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Cardinal Walter Kasper has called for a deeper reflection on a practice he thinks might allow some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.
Pope Francis has urged members of the Congregation for Bishops to do a better job in finding new candidates to head dioceses around the world, saying the Church needs “authentic pastors” that serve and intercede for their people, writes Robert Mickens.
Almost nine out of 10 practising Catholics consider Francis a more effective Pope than his predecessor, Benedict XVI, according to a global survey conducted by The Tablet, writes Abigail Frymann.
The C8 coordinator Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga said in an interview with the German Catholic News Agency KNA on the occasion of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election that the Pope was breaking away from “moralism”.
Two Catholic bishops have written about the results of surveys they conducted in response to the Vatican’s questionnaire for the upcoming Synod on the Family, writes Michael Sean Winters.
CARDINAL Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said this week that “homosexuals are not criminals” and should not face life in prison. He was attending a human-rights conference in Bratislava, when he was asked about a new law in Uganda
Pope Francis has chosen a no-nonsense Anglo-Saxon to head the new Secretariat for the Economy (SfE) but he will nevertheless face stiff resistance to reform, according to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
The Catholic Church’s handling of clergy sex abuse of minors has been publicly defended by Pope Francis, who lamented that the Church has been unfairly “attacked” over the way it has dealt with the troubling issue, writes Robert Mickens.
The bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the embattled Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea called on all believers and non-believers “to refrain from extremism, and in these difficult times not to allow the fraternal bond between people living in the Crimea to break”, writes Josef Pazderka.