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.
Faith and Justice: Perhaps as early as March, Pope Francis will issue his much-anticipated document on the family. Will he take many recommendations from the draft or present his own vision?
Two decades after her anti-death penalty work was transformed into an Oscar-winning movie, “Dead Man Walking,” Sr. Helen Prejean’s campaign continues with the backing of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has changed the rules so a priest may wash the feet of women and others in the community and not just men, as church law had previously decreed.
Pope Francis is studying an invitation he received to visit the Grand Mosque of Rome. If he accepts, Francis would be the first pope to visit the mosque.
A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women's shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square, the Vatican spokesman said.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Romanian woman, who is one of many homeless in the city, gave birth to the baby in the early morning hours Jan. 20 in Piazza Pio XII, just outside of Bernini's colonnade. Local police, who helped with the delivery, transported the mother and child to the nearby Santo Spirito Hospital.