Francis will visit Chiapas Feb. 15 and pray at the tomb of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia of San Cristobal de Las Casas who built the church in southern Chiapas state.
The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.
Hundreds of religious scholars met in Marrakesh to revive the Charter of Medina, written by the Prophet Muhammad, to protect religious minorities in Muslim communities today. It featured Islamic clerics.
Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date the United Nations commemorates victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Countries around the world are marking the 71st anniversary.
As successor to figures such as Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Archbishop Wojciech Polak quickly established himself as one of Poland's more approachable Catholic hierarchs, tackling issues other bishops brushed aside.
Editorial: The United States has become accomplished at destruction on a massive scale. We've yet to show anywhere near the same level of skill at putting things back together.
Kenya's bishops offered condolences after soldiers were killed during an attack at El Adde, a camp inside Somalia, Jan. 15. The dozens of soldiers were part of African Union forces.
Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met in a private meeting in which the pontiff pressed Rouhani on fostering Middle East peace and countering terrorism and arms trafficking.
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron told listeners at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress that only 30 percent of Catholics in the U.S. receive Communion. He called it a "disaster."
NCR Today: Sometimes it is difficult to understand why President Obama receives so little credit for what most of the world consider pretty historic achievements.