BALTIMORE (RNS) Reorienting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ agenda so dramatically and after so many years of doing things the same way is not expected to be easy.
(RNS) The Church that Christ founded on Peter should avoid becoming a loose confederacy of warring regional ecclesial jurisdictions.
The Vatican is a sovereign city-state and the two journalists are Italian citizens. Unless the journalists agree to be questioned by the Vatican, the Holy See would have to ask Italian investigators to do it, a complicated and lengthy diplomatic process.
(RNS) Sitting around the table helps measure the health of relationships, the pontiff said: “If in a family there’s something that doesn’t work, or a hidden wound, at the table it’s understood immediately.”
ROME (RNS) “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets,” Francis tells Italian bishops during a whirlwind tour of Florence.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Kenya’s government says it will deploy 10,000 police and 10,000 members of the National Youth Service to maintain order.
The pope lost part of one lung to disease as a young man and is known to suffer some leg pain due to sciatica, for which he undergoes regular therapy and which might explain his apparent trouble climbing steps.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Speaking to followers in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff criticized revelations made in two books published last week that explore Francis’ efforts to overhaul financial mismanagement within the Vatican walls.
ROME (RNS) Journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi’s new book, “Merchants in the Temple,” has inevitably angered the Vatican. But the author is confident that exposing the inner workings of the Holy See is the right thing to do.
NEW YORK (RNS) Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said he expects the pontiff to travel to the U.S. border with Mexico when he visits that country in February — a stop that could fuel further criticism of the pontiff from conservative Catholics opposed to the church’s support for immigration reform.