Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spoke at the beginning of a day-long conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University to highlight the importance of the Pact of the Catacombs.
Highlighting Pope Francis’s instructions to the hierarchy, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, USCCB president, opened the body’s annual fall meeting with a reflection on the upcoming year of mercy.
While never citing the Catacombs Pact specifically, Francis has evoked its language and principles, wishing for a "poor church, for the poor."
NCR Today: "The church’s outer form can be changed," Cardinal Reinhard Marx said. "For some people that sounds ominous but I don’t feel in any way threatened by that."
Pope Francis, the U.S. Bishops Conference and a growing number of secular experts support an alternative, "restorative," type of justice that could improve the US criminal justice system.
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From Italy's industrial center and a town of immigrant workers, Pope Francis calls for "suitable work" for all people.
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