(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 (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) — For Pope Francis, the Amazon is important because it touches on so many themes of his papacy: concern for the marginalized, evangelization and protection of the environment.
(RNS) — Limiting ordination after marriage to 'mature men' will be portrayed as exceptional, but both traditionalists and progressives believe that it will spread to more and more situations.
(RNS) — Marc Zvi Brettler, a Duke University Hebrew Bible scholar, said it took a bit of chutzpah, but, turns out, the pope was interested.
(RNS) — Besides a lack of time to prepare and impossible expectations, even Francis' greatest strength, his pastoral sense, is working against him.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Younger Catholics want the church to be more inclusive. But as Catholic leaders wrap up a monthlong synod, they disagree on how to do that — or even how to refer to gay people in official synod documents.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After a monthlong debate about how to engage young people, this Catholic synod may be hard put to forge consensus.
(RNS) — Many young people say they are 'spiritual' but not 'religious.' In other words, they are thirsty but don’t like what the church is serving. The clergy needs to listen to the young before speaking to the young.
ROME (Reuters) The mother of the Italian-Moroccan jihadi who helped carry out a deadly attack in London last week said on Tuesday she had tried to keep her son from falling under the sway of Islamic State ideology, but the internet and his London friends changed him.
ROME (RNS) The catacombs are a reminder of the importance of Domitilla as a Christian burial site.
ROME (RNS) The thief entered the church, named after the 19th century saint in Castelnuovo, near Turin, on June 2, and left with a glass case containing the relic.
(Reuters) The caption written on the sash of the pope's cassock reads "The Good Forgives the Evil."
ROME (RNS) A team of scientists, art historians and other experts uses technology to reimagine the original colors of a monument that is a potent symbol in Jewish history and for the Catholic Church.
ROME (RNS) Since he became pope four years ago, Francis has made it a personal priority to provide them with showers, housing, medical care and other services to help restore their dignity.