In his first clear disciplinary move, albeit a gentle one, to bring recalcitrant bishops into line with his demand that they spurn the "psychology of a prince," Pope Francis on Oct. 23 assigned German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst an unspecified period of leave outside his Limburg diocese.
As Archbishop James Weisgerber of Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepares to retire, he remains concerned about justice for Canada's aboriginal peoples.
"I don't think there is any issue facing Canadians more serious than this one," Weisgerber said Oct. 28, the day Pope Francis announced that he had accepted the archbishop's resignation. "And I don't think we're taking it that seriously."
Catholics across Africa are seeking a revitalized church under Pope Francis that is "true to its call to the Gospel and not a power structure," said Archbishop Berhaneyesus Souraphiel.
In the Philippines, the Day of the Dead usually is celebrated Nov. 1, All Saints' Day, with food, flowers and candles at cemeteries.
A new review of the work of the group that investigated clerical sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin charges that priests did not get even-handed treatment.
A Polish archbishop has cautioned that Halloween celebrations violate church teaching and urged Catholics not to take part "even in playful form."
An entire class of one Italian high school opted out of a class on Catholicism, reopening a debate over whether state money should be used for a class focusing on one faith.
Commentary: Laypeople, ministers and hierarchs and other members of the church have the same dignity, and they should treat each other with respect.
A firestorm of protest has greeted the closing of a legal aid office that since the 1980s has helped victims of El Salvador's civil war.
Pope Francis met Monday with Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for what the Vatican called a "rather significant encounter" between the two.