Eco Catholic: In a craftsman's workshop on the edge of Rome's Campo Verano cemetery, two designers are working to revive what they see as a dying art: burial.
Vatican City -- According to bishops at the meeting, the Irish bishops and Pope Francis discussed: the ministry of a bishop, clerical sexual abuse, women in the church, new ways to engage young people, the changing status of the church in society, Catholic schools and methods for handing on the faith,
Pope Francis meets with Irish bishops Jan. 20: Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them. In the continuing evolution of the "ad limina" visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.
Pope Francis' Jan. 18 weekly general audience: Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said.
The newest embassy to the Holy See: Pope Francis welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome on Jan. 14.
Jan. 14 papal appointments: Pope Francis named Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, who is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to be a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Under certain circumstances and after long prayer and a profound examination of conscience, some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may return to the sacraments, said the bishops of Malta.
ROME: The Vatican takes a listening tone in letter preparing for 2018 Synod, asking national bishops' conferences to report on how they serve young people.
McDonald's opens near Vatican: A McDonald’s opening in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica is to offer free meals to the homeless in a move aimed at defusing controversy over the fast-food restaurant.
2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: "The image of the wall is very current today — now more than when [the Germans] wrote the reflection," said Father Anthony Currer, who coordinates the Vatican contribution to the week of prayer.