A ceremony June 28 featuring a rare joint appearance by Pope Francis and his predecessor seemed aimed at tamping down speculation about the unusual circumstance of having two living popes.
Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.
Assist and accompany refugees while working to build peace in the world, Pope Francis urged on the eve of World Refugee Day.
Using the word "genocide" to describe the persecution of Christians in the Middle East risks downplaying the courage of those who boldly profess faith in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said.
Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians and magicians, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world.
The Vatican's congregation for religious life is contacting the orders to clarify "some points" following the controversial six-year investigation of U.S. communities of women religious.
Vatican: In its first document since the pope's election, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has called on Catholic bishops and lay movements to respect one another.
Pope Francis raised the July 22 memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast on the church's liturgical calendar, the Vatican announced.
The Vatican has backed off its plan to have an international firm conduct a full external financial audit, choosing instead to have that firm play an assisting role in an internal audit.
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