“Where there is a wall,” he said, “there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!”
The Vatican’s new rules for budgeting and financial reporting, which will go into effect Jan. 1, call for heightened transparency and consistency in the church’s central administration and underscore the oversight powers of two economic bodies Pope Francis established in February.
Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore.
Pope Francis said the church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit.
Pope Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco.
The world’s bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride, Pope Francis said.
– Companies criticized for offering to pay to freeze female workers’ eggs
– Three Cincinnati priests on leave for misconduct have been laicized
– Creighton criticized for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers
– Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes
For couples struggling to conceive a child, in vitro fertilization has been a medical standard for the past 30 years.
The Catholic Church has long opposed the process because it separates contraception from the marital act, and it destroys embryos.
Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without ceremony, a U.S. Church aid official said.
Brittany Maynard, a young California woman who was suffering from terminal brain cancer and gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon’s assisted suicide law, ended her life Nov. 1. She was 29 years old.
Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a “setback” or “loss” for Pope Francis — even a “rebuke” to him.