Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who rose from poor beginnings to reach the highest levels of service to the church, died Aug. 20.
Pope Francis formally asked U.N. agencies and the entire international community "to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway" in northeastern Iraq.
In a letter signed Aug. 9 but released by the Vatican after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed "to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities."
Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano says Pope Benedict XVI vouched for a priest accused of sexual misconduct days before he became pope.
However, the sign of peace can be omitted "if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly."
In a previous blog, I noted a clear contradiction in the document " 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church" from the International Theological Commission. On the one hand, it was a marvelous endorsement of the sense of the faith, especially among the laity in history and theology.
Distinctly Catholic: I find it astonishing that a statement signed on behalf of bishops fails to mention God and is so utterly devoid of pastoral sensibility.
Germany's 1-0 World Cup victory over Argentina was a close one, although many viewers felt the Germans were a shoo-in after their dominating performances against teams like Portugal and Brazil earlier in the tournament. "Germans Humiliated After Winning World Cup 6.38 Seconds Behind Schedule," an Onion headline teased after the win.
The Vatican's final budget figures for 2013 showed a deficit on the part of the Roman Curia, but a strong performance by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget covered the deficit and helped the Vatican end the year 8.5 million euros ($11.6 million) in the black.
The Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, the Vatican's budget management office, presented the consolidated budgets for the Holy See and for Vatican City State to members of the new Council for the Economy on Saturday, and a summary was released by the Vatican press office Tuesday.
The Vatican bank's net profit for 2013 was 2.9 million euros, down from the 2012 net profits of 86.6 million euros.
Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis -- half joking -- said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end.