Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family and lead Vatican organizer of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, has been dropped from a criminal investigation.
Embracing Pope Francis' request to sponsor a refugee family, the Vatican's St. Anne parish has welcomed a family of four from Damascus, Syria.
In an appeal Sept. 6, the pope called on every parish, religious community, monastery and shrine in Europe to take in a family of refugees, given the ongoing crisis of people fleeing from war and poverty.
He said being Christian means giving a concrete sign of hope and God's mercy to those in need.
Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and death, neighboring countries are bearing the burden of helping refugees, and arms dealers are getting richer, Pope Francis said. "No one can pretend not to know!"
Calling himself "a bit feminist," Pope Francis praised women religious for always heading to the "front lines" to bring the church's tenderness and motherly love to those most in need.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Francis' 10th foreign trip, with stops in Cuba, three U.S. cities and the United Nations, will be a "very complex."
Pope Francis has asked his international Council of Cardinals to study the way the church vets, identifies and appoints bishops around the world.
Pope Francis has appointed Springfield- Cape Girardeau, Mo., Bishop James Johnston as the new bishop for the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Pope Francis has personally added four extra U.S. bishops as voting participants in October's hotly anticipated synod.
While there is not unanimous agreement about the causes of climate change, global warming and extreme weather, Pope Francis repeated his conviction that "a widespread consensus is emerging" that places much of the blame on irresponsible human action.
Addressing participants at a meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Francis said the issue is a matter of justice, particularly because destruction of the environment hits the poorest communities first and hardest.
The Vatican's doctrinal congregation upheld a Spanish bishop's refusal to allow a transsexual person to be a godparent.