Pope Francis was the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17 and said the church "recognizes ... the constant and faithful love of God for Israel."
Religious leaders must identify and publicly distance themselves from extremists preaching animosity toward others, according to Comboni Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, a former accountant in a Vatican office overseeing property and investments, was found guilty of slander and given a two-year suspended sentence. Corruption charges were dropped.
Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to NCR and called Vatican bureaucracy "very difficult."
The advocacy group's petition alleges that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn't honored its zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests and deacons.
A Roman Observer: The pope is disseminating a message that could change our lives in ways far more radical and destabilizing than anything unleashed by terrorists or militants.
Pope Francis and Eric Schmidt, the longtime CEO of Google, met briefly at the Vatican Jan. 15, an unusual private audience between a confessed tech "dinosaur" and digital innovator.
Pope Francis has greatly expanded the chance for the faithful to gain an indulgence during this Year of Mercy, but some wonder if it is too much.