We spoke as brothers, Pope Francis said simply. We have the same baptism, we are both bishops. Patriarch Kirill responded in kind, pledging to work with Catholics to defend Christianity around the world.
This documentary about a cloistered community of Carmelite nuns invites us to look at our own world with new eyes, and consider what greater love we might bring to the rhythms and routines of our lives.
Benedict was the first pope to renounce his powers, not in the teeth of schism, foreign armies, or power struggles, but as the result of an honest self-examination that he was no longer up to the demands of the office.
In this essay commissioned by Crux, the Rev. Andriy Chirovsky, a Greek Catholic archpriest at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, makes some pointed observations about Friday's meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.
The firings of professors who disagreed with the president's plan to weed out weak students -- "drown the bunnies", in his words -- has roiled the Catholic campus and reverberated across the country.