Pope Francis: “The church is the doorman of the house of the Lord. It is not the master of the house of the Lord!”
The document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" and its introduction eventually passed by wide margins in separate votes during the second day of the USCCB annual fall meeting.
Faith and Justice: At their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops elected new chairs for a number of committees of the bishops conference.
Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spoke at the beginning of a day-long conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University to highlight the importance of the Pact of the Catacombs.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, Australian Cardinal George Pell, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle are among the 15 prelates who will be planning and organizing the next global meeting of Catholic bishops.
The four bishops will be part of a group preparing the next Synod of Bishops, following conclusion of the closely watched three-week Synod held at the Vatican last month on issues of family life.
In an ecumenical visit to Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran church, Pope Francis suggested Lutherans might personally discern whether to take Catholic communion.
Pope Francis on Sunday expressed closeness to the victims in Paris and said using the name of God to justify violence is "blasphemy."
Pope Francis has condemned Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris, saying they left him "shaken and pained" and are inhuman and unjustifiable.
While never citing the Catacombs Pact specifically, Francis has evoked its language and principles, wishing for a "poor church, for the poor."