A poll shows that Pope Francis is immensely popular, but that popularity hasn't brought more people to Mass or the sacraments.
Portuguese Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, the retired archbishop of Lisbon, died Wednesday at the age of 78, apparently of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. He had been on retreat in Fatima when he experienced chest pains and was taken to a hospital in Lisbon, where he died.
He led the church in Portugal from 1998 to 2013, serving as archbishop or, officially, as "patriarch of Lisbon." Made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001, he participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and in the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.
At the one-year mark of Pope Francis' election, the answer depends on whether you are an old-timer or a relative newcomer.
Analysis: Pope Francis has spent the first year of his pontificate pursuing two projects: revitalizing evangelization efforts and reforming the church's central administration.
Analysis: At the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis kept saying he had authority not to dominate the people but to serve them.
Analysis: Pope Francis' longstanding identity as a Jesuit priest is an all-encompassing personal and professional definition that shapes almost everything he does.
Pope Francis has appointed the first members of the Vatican's new Council for the Economy, including seven lay experts in the fields of business, management and finance.
In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a "renewed" interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.
"I propose a path that goes beyond strictness and leniency," the German cardinal and theologian told Vatican Radio on Monday.
Voices of Faith invited women from around the globe to share their touching stories of struggles women face in various parts of the world.
Priests and religious men and women were told at a weekend conference to re-evaluate their wealth and to criticize the global market capitalist economy.