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Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds, not with censures

By Catholic News Service | September 16, 2021 | 2 Comments

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SLOVAKIA (CNS) – The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with Church teaching, Pope Francis said. During his return flight from … Read More about Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds, not with censures

Pope Francis says Benedict rightly warned against not respecting human life

By Catholic News Service | September 14, 2021 | 3 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has praised his predecessor’s courage in denouncing the danger of people no longer respecting or understanding the sacredness of human life. Pope Francis highlighted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s insistence that Europe’s renewal comes through its respect for every human life. The Pope’s remarks were … Read More about Pope Francis says Benedict rightly warned against not respecting human life

Eucharist heals from idolatry of ‘self,’ Pope says at Mass in Budapest

By Catholic News Service | September 13, 2021 | 2 Comments

BUDAPEST, Hungary (CNS) – Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament can heal Christians from a self-absorbed religiosity that is ostentatious and triumphalist, Pope Francis said. Presiding over the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress on September 12, the Pope urged people to make time for eucharistic adoration. … Read More about Eucharist heals from idolatry of ‘self,’ Pope says at Mass in Budapest

Pope promotes theologian-priest who once testified against abusive mentor

By Catholic News Service | September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis named a Chilean priest who had testified against his abusive mentor to be secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy. Archbishop-designate Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira of Santiago, the new secretary, replaces 76-year-old French Archbishop Joël Mercier, who retired in September. Archbishop-designate Ferrada received his … Read More about Pope promotes theologian-priest who once testified against abusive mentor

Guidance from Vatican for dioceses to begin synodal path

By Catholic News Service | September 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Vatican has issued the preparatory document and a “handbook” for dioceses as part of the global Church’s preparation for the 2023 assembly of the Synod of Bishops, discussing the theme, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”. “Pope Francis invites the entire Church to … Read More about Guidance from Vatican for dioceses to begin synodal path

German bishop says he’s sceptical about exempting priests from celibacy

By Catholic News Service | August 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

OSNABRÜCK, Germany (CNS) – A German bishop who co-chairs the Synodal Path’s forum on priests said he is “sceptical” about exempting Catholic priests from celibacy. Bishop Felix Genn of Münster said he accepted that people were deciding not to become priests because they did not feel called to celibacy, adding: “Perhaps they … Read More about German bishop says he’s sceptical about exempting priests from celibacy