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Karla Bellinger teaches and coaches preachers—mostly ordained Catholic men—to give effective homilies. “Effective preaching is like good butter sinking into warm toast,” she says. “You’ve gotta give the Holy Spirit a little bit of time to do some work.”
Inside the Vatican
Gerry and Ricardo analyze the pope’s meeting with his council of cardinal advisors, to which a female Anglican bishop was invited to speak about women’s ordination.
Pope Francis
“The scope of liturgical reform...is precisely to bring to life the kind of formation of the faithful and ministry of pastors that will have their summit and source in the liturgy.”
Claire Giangravé - Religion News Service
The controversy over blessing gay couples is just another example of synodality at work, according to Sr. Nathalie Becquart.
Indigenous people march with a banner that reads "Indigenous Land of Brazil" as they commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous People in São Paulo on August 9, 2022.
Filipe Domingues
Among the main concerns they mentioned were the role of the laity, especially of women; the contribution of the church on ecology in light of the encyclical “Laudato Si’”; and “spiritual conversation,” a method of discernment that was adopted to structure discussions during the first assembly that could become a major legacy of the synod.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis opened the new year by highlighting in his homily for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and his Angelus message the same day, the central role women have played in salvation history and that they still have for bringing peace to the world.