Vatican City: The bishop welcomed clerics and seminarians with questionable reputations, some expelled from other diocese for misconduct
While hailing the Colombian peace agreement, Pope Francis declined an invitation to name a representative to help choose judges for what have been described as "peace tribunals."
Pope Francis will head to Assisi for a record third time in his pontificate later in September for an interreligious encounter focused on peacemaking.
Vatican: Pope Francis suggests Christians add two new items to the traditional spiritual and corporal works of mercy in a push to continued warming of the planet.
Vatican: The new Vatican office will streamline the church's efforts on justice, peace, charity, healthcare and migration, putting management of the last issue directly under Pope Francis' control.
NCR Today: "The Lord tells us: 'Courage! Come! For me you are not thrown away,'" the pontiff told crowds Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said prayer and "healthy realism" are needed to ensure progress in Vatican-Chinese relations.
Eco Catholic: Allowing people to drink unsafe water or have no access to dependable, clean sources of water is shameful, Cardinal Peter Turkson told religious leaders.
Pope Francis led prayers for the victims of Italy's earthquake and announced plans to visit survivors in the affected area soon.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a "duty" to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel.
While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, he felt he was "incapable of fulfilling" the demands of another international trip, especially with World Youth Day 2013 scheduled for Brazil.