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.
NCR Today: I was stunned to read on Religion News Service about the semi-official Vatican newspaper publishing essays saying women should preach at Mass and had several reactions simultaneously.
The Catholic church is intensely anticipating what Pope Francis will say about Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics in an upcoming key document.
Speaking out against exploitation and unfair wages for workers, Pope Francis told benefactors to forget about donating money to the church if their earnings came from mistreating others.
A series of essays in the semi-official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, is urging the Catholic church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass.
Even during bombings, Vatican ambassadors stay put, risking their lives while working to end what Pope Francis has termed a "piecemeal" World War III, said Archbishop Gallagher.