Making a Difference. Worldwide the refugee population has swelled to more than 65 million -- four times what it was a decade ago.
Pan-Orthodox Council: Orthodox leaders have concluded their historic council pledging dialogue with other churches while reaffirming "no compromise" regarding Orthodox teachings.
Just Catholic: The rich and powerful hid their money with the help of a law firm in Panama, a country where thousands suffer painful poverty.
Faith and Justice: The meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill was supposed to be an ecumenical milestone, but it caused anxiety among some observers.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis have issued a joint statement, saying that the world needs their combined testimony to the way of the Gospel.
Basic principles of human dignity are being violated repeatedly in the Middle East as conflict continues, said members of the Synod of Bishops on the family.
A Ukrainian bishop said a Russian-backed separatist rebellion has plunged his country into its worst humanitarian crisis since World War II and warned that "millions of refugees" could soon head for Europe to escape starvation.
"Huge numbers are now caught between hammer and anvil; the separatists aren't looking after them, and the Ukrainian government won't care for them because they haven't declared which side they're on," said Auxiliary Bishop Jan Sobilo of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia.
The U.S. Catholic church should not react stridently following the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Blase Cupich said.
The lives of many Ukrainians switched into emergency mode 18 months ago when riot police brutally beat a peaceful gathering of students protesting in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev against the government's refusal to cement closer ties with the European Union.
In those days, the golden-domed Orthodox St. Michael's Monastery became a shelter for students and that gesture of service became prophetic as the Ukrainian churches stood by the people in what became known among Ukrainians as the Revolution of Dignity.
Religious freedom, the conflict in Ukraine and the environment were on the table as Pope Francis met briefly Thursday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Vatican said.
The prime minister's office said their discussions also included reference to the findings, released June 2, of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which detailed the treatment of aboriginal children in residential schools supported by the Canadian government but administered by religious organizations, including the Catholic church.