The call for joy comes as the Catholic church prepares to launch a year in honor of religious orders around the world.
Vatican theologians have given their approval to a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, moving him a step closer to sainthood.
The Galveston-Houston cardinal said "there's bigger eggs to fry" in the church worldwide than arguments over divorced and remarried Catholics.
Tiny Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, according to information from the California-based Wine Institute.
According to the Wine Institute's latest statistics, the Vatican consumed 74 liters of wine per person, around double the per-capita consumption of Italy as a whole. A standard bottle of wine is about .75 liters.
The Catholic church must fundamentally reorient itself to place its institutions and financial resources at the service of the world's poor, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said.
Being truthful about what is in one's heart isn't always easy, but it is an essential step to living a good and holy life, Pope Francis told members of a parish on the western outskirts of Rome.
"I think it would do us good today to think about not whether our souls are clean or soiled, but to ask, 'What is in my heart? What do I hold inside that I know and no one else does?'" the pope said Sunday during an evening Mass at the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Pope Francis' habit of dressing down means "we are working less; the pope is a simple man," one proprietor said.
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle briefly owned by Pope Francis sold Thursday for $325,000, "a record for a post-vintage 21st century motorbike."
Representatives of the Legionaries of Christ announced a new slate of leaders Thursday and formally apologized to victims of their disgraced founder.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis has replaced a cardinal who headed the financial watchdog agency launched under Benedict XVI with a bishop associated with reform.