A controversial three-year program of Vatican oversight of the main leadership group of U.S. Catholic sisters has come to an end.
Cardinal Roberto Tucci, best known for having managed the travel logistics of the former globe-trotting pope, St. John Paul II, died Tuesday in Rome at the age of 93.
The Italian Jesuit and former head of Vatican Radio was not only a tough-negotiating papal advance man, he was also an expert at the Second Vatican Council, a theologian, an ecumenist and a man unafraid to give blunt advice on sensitive internal Vatican affairs.
The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Curia have discussed the issue of accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle cases of clergy sexual abuse.
Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.
With months to go before October's synod on the family, bishops from around the world are already discussing some of the main topics.
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Pope Francis is expected to arrive July 6 in Ecuador, starting a three-country tour of his home continent, The Associated Press reported from Quito.
The trip, the pope's second to South America since being elected in March 2013, also would include stops in Bolivia and Paraguay, two fast-growing countries in recent years, but still among the poorest on the continent.
Formation directors for religious orders must be "lovingly attentive" to those they are guiding so that "the eventual crisis of quantity does not result in a much graver crisis of quality."
Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world.
Members of the Vatican commission on clergy sexual abuse say Cardinal Sean O'Malley made them feel heard in their concerns about a controversial Chilean bishop.