A new Vatican ruling: performing or helping procure an abortion or attempting suicide is an obstacle to ordination, even if the man was not Catholic when the events occurred.
NCR Today: Missing from the Council of Cardinals discussion about selecting bishops was the ancient form of selecting bishops, highly relevant in today's world.
To kill in the name of God is satanic, Pope Francis said at a Mass for French Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was assassinated by youths claiming Islamic State allegiance.
The Council of Cardinals, during their latest meeting, focused on the role the Vatican's various global ambassadors, known as apostolic nuncios, play in helping select new bishops.
Analysis: Key takeaway from recent interviews and previous stories about popes' histories pre-ordination: popes are men, and Christians, not religious robots.
"For Pope Francis, a liquid economy goes hand-in-hand with a throwaway culture. This is the ultimate economy of exclusion," said Cardinal Peter Turkson at a conference Tuesday.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI reveals that he was among those who were dissatisfied with Pope Paul VI's 1968 teaching prohibiting Catholics from using artificial birth control.
Pope Francis thanked Argentine bishops for providing concrete guidelines for implementing the section of Amoris Laetitia about circumstances in which divorced and civilly remarried couples might receive Communion.
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."