Steps taken by Pope Francis, including several pronouncements, are seen as a model for Catholics in the Philippines about what it means to be church leader and member. Surveys for the 2013 Catholic Directory of the Philippines recorded 76.18 million baptized Catholics amid the country's population of an estimated 96.71 million people.
At its creation, the Republic of South Sudan was welcomed with enthusiastic arms. But the country has found itself embroiled in destabilizing political battles.
Bishops in southern Congo have denounced growing separatist violence in Katanga province and criticized the national government for ignoring it.
"Besides grave violations of human rights, socio-political insecurity is disrupting our province's economic fabric and amplifying our people's misery," said bishops from the eight dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of Lubumbashi.
Tiny Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, according to information from the California-based Wine Institute.
According to the Wine Institute's latest statistics, the Vatican consumed 74 liters of wine per person, around double the per-capita consumption of Italy as a whole. A standard bottle of wine is about .75 liters.
The Catholic church must fundamentally reorient itself to place its institutions and financial resources at the service of the world's poor, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said.
The Estero de San Miguel housing project in Manila’s Legarda area is the national government’s first attempt to build houses for homeless and landless people in the city, so families who have built shanties in dangerous areas can safely continue with their lives and their work.
According to 2013 government statistics, 716,165 families or 2.5 million persons in metro Manila live in urban poor communities commonly called "squatter areas."
A day after at least 75 people were reported killed in clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital, Pope Francis asked the College of Cardinals to send a message of support to the two Ukrainian cardinals who are suffering because their people are.
In service for 22 years, the Kim Long healthcare clinic run by Daughters of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception sisters in Hue City provides an important safety net to people who live in remote areas or who cannot afford to pay fees at state-run hospitals.
Catholic leaders in the Central African Republic praised the courage of missionary priests and nuns who remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.
"That most have remained here is the greatest act of witness our church has given," said Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa, Central African Republic.
After violent confrontations between protesters and police and the deaths of more than 20, church leaders called for an end to all violence.