Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed the bishops as they opened their fall general assembly Nov. 12 that the Vatican wanted the bishops to delay any vote until after a February meeting with the pope and presidents of the bishops’ conferences around the world that will focus on addressing clergy abuse.
The sacraments are gifts from God that are given freely and are not a way for the church to fill up its coffers to cover expenses, Pope Francis said.
The Mass for the feast of All Souls is “realistic, concrete” in calling Catholics to remember the people and events of their past, to consider how they live today and to hope for eternal life with God and their loved ones who preceded them, Pope Francis said.
The two international bodies that had been supporting and coordinating the international activities of charismatic Catholics will become one new organization.
Married men and women, priests and those in religious life are ultimately called to live out their vocation faithfully and follow the “path of love that goes from receiving care to the ability to offer care, from receiving life to the ability to give life,” the pope said Oct. 31 during his weekly general audience.
Pope Francis continues his series of talks on the Ten Commandments reflecting on Christ’s explanation of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shall not commit adultery.”
Pope Francis, at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said he is willing to visit North Korea.
Improved religious education and a stronger sense of belonging to a community were some of the topics touched upon as the Synod of Bishops moved into its final round of speeches.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, addresses Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano with an open letter on the forefront of the examination of the facts and of the circumstances around former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.
Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by “prophets of doom,” but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today’s young people yearn.