"I hope [Müller's] focus on this issue will stimulate many, both within the Catholic church and outside it, to deepen human understanding of conscious evolution."
The Vatican is investigating Fr. Michael Amaladoss for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the church in a new direction.
Pope Francis signed a decree Friday recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI and authorized publication of the Oct. 19 beatification date.
When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis, they will discuss the "diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East."
The Vatican issued an urgent appeal for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
LCWR "was saddened to learn that impressions of the organization ... have led to judgments and ultimately to the doctrinal assessment," the organization's statement says.
Global Sisters Report: Cardinal Gerhard Müller's concern about LCWR offers an opportunity to discuss conscious evolution and the mutual engagement of science and religion.
Analysis: In the 1980s, then-Pope John Paul II said discoveries in the natural sciences needed to be imaginatively confronted. Twenty-five years later, LCWR is striving to do just that.
The issues dividing Christian communities have changed over the past 50 years, but a Philadelphia archdiocesan priest working in ecumenical dialogue at the Vatican is confident that Christian unity is possible.
"We are people of hope. We trust we have the same Scriptures, the same belief in Christ," said Msgr. Gregory Fairbanks, an official at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Cardinal Walter Kasper said fresh Vatican criticism of American nuns was typical of the "narrower" view that officials of the Roman Curia tend to take.