"Compassion fatigue should have no room at this moment," as millions of refugees are still in need, said Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, former Vatican representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva.
Pope Francis will be visiting Colombia in mid-September as the Latin American nation works to implement a new peace deal and rebuild after 52 years of war.
The Vatican announced March 10 that the pope had accepted the invitation of President Juan Santos and the Colombian bishops.
The trip, Sept. 6-11, will include visits to the cities of Bogota, Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena. Details of the trip were to be published at a later date.
Catholic activist Sr. Simone Campbell has suggested that senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than confronting issues like clerical sexual abuse.
At this year's Voices of Faith, Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal said the Catholic church should recognize that women still do not have a full participatory role.
Four Years of Francis: Many of the changes taking place at the upper echelons of the church at first glance appear minor, then take on a wider meaning.
Vatican: Cardinal Muller defends decision which led Marie Collins to resign from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Like the people of Israel freed from the bondage of slavery, Christians are called to experience the path toward hope and new life during the Lenten season, Pope Francis said.
Through his passion, death and resurrection, Jesus "has opened up for us a way that leads to a full, eternal and blessed life," the pope said at his weekly general audience March 1, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent for Latin-rite Catholics.
"Lent lives within this dynamic: Christ precedes us with his exodus and we cross the desert, thanks to him and behind him," he said.
Clergy sex abuse commission: Irishwoman Marie Collins says she has resigned because she has lost hope in Vatican cooperation with recommendations.
Pope Francis suggested wealthy nations are partly to blame for the migrant crisis and urged Europeans and others to stand “in the shoes” of those arriving at their borders. The popoe specifically praised Sweden for welcoming and integrating foreigners.
Astronomers confirm existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away: "Depending on different factors, all of the planets could potentially harbor conditions for the possible existence of life on them," U.S. Jesuit Father David Brown said.