Francis Chronicles: "Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty," Francis said.
Luis Antonio Tagle
Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations.
Synod Day 5: Participants released reports from 13 different small discussion groups that have been meeting since Tuesday.
Interview: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle sat down with NCR a day after Pope Francis gave his powerful speech to the United Nations.
Francis wants to retool the hierarchy so it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, he said.
Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle called on Catholics to embrace and live out the Second Vatican Council's sense of openness to the modern world.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, has been named the new president of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
While Tagle was elected unanimously as head of the federation at an Oct. 24-25 meeting in Rome of its executive committee, Pope Francis confirmed his election March 5.
He will assume his office at the federation's plenary assembly, to take place June 18-23 in Nemi, Italy. Tagle will succeed Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who has been president of the Catholic Biblical Federation since 2002.
"Some people, even up to now, 50 years after [Vatican II], are still asking the question, 'Why does the church bother with the world?' "
By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America.
Manila: After waiting overnight in the street for papal Mass, Jennifer Roman says "It's worth the wait. It's like a fiesta!"