Francis is widely expanding indulgences for the Jubilee year of mercy, allowing all priests to absolve abortion and the schismatic traditionalist group to hear confessions.
Pope Francis held a "virtual town hall" with Catholics in Chicago, Los Angeles and McAllen, Texas, in advance of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States.
A Roman Observer: Can Pope Francis leave a lasting impact on the church that none of his successors will ever be able to undo?
NCR Today: Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of church teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities.
Pope Francis has called for new ways for the journey of faith of the pilgrim people of God. By exercising the collegiality envisioned by the Second Vatican Council, he has encouraged the Synod of Bishops on the family to participate in open discussions on the various issues. As we await the second session of this synod, it seems particularly valuable to benefit from the 2014 document issued by the International Theological Commission, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church."
NCR Today: Josh McElwee, NCR Vatican correspondent, gave a live interview Aug. 28 to BBC world service's Newshour on former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Listen to it here.
UPDATE: Initial results from the autopsy of the body of disgraced papal ambassador Wesolowski indicate he died of a "cardiac event," the Vatican said Saturday.
Faith and Justice: Integral ecology is a key concept in chapter four of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical. It flows from his understanding that “everything is closely related.”
NCR Today: Pope Francis is expected to open the second global meeting on family life by celebrating Mass. The day's Gospel reading? Jesus' seemingly clear denunciation of divorce.
The Synod on the Family has distinguished itself through an invitation to the faithful to tell the deliberating hierarchs what's on their minds. Many have responded in great number.