Some Eastern European bishops are expressing reluctance to welcome refugees, or urging that displaced Christians be given preferential treatment, or remaining silent on the refugee crisis in Europe.
Despite violence against them, representatives of Turkey's small Catholic minority insist they'll resist intimidation and are counting on the Islamist government to provide protection.
As NATO's military chiefs prepare to send troops for the first time to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, local Catholics are divided over how much Russia poses a new threat.
Caritas Organization: Europe's top Catholic charitable agency has published a "road map for social justice and equality," urging all church members to defend the poor and marginalized.
Lithuanian Archbishop Gintaras Grusas said citizens are anxious about military threats from neighboring Russia but said support from Europe and the United States helped calm those fears.
Poland's bishops conference has condemned a Polish Catholic group's support for a gay rights campaign; the group is pressing on to ensure an understanding atmosphere in Poland.
The pope's visit has raised questions about how Poland treats Francis' vision of the church, as the country remains aligned with St. John Paul II's conservative teachings.
World Youth Day 2016: Over 100 pilgrims from the Bridgeport, Conn., diocese, myself included, landed July 22 in Warsaw, Poland. We're exhausted but excited for these next 11 days.
A Polish archbishop who resigned after sexually molesting Catholic seminarians has been warned by the Vatican to stay away from commemorations of Poland's Christian conversion and upcoming papal visit.
Signs have emerged within church life in China, after three decades of relative liberalization, of a new hardening of regime attitudes.