Faith and Justice: Difficult topics should have been examined by an ad hoc committee with a diverse membership, which should have reported back to the synod.
Vatican reforms will not be stopped, according to Joseph F.X. Zahra, an economist and Malta business and banking executive, who has spent the better part of the past few years helping to lead the changes taking place at the Vatican. In 2011, Zahra was appointed as one of five members of the International Audit Committee of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.
Pope Francis is exploring a visit to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, where a drug cartel battle during the past decade cost over 10,000 lives in a four-year period.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has called for development of the role of lay people in the Catholic church, saying they cannot be considered “‘second class’ members” after priests and religious.
A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.
"When children at the dinner table are glued to the computer, or the telephone and do not listen to one another, they are not a family, they are retired," the pope said Wednesday during his weekly general audience.
The bishop of Wichita, Kansas presented a report on Fr. Emil J. Kapaun to the Congregation for Saints' Causes a week after the 65th anniversary of his North Korean capture.
From Italy's industrial center and a town of immigrant workers, Pope Francis calls for "suitable work" for all people.
Florence, Italy -- Pope Francis has renewed his call for a comprehensive vision for the future of the church, saying our times require a deeply merciful Catholicism that is unafraid of change.