ROME: In an annual "State of the World" speech, Pope Francis says "homicidal madness" of terrorism is caused by both spiritual and social poverty.
The Magi reflect "all those who in their lives have let their hearts be anesthetized," the pope said Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
Pope Francis Jan. 4 general audience: When people are hurting, "it is necessary to share in their desperation. In order to dry the tears from the face of those who suffer, we must join our weeping with theirs. This is the only way our words may truly be able to offer a bit of hope," Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis' letter on feast of the Holy Innocents: Stand up and protect children from exploitation, slaughter and abuse, Pope Francis told the world's bishops.
Brazilian bishops have requested allowing married priests to resume priestly ministry in an "experimental, preliminary" move to counteract the country's priest shortage "catastrophe," says liberation theologian Boff.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis has made some important changes, but he needs to take further action regarding the Vatican's finances, communications office, papal court, and overall synodality.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis knows that only with the heart of the Gospel, God's mercy, can the church find new life, and the Jubilee Year got the message out.
Viewpoint: The problem with the Vatican document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation" is that the language about homosexuality is not nuanced, but sloppy, and thus, dangerous.
Rome: Pope Francis has created a new Vatican commission to investigate the recent decision of the head of the Knights of Malta.
Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.
For diplomats from around the world, the Vatican is known as a prime "listening post," and what Hackett is listening to a lot these days are questions about what President-elect Donald Trump has in store.