Pope Francis will embark this week on a six-day trip to three African nations -- Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic -- in his first trip to the continent.
The Vatican has announced an extraordinary trial of five people over leaked information, including two Italian journalists.
Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spoke at the beginning of a day-long conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University to highlight the importance of the Pact of the Catacombs.
In an ecumenical visit to Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran church, Pope Francis suggested Lutherans might personally discern whether to take Catholic communion.
Pope Francis on Sunday expressed closeness to the victims in Paris and said using the name of God to justify violence is "blasphemy."
While never citing the Catacombs Pact specifically, Francis has evoked its language and principles, wishing for a "poor church, for the poor."
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis is bound and determined to make sure that nothing derails his mission of reforming the Catholic church.
“The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’ That’s our first task,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Maltese Sr. Carmen Sammut said that, after the synod, women religious are called to carry forth the pastoral work that the official church is sometimes unable to do.
One of the cardinals drafting the final document from the Synod of Bishops says he does not expect it to propose a path to Communion for the remarried.