German Cardinal Reinhard Marx also told NCR that Pope Francis' Vatican reforms depend on "a new relationship between lay people and clerics, that is clear."
Distinctly Catholic: When we say that Pope Francis did it again, what precisely is the "it"? Pope Francis did nothing more than express a decent and honest sentiment, one that in no way contradicts the teaching of the church.
On the papal plane -- "The church must say it's sorry for not having comported itself well," Francis says. Must say this to gays, the poor and "mistreated women."
Vagharshapat, Armenia -- Pope Francis and the head of the Oriental Orthodox Armenian apostolic church both boldly declared Sunday that their communities are already one in prayer and action.
Yerevan, Armenia -- Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister says pope’s talk of Armenian genocide is a "great disgrace" that reflects the "traces and all the reflexes of the Crusades."
Faith and Justice: What Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals are trying to do to the Roman Curia is a reorganization plan to gently downsize the Vatican.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are among the recipients of letters from the Vatican asking congregations to explain matters learned during the apostolic visitation.
Simply Spirit: To say I was thrilled when the Vatican upgraded the celebration of St. Mary of Magdala to a feast on par with the other apostles doesn't nearly begin to cover it.
Francis is visiting the former Soviet republic June 24-26, with plans to meet leaders of the Armenian Apostolic church.
Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.