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.
Christians face threats in many parts of the convulsed Middle East, but the danger is most acute in Syria amid its civil war.
Religious leaders in Africa rebuked U.S. President Barack Obama's call to decriminalize homosexuality during his recent three-nation trip to the continent.
In a news conference in Senegal on July 27, the day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, Obama said African nations must grant equal protection to all people regardless of their sexual orientation.