Synod Fathers Publish Their 94-Paragraph Report

By Andreas Tille (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops ended today, with the Synod Fathers approving a 94-paragraph report that told us... well, not all that much.Communion for the Divorced and Civilly Married?Whew! The vote to approve the paragraph dealing with this topic was a close one: It passed by just one vote over the two-thirds majority which was required for … [Read more...]

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For His Feastday: The Day I Met Pope John Paul II

It was September 2004. I was conference director for Legatus, the organization of Catholic CEOs, and each September the group traveled to Rome.In my years planning pilgrimages for Legatus, we typically had reserved seating on the dais beside the Holy Father during the Wednesday General Audience.  After the Audience, we'd pose for a group photo with the Pope, gathered around his chair. (There I am with my husband, barely visible at the far left.)In 2004, however, Pope John Paul II was … [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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