A Roman Observer: Most reasonable Catholics disagree with the need for the props and gimmicks that the Vatican's jubilee committee is using to promote the Holy Year of Mercy.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."
Speaking Italian, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio kissed the pontiff's hand on Jan. 28, and offered a "grazie" (thank you) "for granting me this private audience with you."
The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.
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Simply Spirit: The third week of January (January 18-25) is devoted to prayers for Christian unity. Not long ago, I found myself longing for the day of Eucharistic table sharing.