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.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."
Pope Francis responded to children's questions in a book "Dear Pope Francis." They are illustrated with the drawings of the children aged 6-13 and will be published March 1.
The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.
Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met in a private meeting in which the pontiff pressed Rouhani on fostering Middle East peace and countering terrorism and arms trafficking.
Italian bishops are united in reaffirming the rights of children to be raised by both a mother and a father, according to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa.