- Jun 1, 2020
By convening a special synod on the Amazon at the Vatican in October, Pope Francis will be giving greater exposure to the Church’s deep concern for the people and the ecosystem on which they depend.
At the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, visitors see a transparent cloth encased between two glass panes within an ornate silver frame above the sanctuary’s altar.
Amid a British investigation into sexual abuse, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster is expected to face questions regarding the way his archdiocese handled allegations of misconduct made against his predecessor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.
Pope Francis named Spanish Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He replaces German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who said divorced and civilly remarried Catholics could not receive Communion unless they made a commitment to abstain from sexual relations with their new partners.
“Dare to be great in the grace of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen,” Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, told undergraduate students of Christendom College at their 2017 commencement ceremony.