Updated: Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service for the victims of the earthquakes that struck central Italy Aug. 24.
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the papal teaching to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect."
The importance of marriage and family is at the core for the future of both the church and society, said Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas.
Appointing Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as the new chancellor for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and new president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis said he wanted to make sure the two bodies help the church offer better care to people who are hurting.
Updated -- Vatican City -- Bishop Kevin Farrell will head Pope Francis' mission to promote "the pastoral care to families."
As millions around the world enjoy summer vacations, Pope Francis is providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them.
The Francis Chronicles: Celebrating the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis prayed for all exploited women and girls.
NCR Today: I have been thinking a lot lately about whether the Francis revolution is over.
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis paid a surprise visit Aug. 12 to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.
Francis Chronicles: The meal was part reunion, part progress report for Francis and the 21 refugees brought to Rome by the Vatican.