Some Eastern European bishops are expressing reluctance to welcome refugees, or urging that displaced Christians be given preferential treatment, or remaining silent on the refugee crisis in Europe.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' decision to name Bishop Kevin Farrell to head the new dicastery on family, marriage and the laity is not just good news per se because Bishop Farrell is one of the ablest administrators in the church.
Some still disagree about the meaning behind Pope Francis' exhortation on marriage and family, three months after it was published.
Pastors must discern with divorced and remarried Catholics before determining whether the admission to the sacraments is possible, as is the practice of the Vienna archdiocese.
Rome: "How do you say the truth without wounding mercy? How do you be merciful without omitting the truth?"
Bishop Paul Hinder said he has "strong indications" that Salesian Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil "is still alive in the hands of his kidnappers."
NCR Today: In a television interview, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he could understand Austria's decision to close its borders.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, president of the executive council of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, corresponded with Richard Masterson, scheduled to be put to death Wednesday in Texas.
Text of the German-speaking group's proposal for a possible way for Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics at the Synod of Bishops.
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.