The poor, migrants in search of a better life and the unemployed want what all human beings want: life, dignity and a chance to earn a decent living, Pope Francis said in several speeches urging compassion and assistance by both governments and individuals.
The Peace Pulpit: "We are the presence of Jesus in the midst of the world ... That calls us to change our lives, to follow the way of Jesus."
Global Sisters Report: The whole sad doctrinal assessment and oversight mandate of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious from the Vatican is history. Alleluia!
Pope Francis is considering making a stop in Cuba during his upcoming trip to the United States in September, but nothing has been confirmed, the Vatican announced Friday.
Francis -- who was credited by both the U.S. and Cuba in December for helping facilitate the landmark beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries -- "has taken into consideration the idea" of visiting the island nation, the Vatican said.
Young Voices: Mercy, joy and the poor church? Look closer. The trademark pillars of Francis' papacy are fruits borne of a deeper principle.
A powerful cross-section of Catholics is asking Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, saying the archbishop has "fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance."
Grace on the Margins: The encyclical will give prominence to the "moral dimensions of environmental degradation" beyond the usual focus on science, technology and economics.
Eco Catholic: The Vatican announced plans Wednesday to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming.
The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Curia have discussed the issue of accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle cases of clergy sexual abuse.
Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.