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.
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.
Ukraine's government seeks autocephalous status for Orthodox church (Reuters) Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful are divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Only the first is canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches; the second body is the largest of the three. President Petro Poroshenko met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to seek autocephalous status for the first—in effect, a canonically recognized independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.