Francis is widely expanding indulgences for the Jubilee year of mercy, allowing all priests to absolve abortion and the schismatic traditionalist group to hear confessions.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of church teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities.
UPDATE: Initial results from the autopsy of the body of disgraced papal ambassador Wesolowski indicate he died of a "cardiac event," the Vatican said Saturday.
NCR Today: Pope Francis is expected to open the second global meeting on family life by celebrating Mass. The day's Gospel reading? Jesus' seemingly clear denunciation of divorce.
The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, who was excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago.
Pope Francis likes to get close to Catholics. But security agencies know they can’t “put him in a bubble” to keep him safe when he visits the U.S. next month.
Italy reacted with disgust last week to the lavish funeral procession held for alleged Mafia boss Vittorio Casamonica, including a gilded horse-drawn carriage procession.
A Tuscany priest is offering a baby bonus of more than $2,000 to Italian Catholic families who have three or more children. But there are strings attached.
Elections, like profit reports, have regular short-term rhythms, which is why Pope Francis' encyclical letter on the environment was so "appropriate and absolutely essential" for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, said California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Religious leaders from across the globe led a “Many Faiths -- One Planet” march to the Vatican on Sunday to show their support of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking environmental encyclical.
Organizers estimated a crowd of 5,000 people reached St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the pontiff’s tough stance on climate change, after parading through Rome under a canopy of painted banners. The march was endorsed by the United Nations and a number of Catholic organizations, including Catholic Action and the Global Catholic Climate Movement