Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until next month at the Vatican. But Benedict XVI says he has seen him in that light for years.
Il Mio Papa, a new weekly magazine that will focus entirely on Pope Francis is scheduled to hit Italian newsstands today.
Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his pontificate with a wide-ranging interview touching on his views on a host of topics.
"What you see is what you get. And what you hear is what comes to his heart," retired Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick said of Pope Francis.
Members of the international Catholic communicators' organization, Signis, elected Gustavo Andujar of Havana as their new president.
Andujar had served since 2005 as one of the vice presidents of the organization.
Working for the Archdiocese of Havana, Andujar directs the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center, the Catholic quarterly magazine "Espacio Laical," and the Catholic journal "Ecos." He is a member of the archdiocesan pastoral secretariat and of the social communications secretariat of the Cuban bishops' conference.
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.