NCR Today: Two violent Central Africa Republic factions signed a secret non-aggression pact in advance of Pope Francis' Nov. 29-30 trip to the country to ensure his safety.
Any efforts at renewal of the Catholic church that do not place God's mercy at the center of their work are "useless" and make Catholics "slaves" to the church's institutions, said Pope Francis.
A Roman Observer: If you thought Pope Francis had a master plan for reforming the Catholic Church, you might want to think again.
A Roman Observer: Following his trip to Africa, Pope Francis is set to announce some major personnel and structural changes in the Roman Curia and other Vatican-related departments.
Pope Francis will embark this week on a six-day trip to three African nations -- Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic -- in his first trip to the continent.
The Vatican has announced an extraordinary trial of five people over leaked information, including two Italian journalists.
Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spoke at the beginning of a day-long conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University to highlight the importance of the Pact of the Catacombs.
In an ecumenical visit to Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran church, Pope Francis suggested Lutherans might personally discern whether to take Catholic communion.
Pope Francis on Sunday expressed closeness to the victims in Paris and said using the name of God to justify violence is "blasphemy."
While never citing the Catacombs Pact specifically, Francis has evoked its language and principles, wishing for a "poor church, for the poor."