(RNS) — The problem facing the pope's new head of Vatican finances is not only the church's history of mismanagement and corruption, but a lack of transparency and clear lines of authority.
(RNS) — More than 1,500 students descended on Washington, D.C., this week to lobby Congress on global warming and DACA, the program protecting immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives from deportation.
(RNS) — Breaking with tradition, the meeting did not include a report on the recently concluded Amazon synod.
(RNS) — The American Catholic hierarchy isn't ready to follow the synod's search for real-world solutions. Too many conservatives believe that if we simply return to the old ways of doing things, everything will be fine.
(RNS) — The bishops, under the leadership of Pope Francis, have once again found their prophetic voice, at least in the Amazon.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The West 'wants the Amazonian people to keep the forest,' said Bishop Karel Martinus Choennie of Suriname, 'but they don’t want to change their lifestyles, and that is the big contradiction.'
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod's final recommendations to the pope could have profound impact not only on the Amazon but the entire church.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — One participant reported that only a couple of the 185 assembled bishops spoke against the idea during the first week of the synod.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Rather than telling the Amazonians how to deal with their issues, San Diego's Bishop McElroy has talked about how the synod — and the Amazonians — could impact the rest of us.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Amazonian bishops took the floor at the synod in Rome this week to describe their region's problems in urgent, even personal terms.
(RNS) — At the first working session of the Vatican's meeting of bishops on the Amazon, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes urged the bishops to work to stop not only depletion of resources in the region but the social ills that accompany it.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While most people think of prudence as a check on spontaneity and creativity, the pope quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which teaches prudence 'is not to be confused with timidity or fear.'
(RNS) — While disagreements in the synod may arise over how Catholicism is interpreted in the Amazon, the bishops of the synod will be largely united on the environment and justice issues.
(RNS) — The meeting is typical of a pope who recognizes that we are all sinners, even himself, and that we are all on a common pilgrimage toward God.
(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.