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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What Did the Cardinals Really Say? Some Insights In Their Own Words

Well, it's been an interesting week for Synod-watchers! In what John Allen has wryly called "letter-gate", Australian Cardinal George Pell reportedly hand-delivered a letter to Pope Francis on October 5, detailing concerns about the structure of the Synod.According to Allen, who relied on a report from veteran Vaticanista Sandro Magister, the letter raised three major objections:Bishops taking part in the synod will not be asked to vote on individual propositions, raising concerns about … [Read more...]

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Happening Now: Join in the Prayer Vigil for the Synod

Right now in St. Peter's Square, pilgrims are participating in a Prayer Vigil on the eve of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops. You can watch live at the Vatican website.   Or join with me in praying this prayer, which was published by Pope Francis in his Angelus address on December 13, 2013.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families … [Read more...]

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