The revised teaching declares that the death penalty is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and that the church works "for its abolition worldwide."
Catholic moral theologians from around the globe conclude an international ethics conference with calls for prophetic action.
Although wealth, fame, beauty and power differ from the idols of ancient times, they all require "a human sacrifice," the pope said Aug. 1 during his weekly general audience.
As Europe continues to struggle with migrant and refugee arrivals, Catholics in the French capital are heeding Pope Francis' call to come to their aid by providing practical and spiritual help to the newcomers.
Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food.
Archbishop Wilson of Adelaide is the highest-ranking Catholic bishop to be convicted and sentenced for failure to report a case of abuse.