QUITO, Ecuador -- Many Ecuadorians are hoping Pope Francis will address political and environmental issues and push the church toward greater participation.
A homecoming for the Argentine pope likely to draw attention to key challenges in the region.
Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him "anti-capitalist" or even Marxist.
Ahead of his apostolic visit to the United States in September, some are bracing themselves for more criticisms from the pope, this time directed specifically at the U.S. culture and economy.
Pope Francis visited retired Pope Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence Tuesday to wish him a happy summer.
Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Get the full schedule here.
Here is the schedule for Pope Francis' September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.
The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized Oct. 18 at the Vatican during the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the first married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. Other married couples are among the blesseds of the church.
Pope Francis issued the decree approving their canonization Saturday during the public consistory on canonizations at the Vatican; more than 40 cardinals attended.
Pope Francis gave a forceful message to the world’s newest Catholic archbishops Monday, saying they should live lives "coherent" with what they preach.
Pope Francis has consolidated and elevated the level of importance of the Vatican's different communications enterprises, creating a new high-level Secretariat for Communications tasked with carrying out work before undertaken by nine separate offices.
The new secretariat becomes only the third of its type at the highest levels of the Vatican bureaucracy, joining church departments that oversee foreign and internal relations and economic matters in importance.
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