No Changes Yet in Roman Curia, Pope Confirms in New Letter

Last week, word broke that Pope Francis had established a new dicastery, essentially streamlining the bureaucracy by uniting under one head three major concerns of the Church: namely, the laity, the family, and the life issues.On October 22, during the afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis announced to the synod fathers gathered that he would combine the work of two pontifical councils and a pontifical academy:"I have decided to establish a new … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Apologizes for…. Well, for Everything.

At his Wednesday General Audience today in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis set aside his planned remarks and delivered an off-the-cuff apology. "Before beginning my catechesis," he said,"...I would like--in the name of the Church--to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently, both in Rome and at the Vatican."To what scandals, exactly, was he referring? Most certainly, he was inspired to apologize by the reading of the day, drawn from the readings of the d … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ Address to Faithful at the Prayer Vigil for the Synod

On October 3, the evening before the Fourteenth Ordinary Synod of Bishops convenes in Rome, thousands of the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for a Prayer Vigil for the Synod. There was music, and Pope Francis addressed the gathered crowd, as did several families--some with squirmy small children. Following is the text of the Holy Father's address to the faithful. You can watch the full Prayer Vigil (1 hour 49 minutes) below.Dear families, good evening! What use is it to light a … [Read more...]

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