Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will spend about 33 hours in the country during a Nov. 25-30 visit.
The Vatican on Nov. 2 announced the arrest of two people in connection with the alleged theft of confidential documents, the first such case since the “Vatileaks” scandal.
Pope Francis Oct. 30 criticized conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.
The pope departed from his prepared address to a group of visiting Salvadorans to deliver unusually pointed remarks about the past detractors of Romero, who was beatified last May in El Salvador, putting him a step away from sainthood.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said an apostolic exhortation on the family following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops could be released soon. Synod fathers requested it.
Just over a month into the Year of Mercy, Catholics from around the world will gather in Cebu, Philippines, for the International Eucharistic Congress, an opportunity to remind Catholics that reaching out to all with the Gospel is a key act of mercy.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu told reporters at the Vatican Tuesday that the theme of the congress -- "Christ in you, our hope of glory" -- was chosen long before Pope Francis announced the special jubilee Year of Mercy would begin Dec. 8.
The improved relations between Jews and Catholics prove that openness and humility can transform even the most poisonous rapport between religions into genuine fraternal respect, a leading rabbi said.
Pope Francis named two new archbishops, Matteo Maria Zuppi and Corrado Lorefice, in Italy on Oct. 27, as strategic appointments for the pontiff’s push to create a “poor church.”
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Pope Francis concluded the synod warning against a temptation to practice a spirituality that ignores people’s struggles or sees things only as we wish them to be.
Basic principles of human dignity are being violated repeatedly in the Middle East as conflict continues, said members of the Synod of Bishops on the family.