A possible papal trip to South Korea for an Asian youth gathering in August is under consideration as are invitations to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Pope Francis will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday.
John Allen in Rome: The head of the Council of Cardinals has suggested that the Vatican's doctrinal czar needs to be more "flexible" in his views on divorced and remarried Catholics.
John Allen in Rome: Although the NFL playoffs may have dominated weekend conversation in the States, it was another busy period on the pope-watch beat.
Pope Francis, who already profiles as the “immigrant pope” both due to his arriving in Rome from “the ends of the earth,” as he said on the night of his election, and because of his strong advocacy on behalf of migrants and refugees, made another clear statement of solidarity Jan. 19 by visiting a Roman parish known for outreach to immigrants and the poor.
John Allen in Rome: The Vatican released a statement saying The Associated Press did not correctly read the data it was given.
John Allen in Rome: Ahead of the Jan. 22 summit on Syria, the Vatican is continuing its full-court press for peace with gestures intended to reach policy-makers and ordinary people.
Violence is the "greatest corruption of religion" while belief in a single God is the "principle and source of love between human beings," says a new study by Vatican theologians.
John Allen in Rome: A senior Vatican official today asserted that the Catholic church wants to be "an example of best practice" in the prevention of abuse.
Pope Francis replaced four cardinals serving on a five-person commission overseeing the Vatican bank.