About 100 church reform groups have teamed up to circulate a petition asking for an "effective voice" for the lay faithful in church decision-making.
Analysis: While reading the interview, I felt like I was in a Jesuit living room having a conversation with a brother. Let me share with you my first reactions.
One-on-one format worked well for Pope Francis, America editor Fr. Matt Malone says in describing events leading to publication of 12,000-word interview.
Pope Francis once again wades into hot-button issues, including abortion and women in the church, in a new interview with Jesuit publications around the world.
Analysis: Pope Francis' openness to the world beyond the Vatican walls may be dividing the faithful, but it's not a new move.
Attention in Italy is focused on the latest sensation from Pope Francis: a personal letter to a renowned journalist and nonbeliever on the front page of La Repubblica.
Pope Francis gave pilgrims attending his weekly public audience Wednesday what he called a "homework assignment" to find out the date they were baptized and celebrate it every year.
"How many of you remember the date of your baptism?" the pope asked the crowd in St. Peter's Square, then acknowledged a relatively small show of hands.
"Our baptismal date is the date of our birth in the church," he said. "When you go home today, look hard for the date of your baptism, so you can celebrate it and thank the Lord for this gift."
NCR Today: Comments on celibacy and democracy in the church by the new Secretary of State are raising eyebrows today.
Pope Francis' recent actions regarding war in Syria have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.
The Catholic church closely safeguards the sanctity of marriage because it is a reflection of Christ's union with his bride, the church, Pope Francis said.
Jesus often uses the imagery of a bridegroom to help people see the nature of his relationship with the church, the pope said Friday during his morning Mass in his residence of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
"I think this is exactly the most profound reason why the church safeguards the sacrament of Marriage so much and calls it the great sacrament, because it is precisely the image of the union of Christ with the church."