• Philadelphia meeting will be part of global debate on families

    • Sep 16, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda for the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican the following month, said the two archbishops responsible for planning the Philadelphia event. At a Sept. 16

  • Potential changes from Synod produce both hope, alarm

    • Sep 15, 2014

    ROME — In Pope Francis’ Spanish-speaking backyard, the idea that the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops might produce a change in church rules barring divorced and remarried Catholics from the sacraments, such as communion and confession, has produced hope in some quarters and alarm in others. According to La Barca

  • Three divorced Catholics, three viewpoints

    • Sep 10, 2014

    Three divorced Catholics, three viewpoints on whether the bishops attending next month’s Synod on the family should loosen the rules to let Catholics who divorced and then remarried without an annulment receive Communion. One thinks the current policy is simply unenforceable, unless the Vatican starts hanging wanted posters of divorced

  • Pope appoints 14 couples to attend Synod of Bishops on family

    • Sep 9, 2014

    More than 250 participants, including 14 married couples from around the world, were expected to attend October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. In addition to 114 presidents of national bishops’ conferences, 13 heads of Eastern Catholic churches and 25 heads of Vatican congregations and councils, the pope appointed

  • The Synod of Bishops in October could be ‘Must-See TV’

    • Sep 6, 2014

    For those of us who covered a Synod of Bishops at the Vatican during the John Paul II and Benedict years, there was always a slightly surreal “Emperor has no clothes” dynamic about the experience. An all-star cast of bishops from around the world would gather in Rome for a

  • NY cardinal predicts no change on communion ban

    • Sep 6, 2014

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is a former president of the US bishops’ conference, and at just 64 he’s positioned to be a force in Catholic life, both at home and abroad, for some time to come. In the final installment of John Allen’s exclusive Crux interview, Dolan discusses