(RNS) — The document encouraged the church to meet people where they are and then accompany them on their journey toward God. But who is going to do this accompanying?
(RNS) Pope Francis is not afraid of open discussion in the church. Well, he got it.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few conservatives are exulting, others are despairing, and some liberals are dismayed that they seemed to get little from the three-week synod. But reformers here are quietly satisfied with the result, saying the Catholic Church has turned a corner.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After three momentous weeks, a divided gathering of global bishops reached a compromise that also gives Pope Francis room to pursue his reform agenda.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Words create worlds,” as one archbishop put it, and if bishops pushing for new language on remarried Catholics and gays and lesbians carry the day it could reshape the church’s approach.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) There are "times that I have felt the condescension so heavy, you could cut it with a knife,” said one Catholic sister. "Some of it is, 'Oh, here comes the bleeding heart. Well, she's a woman; what else would you expect?' kind of thing."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Anglican Bishop Tim Thornton’s vivid purple cassock instantly marks him as an outsider at the Vatican’s synod on the family. Thornton, of Cornwall, England, is one of 14 “fraternal delegates” to bring views of other churches to discussions.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Archbishop Mark Coleridge can tell you how frustrating it is to find a working printer in the Vatican, and who is wining and dining and snoring and boring. But there's a deeper goal behind his chatty posts.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday categorically denied a story from an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, calling the report “unfounded” and “seriously irresponsible.”
ROME (RNS) The American bishops taking part in a Vatican summit on family life stay at a huge seminary built on a hill overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica. But given the latest round of public sniping, it may not be big enough.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) But even as leaders of this young and dynamic church wield newfound influence, there are questions about whether their contributions can help the synod reach an elusive agreement this week.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Philadelphia's Chaput said "anxieties are running high" among conservatives, while Chicago's Cupich, a reform-minded delegate, said hard-liners need to be like Francis and chill out.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fourteen married couples and other lay people have been brought in to fill the gaps in the churchmen's knowledge, advising the 270 bishops as they discuss family issues.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) There are growing signs of exasperation with the pressure tactics of the traditionalists. But in the end, their arguments may trump any annoyance.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) But the churchmen from around the world may be looking to Pope Francis to rescue them from irreconcilable differences over reform. An African cardinal who compared gay liberation to Islamic fundamentalism may not help matters.
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