Pope Francis Urges Muslim Leaders to Condemn Violence
Pope Francis has called on Muslim leaders to condemn violence in order to eliminate the unfortunate stereotype linking Islam with terrorism. Read more
Marriage, Evangelicals and the Vatican
Two prominent Protestant pastors defended marriage at the Vatican, saying the Church must fight against the sexual revolution and stand for Biblical truth about marriage and sexuality. Read more.
Murmurings From US Bishops Against the Pope
US Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy — a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. Read more For more on this issue click here.
Pope Appoints Apostolic Nuncio to Key Position at Vatican
In a series of top level changes in the Roman Curia, Pope Francis has appointed the English-born Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher as Secretary for Relations with States — the third highest position in the Vatican. Read more
Dealing with Climate Change a Matter of Justice
Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, addressed the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, dedicated to 'Sustainable development: protection of global climate for present and future generations' on 16 October. Read more
Original Beauty: The Gospel of John
Over three evenings, Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh, will use the teachings of Jean Vanier to guide participants in a reflection on John's Gospel at Holy Family Parish, Mennai, NSW.
Catholic Woman Faces Death Penalty for Blasphemy
Bibi, an "untouchable" low caste, was accused of blasphemy after an argument with her Muslim neighbour over a drinking glass in the fruit field where they worked together. She was the first Christian woman convicted under the blasphemy law that provides for mandatory death sentence even for unintentional acts or words of blasphemy. Read more
The Synod Page
To get the reports on the Extrordinary Synod on the Family click here.
A New International Catholic Online Journal
Michael Kelly SJ has done it again. Check the new online Catholic journal
Synod 14: Full Text of Third General Congregation
Read the texts of presentations and interventions. Click here.
Synod 14: Full Text of Second General Congregation
Read the texts of presentations and interventions at the Synod on the Family. Click here.
New Rules for Annulments?
The Shaping of the Synod on the Family
For the first time in decades, bishops and cardinals will get back together to clash over radically opposed ideas, in particular on the yes or no to communion for the divorced and remarried. It is Pope Francis who wanted to reopen the dispute. With an unpredictable outcome. Read more.
Pope Celebrates Weddings
In the first wedding he has performed in his 18-month-old papacy, Francis yesterday took each couple through their vows in turn - including Gabriella and Guido, who already had children and thought such a marriage would be impossible. Read more.
LCWR National Assembly (August 12 2014
Makeup of Synod of Bishops on the Family Disappointing
The appointment of 25 curial officials to the synod on the family is a sign that Pope Francis still does not understand what real reform of the Roman Curia requires. It makes me fear that when all is said and done, he may close or merge some offices, rearrange some responsibilities, but not really shake things up. Read more.
Real Dialogue Called for at Synod
The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue" on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese's website in five languages. Read more.
Nuns Murdered in Burundi
Pope Francis mourned the deaths of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, who were murdered in two separate attacks in their residence in Burundi. Read more
Communion for the Remarried?
The pope has given the go-ahead for discussion. He doesn't say whether he is on the side of those in favor or those against, but he appears to be much closer to the former than to the latter. An Australian theologian explains why. Read more
Church Must Welcome Unconventional Couples
The Catholic Church should make "unconventional couples" feel at home instead of making them targets of "de facto discrimination," the leader of the Italian Bishops Conference and an ally of Pope Francis said this week. "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino, an apparent reference to divorced and remarried Catholics. Read more.