Pope Francis has ratified elections of prelates from around the world to participate in October's Synod of Bishops, including four U.S. bishops.
Eco Catholic: "Clearly, the pope wants actions, and he wants real commitments, and we do as well, and we're providing them."
New archbishops will be formally invested with their palliums in their archdiocese instead of at the Vatican.
What do we make of the pope's pretty strong reaffirmation of the church’s stand on artificial contraception?
Eco Catholic: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the meetings will focus on the EPA's role in addressing the effects of climate change both domestically and internationally.
In his annual message for Lent, Pope Francis called on Christians to remember those in need during the season before Easter.
Writing to the 20 new cardinals he will create in February, Pope Francis said they should graciously accept that their friends, family and faithful will want to celebrate, but they also should ensure that the celebrations are not exaggerated.
Pope Francis on Friday warned the Vatican's top marriage judges that they should not "lock the salvation of persons within the straits of legalism" and indicated he wants the church to no longer charge for the sometimes onerous and expensive annulment process.
"This is a point I want to emphasize: the sacraments are free," Francis told jurists of the Roman Rota, the church's final court of appeals for annulments.
"The sacraments give us grace," he said. "And a marriage proceeding" -- like an annulment -- "touches on the sacrament of marriage."
We say: Humanae Vitae has been a serious impediment to Catholic authority. It has created a disabling chasm between the hierarchy and the faithful.
Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases, will head a new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.