Busy Novena for Pope Francis

The AP’s Nicole Winfield gives us this story, under the headline, “Pope Opens Critical Week for Reform, Family Issues”:

Pope Francis on Monday opened the most critical week of his year-old papacy: Two commissions of inquiry on Vatican finance are reporting their recommendations for reform and preparations get underway for a summit on family issues that will deal with the widespread rejection by Catholics of church teaching on contraception, divorce and gay unions.

In between, Francis will preside over his first ceremony to formally welcome 19 new cardinals into the elite club of churchmen who will eventually elect his successor. In typical Francis style, the new cardinals hail from some of the poorest places on earth, including Haiti, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

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L’espresso’s Sandro Magister covers the same busy time, under the headline “Vatican Diary / Nine days of fireworks on the way”:

The council of eight cardinals, the consistory, the synod. The dispute over communion for the divorced and remarried. The reform of the IOR. And more. All beneath the eye of the pope.

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