(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) — Last week, the Vatican released a mysterious statement acknowledging a raid by Vatican police on the offices of its Secretariat of State and of its financial watchdog agency, saying it was carried out by judicial order by the Vatican tribunal and with permission from unspecified 'superiors.'
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.'
Vatican City, (RNS) — With the creation of these new Catholic princes who share Francis’ emphasis on a missional and evangelizing church, Francis has now named a total of 91 new cardinals, and more than 52% of the voting cardinals.
(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.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region defended plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church,” not a decision by the pope.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As the Vatican inches closer to a gathering of bishops to discuss the Amazon region, key players vie to frame the main issues likely to emerge at the Oct. 6-27 event, from the need for further involvement of women to the possibility of ordaining married men.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet acknowledged the Amazon region's priest shortage and said he was open to debate about it during this month's Amazon synod.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On Sunday, Pope Francis enshrined his commitment to immigrants and refugees by erecting a statue dedicated to the “angels unawares,” who every day put their lives at risk to find a new life in a new nation. The artwork is the first to be added to St. Peter’s Square in 400 years and depicts an issue central to Francis' pontificate.
(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) — Pope Francis met one on one with American Jesuit priest James Martin at the Vatican on Monday to discuss LGBTQ Catholics, a move some advocates say is a signal of support for a priest who has come under fire for calling on Catholics to be more compassionate to LGBTQ people. Martin described the meeting as “warm and friendly and punctuated by laughter."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As Francis continues to promote the care of creation, he aims to connect with a broader audience than the country's tiny Catholic community.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The official transcript of a Sept. 5 meeting with Jesuit clergy in Mozambique offers a peek into a less measured side of the Argentine pontiff. Francis opened up about his spirituality after being made pope — and criticized clericalism in the Catholic Church for its fixation on sex rather than equity and integrity.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A group of religious sisters is meeting with Pope Francis this week in Rome to address the issue of human trafficking, linking the rise of victims to populist movements, increased immigration and climate refugees.
(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.