- Dec 9, 2019
Christian family life is a vocation and, when lived with fidelity, it is a path to holiness, said the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
A rundown of Crux’s list of Top Ten Vatican Stories for 2018, a tumultuous year in the life of the Church by any standard.
Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Ireland, has been hanging around with Pope Francis a lot lately, both in Dublin for the World Meeting of Families and now in Rome for the Synod of Bishops.
Sexual and physical abuse by priests and religious and the scandal of its cover-up by Church authorities thrive in countries where the Catholic Church is “elitist and clericalist,” Pope Francis told Jesuits in Ireland in August.
Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick has encouraged a fresh collaboration between the Church and the government of the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking of his recent visit to Ireland, Pope Francis said the trip was a mixed bag in which he came face to face with both the joy exuded by families of all ages who turned out for the papal events and the pain of those impacted by the abuses perpetrated by the Catholic Church in the country.