Catholic clergy have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, tasked with reforming the Vatican's approach to sexual crimes.
Pope Francis named Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, a Vatican diplomat who has served in the Russian Federation, to represent the Vatican at Geneva-based U.N. agencies and at the World Trade Organization.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' mission includes restoring peace to troubled consciences, broken relationships, hurting families, ideologically divided societies and fractured communities -- especially those within the church.
At the request of Pope Francis, the Vatican has decreed that the Holy Thursday foot-washing will be open to women and girls.
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Feb. 12 in Havana, Cuba, the first time in history the Roman Catholic pontiff and the Russian Orthodox patriarch have met.
GSR Preview: Feb. 15, the pope visits Chiapas, Mexico, where one-fourth of the population is Protestant or evangelical. Catholic sisters there hope Francis' visit will reverse the trend.
A livestream is available of the pope's historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Feb. 12 in Havana, Cuba, during a four-hour stop before the pope continues on to Mexico.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis has given extra incentive for success in the ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC militants.
Faith and Justice: No governance system is perfect since it has to be run by fallible human beings. But the church's current highly centralized system has come under heavy fire.