The bishops were poised to vote on the matter at their upcoming plenary assembly Feb. 19–22.
The Feb. 15 funeral service was held for Cecilia Gentili, a high-profile trans activist and sex-worker advocate.
The bishops emphasized that any blessings should help people “live in accordance with [God’s] intentions for the creation of man and woman and marriage.”
The 1998 book’s provocative, sexually-charged themes are likely to add further scrutiny to the already embattled prefect of the Vatican’s doctrine office.
Members of the controversial German Synodal Way overwhelmingly approved developing formalized ritual texts for same-sex blessings in March 2023.
The pope made his appeal during Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 1 for the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Pope Francis implores the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to human conflicts in a new video released on Jan. 1 for the World Day of Peace.
Pope Francis rang in the new year and gave thanks for 2023 at a special New Year’s Eve Vatican liturgy.
In his final Angelus address of 2023, Pope Francis paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI on the one-year anniversary of his predecessor’s death.
In his annual “urbi et orbi” address, Pope Francis called for an end to war in the Holy Land and throughout the world.
Nonliturgical blessings can be a sign of a person seeking God, not a validation of their lifestyle, the new document states.
Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa, 47, will join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and four other auxiliaries as bishops of the archdiocese.
The pope made his remarks in a Saturday morning audience in Paul VI Hall with two delegations who donated the Christmas tree and Nativity scene.
Bishop Stefan Oster did not shy away from identifying profound theological disagreements as the source of division within the Church in Germany.
The pope reportedly said that Cardinal Raymond Burke was a source of “disunity” in the Church.
The Vatican announced the pope’s picks to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on Nov. 25.
The pope, who turns 87 next month, has experienced a number of medical setbacks in recent years.
Pope Francis has expressed deep reservations about the direction of the Catholic Church in Germany.
“I really can’t look to any reason except I’ve threatened some of the powers that be with the truth of the Gospel,” Bishop Joseph Strickland said.
Citing the need to deal with “profound cultural transformations,” the pope presented his dramatic vision for the future of Catholic theology in a new motu proprio.