Religion is less a code of doctrines and teachings than a sensitivity to the "dimensions of transcendence" that underlie the human experience, the head of the Jesuit order said.
If you get a seat on a crowded bus, you should use your travel time to read a few lines from the Bible, Pope Francis told members of a suburban parish filled with people who commute to Rome for work.
"A Christian's first task is to listen to the word of God, to listen to Jesus, because he speaks to us and saves us with his word," the pope said Sunday during a homily at the parish of Santa Maria dell'Orazione on the northeast outskirts of Rome.
Priests and religious men and women were told at a weekend conference to re-evaluate their wealth and to criticize the global market capitalist economy.
Analysis: In his first year as pope, Francis has energized and inspired Catholics worldwide, and touched the hearts of many outside the church.
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.