WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Paulist Father Thomas Stransky, credited internationally as a pioneer in the Catholic Church's ecumenical and interfaith relations stemming from the Second Vatican Council, died Sept. 3 on his 89th birthday.
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis personally would ordain the cardinal-designate a bishop Oct. 4, the day before the consistory.
Pray and dialogue for peace, Pope Francis told the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and other religious leaders taking part in the meeting.
Sentencing someone to life in prison without the possibility of parole is "not the solution to problems, but a problem to solve," Pope Francis told Italian prison guards, prison chaplains and officials from the Ministry of Justice.
Clergy sexual abuse survivor Marie Collins reveals her disappointment with the results of the Vatican summit on child protection and calls for the Church to remove anyone who abuses children.
Planning as well as anticipation is well underway for Pope Francis' trip to both Thailand and Japan this November.