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"I am on a pilgrimage toward Home," retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote in a letter to a journalist, five years after announcing his intention to be the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign.
Francis met with the 13 prelates from Cuba earlier that day during the "ad limina" visit that bishops are required to make to the Vatican.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday, the people of God in Chicago received a challenge from Cardinal Blase Cupich to reset the balance and remember the mission of the church.
Continuing initiatives aimed at a reconciliation with the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities.