Making a Difference: Throughout his papacy, Francis demonstrated the urgent importance of caring for God's creation to both the Catholic church and the world.
New Book: In 2005 conclave, Benedict recalls thinking, "I was 78-years-old … you cannot hoist a 78-year-old onto the chair of Peter."
Religions can play an important role in protecting the environment and defending human rights in their countries, their communities and their schools, Pope Francis said Thursday.
"I believe we are still at a nursery-school level in this. That is, in incorporating responsibility not only as a subject, but as (a matter of) conscience as part of holistic education," the pope said during an audience with participants of a Latin American conference on the care for creation.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that governing the global church was not his "strong point" and that he had "little resolve" before tough decisions.
While hailing the Colombian peace agreement, Pope Francis declined an invitation to name a representative to help choose judges for what have been described as "peace tribunals."
Pope Francis will head to Assisi for a record third time in his pontificate later in September for an interreligious encounter focused on peacemaking.
Vatican: Pope Francis suggests Christians add two new items to the traditional spiritual and corporal works of mercy in a push to continued warming of the planet.
Vatican: The new Vatican office will streamline the church's efforts on justice, peace, charity, healthcare and migration, putting management of the last issue directly under Pope Francis' control.
NCR Today: "The Lord tells us: 'Courage! Come! For me you are not thrown away,'" the pontiff told crowds Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said prayer and "healthy realism" are needed to ensure progress in Vatican-Chinese relations.