A new study categorizes what kinds of responses emerge when Christians around the world are persecuted, noting that, most often, Christians choose a strategy of survival.
We say: Humanae Vitae has been a serious impediment to Catholic authority. It has created a disabling chasm between the hierarchy and the faithful.
Pope Francis also addressed climate change, interreligious dialogue, and his safety aboard the papal plane to Manila, the Philippines.
Sri Lanka: Pope Francis told people here they must acknowledge the pain, suffering, and even evil that had been perpetrated during their 26-year civil war.
Francis told religious leaders he sought to reaffirm respect for each religion's beliefs but to ground such respect in "a full and forthright presentation of our respective convictions."
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Pope Francis returns to Asia this week, where crises are priming the ground for the kind of church he is working to grow.
Hours before Pope Francis was to arrive in Sri Lanka, people in Colombo were busy with final preparations for his "historic visit."
"Both candidates said that whatever their status is after the elections, either as the winner or as the loser, they will both welcome the Holy Father."