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Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, saying it is time to “take meaningful and swift action to address violence in our society,” called for stricter gun control laws in Illinois.
The scene in Foundation Hall of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum during Pope Francis’ visit spoke volumes about the Catholic Church and interreligious relations. On the platform with Pope Francis Sept. 25 were representatives of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Muslim religions as well as Christian religions.
From newspaper headlines and social media comments Oct. 12 it seemed there was a family feud going on inside the Synod of Bishops on the family.
In an essay, CatholicPhilly.com writer Lou Baldwin looks at the recent visit of Pope Francis in historical terms, for the city and the Catholic community. Philadelphia has hosted very significant events, some of which last today.
Greece is bracing for thousands more Syrians and other people to land on Lesbos and other key island crossings from Turkey, as those fleeing conflict remain undeterred by the worsening weather and colder autumn temperatures in their desperate search for safety in Europe.
Delegates at the Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome are grappling with how to “reach out to those families that do not fit into traditional categories” and how the church can use words that touch people’s real experiences.
If civilly remarried divorcees are allowed to receive Communion it would open the sacrament “for all who live in mortal sin” and eliminate the need for the sacrament of penance, an archbishop said at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
A Philadelphia priest wanted to memorialize Father Chuck Pfeffer by helping the poor people of Nicaragua. Eight years and $5 million later, more than a thousand concrete homes in 16 villages are helping to ease the sting of poverty.
Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family.