Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Jim Wogan News

VATICAN CITY (by CINDY WOODEN- CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its …

Pope tells bishops at family synod to speak fearlessly

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) ‑‑ Pope Francis opened the first working session of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Oct. 6, urging participants to speak fearlessly and listen humbly during two weeks of discussion of the “pastoral challenges of the family.” Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest then outlined some of the major challenges the bishops would …

Catholics embrace the Church’s newest saints

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Volunteers wearing neon yellow vests interlocked their arms and led the crowds, several hundred at a time, slowly toward St. Peter’s Square. The “one-block-at-a-time” strategy was to help avoid a chaotic rush and crush of tens of thousands of people when the square opened at 5:30 a.m. An estimated 800,000 people …

Pope Francis Again Shows Us the Way

David Oatney Pope Francis

Both Catholic and secular media are absolutely rife with the reports that Pope Francis “broke with tradition” last week and went to confession himself in a way that the attendees at the penance service could clearly see that he was going to confession. Everyone seems to be utterly agog at the idea that the Holy Father would go to confession …

“The Church of God Welcomes You With Great Joy”

David Oatney Catechism

Perhaps the biggest news from the Vatican this week is a piece of news that almost slipped in under the radar, but has a profound theological effect on the meaning of the liturgy for the Rite of Baptism. Up to this point, priests and deacons have been saying “the Christian Community welcomes you with great joy,” but because of a …

Inaugural Mass celebrates Pope Francis’ ministry

Editor Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis — known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines …