One of the unfortunate consequences of a reporting trip of the sort I took in Australia in November is that so much necessarily ends up, as it were, on the cutting room floor. In two weeks of what felt like nonstop conversations and interviews, dozens of people generously gave their time and insights.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' normal practice when giving input to Rome has been to do so privately, the bishops' conference president said.
El Salvador's next president is not likely to end the country's controversial amnesty law that has shielded war criminals from prosecution in the killings of thousands of Salvadorans.
Fr. José María di Paola and his fellow "shanty priests" provide an example of a "poor church" in which priests leave their parishes to provide for people on the periphery.
In Australia, "laypeople are taking over all of these organizations, taking leadership positions in the schools, in the social ministries, in the health care institutions."
Vietnamese bishops are urging their priests to reach out to people who have problems in their marriages while asking Catholics to pursue family values.
The place of women in Vietnamese society is complex. Due to long-standing cultural traditions, most women still face a difficult time in terms of achieving gender equality. Since the adoption of the Gender Equality Law, effective July 2007, some progress has been made, and the Catholic church is playing a role in helping women gain confidence and respect.
Under international pressure and after two days of interrogation, Sri Lanka released Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and human rights worker Ruki Fernando.
Tour guides take tourists to the most notable and mundane points the pope visited when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires.
"Problems arising from severe financial hardship, unemployment and emigration, domestic violence, neglect and other forms of abuse, infidelity" are current issues for Irish families, bishops say.