Pope laments vocations ‘hemorrhage’

Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference, Pope Francis identified three “preoccupations” -- a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses

Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference Monday, Pope Francis tagged three “preoccupations” in the only country in the world where he rules as Primate: a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses. Francis told the bishops he wasn’t sharing these concerns to “beat you … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals

Consistory scheduled for June 29

Pope Francis on Sunday announced that he will create fourteen new cardinals in a Consistory scheduled to take place on June 29th. In the surprise announcement following his Regina Caeli address, the Pope noted that the places from which the new cardinals come “expresses the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men and women on … [Read more...]

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Vatican issues new rules for cloistered nuns

May 15 instruction requires that individual monasteries have at least five members in order to remain open, membership in a federation

The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative orders, which emphasizes the need for networks of monasteries in contemplative life. The instruction states that all monasteries of nuns must be affiliated with a federation, or organization, of religious houses. Published May … [Read more...]

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Pope asks Vatican group to examine role of women in the Church

Pope Francis calls for Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life to value the 'feminine genius'

Pope Francis has updated the statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, adding among other things a specific reference to the office’s responsibility for promoting a deeper reflection on the role of women in the Church and society. “The dicastery works to deepen the reflection on the relationship between men and women in their respective specificity, … [Read more...]

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Pope to German Bishops: find possibly unanimous arrangement

“A not inconsiderable number” of bishops have expressed opposition to proposed guidelines that would allow non-Catholic spouses to receive Holy Communion

At a meeting in the Vatican on Thursday, senior Vatican officials and members of the German Bishops conference held a conversation on a set of pastoral guidelines announced in February. The German Bishops’ Conference at the time approved the development of the guidelines, which would potentially broaden permission for non-Catholic Christians who are married to Catholics to … [Read more...]

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Alfie Evans has died

Pope Francis had prayed and advocated for the 23-month-old boy

Alfie Evans, a terminally ill toddler whose medical case set off a high-profile legal battle and international debates about health care, died early Saturday morning, his parents said on social media. Many activists believed his case raised ethical questions about end-of-life care and parental rights Pope Francis had been publicly praying and advocating for the 23-month-old … [Read more...]

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“Not even an animal would be treated this way”

UK court won't allow parents to take Alfie Evans to Italy despite pleas from parents, pope

An appeal by the parents of ailing toddler Alfie Evans was dismissed by the UK Court of Appeal Wednesday, leaving the child to remain at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in England. Tom Evans and Kate James had been appealing to take their son, Alfie, to Italy for treatment, after the child survived the removal of life support, against their will, at Alder Hey Hospital. “It’s … [Read more...]

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Laywomen among new CDF appointees

Pope Francis has named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female academics and two priests

On Saturday Pope Francis named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female academics and two priests. The women are Dr. Linda Ghisoni, professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Dr. Michelina Tenance, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; and Dr. Laetitia Calmeyn, lecturer of … [Read more...]

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“They’ll have to kill me first”

Nun opposing Katy Perry's purchase of LA convent appeals to Pope Francis

A nun fighting Katy Perry's purchase of a former convent is fired up and reaching out to a higher authority -- Pope Francis himself -- to intervene in the case that has brought the “Roar” singer a rash of negative publicity. “They’ll have to kill me first if they want to keep me quiet,” Sister Rita Callanan, 80, told Fox News this week, referring to the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis puts caring for migrants and the poor on equal footing with opposing abortion

In latest apostolic exhortation, pontiff says defense of the unborn "needs to be clear, firm and passionate," but "lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned” are equally sacred

Caring for migrants and the poor is as holy a pursuit as opposing abortion, Pope Francis declared in a major document issued by the Vatican on Monday morning. Pushing back against conservative critics within the church who argue that the 81-year-old pope’s focus on social issues has led him to lose sight of the true doctrine, Pope Francis again cast himself, and the mission of … [Read more...]

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