VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The groups considered everything from the ordination of women as deacons to the creation of a separate rite for the region.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Following an attempt by the Vatican to exercise control over its upcoming and reform-driven gathering, the Catholic Church in Germany has made it clear that it has no intention of backing down, proving to be yet another wedge in the internal church wars that have plagued Pope Francis' six-year papacy.
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) — 'Too often we talk about young people without asking what they think,' said Pope Francis at the opening of a weeklong meeting with young people from all over the world.
(RNS) The resolution, which passed Sunday at the church's general synod in Baltimore, also calls on the U.S. to withhold military assistance.
ROME (RNS) The Rev. Antonio Spadaro has become so closely identified with the pontiff that he is almost as big a target as Francis for critics whose complaints are louder than ever.
ROME (RNS) Krzysztof Charamsa came out as gay following a long career as a priest that included 12 years as an official in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal enforcement body.
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ROME (RNS) “The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’" said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in a Q&A summing up the momentous Vatican synod that just concluded.
Speaking at the 59th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, the pontiff called for changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops.
(RNS) The idea is to ordain them as deacons, not priests. But if the idea floated among 270 leading churchmen flies, it would represent a historic breakthrough for the Catholic Church -- or, perhaps, a return to a New Testament tradition.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The 62 bishops who have so far spoken pushed back strongly against remarks made by Hungary’s Cardinal Peter Erdo, who defended the church’s exclusion of divorced and remarried couples from receiving Communion.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis dedicated one third of his homily to love between man and woman, but also stressed that the church must be more welcoming, charitable, compassionate and merciful to all.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Filial Appeal is one of a number of traditionalist groups holding meetings in Rome this week to voice their views. But for every such conference, another has organized by the opposite camp.
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