In addition to prayers, Pope Francis urged the parties involved in the conflict to engage in dialogue.
The treasurers of the thousands of Catholic religious orders around the world have been asked to come to Rome this weekend to discuss financial assets.
The Catholic church needs to find a way to help divorced and remarried Catholics who long to participate fully in the life of the church.
hose who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed.
NCR Today: The core mission of the Catholic church is to go outside of itself, to make neighbors, and to always be at the service of the poor.
For decades, many liberation theologians globally have lived with a looming possibility: A letter could arrive from the Vatican contesting their work.
Pope Francis' most frequent advice and exhortation to Catholics -- from laypeople in parishes to bishops and cardinals -- is "Go forth."
Preparing for the Year for Consecrated Life, members of religious orders, secular institutes and consecrated virgins are asked to spend a considerable amount of time remembering the joy they felt when they first realized God was calling them.
"Pope Francis has asked us to let our hearts dwell on a freeze-frame of the joy of 'the moment when Jesus looked at me,'" said Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, respectively prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
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Never hesitate to call a priest to bless and anoint sick or elderly family members, Pope Francis said.
Some people worry receiving the sacrament of the anointing of the sick "brings bad luck" and "the hearse will come next," the pope said. "This is not true!"
The sacrament brings Jesus closer to those in need, strengthening their faith and hope, he said Feb. 26 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.