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."
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.