- Battle lines drawn
This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry days after he admitted to having been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”.
Bishops and cardinals should speak boldly during the Vatican's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said in opening remarks to the gathering’s first session this morning.
Pope Francis has warned bishops not to “thwart” the synod on the family with their own ideas but instead find ways to support ordinary Catholics.
Bishops from around the world are meeting in Rome from 5 to 19 October to discuss issues affecting the family. A year ago the Vatican sent out a detailed questionnaire in which thousands of Catholics gave their views on issues such as marriage, divorce, single parenthood, gay relationships and contraception. Already in recent weeks, cardinals have openly argued over a proposal to reform the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion, but many other issues will be up for discussion.
Pope Francis has summoned the Vatican’s Middle East experts to an urgent summit on the plight of minorities in Syria and Iraq.
At Mass last night Cardinal Vincent Nichols took possession of his titular church, San Alfonso di Liguori all'Esquilino.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has said that priestly celibacy is not a dogma and “can be changed”.
Cardinal Raymond Burke has expressed hope that the forthcoming Synod on the Family will confirm once and for all the Church’s teaching that divorced and remarried people are excluded from Communion.
Pope Francis has said that Europe must “open its hearts” to refugees, as he met with survivors and relatives of the tragic shipwreck that took the lives of more than 300 migrants last year.
A senior Vatican official has warned that Ukraine will need “far-reaching reform” regardless of the “Russian aggression” that it is experiencing