Council of Cardinals; Pope Interviews; Assisi; Francis the Mystic; and War on Christians / National Catholic Reporter

As veteran Vatican watcher and journalist John L. Allen, Jr., points out, this has been quite a week for news coming from Rome.

I’ve been covering the Vatican for almost 20 years, and aside from the two conclaves during that span, I’d be hard-pressed to recall many weeks with more breaking news than what we experienced the last seven days. After giving a talk for the Cushwa Center at the University of Notre Dame on Monday night, I’ve been in Rome following events. Here’s a tick-tock of what we’ve seen …”

Allen then lists about a dozen news items that show the direction that Pope Francis’ papacy is taking and changes that are being considered in the way Catholic Church is run. He says much more in the article, but if you don’t have time to read it entirely, read the bullet points. They’re worth your time. Click here to go to the article.

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