At the request of Pope Francis, the Vatican has decreed that the Holy Thursday foot-washing will be open to women and girls.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis have issued a joint statement, saying that the world needs their combined testimony to the way of the Gospel.
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Feb. 12 in Havana, Cuba, the first time in history the Roman Catholic pontiff and the Russian Orthodox patriarch have met.
GSR Preview: Feb. 15, the pope visits Chiapas, Mexico, where one-fourth of the population is Protestant or evangelical. Catholic sisters there hope Francis' visit will reverse the trend.
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico -- a city notorious for a recent four-year battle among local cartels, resulting in more than 10,000 killings -- will host Pope Francis Feb. 17.
The indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, hope that Pope Francis' trip will revive dreams of social justice represented to many here by the Zapatista movement of the mid-1990s.
Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
NCR Today: Pope heading to Mexico later this week; Ash Wednesday tomorrow; Gallup, N.M., diocese bankruptcy case costs