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Changing needs, changing names: Reform of Curia is Vatican tradition
Pope Francis made his international advisory panel on church governance, unofficially dubbed the "Group of Eight" or "G-8," a permanent council of cardinals. He was scheduled to meet for the first time with the panel Oct. 1. The eight are from top, left to right: Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Australian Cardinal George Pell and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. (CNS photos) (Sept. 30, 2013) See POPE-CARDINALS Sept. 30, 2013.

Pope Francis made his international advisory panel on church governance, unofficially dubbed the "Group of Eight" or "G-8," a permanent council of cardinals. He was scheduled to meet for the first time with the panel Oct. 1. The eight are from top, left to right: Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Australian Cardinal George Pell and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. (CNS photos)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue to study the most effective and efficient way to organize the Roman Curia, a large bureaucracy with a long history of expansions and a few, short-term, attempts at consolidation. Continue reading

 
Patriarch decries ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul by ‘a bed of criminals’
File photo of Patriarch Younan in Syria

A handout picture made available by the official government Syrian Arab News Agency in May shows Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan walking with a Christian and Muslim delegation during a visit to the old city of Homs, Syria. A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault on Syria's northeastern province of Hassake amid reports that thousands of Islamist fighters are preparing to take control of the predominantly Christian and Kurdish area. (CNS photo/EPA)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, in Washington to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the “mass cleansing” of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what he called “a bed of criminals.” Continue reading

 
Cafeteria Catholic? Pope eats in Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu
Pope Francis talks with Vatican workers during a surprise visit to the Vatican cafeteria July 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) (July 25, 2014) See CAFETERIA-POPE July 25, 2014.

Pope Francis talks with Vatican workers during a surprise visit to the Vatican cafeteria July 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican’s blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state’s “industrial park.”

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Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. Continue reading

 
Senior Anglican leaders support assisted suicide as Lords debate nears

Lord Carey of Clifton, England, who served as Anglican archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002, preaches during a service of Christian unity in the Anglican cathedral in Chester Jan. 19. Lord Carey said he would dissent from the Church of EnglandÕs teaching against assisted suicide and vote for a bill scheduled to be debated in the British Parliament. (CNS photo/Simon Caldwell)

By Simon Caldwell
Catholic News Service 

MANCHESTER — Senior Anglican leaders have voiced their support for assisted suicide just days before a crucial debate on the subject in the British Parliament. Continue reading

 
Women bishops approved by Church of England vote; move seen as ecumenical snag

Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury gestures during his enthronement ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral March 21, 2013. (CNS photo/Gareth Fuller, pool via Reuters)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake.

Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, told the synod that “to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope. Like all adventures, it carries dangers … uncertainties and for success will require integrity and courage.” Continue reading

 
CNS Blog: World Cup becomes ‘The Pope Cup’

Memes concerning Sunday's World Cup final and its connection to the recent Pontiffs are popping up all over cyberspace. (CNS Photo/CT graphic)

From CNS Blog

VATICAN CITY — The curiously apt World Cup final match between Argentina and Germany (plus a slowish news day) means Twitter is aflitter with funny memes and hashtags for #PopeCupSunday.

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Posted July 10, 2014

 
Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims
Pope Francis meets abuse victims

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 6. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” Continue reading

 
Kenyan bishops blame corruption, ethnic tensions for insecurity

By Francis Njuguna
Catholic News Service 

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Catholic bishops blamed “inherent corruption” and ethnic tensions for the country’s recent insecurity.

A June 25 statement signed by the country’s 26 bishops said the “situation has been aggravated further by the rising political temperatures on both sides of the political divide, which are tending toward negative ethnicity.” Continue reading

 
Pope lightens his summer schedule, as he did in 2013

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis‘ schedule for summer 2014 is almost an exact duplicate of the schedule he kept in 2013, except he will be making an August trip to South Korea for Asian Youth Day. Last year, he traveled to Brazil in July for World Youth Day. Continue reading