The Vatican's doctrinal congregation upheld a Spanish bishop's refusal to allow a transsexual person to be a godparent.
Analysis: September and October will be defining months for the Francis pontificate, especially for those following from the United States.
Pope Francis visits Cuba Sept. 19-22. He will meet President Raúl Castro, travel to three cities, and celebrate public Masses at Havana’s Revolution Square and El Cobre’s Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.
In two new radio interviews Pope Francis speaks movingly about his own death, and his hopes for the Synod and the Jubilee year of mercy.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has outlined a vision for an alternative, more ethically concerned market-capitalist system, just days before his first visit to the overwhelmingly market-friendly United States.
German bishops welcome the fact that Pope Francis has simplified annulment procedures, but it shouldn't be seen as a step in anticipation of the coming synod, said Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
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Changes ordered by Pope Francis often reflect reforms that American dioceses have done or have been advocating for years. U.S. bishops are also starting to waive fees, which Francis wants.
When Catholic bishops arrive in Rome this October to debate “the vocation and mission of the family,” most will have carefully diagnosed the situation in their own dioceses.
That task may well have proved hardest in Europe, where traditional notions of family life are being widely challenged. Yet while some Catholics think the church is losing ground in consequence, others are more optimistic.
Francis has substantially altered the process for annulments in the Catholic church, eliminating redundant procedures and empowering local bishops to make judgments on their own in some cases.