Just Catholic: The crowded and often nasty Catholic blogosphere predicts schism in the church. Is there a center? Can it hold?
Analysis: When President Barack Obama and Pope Francis sit down Thursday, the meeting may offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic church.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
Blessed John XXIII is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. Here are his top 10 quips.
Pope Francis named Msgr. Brian Ferme, a former dean of the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, to be the new prelate secretary of the Vatican Council for the Economy.
In his new position, the British priest will assist German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, head of the council Pope Francis established Feb. 24 to set policies for the administrative and financial activities of all Vatican offices and bodies.
The Vatican announced the monsignor's appointment Saturday.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican's highest court, warned against a simplification of the process for seeking annulments in the church.
Surrounded by survivors of innocent people killed by the Mafia, Pope Francis made an emotional appeal to Italian gangsters to give up their lives of crime and avoid eternal damnation.
"Men and women of the Mafia, please change your lives, convert, stop doing evil," the pope said at a prayer vigil Friday. "I ask on my knees and for your own good.
The perplexing situation at a small parish in southern Illinois recently caught the attention of the mighty Washington Post. In a long opinion piece, Melinda Henneberger regrets that the parish's beloved pastor was ousted in 2012, and it appears there's nothing anybody, including Pope Francis, can do to end the ensuing turmoil.
Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal, has written an extremely interesting essay for Slate that should be read by all with interest.
Faith and Justice: As with any important international meeting, the media will focus on conflict, and liberals and conservatives will spin the results to support their causes.