Pope creates another commission to study female diaconate (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis has formed a new commission to study the female diaconate. The 12-member commission will be chaired by Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila, Italy, with Father Denis Dupont-Fauville, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), serving as secretary.
This is the second time Pope Francis has formed such a commission. In November 2016 a panel chaired by then-Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer (who is now prefect of the CDF) met for the first time. By May 2019, the Pope reported that this commission had been unable to reach any consensus.
In new interview, Pope Francis says pandemic can be a 'place of conversion' (The Tablet) In an interview with Austen Ivereigh, author of a 2019 papal biography, Pope Francis called for attentive concern for the poor, adding that “we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world.” Decrying a throwaway culture, the Pope praised Humanae Vitae and lamented the abortion of unborn children with Down syndrome.
Pope, at weekday Mass, prays for those serving unjust sentences (Zenit) At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on April 7 (video), Pope Francis preached on the firs reading of the day. The Pope invited those watching the Mass to pray the act of spiritual communion by Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val (1865-1930). The Mass concluded with adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the chanting of the Ave Regina Caelorum.
Nicaraguan regime halts bishop's CO19 initiative (Fides) Daniel Ortega, a leader of the Marxist Sandinistas who overthrew the authoritarian regime of Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, ruled Nicaragua from the 1979 Sandinista takeover until his loss in the 1990 presidential election. He returned to power in 2007.
'Welcomed by many, devastating for others': Australian bishops react to Pell decision (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) “Today’s outcome will be welcomed by many, including those who have believed in the Cardinal’s innocence throughout this lengthy process,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the bishops’ conference, said following the Australian High Court decision that overturned Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse conviction. “We also recognize that the High Court’s decision will be devastating for others.” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney struck a different tone: “I welcome today’s exoneration of Cardinal George Pell in a unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia. The Cardinal has always maintained his innocence and today’s decision confirms his conviction was wrong.”
Brazilian bishop resigns at 54 (Gazeta de Araçuai (Portuguese)) Citing physical and psychological health problems, Bishop Marcello Romano, 54, resigned as bishop of Araçuaí after eight years in office. The National Conference of Brazilian Bishops praised his work (Portuguese text), and the prelate said he looked forward as bishop emeritus to assisting the needy, hearing confessions, and visiting churches, families, and the sick.