Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
Anglican Bishop Tim Thornton’s vivid purple cassock instantly marks him as an outsider at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the family. He is one of 14 fraternal delegates.
The Francis Chronicles: The path to conversion, Pope Francis said, is made "a little bit each day" even when there are difficulties.
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that the final document from the ongoing Synod of Bishops on family "will not have all the answers, but it will have a direction."
Synod Interview: Rwandan Bishop Antoine Kambanda is concerned that young people who grew up as orphans following the horrific 1994 genocide now have no experience in how to build families.
The group of German speaking prelates at the ongoing synod has presented a way that certain divorced and remarried Catholic persons might be allowed to take Communion in the church.
NCR Today: The Vatican on Wednesday categorically denied a story from an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, calling the report “unfounded” and “seriously irresponsible.”
Synod Interview: Cardinal Maran Mar George Alencherry called on the church to take up a "new way of being" focused on standing in solidarity with peoples' suffering around the world.
Faith and Justice: With time running out, the synodal fathers appear no closer to resolving their conflicts over issues facing the family than they were a year ago.
Synod Cardinal Wilfrid Napier -- one of 13 cardinals said to have signed a letter to Pope Francis criticizing the synod -- said he no longer has concerns.