Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who served from 1997 to 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, sources confirmed.
The cardinal, who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died at his residence just a few months after halting treatment for bladder cancer. In a statement released by his successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, George was remembered as "a man of peace, tenacity and courage."
"Let us heed his example and be a little more brave, a little more steadfast and a lot more loving," Cupich said at a news conference held outside Holy Name Cathedral to announce the death. more >>
Pope Francis has spoken out in a speech against gender theory that looks to ignore or diminish the differences between men and women in society. He also called for the Church to start listening much more to women's voices, however.
"Getting rid of the difference is the problem, not the solution," Francis said on Wednesday during his general audience at the Vatican, according to Catholic News Service.
He said: "For example, I wonder if so-called gender theory may not also be an expression of frustration and resignation that aims to erase sexual differentiation because it no longer knows how to come to terms with it." more >>
Actor Rodrigo Santoro, who will portray Jesus Christ in the upcoming "Ben Hur" movie, recently received a special blessing from Pope Francis during a trip to Rome.
The Brazilian star and his "Ben Hur" co-star Nazanin Boniadi paid a visit to the Vatican on Wednesday during a break from filming to attend the Papal Audience. During the trip, Boniadi caught a snapshot of Santoro receiving a papal blessing.
Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican in protest over Pope Francis using the word "genocide" to describe the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Francis' use of the word was "unacceptable" and "out of touch with both historical facts and legal basis."
"Religious offices are not places through which hatred and animosity are fueled by unfounded allegations," Cavusoglu added in a Tweet. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest has been murdered in Mexico yet again, which the Vatican has said is the most dangerous country in Latin America for clergymen. Father Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz was found by authorities with a bullet wound in his head and abandoned on a dirt road.
The office of the Archbishop of Morelia released a statement reading: "United in prayer, we are indignant at the death of Father Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz, of Capuchinas in Salvatierra Guanajuato. When will this end? Enough with so much blood spilled!"
Authorities said that the priest, who served as a pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, was murdered on Monday. They found that his wallet, money, and phone were stolen, leading them to conclude that robbery was the main motive behind the attack. more >>
Pope Francis is set to release an encyclical letter which calls the environment the "ultimate pro-life, pro-poor, pro-family" issue that Christians are called to engage in. The Vatican has said that this is not a political statement, but one stemming from biblical teaching.
Catholic News Service reported that Pope Francis is finishing up his encyclical on the environment, set for publication early in the summer, which is set to build on the statements of his predecessors who have urged Christians to focus more on preserving and caring for the environment.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said that Francis' pro-environment initiative is not part of a political agenda, but based in biblical teachings. more >>