Vatican: In possible historic shift, Pope Francis announced Thursday he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church.
The Vatican is funding a job-creation program for Iraqi refugees in Jordan, a country that is hosting close to 1.5 million refugees, but is struggling to provide work for them.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a former refugee who had fled war-torn Vietnam by boat, to lead the Australian Diocese of Parramatta.
Distinctly Catholic: Our economic and social life must be predicated on the significance of workers, not consumers.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis must move more quickly to make structural and juridical changes that cannot be easily undone by his successors.
The tears shed by men, women and children around the world each day cry out for mercy, compassion and consolation, Pope Francis said during a Year of Mercy prayer service.
Editorial: Reform of doctrinal investigations by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the morally just thing to do.