The daylong gathering dissected the theological and pastoral implications and challenges of the still-emerging Pope Francis pontificate.
"Many have expressed their concerns to me. ... They are feeling a bit seasick because they feel the church's ship has lost its way."
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The number of people who turn to the occult "is constantly increasing, and this worries us" because it appears to coincide with "an extraordinary increase in demonic activity."
"Francis wants to get things moving, to push processes forward. The real work is about to begin," Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a German newspaper.
Pope Francis on Monday waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.
The pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered at the Vatican to discuss "Evolving Concepts of Nature."
"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," Francis said.
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"During his 20 years as pastor in a town on the outskirts of Turin, many paintings, statues, furniture and other objects have been lost and then found in private homes."
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures.