The pope’s responses, originally issued July 11, responded to requests for doctrinal clarification on the development of doctrine, same-sex unions, and more.
The prelates, who also issued a “Notification to Christ’s Faithful,” hail from the diverse ecclesiastical landscapes of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Five cardinals have sent a set of questions known as “dubia” to Pope Francis to express their concerns and seek clarification on points of doctrine and discipline.
Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández predicts that “those who expect big changes” to come out of this month’s Synod of Bishops will be “disappointed.”
The theme of the event in the Paul VI Audience Hall will be “Let us learn from boys and girls.”
Food waste, the pope said, “shows an arrogant disregard for everything that, in social and human terms, lies behind food production.”
Pope Francis said his father made him go to the bullied child’s home to apologize.
The psychologist said that “celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a ministry poorly lived and not fully accepted.”
Episcopal mottos are selected when a Catholic priest is consecrated as a bishop and are traditionally found at the base of his coat of arms.
This popular devotion traces its origins to Germany, in 1612, when a priest ministered to a couple in a difficult marriage.
Pope Francis’ new document on the environment will be, he said, “a look at what has happened and say what needs to be done,” Vatican News reported.
The pope spoke one day after he gave a strong condemnation of euthanasia on his return flight from Marseille, France, saying there is such a thing as “bad compassion.”
“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23.
“We can no longer watch the drama of shipwrecks, caused by the cruel trafficking and the fanaticism of indifference,” the pope said Sept. 22.
The Vatican has published the final list of names of those participating in the upcoming Synod on Synodality assembly in October, including laypeople.
St. Daniele Comboni witnessed “the horror of slavery” as a missionary in the mid-19th century in what is now Sudan.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is in Ukraine this week to open the House of Refuge “in the name of Pope Francis, as a sign of support and closeness.”
Synodality isn’t “a chapter in an ecclesiology textbook” or a “fad or a slogan to be bandied about in our meetings,” the pope has emphasized.
In his Angelus, the pope said forgiving is “not a good deed that we can choose to do or not do” but “a fundamental condition for those who are Christians.”
The palace was originally home to Cardinal Raffaele Riario, known for having invited Michaelangelo to Rome after being impressed by his artistic abilities.