- Jan 25, 2020
Once again the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon pondered the idea of married priests Tuesday, with one prelate saying the issue is being studied from different perspectives, including that of Church doctrine.
Paulist Father Thomas Stransky, credited internationally as a pioneer in the Catholic Church’s ecumenical and interfaith relations stemming from the Second Vatican Council, died Sept. 3 on his 89th birthday.
Perhaps Pope Francis could publicly entrust both ecumenism and integration of migrants and refugees to Mary, Untier of Knots, and encourage prayer to Mary under that title on both fronts.
Pope Francis dispatched a message Sunday to the synod of Italy’s Waldensian church, a proto-Protestant group that’s long kept alive a spirit of dissent from papal authority.
Maybe it’s no surprise Pope Francis made an unconventional choice as his de facto mouthpiece back home in Argentina – an Evangelical pastor named Marcelo Figueroa.
In many ways, the southern Italian city of Bari is already the flagship of Pope Francis’s ecumenical efforts, but in the future it might also become ground zero for a new face of Europe.