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Francis confirmed Monday that he will attend the World Meeting of Families conference in Philadelphia in September 2015. Detailed plans for the visit won’t be announced until the spring or summer.
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that a provisional document showing unprecedented opening toward gays was a rough draft that needs major reworking.
A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation.
In Rockville Centre schoolchildren at Holy Child watched in awe as Pope Francis addressed the world. They and their parents were plugged into his modern message of a more merciful church.
The Archdiocese of Newark said Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich cured a boy’s macular degeneration in the 1960s, long after she died.
More than 80 years after her death, a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye disease is set to be beatified on Saturday.
Pope Francis set a forgiving tone as the couples tied the knot under the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.
In an interview, Dolan said he would urge Francis “to be more direct in calling for a thoughtful, moderate, temperate Islamic response” to acts of violence.
Asked about his 2015 travel plans, Pope Francis said: “Next year I’d like to go to Philadelphia for the family meeting. I was invited by the president of the United States, by the American parliament and the secretary-general of the United Nations.”
It’s being interpreted as practice for his presumed trip to the East Coast next year.