Q and A: The "central point" of dialogue between sisters and the Vatican must be upholding church doctrine, says Cardinal João Braz de Aviz.
Q and A: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz in May called for of cooperation and equality between the Vatican and Catholic sisters.
It's a good time to stand back and ask a few big-picture questions about Pope Francis' papacy and where it goes from here.
Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.
Jesus told his disciples never to be ashamed of following him, but Jesuits are taught to look upon the crucifix and "feel that very human and very noble sentiment which is shame for not measuring up," the pope said Wednesday during his homily at the Mass in Rome's Church of the Gesu, where St. Ignatius is buried.
All Things Catholic: Every papal trip is a journey into the unknown, and Pope Francis faces some real risks on his first overseas trip to Brazil.
John Allen in Rome: The report says the cleric Pope Francis chose to reform the Vatican bank led a double life while in Uruguay, including visiting gay bars.
John Allen in Rome: The Vatican has "total confidence" that Brazil's street protests will not affect Pope Francis' World Youth Day visit next week.
John Allen in Rome: Although Pope Francis carries enormous advantages into his first overseas trip, there are also signs the outing won't be problem-free.
John Allen in Rome: One of Italy's leading Catholic journalists on Monday offered a striking historical answer for why John XXIII could be declared a saint without a second miracle.
John Allen in Rome: Just because there's a revolution going on doesn't mean absolutely everything that happens is revolutionary.