Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said shocking images of bodies washed up on beaches in the Mediterranean — including one of a drowned Syrian boy — are revealing “the human face of this suffering.”
Not all Catholic women who have had an abortion feel shame or the need to seek forgiveness from a priest. Surely some have long been reconciled, in prayer and sorrow, with a merciful, forgiving, all-knowing, all-loving God.
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The director said he was excited and apprehensive about the film's public debut at the Venice Film Festival Thursday, in overwhelmingly Catholic Italy, although he doesn't expect to be getting rave reviews from the Church.
A new poll shows that most Catholics, no matter what their family structure, are comfortable with a wide variety of family arrangements. And many think the Church should be more open to them as well.
Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global Church, counseling a more merciful message and prioritizing different issues -- issues he could raise when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27.