: That Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is convoking a diocesan synod to consider how to embrace Amoris Laetitia is both good news and important news.
Vatican: In possible historic shift, Pope Francis announced Thursday he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church.
The Vatican is funding a job-creation program for Iraqi refugees in Jordan, a country that is hosting close to 1.5 million refugees, but is struggling to provide work for them.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a former refugee who had fled war-torn Vietnam by boat, to lead the Australian Diocese of Parramatta.