Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."
Speaking Italian, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio kissed the pontiff's hand on Jan. 28, and offered a "grazie" (thank you) "for granting me this private audience with you."
Pope Francis responded to children's questions in a book "Dear Pope Francis." They are illustrated with the drawings of the children aged 6-13 and will be published March 1.
The Francis Chronicles: In his Lenten exhortation, the pope wrote, "The greater their power and wealth, the more this blindness and deception can grow."
The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.
Italian bishops are united in reaffirming the rights of children to be raised by both a mother and a father, according to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa.
Pope Francis will visit Sweden in October to participate in an ecumenical service and the beginning of a year of activities to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
ROME -- Campaigners across Italy have held rallies calling for same-sex couples to be granted legal recognition and family rights, but they are facing tough opposition.