Pope Francis

Faith News
In September, the pope will beatify a bishop and a priest filled in the country's decades-long civil war.
Callista Gingrich at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on July 18. Gingrich was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Her husband is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
On issues that have become hallmarks of the Francis papacy, notably care of creation and the global refugee crisis, Mrs. Gingrich had difficulty explaining how she might engage the Vatican, given Mr. Trump’s views.
Opposition members wave a Venezuelan flag outside a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 16. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Tim PadgettJuly 17, 2017
Rome is urging Venezuela President Maduro and his Chavistas to hold the elections they are now blocking, release hundreds of political prisoners like Mr. López and restore the democratic separation of powers they have mowed down.
Faith News
Pope Francis left a not-so-subtle message outside his office: anyone who is thinking of making a fuss, leave your whining at the door.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, walks during the Good Friday service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 25. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 13, 2017
Money destined for “Pope's hospital” allegedly went toward renovating the former secretary of state’s apartment.
Arts & Culture Ideas
Raymond A. SchrothJuly 12, 2017
How Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church's relationship with the media