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"You don't play with children's lives!" Francis told the French advocacy group International Catholic Child Bureau.
A conversation between GlobalPost religion writer Jason Berry and bestselling author Thomas Cahill about the role of religion in conflict and peace-building.
The Vatican's finances have a new watchdog, Cardinal George Pell. But Pell is considered to be more of an obstructionist than a reformer.
Junípero Serra is known as the founding father of California. A new book explores his concept of "radical mercy," his role in the Inquisition and his influence on West Coast culture.
Analysis: Pope Francis has taken a Catholic Church in crisis and begun to remake it with his powerful brand of moral authority.
The longtime Vatican critic Küng speaks about dealing with Parkinson's disease and fears about the onset of dementia — just as he has been gaining favor with Pope Francis.
Catholic bishops have a history of defying regulation of their 'fiefdoms' — will Pope Francis' efforts protect children and punish abusive priests?
Analysis: Is the Vatican entering a new era or just issuing more PR?
Francis says he wants a church that challenges power and "has been out in the streets." But his populist approach has not shown reform on handling sex abuse cases nor inviting women to the priesthood.
The Catholic Church issues a first-of-its-kind questionnaire asking Catholics what they think about issues like gay marriage, contraception and divorce.
Analysis: In a new book, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz absolves John Paul of blame for praising a priest accused of pedophilia, claiming that the pope was unaware of the accusations at the time.
Camus is remembered as one of the great writers of the 20th century, and a figure of continuing controversy.
As Pope Francis urges church officials to live more modestly, the chief judge of the Vatican's supreme court dons lavish vestments.
Francis seeks to heal the Catholic Church by playing down social issues like abortion, homosexuality and contraception.
Catholic nuns wonder which way the wind is blowing under Pope Francis as they remain under the Vatican's scrutiny after charges of "feminism."
Analysis: Francis didn't just encourage Catholics to "love the sinner, hate the sin." He moved firmly away from an era of Vatican demonization of gays.
When Pope Francis takes his populist theology to Rio de Janeiro, protesters will find a global figure sympathetic to their pleas.
Pope Francis has authorized new criminal laws governing Vatican officials as the United Nations presses the Vatican on its handling of the sex abuse scandal.
In a new book, spurned theologian Matthew Fox offers intellectual support for Francis' quest to redirect the church.
Analysis: The Catholic Church's notoriously secretive financial dealings are now under increased scrutiny after Pope Francis launched an investigation last week.