In its previous meetings, the Council of Cardinals has reviewed the work of Vatican congregations. The council will now shift its attention to studying the Vatican's 12 pontifical councils.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Pope Paul VI is in line to be the next pope proclaimed a saint once the Vatican endorses a "miracle" attributed to his intercession, an Italian Catholic magazine reports.
Paul Elie has written a masterful article in The Atlantic on Benedict, Francis, and the direction of the church today.
Catholic bishops and priests, "always with great compassion," must continue to teach men and women how to live moral lives according to the Gospel, Pope Francis told bishops from southern Africa.
Declining birth rates, abortion, leaving the Catholic church for "other groups who seem to promise something better," divorce and "violence against women and children" all "threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole," the pope said in a message to the bishops.
Faith and Justice: As the Catholic church prepares to celebrate the double canonization, I feel like a party pooper because I think canonizing popes is a dumb idea.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
The subject of the handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis came up again this morning in a Vatican briefing on the upcoming papal canonizations.
Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals will meet with him for the fourth time next week, but what they'll discuss remains unknown.
Commentary: As two Catholics sometimes pigeonholed as liberal and conservative but who love our church in equal measure, we're grateful for this moment in church history.