Pope Francis again denounced clericalism among Catholic priests, and reaffirmed the right of laypeople to make decisions in their lives.
NCR Today: Cardinal Peter Turkson has said it is "plausible" that Pope Francis may write a new encyclical letter focused on reorienting church teachings on violence.
Nearly one hundred prominent Catholic theologians, historians and lay people from Europe and the U.S. have written to Poland’s bishops to express concerns about the prelates’ advocacy in favor of a new law that would make abortion illegal in their country under almost all circumstances.
In an open letter released Tuesday, the signers say they want to “engage in dialogue and reflection” about the possible consequences of the new law.
Letter-writers include Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, Paul Collins, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Loretto Sr. Jeannine Gramick, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, and Australian Bishop William Morris.
On Monday, Faustin-Archange Touadéra made his first visit abroad to see the pope at the Vatican, to thank Francis for his personal push for peace.
Sanders lauded Francis' repeated call to overcome a "globalization of indifference" -- labeling it "the most powerful name to the predicament of modern society."
The pope is not expected to grant an audience to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Rome this week.
An Italian journalist said he was given private documents by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms and that he had a duty to publish them.
In a "humanitarian and ecumenical gesture," not a political one, Pope Francis was to join Orthodox leaders in personally meeting with hundreds of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece.
"There is no 'just war,'" the some 80 participants of the conference state in an appeal they released April 14.