Pope Francis has chosen an ecological theme for his annual Lenten message. Titled 'For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God' the message is dated October 4, 2018, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, but was only made public by the Vatican earlier this month.
A special meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences in Rome next month, convened by Pope Francis to discuss child sexual abuse, will include a penitential liturgy and testimonies of survivors.
A change in mindset, as well as management, is required if the Catholic Church is to regain credibility following the clerical sex abuse crisis, Pope Francis told US bishops this month.
All roads lead to Rome, they say. And from all the corners of the earth we came – Australia (just me), Macau, the Philippines, Latin America, United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Western Europe and Rome itself – to learn about ‘covering Catholicism in the age of Francis’.