In advance of the March 13 anniversary of Pope Francis' election, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Francis is "reinvigorating that experience of the church" that people had following the council's reforms.
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Four Years of Francis: Many of the changes taking place at the upper echelons of the church at first glance appear minor, then take on a wider meaning.
Special feature: The Chicago archbishop has "got a lot of work to do" to revitalize this sprawling bastion of U.S. Catholicism.
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."
Sanders lauded Francis' repeated call to overcome a "globalization of indifference" -- labeling it "the most powerful name to the predicament of modern society."
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
Pope Francis has asked his international Council of Cardinals to study the way the church vets, identifies and appoints bishops around the world.
We say: The mere announcement of the tribunal should rouse bishops around the world from any hesitancy they may feel addressing this issue.
Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee -- which includes Irish Msgr. Paul Tighe -- to find ways to implement recommendations for streamlining and modernizing the Vatican's many communications structures.
When the pope met with his Council of Cardinals in April, the cardinal advisers suggested he name a new commission to implement a reform plan drafted by a previous 11-member papal commission.