To hear Cardinal Walter Kasper tell it, he became the pope's point man for reform in the Catholic church thanks to a bit of serendipity.
A Vatican spokesman said it’s premature to suggest a gathering between Catholic and Orthodox faiths to mark the 1700th anniversary of the first church council held in Nicea in 325 A.D.
An Indian cardinal who had been the editor of a Catholic weekly newspaper before coming to Rome to serve as head of the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches died in Rome at the age of 90.
The death of Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy June 2 leaves the College of Cardinals with 214 members, 118 of whom are younger than 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller enjoys recounting a humorous episode that occurred some months ago when Pope Francis stopped into the office Müller heads, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The pope immediately noted a small statue in the entrance hall, which depicts a bishop in full regalia sitting on a horse and holding aloft the Blessed Sacrament in a gold monstrance.
The Vatican confirmed Thursday that Pope Francis will be hosting a prayer summit June 8 at the Vatican along with the presidents of Israel and Palestine.
THE GOSPEL OF THE FAMILY
By Cardinal Walter Kasper
Published by Paulist Press, $9.95
When he spoke -- at the request of Pope Francis -- in a two-hour session in front of at least 150 of the world's cardinals in February, Cardinal Walter Kasper's comments about divorce and remarriage caught the room's attention.
Some victims' advocates dismissed the upcoming meeting as "meaningless" while others endorsed it as a positive step, though long overdue.
Pope Francis has warned he has "zero tolerance" for child sex abuse in the Catholic church and revealed that the Vatican is currently investigating three bishops.
But the pope did not name names, and Vatican officials on Tuesday declined to comment.
So who are the three bishops under Vatican investigation? The speculation is that the pope likely was referring to three clerics:
Some reports said the leaders would meet as early as June 6, but the Vatican spokesman said "this great initiative" needs time to come together.
NCR Today: Pope Francis' trip to the Holy Land was a smashing success as he showed the world that religion can be a force for peace and reconciliation.