A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic church's closeness to the poor but was subject to decades of hostility is now finding increasing favor under Pope Francis.
Pope Francis and Jordan's King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the "only option" to end the conflict in Syria, just as the United States and its European allies consider launching a military strike against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The two leaders met for the first time Thursday at the Vatican. The pontiff and the king, accompanied by his wife, Queen Rania, talked in private for 20 minutes.
According to an official Vatican statement, during the meeting "special attention" was given to Syria's "tragic situation."
The Vatican has been called to give information on its record on child sexual abuse to a UN panel, a move that will show how Pope Francis wants to handle the issue.
VATICAN CITY -- Less than four months after being elected, Pope Francis published his first encyclical on Friday (July 5).
But the 82-page “Lumen Fidei,” (“The Light of Faith”) is only partially Francis’ work. As Francis himself told a group of cardinals and bishops in May, the encyclical was written “with four hands” together with retired Pope Benedict XVI.