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Pope Francis speaks at a conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican on Nov. 24. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) 
Faith News
April 04, 2017
The promotion of Monsignor John Kennedy to head of the discipline section of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith was the second abuse-related appointment in recent days.
In this November, 2014 file photo, Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands in front of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo, File)
Faith News
April 03, 2017
The battle on the tiny tropical U.S. territory pits the Neocatechumenal Way lay group against critics on a majority Catholic island that was colonized by Spanish missionaries in the 17th century.
Irish abuse victim Marie Collins, the lone clerical abuse survivor nominated by Pope Francis to sit on the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, looks at Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley during their first briefing at the Holy See press office at the Vatican on May 3. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
March 14, 2017
Collins expressed shock that Mueller considered the tribunal a mere proposal. She questioned if the Vatican already had adequate means to judge negligent bishops.
Pope Francis speaks during a visit at the Roma Tre University in Rome, on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Pope Francis says the phenomenon of migration doesn't pose a danger to Europe's culture but rather a challenge for societies to grow. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Politics & Society News
February 17, 2017
Pope Francis said that European countries must not only welcome migrants but integrate them into society.
Politics & Society News
February 16, 2017
"For governments, this means recognizing that indigenous communities are a part of the population to be appreciated and consulted, and whose full participation should be promoted at the local and national level."
PR agent Francesca Chaouqui holds her book 'In the Name of Peter' (Nel Nome di Pietro), a behind-the-scenes drama of a papal reform commission, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Politics & Society News
February 07, 2017
Author Francesca Chaouqui received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two journalists.
Professor Huang Jiefu, Chairman of the Chinese National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, talks during an interview with The Associated Press, at the Chinese embassy to Italy, in Rome, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Politics & Society News
February 06, 2017
Chinese officials say the country has stopped using executed prisoners as organ donors, but the international medical community remains skeptical.
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, holds a copy of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), during a news conference for the document's release at the Vatican April 8, 2016. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
February 02, 2017
A statement from the German bishops' conference "opens the possibility of receiving the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist."
Pope Francis speaks with Fra' Matthew Festing, the 79th prince and grand master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, during a private audience at the Vatican June 20. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, pool via Reuters) (June 23, 2014)
Faith News
January 17, 2017
The remarkable showdown is the latest example Pope Francis clashing with more conservative elements in the Catholic Church.
Faith News
January 06, 2017

Francis said he too wanted to give the faithful the gift of God's mercy for the coming year.