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Speaking of divorce, pope refers to practice of Orthodox churches

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently. "The Orthodox have a different practice," he told reporters July 28. The Orthodox "follow the theology of 'oikonomia' (economy or stewardship), as they call it, and give a second possibility; they permit" a second marriage.

Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’

Young people witness the "emptiness of meaning and values that surrounds them. And they, unfortunately, pay the consequences," Pope Francis said before leading the Angelus Aug. 4 in St. Peter's Square. "True wealth is the love of God, shared with one's brothers, that love that comes from God and makes us share among ourselves, and makes us help one another," he said.

Motherly tenderness: Pope says Church must embody, mirror God’s mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mercy is a word Pope Francis uses often, and an attitude he believes the Catholic Church must embody and all Catholics must mirror. “This is the time for mercy,” Pope Francis told reporters July 28 during his flight back to Rome from Brazil. “The church is mother and must follow the […]

Against the tide: the pope rallies a counterculture

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Of the many strands of continuity between the pontificates of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI, none is clearer than their common conviction that Christian faith puts the believer at odds with the materialist "idols" of today's secular society.

Pope writes to world’s Muslims at end of Ramadan, urges mutual respect

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate the end of their monthlong Ramadan fast. The pope's message, released by the Vatican Aug. 2, focused on the need for Catholics and Muslims to promote respect for one another, especially through the way they educate their youth.

Slovenian archbishops resign because of ties to financial collapse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two Slovenian archbishops, including the president of the Slovenian bishops' conference, resigned because of their connection to multimillion-dollar financial losses by the Archdiocese of Maribor.

Pope, with fellow Jesuits, prays for ‘grace of shame,’ humility

ROME (CNS) -- Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed that he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.

Vatican bank launches website to boost transparency, media relations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to shake its image as a secretive, scandal-ridden institute and improve its relationship with the media, the Vatican bank has launched its own website.

Ireland’s pro-lifers vow to repeal new abortion law

DUBLIN (CNS) -- Irish pro-life campaigners vowed to work to repeal a new law that permits abortion in limited circumstances. President Michael D. Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill July 30 after tense parliamentary debates during which several legislators resigned.

Syria’s war creates havoc, priest’s whereabouts unknown, nuncio says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria. Even though the Vatican was unable to confirm July 30 news reports that a Jesuit priest had been kidnapped in Syria, the nuncio said hundreds of innocent people there find themselves abducted for political leverage or economic extortion.