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.
Opinion: The Syrian regime's apparent use of chemical weapons against civilian areas constitutes a breach of the Geneva Protocol of 1925, which banned the use of chemical weapons.
"Bishop Bling-Bling" is not the first German clergyman to run into trouble since Pope Francis took the helm of the church.
Commentary: The decision by Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar of El Salvador to close its human rights office, Tutela Legal, is sudden and poorly explained.
French Catholics criticized a Constitutional Court judgment denying local officials the right to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages. Antoine Renard, president of France's National Federation of Catholic Family Associations, charged that the court was operating under political pressure in issuing its decision.
"This ruling could have dramatic consequences for religious freedom both here and abroad," he said. "It also suggests the French Constitution is old-fashioned and needs verification."
After months of listening to Pope Francis' admonishments to take the church to the peripheries, Catholics in Asia examined their missions in a conference on the new evangelization.
German Catholics won't be praying from a new translation of the Roman Missal as planned. In fact, the conference postponed the introduction of the new Mass prayers indefinitely.