Pope Francis has announced that he will create a commission to study the possibility of the Roman Catholic Church allowing women to serve as deacons, which would end the historic practice of exclusively male clergy.
The National Catholic Reporter reported on Thursday that Francis agreed to the commission following a meeting with the leaders of the world's congregations of Catholic women religious, which urged the pope to reconsider the Vatican's traditional standing on the matter.
Francis noted in his conversation with the nuns that the use of female deacons in the early centuries of the Church had been studied in the past, but there was no definitive conclusion on what their role was. more >>
On Thursday, some big news emerged regarding the rough-talking and Donald Trump-like president-elect of the Philippines, saying that Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte would like to pay Pope Benedict a visit so he can apologize for his profane remark that gained international criticism.
According to Inquirer, Duterte's spokesman Peter Lavina said, "The mayor [Duterte] repeatedly said he wants to visit the Vatican, win or lose, not only to pay homage to the pope but he really needs to explain to the pope and ask for forgiveness."
During one of his campaign speeches, Duterte, who is also called "Digong" in his hometown, recalled the time when Pope Francis visited the Philippines and the said visit caused massive traffic jams in Manila. "It took us five hours to get from the hotel to the airport. I asked who was coming. They said it was the pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope son of a whore, go home. Don't visit anymore,'" he said. more >>
The University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Library have made an unprecedented agreement to collaborate on various projects pertaining to the two Roman Catholic entities' collections.
The five-year agreement has several parameters, including the holding of jointly sponsored academic conferences, the first of which was completed on Tuesday at Notre Dame.
"We've never had anything formal like this. Members of our faculty have utilized Vatican Library but this is the first time we've had a substantial agreement like this one," Chuck Lamphier, director of Church Affairs at Notre Dame, told The Christian Post. more >>
Roman Catholic nuns are warning that the security of "first-world entitlements" is getting in the way of the women's commitment to fight poverty and environmental destruction.
U.S. St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn addressed 900 women representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General gathering, cautioning them against accepting the "entitlement creep" of the first-world, the Global Sisters Report said.
Zinn noted that some of the major benefits of living in the first-world include opportunities for higher education and job and housing security, but warned that they "can create a numbness of consciences and a blindness of heart through which we can easily see not the pain, but see what we want to see." more >>
Pope Francis has said that for Christians, knowing the Bible is not enough, they must serve and help others or risk ignoring God.
"You can know the whole Bible, you can know all the liturgical rubrics, you can know all theology, but that knowledge does not make loving automatic," Francis said on Wednesday, as reported by the Catholic News Service. "Love has another path."
The Roman Catholic Church leader suggested that to ignore the suffering of another person is to ignore God, and delved into the parable of the good Samaritan, as found in the Bible. more >>
Three Syrian Christian refugees say they were "let down" by Pope Francis after the Vatican said they would be moved from their Greek-island refugee camp to Rome but suddenly chose to take three Muslim families instead.
As it was reported in mid-April that Pope Francis took 12 Muslim Syrian refugees back to Rome after his visit to the Greek Island of Lesbos, The Daily Mail reports that three Syrian Christians were initially among the the 12 lucky refugees selected by the Vatican to be taken to Italy.
According to Mail Online, siblings Roula and Malek Abo and their friend Samir were so excited when they were told they were among the 12 selected by the Vatican. more >>