VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Roman Catholic bishops have agreed after three weeks of closed-door debate at the Vatican to soften their line towards divorced couples, a leading participant said, but not to relax the Church’s strict doctrine on homosexuality.
The outcome of the gathering, known as a synod and presided over by Pope Francis, appeared to mark a victory for conservatives and a failure for reformers who had hoped for more inclusive language towards gays.
VATICAN CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A contentious gathering of
Catholic bishops ends on Saturday with a document that is not
expected to break major new ground on how the church should
minister to gays and to divorcees who have remarried.
The meeting, or synod, of more than 300 bishops and
delegates is due to end on Saturday afternoon after participants
vote on more than 1,300 proposed changes to a draft of the text.
Conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel sprouted in the Italian media on Thursday, with accusations that Pope Francis’s enemies were looking to undermine him after a newspaper reported he had a brain tumor.
The Vatican denied an Italian newspaper report on Wednesday that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumour, saying the 78-year-old pontiff was in good health and denouncing the article as “inexcusable”.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican denied an Italian media report on Wednesday that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor, calling the article “gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention”.
Francis later held his weekly general audience before tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square and was due to return to a three-week gathering of Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, which he has been attending daily.
Pope Francis will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for dialogue between Christians and Muslims when he visits Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic next month, the Vatican said on Saturday.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Roman Catholic bishops debating family issues at a three-week gathering remain deeply divided on key issues such as how to minister to homosexuals and divorced couples.
Disagreements between conservatives and progressives has sometimes led to an atmosphere of conflict, increasing the risk that the meeting, known as a synod and due to end next Sunday, will end inconclusively.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, proclaiming four new Catholic saints who lived simple and generous lives, told priests and bishops on Sunday that service, and not careerism, was the way to exercise authority in the Church.
“Those who serve others and lack real prestige exercise genuine authority in the Church,” he said at a Mass for about 65,000 people in St. Peter’s Square.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Saturday for “healthy decentralization” of power in the Roman Catholic Church, including changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops.
Francis made his comments at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Synod of Bishops, a worldwide gathering that occasionally advises the pope on a host of issues.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for dialogue between Christians and Muslims when he visits Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic next month, the Vatican said on Saturday.
The trip, his first to Africa, is fraught with security concerns and the pope will spend about two days in each country and visit only the capitals.