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.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis is bound and determined to make sure that nothing derails his mission of reforming the Catholic church.
Making A Difference: Representatives should heed the critical warnings from Pope Francis as they convene later this month to discuss how to best address the climate-changing dangers facing the earth.
From Where I Stand: If Pope Francis takes the question of married men seriously, that could, for a change, lead to real change.