FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“There is much resistance to overcome the image of a church rigidly divided between leaders and subordinates, between those who teach and those who have to learn,” the pope said during an audience with the faithful from the Diocese of Rome.
FaithShort Take
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
Pope Francis has a broad—and brave—vision of what being a pastor means, writes Sam Sawyer, S.J. And that vision has room for bishops to disagree with each other about the best way forward.
Inside the Vatican
Fresh off the papal plane, Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell joins host Colleen Dulle to discuss Pope Francis’ response to his question about the U.S. bishops’ debate over denying communion to pro-choice politicians.
Colleen Dulle
There is a long way to go before women’s voices are satisfactorily integrated into the central leadership of the church.
Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin. Photo Catholic News Service/Vatican Media.
From AP, CNS, RNS, Staff and other sources
Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin continued with the pregnancy and opted for treatment that would not jeopardize the life of her child, Riccardo, who was born in 1994.
Pope Francis named Salesian Sister Alessandra Smerilli as undersecretary for faith and development at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Sister Smerilli is pictured meeting the pope at the Vatican in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Vatican Media, courtesy Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
Kevin Clarke
Increasing the visibility of women and tapping the wisdom they offer will surely encourage laypeople around the world. Religious sisters and nuns were ranked more trustworthy than bishops, priests and the Vatican in a recent survey of U.S. Catholics sponsored by America.