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Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. The same weekend, news broke that Pope Francis will create a commission to streamline the annulment process. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Pope Francis will establish a commission to review the matrimonial process in canon law with the goal of simplifying the procedure while maintaining the indissolubility of marriage, the Holy See Press Office announced Saturday.

According to Vatican Radio, the decision was made on Aug. 2 of this year and the commission will be chaired by Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota. Continue reading

 
Doctrinal wars? Both sides fire over Communion for divorced, remarried
Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, gestures during an interview at the Vatican in this Aug. 5 file photo. In a book to be released just before October's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Pell says he opposes proposed changes to church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan) See PELL-SYNOD Sept. 17, 2014.

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, gestures during an interview at the Vatican in this Aug. 5 file photo. In a book to be released just before October's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Pell says he opposes proposed changes to church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its most prominent members are already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a “doctrinal war” whose ultimate target is Pope Francis. Continue reading

 
Nuncio: World won’t be more ‘genuinely’ human unless all work for peace

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, papal nuncio to Haiti, poses for a photo after the 2010 earthquake outside his residence near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Beth Griffin
Catholic News Service 

NEW YORK — Peace is never achieved once and for all, but is the fruit of a daily quest for greater justice and respect for one another, the new papal nuncio to the United Nations said Sept. 15.

For believers, it is not merely a result of human efforts, but also a gift from the Almighty, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said. Continue reading

 
Pope Emeritus poses for first selfies

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ROME — The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.

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Latin American families challenged by poverty, violence, social norms

By Ezra Fieser
Catholic News Service 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Poverty, violence and changing social norms are causing the disintegration of the family structure across Latin America, church workers in the region said in advance of the October gathering of bishops in the Vatican to discuss pressures families face. Continue reading

 
Pope’s 2015 World Peace Day message will focus on human trafficking

Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 20. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis‘ 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon. Continue reading

 
Prayer source of strength for slain U.S. journalist, family

American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in November 2012 in Idlib, Syria, is pictured in an undated photo. Foley, a freelance war correspondent from New Hampshire and Marquette University alum, was killed at the hands of the Islamic State militant group. (CNS photo/Nicole Tung, courtesy GlobalPost via EPA)

By Catholic News Service

ROCHESTER, N.H. — In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Continue reading

 
Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit
Pope Francis, still wearing a yellow pin commemorating the victims of last April’s ferry disaster, walks down the aisle to answer questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Rome Aug. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PLANE Aug. 18, 2014.

Pope Francis, still wearing a yellow pin commemorating the victims of last April’s ferry disaster, walks down the aisle to answer questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Rome Aug. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country. Continue reading

 
In South Korea, pope calls for peace, democracy and social justice

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with the bishops of South Korea at the headquarters of the Korean bishops' conference in Seoul Aug. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

SEOUL, South Korea — Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation’s commitment to democracy and social justice.

“Peace is not simply the absence of war, but the work of justice,” the pope said Aug. 14 in a speech at Seoul’s Blue House, the official residence of President Park Geun-hye. Continue reading

 
Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State

Volunteer Iraqi Shiite militia members near Hibhib stand guard against Islamic State militants Aug. 11. The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue. (CNS photo/EPA)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue. Continue reading