Analysis: Rome hasn't yet revealed the names of the new cardinals, but could an American be among them? There are a number of factors that will govern the choices.
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced new guidelines on racial profiling for federal law enforcement agencies in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., and New York police killings of two African-American men.
Carlos Marentes was warned he would have only seconds, not even a minute, to greet Pope Francis.
"They said, 'Someone will be there to take your photo. And in the time it takes to take that picture, say what you have to say.' I said so much, they took eight pictures!" Marentes chuckled.
The remains of a missionary priest missing for months were recovered from a mass grave in the southern state of Guerrero, adding to the horror of the crimes and killings in a region now notorious for the disappearance and possible deaths of 43 teacher trainees.
Ugandan Comboni Fr, John Ssenyondo was found in a grave with six other bodies in the Chilpancingo-Chilapa diocese, according to a source quoted by Reuters. The source said Ssenyondo had refused to baptize the child of an alleged gangster.
Ordinary Mexicans have taken to the streets, condemning the crimes committed against 43 teacher trainees and the apparent collusion between criminals and the political class in parts of the country.
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. ... They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope."
The debate of whether children who crossed the U.S. border alone pose a humanitarian crisis or an immigration challenge shapes the U.S. response.
“During the last two decades” the Catholic church has “been repeatedly sued because bishops and others in authority sent priests known to have molested children to new assignments where they molested other children. This is not such a case,” a federal judge wrote in the introduction to a June 12 ruling that the Diocese of Yakima, Wash., is not liable for the 1999 sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy by a transitional deacon.
A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.
The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities.
The move follows instructions from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church to better protect children and take a hard line with priests accused of sexual offenses.
Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle was in El Salvador recently: the focus of his trip was the increase in unaccompanied minors making the often dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico into the United States.