Francis has substantially altered the process for annulments in the Catholic church, eliminating redundant procedures and empowering local bishops to make judgments on their own in some cases.
Pope Francis will be decreeing new reformed procedures for those seeking annulments of marriages in the Catholic church, in his latest emphasis on God's mercy.
As Catholics joined others in protesting Israel's extension of its security wall, further dividing Palestinians and Israelis, Pope Francis gave Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a tangible sign of his hopes for peace.
NCR Today: In his daily homily reflection Friday, Pope Francis called on members of the Catholic church to avoid gossip or speaking ill of their peers in the faith.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has called on families around the world to combat what he has termed a “desertification” of modern cities.
Eco Catholic: During an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis prayed that people contemplate God in the beauty of the universe.
NCR Today: Pope Francis posed a deep question to Christian families around the world: Do you think of God only as an omnipotent being, the supreme judge of the world?
Marking the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence, Pope Francis sent a letter to the nation's president and asked Catholics to join him in prayers for peace.
Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement known as FARC have asked to meet Pope Francis when he visits Cuba in September.
According to Pope Francis, families need moments of rest and celebration, time for standing back and recognizing the gifts of God.