As the world's bishops prepare for the October synod, they face one question: How much should the experiences and opinions of lay Catholics influence their discussions?
The Council of Cardinals will meet again this week, presumably to consider an overall blueprint for a new structure of the Vatican's central bureaucracy.
Patients and staff at a Rome hospital were ready to meet the pope when they heard Francis had to postpone his visit because he was not feeling well.
The Vatican has ordered the laicization of Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, accused of paying for sex with minors.
The document says the faithful's struggles in following Catholic teachings stem mainly from ineffective education and the pervasive effect of the culture.
First, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck labeled Pope Francis a Marxist. Now, The Economist is accusing him of following Vladimir Lenin.
The respected financial magazine accused the pope of following the founder of Soviet communism in adopting an "ultra radical line" on capitalism.
Pope Francis met privately in early June with seminarians belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order placed under the direction of an apostolic commissioner a year earlier.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that Pope Francis met with the youngest members of the order June 10. "All the seminarians" of the order were invited, he said.
The Vatican will name a special "assistant" to advise the leadership of the troubled Legionaries of Christ, whose revised constitutions Pope Francis has still not approved.
When a large portion of Catholics ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith, the document says.
The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition Tuesday when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced.
As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the promoters of Sheen's cause demonstrated that the proposed miracle -- the survival of a child delivered stillborn -- occurred after prayers for the intercession only of Sheen.