Eco Catholic: A global effort, Pope Francis said, is essential to addressing environmental and social problems. He's leading by example with initiatives at the Vatican started by Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis will be visiting Colombia in mid-September as the Latin American nation works to implement a new peace deal and rebuild after 52 years of war.
The Vatican announced March 10 that the pope had accepted the invitation of President Juan Santos and the Colombian bishops.
The trip, Sept. 6-11, will include visits to the cities of Bogota, Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena. Details of the trip were to be published at a later date.
The church needs to discuss the ordination of proven married men as the lack of vocations has become an "enormous" problem, Pope Francis told the German weekly Die Zeit.
Pope Francis will visit Colombia in September, giving a papal push for success to the implementation of the landmark peace deal agreed last year between the country's government and the rebel militants it had been fighting for decades.
The Holy See Press Office announced the trip from the Vatican late Friday, March 10. At a press conference shortly thereafter, the Colombian bishops' conference said the papal visit will carry the theme Vamos a dar un paso adelante ("Let's take a step forward.")
Distinctly Catholic: As Pope Francis intends it, accompaniment and a culture of encounter presume that both parties to the accompaniment have something to learn, from each other but also from God.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis hasn't changed the church's position on birth control, celibacy, women priests or gay marriage, but he has fundamentally changed how we see the church.
Catholic activist Sr. Simone Campbell has suggested that senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than confronting issues like clerical sexual abuse.
Four Years of Francis: Many of the changes taking place at the upper echelons of the church at first glance appear minor, then take on a wider meaning.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis poses the question to the church today: Is the Gospel, as we proclaim it, still good news to the poor?
Distinctly Catholic: Amoris Laetitia contains three sentences that define the reforms that Pope Francis seeks for the church.