- Jan 25, 2020
Of the 184 voting members of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, including cardinals, archbishops and bishops, and priests and religious, 98 are members of religious orders, representing 53 percent.
Pope Francis started September by laboring, naming thirteen new cardinals Sunday, including ten eligible to vote for the next pope.
History was made when close to 400 Franciscan friars — from 25 states as well as Canada, Italy Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines — gathered in unity and fraternity in Denver for the religious order’s “Chapter of Mats.”
Pope Francis has made it easier for a religious order to dismiss a member who leaves the community without permission, stays away and does not communicate with his or her superior.
People cannot feel authentic compassion for others if they do not feel true love for Christ, Pope Francis said.
Though most might associate the Dominican order with the rosary or as having established much of the Catholic Church’s core theological principles, members of the order and scholars have suggested their contribution is much wider and is something needed in an increasingly secular culture.