Soul Seeing: It is the deepest kind of love, the love of sacrifice, the love of putting the other's happiness and welfare first, the love of feeling blessed by God because of the other.
Synod on the Family
Faith and Justice: How might the annulment process be simplified? I asked Fr. John Beal, a professor of canon law.
The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized Oct. 18 at the Vatican during the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the first married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. Other married couples are among the blesseds of the church.
Pope Francis issued the decree approving their canonization Saturday during the public consistory on canonizations at the Vatican; more than 40 cardinals attended.
A new document outlining October's global bishops' meeting offers little to no clear indication of how prelates are considering addressing tough family issues.
How the questionnaire was handled seems to have reflected wider attitudes, with conservative bishops downplaying its importance and more liberal colleagues welcoming it.
NCR Today: We all complement each other in various ways. Why couldn't God have ordained love to flow in a different direction?
Pope Francis formally approved a further list of delegates to October's world Synod of Bishops on the family.
The pope approved the Canadian bishops' election of: Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, conference president; Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield; Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto; and Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton.
The Canadian bishops' alternates also were approved. They are Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver.
In 2013, more than 154,000 Catholics married in the church. For many, the decision is simple, the process smooth. But not all couples share that experience.
While little has been divulged officially so far about the views collected from Catholic respondents, it's been possible to glean some measure of the strong feelings being expressed.
Pope Francis and members of the council of the Synod of Bishops reviewed input from around the world for the synod and made final suggestions for the working document.