Pope Francis has personally added four extra U.S. bishops as voting participants in October's hotly anticipated synod.
While there is not unanimous agreement about the causes of climate change, global warming and extreme weather, Pope Francis repeated his conviction that "a widespread consensus is emerging" that places much of the blame on irresponsible human action.
Addressing participants at a meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Francis said the issue is a matter of justice, particularly because destruction of the environment hits the poorest communities first and hardest.
The Vatican's doctrinal congregation upheld a Spanish bishop's refusal to allow a transsexual person to be a godparent.
NCR Today: Pope Francis said bluntly during his daily homily Thursday that “if you do not know how to forgive, you are not Christian.”
NCR Today: The Vatican on Thursday officially announced Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the African continent, confirming the pontiff will travel to three countries Nov. 25-30.
Francis has substantially altered the process for annulments in the Catholic church, eliminating redundant procedures and empowering local bishops to make judgments on their own in some cases.
Pope Francis will be decreeing new reformed procedures for those seeking annulments of marriages in the Catholic church, in his latest emphasis on God's mercy.
As Catholics joined others in protesting Israel's extension of its security wall, further dividing Palestinians and Israelis, Pope Francis gave Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a tangible sign of his hopes for peace.
NCR Today: In his daily homily reflection Friday, Pope Francis called on members of the Catholic church to avoid gossip or speaking ill of their peers in the faith.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has called on families around the world to combat what he has termed a “desertification” of modern cities.