Pope Francis wants to visit the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa as well as the Auschwitz concentration camp when in Poland next year, said Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Pope Francis on Sunday, Nov. 8, described the leaking of confidential Vatican documents as a “deplorable act” that will not stand in the way of his ambitious reform agenda.
Pope Francis is at peace with the reformist course he has set for the Catholic church, says Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a leading adviser to the pontiff.
The synod opened the door for some divorced and remarried people to be admitted to the sacraments, but it could not go further, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said.
A major decision facing the nation's bishops when they meet Nov. 16-19 for their annual fall assembly will be what "strategic priorities" to focus on through the year 2020.
Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will spend about 33 hours in the country during a Nov. 25-30 visit.
Pope Francis will visit Mexico for the first time Feb. 12, 2016, said Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City during a homily Nov. 1.
The Vatican on Nov. 2 announced the arrest of two people in connection with the alleged theft of confidential documents, the first such case since the “Vatileaks” scandal.