(RNS) The “pope of surprises” went eyeglass shopping in downtown Rome, giving passersby the selfie of a lifetime — but telling the shop owner he only wanted new lenses, the old frames are fine. Maybe he needs to sharpen his vision ahead of his U.S. trip?
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(RNS) The encounter may spark another round of heated speculation about what it signals about Francis’ intentions – a change in church policy or doctrine? Or nothing more than an act of kindness toward an aging rebel who continues to bless divorced and gay couples and others on the church’s margins?
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
The LCWR’s frank but hopeful statement about meetings with the Vatican’s doctrinal chief: “This work is fraught with tension and misunderstanding.”
A passage from the Vatican doctrinal czar’s blast at the U.S. sisters seems lifted directly from a National Catholic Register story that made the same points the cardinal did this week.
The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva saw a “common path” with the White House on social justice issues and “a way forward, a compromise, a solution” on culture war topics after “cordial” meeting
And Archbishop George Ganswein is still working for Francis. Should Ganswein go? Some say yes.