Pope Francis urged people worldwide "not to turn away from the sufferings of our brothers and sisters, our fellow human beings, who are deprived of their freedom and dignity."
A new kind of ghetto needs the church's presence and people's solidarity: the "digital slum" where cyberbullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant.
The Vatican has asked national bishops' conferences to seek input from Catholics at "all levels" for the 2015 Synod of Bishops -- and asked them to avoid basing input solely on current doctrine.
Global Sisters Report: Today, apostolic visitations are typically a means through which the spiritual well-being of an ecclesiastical institution can be assessed.
NCR Today: In the new interview, Pope Francis also reveals new personal details about himself and how he sees his papal ministry.
As Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.
Pope Francis also praised the role of women in theology, saying that by their "feminine genius," women can detect "unexplored aspects of the unfathomable mystery of Christ."
For those who have never been inside any of the Vatican Museums, seeing a documentary about them on the big screen could be a real treat.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' planned reform of the Curia continues to roll along. Potentially up next? The creation of a new congregation just for the laity.
The Vatican coffers are far from empty, says Cardinal Pell, the pope's financial czar. He's found 'hundreds of millions of euros' squirreled away.