It's a good time to stand back and ask a few big-picture questions about Pope Francis' papacy and where it goes from here.
"There's a cloud over our head," a former LCWR president says of the group's upcoming annual meeting Aug. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.
Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.
Jesus told his disciples never to be ashamed of following him, but Jesuits are taught to look upon the crucifix and "feel that very human and very noble sentiment which is shame for not measuring up," the pope said Wednesday during his homily at the Mass in Rome's Church of the Gesu, where St. Ignatius is buried.
An overemphasis on "personal well-being" and general indifference have eroded any sense of responsibility toward others, said a note from the Vatican announcing the theme.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the pope's words "may be something people find new and refreshing. I for one don't think it is."
The Vatican signed an agreement with Italy to share information regarding suspect financial transactions to strengthen its ability to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
NCR Today: The cardinal who heads the Vatican's Supreme Court has apparently called Catholics who focus on social justice ministry instead of ornate liturgies akin to communists.
Commentary: Today is the 45th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. It makes me cringe.
The Vatican spokesman told reporters the pope would not be taking a ride in his open popemobile through the working-class Rio neighborhood of Tijuca.
We say: Pope Francis' approving the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II July 5 has been called a brilliant move to unify the church.