Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, Alaska is named bishop of Dallas: Pope Francis has named Burns to be bishop of Dallas, succeeding now-Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who headed the Dallas Diocese until he was named in August to be the first prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life. Burns, 59, has headed the Diocese of Juneau since 2009.
Syria: Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people.Syria's SANA news agency reported Assad met Dec. 12 with new Cardinal Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio to Syria, and that the cardinal delivered a letter from the pope.
Several representatives of groups that participated in a landmark Vatican meeting last spring to reevaluate the Catholic church’s long-held just war theory will be meeting again in Rome next week to carry forward their discussions.
About 15 people will be meeting under the aegis of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a new group created after the April meeting to focus on promoting the practice of nonviolence in church teaching.
Vatican: In 2017 World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis tells Christians: “Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence”
Pope Francis on priests: When a priest becomes a functionary, the pope said, "he ends up looking ridiculous. Always."
NCR Today: A group of 23 academics have issued a statement of support for the four cardinals openly challenging Pope Francis over his apostolic exhortation on the family.
Faith and Justice: Do I think the Catholic church is in danger of schism over the question of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics? No.
NCR Today: In an era when seminarians are being encouraged to live more healthy emotional lives, they should not be forced to lie about who they are.
Pope Francis: Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said during his general audience Dec. 7.
Vatican City: The updated 1985 guidelines insist that candidates for the priesthood learn how to be "shepherds 'with the smell of the sheep,' " and also highlights lessons learned from the sexual abuse scandal.