Italian Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, who had devoted most of his priestly life to music and served as director of the Sistine Chapel Choir for more than 40 years, died Monday at the age of 96.
In a telegram of condolence to Bartolucci's family and friends, Pope Francis described him as a "dear and esteemed priest, illustrious composer and musician, who exercised his long ministry particularly through sacred music, which is born of faith and expresses faith."
The pope said Bartolucci valued and promoted polyphony, "aimed at elevating the heart in praise of God."
Tom Cornell, 79, no longer participates in demonstrations that lead to his arrest, but he is involved in another vital part of the movement.
Pope Francis is calling for a theology of women, but women in the church are resistant, calling instead for a theology of the laity.
The book, A Language of the Heart, is dedicated to the life of Anne Smedinghoff, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
"There's nothing like the possibility of sudden death to help one focus on what's really important," said Fr. Peter Smith of Portland, Ore.
On Friday, officials at the Colorado Springs, Colo., campus announced its 4,000 current cadets would be allowed to opt out of the final phrase of their honor code.
With tears and thanksgiving, Regina Coyle recalled the night of fright and flooding that came with Superstorm Sandy one year ago.
The re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as a model for the American Catholic future is a surprise of Francis' papacy.
Anyone who's familiar with the arduous, years-long process of getting English-language liturgical texts into use might be a bit surprised to learn that there is no comparable system for single-source Spanish translations of missals and other liturgical books.