At the meeting, 38 delegates from 10 countries said they seek to establish an international "network of networks" to develop strategies on church reform.
A Roman Observer: A high-ranking Vatican official recently voiced serious doubts about the need to reform the Roman Curia. He said talk of reform was exaggerated.
I came across a recent review of a Pope Francis biography published in November. I was struck by a few of the comments.
Peter Smith reviewed The Great Reformer by Austen Ivereigh. According to Smith, the biography is generally sympathetic to the work of Pope Francis, but Smith makes some somewhat surprising remarks.
Obviously, once more as we listen to these Scripture lessons this morning, we become aware and perhaps begin to feel again somewhat of the excitement and the joy that those first disciples felt when Jesus went through death to new life. They found it very difficult to believe this, and I think sometimes we fail to experience the fullness of joy of this Easter feast because we almost take it too much for granted. "Yes, Jesus rose from the dead; let's move on." No. It's so much more important to stop and really try to experience what those first disciples experienced.
Despite media reports that Pope Francis refused the candidate that France proposed as its next ambassador to the Holy See, the French government has yet to receive an official response from the Vatican, said a spokesperson for the French government.
"For the moment, we wait," said Stephane Le Foll.
During a press briefing Wednesday in Paris, Le Foll confirmed that Pope Francis met with the proposed candidate, Laurent Stefanini. However, Le Foll discounted reports claiming the pope did not approve the nomination.
Commentary: If the Catholic school is to be a representation of the loving, merciful Christ -- in a sense, Christ writ larger -- it must embrace all in her employ.
The Vatican said interreligious dialogue with the Muslim community must be strengthened given "the barbarism underway" by terrorists claiming to be Muslims.
NCR Today: Details of the visit are still being worked out, but the Vatican's spokesman confirmed that "there will be a stop."
The poor, migrants in search of a better life and the unemployed want what all human beings want: life, dignity and a chance to earn a decent living, Pope Francis said in several speeches urging compassion and assistance by both governments and individuals.