The Vatican Pontifical Council of Culture recently sparked controversy when the cover image for an online working document intended to advertise this week's annual plenary assembly in Rome on "Women's Culture: Equality and Difference" was Man Ray's 1936 sculpture, "Venus Restored," a plaster cast of a headless Venus bound in ropes.
With the new International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, Catholic leaders hope to draw attention to what many have called the modern slave trade.
Pope Francis faces criticism from those who say Serra -- called "the Columbus of California" -- abused Native Americans and pressured them to convert.
Pope Francis has formally declared that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith. His beatification is expected soon.
Total obedience to God's will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis told religious men and women.
"Yes, the happiness of a religious is a consequence of this path of lowering oneself with Jesus and, when we are sad, when we complain, it will do us well to ask ourselves how we are living this dimension of 'kenosis' " or self-emptying, he said.
Pope Francis has announced that he will be making a previously unscheduled day-trip in June to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Many women "have reached places of prestige within society and the workplace, but have no corresponding decisional role nor responsibility within ecclesial communities."
Pope Francis has ratified elections of prelates from around the world to participate in October's Synod of Bishops, including four U.S. bishops.
Eco Catholic: "Clearly, the pope wants actions, and he wants real commitments, and we do as well, and we're providing them."
New archbishops will be formally invested with their palliums in their archdiocese instead of at the Vatican.