In Australia, "laypeople are taking over all of these organizations, taking leadership positions in the schools, in the social ministries, in the health care institutions."
Vietnamese bishops are urging their priests to reach out to people who have problems in their marriages while asking Catholics to pursue family values.
The place of women in Vietnamese society is complex. Due to long-standing cultural traditions, most women still face a difficult time in terms of achieving gender equality. Since the adoption of the Gender Equality Law, effective July 2007, some progress has been made, and the Catholic church is playing a role in helping women gain confidence and respect.
Under international pressure and after two days of interrogation, Sri Lanka released Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and human rights worker Ruki Fernando.
Tour guides take tourists to the most notable and mundane points the pope visited when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires.
"Problems arising from severe financial hardship, unemployment and emigration, domestic violence, neglect and other forms of abuse, infidelity" are current issues for Irish families, bishops say.
The arrests Sunday of human rights defenders Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Ruki Fernando in Sri Lanka was called "arbitrary" by Amnesty International and other groups.
Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales.
As Syria's civil war hurtles into its fourth year, hopes of returning home soon seem far off for the 2.5 million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries, like Jordan. Syrians are soon expected to overtake Afghans as the largest refugee population in the world, according to the United Nations.
Top U.N. officials warn that the grinding conflict will leave a generation of 5.5 million children -- in and outside Syria -- physically and emotionally scarred. But American street artist Samantha Robison is working hard to change that.
Religion is less a code of doctrines and teachings than a sensitivity to the "dimensions of transcendence" that underlie the human experience, the head of the Jesuit order said.