Commentary: Today is the 45th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. It makes me cringe.
The Vatican spokesman told reporters the pope would not be taking a ride in his open popemobile through the working-class Rio neighborhood of Tijuca.
We say: Pope Francis' approving the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II July 5 has been called a brilliant move to unify the church.
Pope Francis traveled to Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray that Mary protect and care for everyone attending World Youth Day in Brazil and for all young people around the world.
The pope spent more than 30 minutes in silent prayer in a side chapel before the basilica's famous Marian icon "Salus Populi Romani" (health of the Roman people).
The drama of Pope Francis' first overseas trip boils down to whether Brazil's discontented masses will see the event as part of the problem.
Pope Francis' program of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor fits none of the traditional molds, said German Cardinal Walter Kasper.
As Great Britain and Ireland debate right-to-life issues in current health care policies and legislation, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics there to uphold "the inestimable value of all human life."
"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect," the pope said.
Sweet and simple: that's the menu plan for Pope Francis when he stays at a church-run residence during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.
However, Good Counsel Sr. Terezinha Fernandes, who is in charge of the kitchen at the Sumare Residence, said when she was dreaming up the dishes, "I had to hold myself back" to not let the table fare get too fancy.
We say: We applaud Pope Francis' efforts to reform the Vatican bank and encourage a thorough examination of the bank's processes and practices.
Blessed John Paul II rallied young Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI instructed them and Pope Francis is preparing to send them out on mission.