The Catholic Church is under fire for revoking the suspension of a priest in India, despite his previous extradition to the United States and conviction for sexual abuse.
Pope Francis praised the "generous service" of the former secretary-general of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and offered his condolences and prayers in the wake of his death.
Catholic clergy have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, tasked with reforming the Vatican's approach to sexual crimes.
Pope Francis named Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, a Vatican diplomat who has served in the Russian Federation, to represent the Vatican at Geneva-based U.N. agencies and at the World Trade Organization.
The nine cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Catholic church's central bureaucracy have submitted a final proposal for the creation of two new high-level Vatican offices, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The Council of Cardinals have finalized their recommendations for a new Laity-Family-Life office and a Justice-Peace-Migrants office, said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi.
Pope Francis named Msgr. Peter B. Wells as the next papal nuncio to South Africa and Botswana. Wells is the deputy chief of staff at the Vatican's Secretariat of State.
In an unprecedented push for wider Christian unity, Pope Francis will meet with Russian Patriarch Kirill in Cuba in February.
Pope Francis’ impassioned praise of China this week is the strongest sign of the pontiff’s ambitious agenda to transform the historically fraught relations between Beijing and the Holy See.
Pope Francis will not be an actor in a proposed movie based on the Gospels, contrary to a claim by AMBI Pictures. The film is 'Beyond the Sun.'
Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said it is no longer "exceptional" to have priests turn down an appointment as bishop, for various reasons including health.