John Allen in Rome: Benedict's decision to resign has both won wide praise and raised a whole rafter of questions.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will resign Feb. 28. "My strengths ... are no longer suited" to the papacy, he said.
"All of us -- every single person has difficulty coming to understand what this really is and how prevalent it is in our societies across the world," said Fr. Robert Oliver.
While every ecumenical council led to debate, it always has taken more than 50 years for teachings to take root, he said.
Analysis: President Obama needs to find a new envoy to the Vatican, and his choice for a replacement is being watched in Rome.
The head of the Society of St. Pius X said he has been receiving mixed messages from the Vatican over how the group might be brought back into full communion with the church.
New Vatican rules will not compel Catholic charities around the world to renounce government money, officials in the Vatican say.
Vatican City and Vienna: Why was Austrian Fr. Helmut Schüller stripped of his "monsignor" title? No one seems to know.
Ernesto Olivero is one of the superstars of the Italian Catholic scene, the founder of the “Youth Missionary Service” movement in 1964, known by its acronym “Sermig,” and the “Arsenal of Peace,” a former military installation in his native Turin that Olivero in 1983 turned into a center for peace-making.
John Allen: The pope on Saturday published new papal rules directing bishops to exercise greater vigilance and control over Catholic charitable activity.