- May 29, 2020
Fulfilling a promise he made to an an assembly of nuns, Pope Francis on Tuesday created a new commission to study the possibility of women deacons in the Catholic Church, notably including at least two experts on record in favor of the idea.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi today ends a decade as the spokesman for the Vatican and the pope, and while he didn’t always bat 1000, he took on a tough job and poured himself into it, all the while remaining kind, decent and caring, and it’s time to say “thank you.”
On the papal plane returning from World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis denied that Islam itself is violent and insisted that the potential for violence lies within every religion, including Catholicism.
For one week at World Youth Day in Krakow, no border divided Americans from Mexicans, Middle Easterners from Europeans, Ukrainians from Russians. For one week, the reminder of what unites them was more important than that which divides them.
With a visit Saturday morning to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki and then a Mass at Krakow’s sprawling Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis paid homage to his storied predecessor Saturday morning and to St. Faustina Kowalska, whose legacies hang over his Year of Mercy.
On this worldwide anti-human trafficking day, the director of Catholic Voices USA salutes the epic efforts of Pope Francis to lead a global movement against one of the scourges of our time.