Pope Francis has appointed the first members of the Vatican's new Council for the Economy, including seven lay experts in the fields of business, management and finance.
In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a "renewed" interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.
"I propose a path that goes beyond strictness and leniency," the German cardinal and theologian told Vatican Radio on Monday.
Voices of Faith invited women from around the globe to share their touching stories of struggles women face in various parts of the world.
Priests and religious men and women were told at a weekend conference to re-evaluate their wealth and to criticize the global market capitalist economy.
As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the changes he is making.
Analysis: In his first year as pope, Francis has energized and inspired Catholics worldwide, and touched the hearts of many outside the church.
A team of religious, civic and business leaders will travel to Rome to plan for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.
Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until next month at the Vatican. But Benedict XVI says he has seen him in that light for years.
Pope Francis criticized those who practice fasting as a mere ritual, rather than as a sacrifice representative of a religion of love.
The pope made his remarks March 7, the first Friday of Lent, in his homily at morning Mass in the Vatican guesthouse, where he lives.
"These hypocritical people are good persons," he said, referring to the Pharisees who criticized Jesus and his followers for not fasting as required by Jewish law. "They do all they should do. They seem good. But they are ethicists without goodness because they have lost the sense of belonging to a people."
The Vatican is trying to reassure Catholics and the public that Pope Francis takes the clerical sex abuse crisis seriously.