Updated: Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service for the victims of the earthquakes that struck central Italy Aug. 24.
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the papal teaching to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect."
Pope Francis met with French President Francois Hollande at the Vatican just three weeks after an elderly priest was brutally murdered by Islamist militants in northern France.
Appointing Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as the new chancellor for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and new president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis said he wanted to make sure the two bodies help the church offer better care to people who are hurting.
Updated -- Vatican City -- Bishop Kevin Farrell will head Pope Francis' mission to promote "the pastoral care to families."
The Francis Chronicles: Celebrating the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis prayed for all exploited women and girls.
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis paid a surprise visit Aug. 12 to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.
Francis Chronicles: The meal was part reunion, part progress report for Francis and the 21 refugees brought to Rome by the Vatican.
In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.
Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."
Vatican: Pope Francis creates his commission to study the possibility of female deacons in the Catholic church, appointing an equal number of male and female experts to the group.