South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier at one point said the 2014 event had put Catholic prelates in "a position that is virtually irredeemable."
Pope Francis again critiqued the global market system Thursday, telling delegates to a U.N.-sponsored meeting on nutrition that the struggle to eradicate global hunger is hindered by how the market prices foods necessary for life.
Speaking to a meeting of the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, the pontiff said today, there is "much talk of rights, frequently neglecting duties" and that "perhaps we have paid too little heed to those who are hungry."
Within weeks, the Vatican said in a statement Thursday, bishops' conferences around the world will be receiving preparatory documents for the 2015 synod.
"It's not new for us. ... It's not a revolution. It's an affirmation of various intuitions of the church in Asia and of the universal church."
"I'm just in awe of how the church has been so present in the midst of the fear of this epidemic," said deacon and doctor Timothy Flanigan.
Pope Francis' frequent criticism of the global market capitalist system is forcing governments around the world to "sit up and take notice," the British ambassador to the Holy See has said.
Speaking to a Rome conference on the relationship of faith and culture, Ambassador Nigel Baker said governments have to notice Francis' critiques because of the pope's "huge global impact."
The move is an attempt by the pontiff to address concerns that some accused clerics were not getting an adequate opportunity to defend themselves.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke has intensified yet more irresponsible talk of schism within the Catholic church.
A Roman Observer: Debate has begun in the Vatican. But there is a problem: A lot of bishops do not seem too pleased about this. Not one bit.
A Dominican priest is protecting priceless manuscripts from falling into the hands of the Islamic State militant group in northern Iraq.