Several electors say there is an increased probability the new superior general of the order will be of African or Asian descent.
Pope Francis said he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Poland for World Youth Day and that his visit will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year.
Updated: Pope Francis and other leaders condemned terrorism and expressed solidarity with France after a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a statement July 11 indicating Pope Francis met with Cardinal Robert Sarah July 9 to indicate no liturgical directives will begin in Advent.
Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero will serve as vice director, making her the first female to hold that position.
Using the word "genocide" to describe the persecution of Christians in the Middle East risks downplaying the courage of those who boldly profess faith in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: Pope Francis "joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion," the Vatican said in a statement June 12.
NCR Editorial: We hope that Pope Francis' new universal law to initiate a bishop's removal for negligent response to clergy sex abuse addresses the deficiency of accountability.
NCR Today: The Vatican's chief spokesman sought to downplay expectations that Pope Francis will allow women to serve as deacons in the global Catholic church.
Examining The Crisis: The calls for Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation or sacking raise the issue of how he breached canon law.