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.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a "duty" to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel.
While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, he felt he was "incapable of fulfilling" the demands of another international trip, especially with World Youth Day 2013 scheduled for Brazil.
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly criticized the absence of Irish bishops at the funeral mass of Marist Fr. Sean Fagan, who was censured by the Vatican in 2008.
Just Catholic: Pope Francis named just one woman from the Western Hemisphere to his commission on women deacons -- me.
Polish Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, head of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, died Wednesday at the age of 67.
NCR Editorial: We hope that Pope Francis' new universal law to initiate a bishop's removal for negligent response to clergy sex abuse addresses the deficiency of accountability.
Faith and Justice: The papal apostolic exhortation in response to the Synod of Bishops on the family is expected to have some reference to the “internal forum” as a solution to the pastoral problems of divorced and remarried Catholics.
Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.
Just Catholic: Whatever will we do about the folks who fall down in a dead faint whenever you say "woman" and "ordination" in the same sentence?
A Roman Observer: Pope Benedict continues to receive praise for his courageous decision. But Pope Francis also deserves credit for the way this has played out.