Vatican City -- Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine, according to the country’s leader. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with the pope today at the Vatican.
Pope Francis encouraged greater attention to those whose health is affected by environmental degradation and pollution. Francis meets many sick people who have rare diseases doctors can't explain.
The Vatican calendar for the Year of Mercy set Sept. 4, 2016, as a possible date for the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, if her sainthood cause is concluded.
Pope Francis: “The church is the doorman of the house of the Lord. It is not the master of the house of the Lord!”
Pope Francis raised the specter of a World War III "in pieces," Muslims issued statements of condemnation, while evangelical Christians in America debated whether to speak of a "war with Islam."
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, Australian Cardinal George Pell, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle are among the 15 prelates who will be planning and organizing the next global meeting of Catholic bishops.
The four bishops will be part of a group preparing the next Synod of Bishops, following conclusion of the closely watched three-week Synod held at the Vatican last month on issues of family life.
Pope Francis has condemned Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris, saying they left him "shaken and pained" and are inhuman and unjustifiable.
Faith and Justice: Difficult topics should have been examined by an ad hoc committee with a diverse membership, which should have reported back to the synod.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has called for development of the role of lay people in the Catholic church, saying they cannot be considered “‘second class’ members” after priests and religious.
A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.
"When children at the dinner table are glued to the computer, or the telephone and do not listen to one another, they are not a family, they are retired," the pope said Wednesday during his weekly general audience.