Synod Day 4: "It would be difficult for anybody to tell me Africa is blocking anything," said Ghanaian Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, speaking at a Vatican press conference Oct. 8.
NCR Editorial: Pope Francis isn't interested in a church that wins culture wars. He wants a church that transforms cultures.
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher told Catholic News Service Tuesday that he had used his three-minute address to the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome to address the church's stance towards women, proposing the ordination of women as deacons.
Durocher, who is a former president of the Canadian bishops' conference and leads the archdiocese of Gatineau in Quebec, has posted the full text of his remarks at his French-language blog.
Just Catholic: Early church fathers preferred asceticism but wrote that married households are the basis of Christian community.
The Mexican bishops' conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
NCR Today: Belgium's representative to the family synod has asked that prelates be given the "space and responsibility" to respond to the pastoral needs of those in their care.
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher said the synod should reflect on allowing for female deacons as it seeks to open up more opportunities for women.
Synod, Day 2: Italian archbishop: Discussion over communion for divorce and remarriage still "open;" Canadian: There are "differences of opinion."