Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said it is no longer "exceptional" to have priests turn down an appointment as bishop, for various reasons including health.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."
Pope Francis responded to children's questions in a book "Dear Pope Francis." They are illustrated with the drawings of the children aged 6-13 and will be published March 1.
The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.
Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met in a private meeting in which the pontiff pressed Rouhani on fostering Middle East peace and countering terrorism and arms trafficking.
Italian bishops are united in reaffirming the rights of children to be raised by both a mother and a father, according to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa.
Pope Francis will visit Sweden in October to participate in an ecumenical service and the beginning of a year of activities to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Two decades after her anti-death penalty work was transformed into an Oscar-winning movie, “Dead Man Walking,” Sr. Helen Prejean’s campaign continues with the backing of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has changed the rules so a priest may wash the feet of women and others in the community and not just men, as church law had previously decreed.
Vatican City -- Pope decrees that people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the People of God, and not only men and boys.