Analysis: The founder of Westboro Baptist Church and media-master of hate speech campaigns died Thursday after devoting decades to damning Americans for tolerating homosexuality.
Analysis: Pope Francis has spent the first year of his pontificate pursuing two projects: revitalizing evangelization efforts and reforming the church's central administration.
Analysis: At the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis kept saying he had authority not to dominate the people but to serve them.
Analysis: Pope Francis' longstanding identity as a Jesuit priest is an all-encompassing personal and professional definition that shapes almost everything he does.
As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the changes he is making.
Analysis: In his first year as pope, Francis has energized and inspired Catholics worldwide, and touched the hearts of many outside the church.
Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago.
As protests in Venezuela continued, with flare-ups of violence, the country's Catholic leaders urged dialogue and respect for the demonstrators' human rights.
"We have called for the social and political leaders to engage in deep, sincere dialogue" to address the country's serious problems, including high rates of violent crime and economic difficulties that have caused a scarcity of some basic consumer goods, Caracas Auxiliary Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate, secretary-general of the Venezuelan bishops' conference, told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview.
A year ago Friday, Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
Analysis: The prospect of a weakened papacy seemed plausible in the wake of Pope Benedict's announcement, but the world has watched his successor make the office stronger.