50th anniversary: The document raised the profile of the church's concern for people in the global south at a time when European colonialism was declining.
Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization.
Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto during a meeting March 23 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the Vatican said.
We say: Health care is a fundamental human right — Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI used those very words — alongside water, food and education.
In advance of the March 13 anniversary of Pope Francis' election, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Francis is "reinvigorating that experience of the church" that people had following the council's reforms.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis hasn't changed the church's position on birth control, celibacy, women priests or gay marriage, but he has fundamentally changed how we see the church.
Distinctly Catholic: Amoris Laetitia contains three sentences that define the reforms that Pope Francis seeks for the church.
Retired Bishop James Moynihan, who served as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse from 1995 to 2009, died March 6. He was 84.
More than 40 theologians and scholars from Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, Spain and the US brought their expertise in liberation theology to a weeklong gathering at Boston College.
"What is needed is a change of attitude to overcome indifference and to counter fears with a generous approach of welcoming those who knock at our doors," Francis said Feb. 21.
For a packed crowd in a packed Catholic high school gymnasium in Lenexa, Kan., on a Friday evening, Cardinal Raymond Burke's speech was filled with red meat, a reassuring message.