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October 27, 2019
October 27, 2019
Pope Francis coined the phrase “the God of Surprises” to highlight the many ways that the Holy Spirit has orchestrated shocking events throughout salvation history. The latest example of this is the surprising events surrounding the life and faith of Kanye West. Even more surprising is the way that Kanye’s conversion has captured the attention
October 27, 2019
Participants in the Amazon synod heard “the cry of the poor, together with that of the earth”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). Lourdes is seeing a “statistical explosion” in pickpocketing. Germany’s largest Catholic parish will open on January 1. John Allen, Rachel Donadio, JD Flynn, Andrea Gagliarducci, Sandro Magister, Rocco
October 27, 2019
Pope Francis denounced exploitation and “predatory models of development” that plunder the poor and wound “sister earth” in the Amazon Synod closing Mass Sunday. “In this Synod we have had the grace of listening to the voices of the poor and reflecting on the precariousness of their lives, threatened by predatory models of development,” Pope
October 27, 2019
There’s a Pony in Here Somewhere:  A Post-Synodal Reflection According to his longtime consigliere, Edwin Meese, President Ronald Reagan must have told the “pony joke” at least a thousand times. The story involves the super-optimistic child whose parents take him to a psychiatrist, along with his super-pessimistic twin, so  the doctor can evaluate their extreme personalities.
October 27, 2019
While Church-watchers’ eyes were on the Synod Hall and the Press Office of the Holy See, as news was breaking of Amazon Synod Fathers’ decision to recommend Pope Francis consider relaxing the discipline of celibacy for secular clerics so that married men could be admitted to the presbyterate, the Washington Post was preparing to publish
October 27, 2019
The Amazon synod final document, published Saturday, laid out the need to define “ecological sins” while calling the Church to walk new paths of “integral conversion.” “We propose to define ecological sins of commission or omission against God, one’s neighbor, the community and the environment,” paragraph 82 of the final document states. “They are sins
October 27, 2019
The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region has approved a final document which calls for the ordination of married men as priests and for women to be considered for diaconal ordination. The 33-page document, approved Oct. 26, is the result of a three-week meeting in Rome. The synod’s 181 voting members,