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.
ROME -- Pope Francis lashes out against high-level Catholic prelates who have been opposing his efforts to reform the Vatican's central bureaucracy, saying some practice a "malevolent resistance."
While prelates in Speyer and Freiburg see in Amoris Laetitia a path to the sacraments for the divorced, doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller reiterates no exceptions to Catholic marriage's indissolubility.
The Vatican announced the appointment of Barbara Jatta, who had been serving as vice-director of the museums since June, on Dec. 20.
At Loggerheads since 1949. Pope Francis pushing to heal a decades-old rift with Beijing.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with developing spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support for immigrants and refugees.
The group of cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Catholic church's central bureaucracy spent their latest meeting focusing on the roles of the Vatican offices that interact with foreign governments, oversee the church in missionary territories, consider which priests are appointed bishops, and work with Eastern rite churches.