Using the word "genocide" to describe the persecution of Christians in the Middle East risks downplaying the courage of those who boldly profess faith in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: Pope Francis "joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion," the Vatican said in a statement June 12.
NCR Editorial: We hope that Pope Francis' new universal law to initiate a bishop's removal for negligent response to clergy sex abuse addresses the deficiency of accountability.
NCR Today: The Vatican's chief spokesman sought to downplay expectations that Pope Francis will allow women to serve as deacons in the global Catholic church.
Examining The Crisis: The calls for Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation or sacking raise the issue of how he breached canon law.
Italian authorities made the arrests Thursday of six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group.
The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has marked 544 activities as questionable, freezing or halting movement of a total of some $2.4 million and 15.3 million Euros.
Four months after announcing it had hired the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an external audit of its finances, the Vatican has suspended the work underway.
The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is considering making a trip to Greece, just as the country has begun deporting migrants to Turkey.
A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women's shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square, the Vatican spokesman said.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Romanian woman, who is one of many homeless in the city, gave birth to the baby in the early morning hours Jan. 20 in Piazza Pio XII, just outside of Bernini's colonnade. Local police, who helped with the delivery, transported the mother and child to the nearby Santo Spirito Hospital.