Pope Francis was the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17 and said the church "recognizes ... the constant and faithful love of God for Israel."
Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, a former accountant in a Vatican office overseeing property and investments, was found guilty of slander and given a two-year suspended sentence. Corruption charges were dropped.
Pope Francis says in a new book-length interview the church needs to follow Jesus' example more closely and seek to "enter the darkness" in which many of today's people live.
Interviewing Pope Francis in July, Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli asked how Francis might act as a confessor to a gay person in light of his remark, "Who am I to judge?"
In a new book-length interview, Pope Francis reveals how mercy has touched his life and how he first conceived the idea of calling a Jubilee year focused on mercy.
Pope Francis has strongly urged the prelates who head the various Vatican offices to act with more respect and maturity -- and has said church reform will go forward "with determination."
Pope Francis has approved a second healing miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, meaning her canonization is imminent.
Archbishop Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic church, called Dec. 10 for deployment of international ground forces in the region to fight the Islamic State group.
NCR Today: Two violent Central Africa Republic factions signed a secret non-aggression pact in advance of Pope Francis' Nov. 29-30 trip to the country to ensure his safety.
Any efforts at renewal of the Catholic church that do not place God's mercy at the center of their work are "useless" and make Catholics "slaves" to the church's institutions, said Pope Francis.