As women ordination advocates trickled in from around the globe, Women’s Ordination Worldwide 2015 (WOW) got underway here just one week before Pope Francis is set to step foot in the city.
Faith & Parish
Inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, 169 leaders of Catholic higher education around the globe -- including 96 presidents of U.S. schools -- signed a pledge to address Francis’ environmental concerns, in particular climate change, within their institutions’ research and engagements.
The archbishop emphasized that the church and labor “share so much in common when it comes to standing with those left behind or left out."
Mary E. Hunt, in an opening talk at the Women’s Ordination Worldwide conference here, offered delegates a list of 10 accomplishments the women’s ordination movement needs to celebrate.
Buenos Aries, Argentina -- The former archbishop once known for never smiling is, to those from the villa, the same man he's always been.
A proposal to loosen the ties of the bitterly divided Anglican Communion drew mostly favorable reactions in Britain, while African prelates said they needed time to study the matter.
More than 81 million U.S. adults identify themselves as Catholic.
But how they live that identity — how they connect to the church beyond celebrating the popular Pope Francis — adds up very differently.
The overall Catholic count plunges to 68.1 million in the 2015 Official Catholic Directory. It tallies up reports from the nation’s parishes of adults — and children — who have attended worship, received sacraments, joined a youth group or donated money.
Catholicism is flourishing again in the former Spanish colony, gradually expanding its role and influence after suffering repression for decades following Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
Though today's university students were not even born when Nostra Aetate, the Vatican Council statement on interreligious relations, was promulgated 50 years ago, they are affected by its contents.
Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Life in the slums is a far cry from the picturesque backdrop of Buenos Aires, but it's that family life that Francis knows best and those people who touched him most. 1st of 3 Parts.