ROME: Francis celebrated the beginning of the fourth year of his pontificate with an evocative summary of his first three, preaching on Jesus' mercy.
Pope Francis said the 16 killed in Yemen Friday were victims also of a global system on indifference to violence and peoples' needs.
NCR Today: Several leaders of various faith communities working to heal civil unrest in Baltimore came to Rome this week to seek Pope Francis' blessing in their efforts to work together.
Decades ago, when a schoolboy came to Pell and reported that a Catholic teacher was "misbehaving with boys," Pell never reported the matter to authorities.
Cardinal George Pell faced intense scrutiny over his actions decades ago to prevent clergy sexual abuse in his home country of Australia, during an Australian government hearing late Monday evening.
Vatican official George Pell faced four hours of questioning about his role in the clergy sexual abuse crisis in his native Australia in an overnight hearing Sunday.
After months of public debate and protests, the Italian Senate passed a controversial "Cirinna" bill that grants legal recognition to nonmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples. The bill passed Feb. 25.
Police in Spain have arrested a fugitive businessman accused of swindling pensioners with the backing of a Catholic priest who worked at the Vatican before retiring to the Canary Islands.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops' Rome seminary will honor Archbishop Carlo Vigano at a banquet in April.
NCR Today: Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Feb. 19 that Catholics with well-formed consciences can decide to use contraceptives "in cases of particular emergency."