As Pope Francis prepares for a Sept. 30-Oct. 2 visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, experts hope the trip might help strengthen relations between the Roman Catholic and Georgian Orthodox churches.
Vatican: A member of Pope Francis' commission on clergy sexual abuse leaves the group, the second to stop their work with the commission.
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.
Members of the pope's commission for child protection have been speaking with bishops and major Vatican offices to develop and educate the church about best practices.
Updated: Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service for the victims of the earthquakes that struck central Italy Aug. 24.
Pope Francis met with French President Francois Hollande at the Vatican just three weeks after an elderly priest was brutally murdered by Islamist militants in northern France.
The importance of marriage and family is at the core for the future of both the church and society, said Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas.
As millions around the world enjoy summer vacations, Pope Francis is providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them.
Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
Pell, an Australian who is third in the Vatican hierarchy, has strenuously rejected the latest claims that he sexually abused children many years ago as a priest.