NCR Today: Two violent Central Africa Republic factions signed a secret non-aggression pact in advance of Pope Francis' Nov. 29-30 trip to the country to ensure his safety.
Any efforts at renewal of the Catholic church that do not place God's mercy at the center of their work are "useless" and make Catholics "slaves" to the church's institutions, said Pope Francis.
Vatican -- Pope Francis has launched his yearlong push for a global Catholic church of mercy and forgiveness, starting the Jubilee year by calling for a church that always puts mercy before judgment.
NCR Today: An Austrian journalist said that Pope Francis' insistence on greater decision-making roles for women in the church is certainly making itself felt in the Vatican.
NCR Today: As religious bigotry against Muslims grows in both the United States and Europe, I was delighted to see that Pope Francis visited a mosque during his Africa trip.
Italian State Police in Brescia announced Dec. 1 they had taken action against four Kosovars they believed to be terrorist risks who made threats on social media against Pope Francis.
Analysis: How Pope Francis' vision of church plays out at the local level is evident, in part, in the work of national conferences, such as the annual fall USCCB meeting.