NEW YORK (RNS) American Christians know so little about their fellow believers in the region, or even that such Christians exist, that Middle East church leaders like Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart face an uphill battle.
The U.S. church not only marks the passing of Cardinal Francis George this week, but also the 80th birthday of Cardinal Justin Rigali — which means American representation in the College of Cardinals is significantly diminished, and at risk of declining further if Francis doesn’t act.
“It’s sometimes very difficult to listen to the pope and some of the things he says off the cuff, and this is one of them,” the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender said about the pontiff’s caution against Catholics breeding “like rabbits.”
Why everything you have read about the pope’s remarks on the Paris attacks is wrong — except for this …
A definitive statement by the synod and the pope that slams the door on the openings created by many bishops and cardinals. Hence the “freak out.” Will they get it?
A high-level Vatican summit of nearly 200 of the world’s cardinal and bishops has released an interim report at the halfway point of their two-week meeting on how the Catholic Church can better meet the challenges of the modern family. Here’s a look at what the participants and analysts are saying, in tweets:
So Pope Francis didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, but the Vatican is still making news as he watches his hierarchy hash out some hot-button topics. Here it is, in tweets:
Divorce and remarriage, deductive v. inductive theology, and passing references to birth control. Everything you need to know, in as much as 140 character bites can do it justice
Bishop Galantino: “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”
The LCWR’s frank but hopeful statement about meetings with the Vatican’s doctrinal chief: “This work is fraught with tension and misunderstanding.”