The American Jewish Committee urged Francis to “to reconsider his regrettable choice of words.”
The bloc's 60th anniversary celebrations have been tempered by Britain's impending departure.
Respecting differences is a critical element of everything that happens at colleges and universities. The dignity and value of every human being is paramount, and the hope is that graduates go into the world enriched with the tools and resolve to help make it a better place for everyone they encounter
Padre Pio died in 1968 and is said to have experienced the stigmata, or the wounds of Jesus.
Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.
"I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done."
We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.
American immigrant José Espinal describes why he is excited for Pope Francis' visit.
What about Pope Francis? Will he ever bless the ordination of women, or will he continue to keep women in their place? I deeply admire Pope Francis. His warmth and compassion, his candor and humanity are a breath of fresh air. His love for the poor and his commitment to people rather than to an established hierarchy are inspirational.
ROME -- When Pope Francis travels to Paraguay in July, it is most possible he will recall the way women took charge of this country's future in 1870 after the war. He has mentioned this historical moment before to point out the great risks women are ready to take. Whether he will risk going any further remains to be seen.
As Francis has repeated on several occasions, "the Pope emeritus is not a statue in a museum. It is an institution," which "participates in the life of the Church." This new "institution" is a consequence of Benedict's historical resignation on February 11, 2013. It has "opened the door," according to Jorge Bergoglio. Meaning, he could very well do the same.
According to Pope Francis, Europe is "elderly and haggard." His claim came alongside his call for a united front to help combat the migrant situation in Europe.