ROME: The Vatican takes a listening tone in letter preparing for 2018 Synod, asking national bishops' conferences to report on how they serve young people.
McDonald's opens near Vatican: A McDonald’s opening in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica is to offer free meals to the homeless in a move aimed at defusing controversy over the fast-food restaurant.
2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: "The image of the wall is very current today — now more than when [the Germans] wrote the reflection," said Father Anthony Currer, who coordinates the Vatican contribution to the week of prayer.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan informed clergy he is considering moving his archdiocese's headquarters to save money, and pushed them to encourage parishioner donations to the archdiocese.
ROME: The Knights of Malta refuse cooperation with a papal investigation into its decision to fire one of its senior leaders, claiming the inquiry has "legal irrelevance."
NCR Today: Moving forward on married priests does not mean that the quest for female priests should not continue. But ending the mandatory celibacy rule is also critical.
NCR Today: Cardinal Gerhard Müller expressed disagreement with four cardinals who questioned Amoris Laetitia, saying the document is fully in line with church teaching.
ROME: In an annual "State of the World" speech, Pope Francis says "homicidal madness" of terrorism is caused by both spiritual and social poverty.
The Magi reflect "all those who in their lives have let their hearts be anesthetized," the pope said Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
Pope Francis Jan. 4 general audience: When people are hurting, "it is necessary to share in their desperation. In order to dry the tears from the face of those who suffer, we must join our weeping with theirs. This is the only way our words may truly be able to offer a bit of hope," Pope Francis said.