Eco Catholic: Since 1681, Franciscan fathers have tended to eight of what are believed to be the oldest olive trees in the Holy Land.
Anglican priests should no longer be bound by the centuries-old principle of confidentiality in confessions when they are told of sexual crimes committed against children, the Church of England's No. 2 official said.
Speaking at the end of an internal inquiry on whether senior church officials ignored abuse allegations involving children, Archbishop of York John Sentamu said that "what happened was shameful, terrible, bad, bad, bad."
Half a dozen men stand nonchalantly in front of a grubby building on one of Rome's busiest streets as cars whizz past. They stiffen whenever a stranger approaches.
But few would guess they're undercover cops protecting Italy's most endangered man.
Inside is Fr. Luigi Ciotti, a 69-year-old priest with soft brown eyes and silver hair who has spent the past 20 years fighting the Italian Mafia.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said the church needs to take a closer look at the broader family environment instead of focusing solely on gay relationships and divorced and remarried Catholics.
Global Sisters Report: Mary Rizzo is battling the Ebola crisis in Liberia, even though she is nearly 5,000 miles away. For a while, it seemed she was alone.
Among the men's vows is the promise to obey their superior, "serving where the church sends the priest, not where he wishes to serve."
Millions of the world's children today are victims of armed conflict, pornography and sexual trafficking, and still more "are denied the most fundamental right to life," said the Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations.
"Prenatal selection eliminates babies suspected to have disabilities and female children simply because of their sex," Archbishop Berardito Auza said Oct. 17 in a statement to the U.N. Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, which was discussing the rights of children.
He is the Vatican's permanent representative at the U.N. in New York.
Global Sisters Report: Theologian Agnes Brazal is a member of Ecclesia of Women in Asia, which works to make female theologians equal partners in the church.
Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country's Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children.
"Like it or not, we have to accept the court order," Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace, told Catholic News Service on Monday from his office in Lahore, Pakistan.
Four days earlier, the Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence handed to Asia Bibi in 2010.
With Francis, the "somewhat pessimistic basic mood" of the church has given way to a new joy, a spirit of optimism, and a new start, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.