In his new apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis puts to rest any speculation that he might bend the rules on the Church’s moral positions by stating that the institution of female priests is “not a question open to discussion” and that the taking of a human life by abortion is always wrong.
While addressing participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful not to put aside their own beliefs in order to dialogue with those of other faiths but to “have the courage and the patience to encounter and come towards each other as we are.”
The Pope addressed more than 150,000 people from 75 countries in Rome on Sunday to celebrate the Day of the Family and gave Christian families the three key words for family life: please, thank you and I’m sorry.
Pope Francis gave an elderly women 200 euros ($273) after hearing that she had been mugged on the way to visiting her ailing husband in the hospital.
In his homily at the Marian Day festivities in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about how Mary is an example of saying “yes” to God, even when that means allowing ourselves to be surprised.
In an address to women celebrating the promulgation of John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women, Pope Francis said he personally suffers when he sees the role of women in the Church slipping from service into servitude.