Malta's bishops were "surprised" but reassured by the findings of the survey of Catholics they conducted for the Synod of Bishops on the family.
May 9-22, 2014
What was it like to be in that crowd during the canonizations, ministering to the people, especially those who were farthest away?
Pope Francis reiterated his strong opposition to abortion on April 25, saying it "compounds the grief of many women" already succumbing to what he called the "pressures of secular culture."
The pope's remarks, to a group of bishops from South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland, represented a departure of sorts for Francis, who has kept a relative silence on the issue as he tries to redirect the church's energies toward combating poverty and income inequality.
A steady stream of Iraqi refugees, smiling and displaying purple index fingers, emerged from a polling station in the Hashemi Shamali district, where the majority of these urban refugees live in the Jordanian capital.
"Change is badly needed in Iraq. Hopefully the elections will yield a suitable leader. God is gracious," said Um Martin, a Chaldean Catholic woman from the biblical city of Ninevah in northern Iraq.
There are at least three reasons Pope Francis may be amenable to the debate on whether to allow married men into the priesthood.
"Arab Christians are up to the challenge of reviving their presence. They should not rely solely on political circumstances, whether they are favorable or not."
In its previous meetings, the Council of Cardinals has reviewed the work of Vatican congregations. The council will now shift its attention to studying the Vatican's 12 pontifical councils.
"I have written Father Radloff to encourage him to reconsider his decision in light of the detrimental effects it will have on him personally."
In his deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough did a little of everything. But mostly, he steadfastly defended the decisions he made his time at the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Pope Francis sainted his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, wrapping together decades of change and conflict for the Catholic church.