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.
The manual titled "The Meeting Place," was presented at World Youth Day and references Batman and Superman films.
Updated: Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service for the victims of the earthquakes that struck central Italy Aug. 24.
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the papal teaching to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect."
Pope Francis met with French President Francois Hollande at the Vatican just three weeks after an elderly priest was brutally murdered by Islamist militants in northern France.