Jan Jagielski's retirement work reflects his vow to never forget the 3 million Jewish people from Poland who were victims of the Holocaust.
Less than six months after St. John Paul II was canonized, questions are being raised about a book of lectures he penned as a young priest in his Polish homeland.
The two-volume "Katolicka Etyka Spoleczna" ("The Catholic Social Ethic") has never been officially published. But it could, some observers said, affect interpretations of the future pope's philosophical development, highlighting a youthful commitment to radical change which sounded, at times, close to Marxism.
Poland's Catholic church has held a penitential service for victims of sexual abuse by priests after calls for more action to curb molestation in the country.
"It was said this was America's problem, and then a problem of Anglo-Saxon countries, and then a problem for the West -- the frontiers were pushed ever further so we could insist it didn't affect us," said Bishop Piotr Libera of Plock, a former bishops' conference secretary-general.
The former secretary of Pope John Paul II has approved publication of the late pontiff's private notebooks despite a request in his will that they should be burned.
Officials in Germany defended the plans to allow some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, saying they have the pope's endorsement.
Climate change represents an "ethical challenge to civilization," said the Vatican's lead representative to an international conference discussing the worldwide impact of climate change.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore told attendees at a church-run conference that the Vatican would help "form consciences and ethical perspectives" on climate change in line with Catholic social teaching and encourage "fairness, impartiality and mutual responsibility" when it came to action to address the environmental threat.
As government delegates began debating climate change in Warsaw Monday, Catholic representatives have worked to ensure the church's voice is heard.
The Conference of the Parties, running until Nov. 22, will review progress since the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which committed industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Catholic organizations are present in the Polish capital, too, lobbying for action through parallel discussions.
A Polish archbishop has cautioned that Halloween celebrations violate church teaching and urged Catholics not to take part "even in playful form."
Poland's Catholic bishops apologized for sexual abuse of children by priests and defended the Polish church's record on tackling abuse.
A priest who died of cold and hunger in a communist prison will be beatified as a martyr in Romania.
The sanctity of Msgr. Vladimir Ghika has "given us an important new example of a life lived for church and faith," said Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, president of the Romanian bishops' conference.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes, was scheduled to celebrate the Aug. 31 beatification Mass in Bucharest's Romexpo exhibition center.