Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
NCR Today: Pope heading to Mexico later this week; Ash Wednesday tomorrow; Gallup, N.M., diocese bankruptcy case costs
Analysis: An investigative journalist has written a book about the Mexico City-based Legionaries of Christ, in which he likens the order's late, disgraced founder to a Mafia capo.
NCR Today: Francis to meet Russian Orthodox patriarch; Election 2016; Decision to be made on Katy Perry buying convent; Bogus priest sold fake trips to see Francis
A small c catholic: Presbyterians, like Catholics, are caring for the poor and needy. But what challenges arise from such "in-the-trenches" ministries?
A Roman Observer: Most reasonable Catholics disagree with the need for the props and gimmicks that the Vatican's jubilee committee is using to promote the Holy Year of Mercy.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."