Public prosecutors have submitted recommendations to Victoria Police on whether to try Australian Cardinal George Pell on decades-old abuse allegations, but their advice has not been made public.
Latin American bishops will discuss the evolving political crisis in Venezuela during a four-day long assembly in El Salvador in which they are reiterating calls for the church to "go forth" and serve the poor and disadvantaged.
The Latin America bishops' council, known by its Spanish acronym, CELAM, formed a special commission, headed by the president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference, Archbishop Diego Padron Sanchez of Cumana, to study the situation and make recommendations.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of Wisconsin-born Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey, five religious, four laypeople and two cardinals, including Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan.
Retired Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, a longtime English professor and 11-year bishop of Salt Lake City, died May 2 at 80.
He had been living at Nazareth House in San Rafael, California, for several months following a diagnosis of interstitial lung disease.
"Archbishop Niederauer was known for his spiritual leadership, intelligence and wisdom, compassion and humor, and was always focused on his responsibility to live and teach the faith," said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in an announcement to the priests of the archdiocese.
The Sovereign Order of Malta is bracing for major reforms in the wake of the election of an Italian nobleman to lead the Catholic chivalric order that carries out charitable works around the globe.
Cardinal Blase Cupich unveiled an anti-violence initiative for Chicago that will be underscored by a Good Friday procession using the traditional Stations of the Cross to commemorate victims.
The two-day meeting appeared to be where the next steps in the campaign against the pope were being worked out. It turned out to be nothing of the sort.
Francis at Four: Is the Catholic Church at "civil war"? Will Francis be toppled? Such outlandish reports are promoted by a small but loud splinter group.
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.