Any efforts at renewal of the Catholic church that do not place God's mercy at the center of their work are "useless" and make Catholics "slaves" to the church's institutions, said Pope Francis.
Vatican -- Pope Francis has launched his yearlong push for a global Catholic church of mercy and forgiveness, starting the Jubilee year by calling for a church that always puts mercy before judgment.
NCR Today: An Austrian journalist said that Pope Francis' insistence on greater decision-making roles for women in the church is certainly making itself felt in the Vatican.
NCR Today: As religious bigotry against Muslims grows in both the United States and Europe, I was delighted to see that Pope Francis visited a mosque during his Africa trip.
Italian State Police in Brescia announced Dec. 1 they had taken action against four Kosovars they believed to be terrorist risks who made threats on social media against Pope Francis.
Analysis: How Pope Francis' vision of church plays out at the local level is evident, in part, in the work of national conferences, such as the annual fall USCCB meeting.
A Vatican trial against two Italian journalists, a Spanish monsignor and two others was postponed for one week after the court allowed one of the defendants to change lawyers.
On what was to be the criminal trial's first day of testimonies by the defendants Monday, the Vatican court granted a request by one of the accused to have a new lawyer and receive more time to prepare for the case.