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A parishoner is anointed with ashes by Deacon Ed Kelly during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Archbald, Pennsylvania (AP)

Some writers warned of future internal strife in the Church, while others examined the historical precedents

Pope Francis arrives for a special audience with the UISG in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican (AP)

The drive for radical ‘reform’ could actually prevent the laity from gaining a more prominent voice

Pope Francis greets Sister Carmen Sammut,  a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa and president of the International Union of Superiors General (CNS)

Pope Francis said the question was ‘obscure’ and required study

Coptic Pope Tawadros II (AP)

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