October 19, 2018

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Call to give women vote at Synod

Women should be included as full members at a Synod of Bishops, said three priests at the Synod on Youth.


Archbishop Comensoli to help draft final Synod report

Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne has been elected as one of the 12 synod members to draft the final report summarising the discussion at the Synod of Bishops on young people. The report will be given to Pope Francis. Headed by Brazilian Cardinal Sergio da Rocha of Brasilia, the group of five cardinals, three bishops […]


Invitation for Pope to visit North Korea

The South Korean president’s office said that when the president meets Pope Francis on 18 October, he will pass on an invitation for the Pope to visit North Korea. The Vatican confirmed on 9 October that South Korean President Moon Jae-in would meet the Pope on 18 October at the Vatican. The evening before the […]


Vatican to review McCarrick case

The Vatican will investigate the handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.


Pope Francis meets Bono

U2 front man Bono had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday afternoon, saying afterward the Holy Father was “incredibly gracious with his time, his concentration.”Speaking to journalists following the just over 30-minute meeting Sept. 19, Bono said they “let the conversation go where it wanted to go,” discussing “big themes,” such […]


Pope Francis to meet with US bishops

Pope Francis will meet on 13 September with leading US bishops to discuss the clergy sex abuse scandals engulfing the US.


Canon law change needed

The 1983 Code of Canon Law did not anticipate crimes being committed by bishops that could result in their laicisation.


The truth is silent: Pope

Jesus himself showed that the best way to respond to scandal and divisiveness is to stay silent and pray, Pope Francis said yesterday as he resumed his early morning Masses.

An official tries to clear trash Aug. 29 from a lake near near Seoul, South Korea. The ecumenical World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is Sept. 1. Supported by both Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the 2018 celebration is focused on the importance of water. PHOTO: CNS/Yonhap, EPA

Care for water ‘urgent’

Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said. “Care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative,” the pope said in a message Sept. 1, the […]


USCCB president seeks papal audience, answers to former nuncio’s questions

The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. In a 27 August statement, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by Archbishop Carlo […]

A shaft of light illuminates Pope Francis as he responds to a reporter's question aboard his flight from Dublin to Rome Aug. 26. PHOTO: CNS/Paul Haring

Pope says he trusts people to judge archbishop’s claims about him

Aboard the papal flight from Dublin Pope Francis said Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s long document calling on him to resign is written in a way that people should be able to draw their own conclusions. “I read the statement this morning and, sincerely, I must say this to you and anyone interested: Read that statement […]