Vatican official George Pell faced four hours of questioning about his role in the clergy sexual abuse crisis in his native Australia in an overnight hearing Sunday.
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.
Synod, Day 11: Synod prelates have entered into discussions about how the church should treat persons who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.
Synod, Day 10: The Catholic prelates attending the synod have again revealed apparently significant differences of opinion on how the church should approach families, particularly over using inclusive language.
A Roman Observer: The Vatican published its annual financial statement last week, but it is not at all transparent or detailed and probably not completely accurate.
The outcome of May's same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the same issue clearly show the extent to which Western society is abandoning many of its Christian legal foundations, said Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.
In his address at the Fota VIII International Liturgy Conference in Cork, Pell called the Irish referendum "a victory for John Stuart Mill and utilitarianism."
More than a year after establishing special structures to oversee the Vatican's finances, Pope Francis has named an Italian accountant and expert in corporate risk management as the Vatican's auditor general.
The Vatican announced Friday the appointment of Libero Milone, the Dutch-born, London-educated chairman and managing partner of Milone Associates. He has worked for Flack Renewables, Wind Telecom and Fiat. Until 2007, he was chairman of Deloitte Italy and served three years as a member of the audit committee of the United Nations' World Food Program.
More than 55,000 people have signed a petition calling for Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia after allegations that he tried to bribe the victim of a pedophile priest.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' decision to call an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy looks more and more urgent with each passing day.
People must work together to protect life, Pope Francis said on Mother's Day, the day Italy celebrates its annual March For Life.
After praying the "Regina Coeli" at noon Sunday with people gathered in St. Peter's Square, the pope greeted all those who took part in the pro-life initiative that morning, saying "it is important to work together to defend and promote life."