Papal audiences (4/21) (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis received, in separate audiences, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the community of the Venerable English College of Rome, and pilgrims from two Italian dioceses.
Papal visit to southern Italy, praise for late Bishop Bello (Vatican News) On April 20, Pope Francis traveled to two southern Italian towns, Alessano and Molfettato, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Bishop Tonino Bello (1935-1993). Bishop Bello—an advocate for the poor who served as president of Pax Christi—was a “true saint,” the Pontiff said.
CDF rejects German bishops' policy on intercommunion (OnePeterFive) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has rejected a policy approved by the German bishops’ conference, which would have allowed Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in some cases. The CDF decision, which was approved by Pope Francis, was originally reported on the German news site Kathnet.