At the close of the first session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI. That Francis moved the author of Humanae Vitae closer to sainthood at a synod on marriage and family should not inspire liberal optimism. But it has.
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Faith and Justice: During the synod, the bishops struggled to find a way that the church could be a loving mother while still being a clear teacher
The decision by a Jesuit university in Nebraska to provide benefits to spouses of gay employees has prompted a strong protest from the local archbishop, the latest skirmish in a battle that seems likely to widen as gay marriage becomes more common.
Jesuit Fr. Timothy Lannon, president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., said the Catholic school would recognize the spouses of gay employees married in states where same-sex marriage is legal. Those spouses would be eligible to join the university's health plan.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said the synod was more than divorce and gay unions -- the impact of poverty was a major concern.
Christian life is a constant battle against the devil, who is not the stuff of legend, but really exists, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.
Battling the devil will not be easy because the evil one's traps and temptations are many, and "the devil is not tossing flowers at us," but "flaming arrows" aimed to kill, the pope said Thursday during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.
Young Voices: After more than 20 hours of embroidery, a gift from a group of girls and women will head to Rome with their hopes and wishes.
The way Christians behave can either help and inspire others, or turn them away from ever following Jesus, Pope Francis said.
"How many times we've heard in our neighborhoods, 'Oh that person over there always goes to church, but he badmouths everyone, skins them alive.' What a bad example to badmouth other people. This is not Christian," the pope said at his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.