Pope Says He's Open To Letting Married Catholic Men Become PriestsThe church currently allows married priests who convert to Catholicism to continue serving, but does not allow married Catholic men to take holy orders.
Pope Francis Wishes Christmas Peace To Those Suffering Through WarPope Francis has wished Christmas peace for people scarred by wars and those who lost loved ones to terrorism that he says is sowing "fear and death'' in many cities and countries.
Pope Francis Eats With The Homeless On 80th BirthdayThe pontiff received more than 70,000 email messages wishing him a happy birthday, as well as telephone calls and telegrams from world leaders and religious figures.
Martin Scorsese Presents Pope Francis With Japanese Paintings At Vatican MeetingPope Francis has met with director Martin Scorsese, whose new film, "Silence,'' about Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, was screened this week in Rome.
Pope Francis Says Priests Can Continue To Forgive AbortionsPope Francis also wrote: "I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life."
Pope Taps New Cardinal To Lead Newark Archdiocese As He Remakes US ChurchPope Francis on Monday tapped one of his new cardinals, Joseph Tobin, to replace the Newark archbishop who has been criticized for allegedly mishandling sex-abuse cases and spending lavishly on his retirement home.
Pope Francis Makes Surprise Visit To Site Of Devastating Italy EarthquakeThe Vatican said the pope arrived in Amatrice Tuesday morning, accompanied by the bishop of Rieti, and started his tour at the school.
Pope Francis To American Catholics: Study, Pray, And Vote Your Conscience For PresidentPope Francis has some advice for American Catholics struggling to choose a president: Study the issues, pray, and then vote your conscience.
New Exhibit Commemorates Pope Francis's Visit To Madison Square GardenThe exhibit is now part of the arena's "Defining Moments" historical displays, which also features Pope John Paul the Second's momentous mass at Madison Square Garden in 1979.
Pope Francis Declares Mother Teresa A Saint Before Crowds At VaticanPope Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world's most destitute as an icon for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls.
Pope Francis Appoints Panel To Study Possibility Of Female DeaconsPope Francis has given his blessing to a panel to begin to consider the idea of women in the clergy.
Pope Francis Apologizes To Gay CommunityPope Francis is speaking out again in support of the gay community, saying the Catholic church owes them and others who have been mistreated an apology.