Joint Catholic-Lutheran commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation must recognize the harm caused by the split in Western Christianity, the polemics that exacerbated differences and the progress made through 50 years of ecumenical dialogue, a new document said.
Using especially strong language on one of his favorite themes, Pope Francis decried a plague of careerism among priests and urged them to renounce their personal ambitions for service to the church -- warning that failure to do so would make them look “ridiculous.”
“Careerism is a leprosy, a leprosy,” the pope said June 6 in a speech to students from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the school for future Vatican diplomats.
Thursday marks 100 days of Pope Francis' papacy, and so far, it's by no means a departure from business as usual.
When boasting of having Jesus Christ as one's savior, people shouldn't pretend they aren't guilty of sin, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.
The sincere and humble admission of one's weaknesses, of having "a sliver of Satan in my flesh," shows that the power of salvation comes from God, not oneself, the pope said at Mass on Friday in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The pope concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy; those in attendance at the Mass included members of the clergy office.
The context of Pope Francis' "gay lobby" comment is a series of remarks most illuminating for what they reveal about Pope Francis' vision of the church's harmony and unity.
A meeting with Pope Francis designed as reflection on the last Synod of Bishops turned into a group reflection on strengthening the synod itself and the way the world's bishops assist the pope.
Meeting Thursday with members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis said there needs to be greater reflection on "the church, the mother church, with all its nuances, including that of synodality."
Pope Francis says he is preparing to publish an encyclical on faith written "with four hands" -- his own and those of Pope Benedict XVI.
Weeks after authorizing a continued investigation of U.S. nuns, Pope Francis told a group of religious from Latin America not to worry if they found themselves under similar scrutiny.
Just months after becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, reports are surfacing that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is in poor health with diminished stature and energy.
Religious freedom is talked about more than it is protected, Pope Francis said.
"The serious violations inflicted on this basic right are causes of serious concern," and the world's nations must act together to uphold "the intangible dignity of the human person against every attack," he said.
The pope made his comments during an audience Saturday with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Vatican.