ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis has given extra incentive for success in the ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC militants.
Faith and Justice: No governance system is perfect since it has to be run by fallible human beings. But the church's current highly centralized system has come under heavy fire.
NCR Today: An alliance of twelve Catholic reform groups called upon the Swiss bishops' conference to reaffirm the Swiss church's commitment to the Second Vatican Council.
The nine cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Catholic church's central bureaucracy have submitted a final proposal for the creation of two new high-level Vatican offices, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The Council of Cardinals have finalized their recommendations for a new Laity-Family-Life office and a Justice-Peace-Migrants office, said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi.
Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
Pope Francis named Msgr. Peter B. Wells as the next papal nuncio to South Africa and Botswana. Wells is the deputy chief of staff at the Vatican's Secretariat of State.
Church leaders and community advocates in Mexico hope that Pope Francis uses his six-day visit to call attention to the struggles faced by marginalized communities there.