A senior prelate used the annual pilgrimage up Ireland's holy mountain to underscore the church's fight against a bill that would make abortion in Ireland legal in limited circumstances.
At least 38 pilgrims were killed on their way home from the Padre Pio shrine when their bus plunged off an elevated highway.
Another 19 people were reported seriously injured, including passengers of nearby vehicles. Only 11 people were pulled alive from the wreckage, Vatican Radio and other news outlets reported.
The accident occurred Sunday along a major highway in Irpinia, a mountainous region in Campania, in southern Italy. A number of the victims were children.
John Allen in Rio: The pope came to the the notorious Varginha favela Thursday to say, "The church is with you."
Q and A: Dolan said the pope's simplicity, humility, and closeness to the people are no surprise -- the only surprise is how well he seems to be pulling it off.
Pilgrims from all backgrounds, driven by a single faith, participated in the opening Mass Tuesday for World Youth Day.
The birth of the royal prince is a "source of joy" for people around the world, said the president of the English and Welsh bishops' conference.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster issued a statement of congratulations to Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their first son, who is third in line for the British throne.
Indian Cardinal Simon Pimenta, who led the archdiocese of Bombay for more than 18 years, died Friday at the age of 93.
He was known for trying to keep his sprawling and diverse archdiocese united and active, establishing parishes in the city's slums and trying to counter widespread contraception campaigns by promoting natural family planning.
He served as a papally appointed synod president during the 1990 Synod of Bishops on priestly formation and led the Indian bishops' conference for six years.
Opinion: A growing movement has emerged on college campus calling for divestment from companies that support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
A British official indicated the government will abandon a controversial end-of-life protocol following an anti-euthanasia campaign spearheaded by concerned Catholic physicians.
An independent inquiry into the Liverpool Care Pathway has recommended that the protocol be abolished and replaced by "individualized care plans" after evidence of abuse and suffering was discovered.
"This is not civilized. It is a national disgrace," Norman Lamb, Britain's care services minister, said in comments Monday reported by the London-based Daily Mail newspaper.