Pope Strongly Defends Church Teaching Against ContraceptionPope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life."
Pope: Working On Sundays Harmful To Families, FriendshipsPope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.
Pope Francis Declares John Paul II, John XXIII Saints Catholics around the world are celebrating the declaration of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII as saints of the Catholic Church - an unprecedented event made even more historic by the presence of Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
Hundreds Attend Palm Sunday Service at National Shrine in D.C.Hundreds packed into the Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast Sunday afternoon for Palm Sunday service
United Nations Denounces Vatican On Sex AbuseHuman rights panel says Vatican allowed priests to sexually abuse children for decades.
Vatican Acknowledges 'No Excuse' For Child AbuseArchbishop Silvano Tomasi tells U.N. panel "such crimes can never be justified"
Pope Francis Appoints Cardinal Wuerl To Congregation For BishopsWuerl joins the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.
Study: 'Francis' Effect Massive In ItalyA new study has found that "hundreds of thousands" of Italians have returned to the practice of Catholicism because of the new pope.
Scalia: The Devil 'Is Getting People Not To Believe In Him Or In God'Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia touched upon the role Catholic religion plays in society during a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine.
Pope Criticizes Church Emphasis On Abortion, GaysSignaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.
D.C.'s Archbishop Returns After Selection of Pope FrancisWashington's Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has returned from Rome, where he took part in the papal conclave.