NCR Today: In his third pontifical year, Francis opened a Year of Mercy, made five international trips, released an encyclical, closed the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Pope Francis has approved new rules to tighten financial oversight of the canonization process after leaked documents revealed abuses and high costs in creating saints.
Apostolic Exhortation: It should sum up the debates and decisions of the closely watched synod meetings, but it is unknown what direction Francis will take in his writing.
Voices of Faith: Women are leading society as heads of government and CEOs. Why is the church the last frontier?
Weeks after the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, some worry about the implications of the new closeness.
The number of baptized Catholics worldwide has grown at a faster rate than the world's population, according to Vatican statistics. The figures are presented in the "Annuario Pontificio 2016."
Pope Francis said the 16 killed in Yemen Friday were victims also of a global system on indifference to violence and peoples' needs.
Critics say Pope Pius XII was silent during the Holocaust, but a U.S. author says the pope was pivotal in efforts to take down Adolf Hitler.