Pope Francis tries again on traditionalist reconciliation after Benedict XVI failed

VATICAN CITY - Picking up a piece of unfinished business that consumed the energies of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, the Vatican under Pope Francis is again trying to repair a decades-old breach with a controversial group of traditionalist Catholics.

    Moira McQueen among five women appointed to Vatican theological commission

    A touch of Canada, a touch of Scotland and a feminine touch has been added to the assembly of 30 theologians who advise the Pope and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — all in one appointment. Canadian Moira McQueen, a Scottish-born, University of Glasgow-trained lawyer turned moral theologian, is among a record five women appointed to the International Theological Commission.

      Pope Francis calls for 'globalization of charity' to protect migrants

      VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called for the "globalization of charity" through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees.

        Pope Francis names panel to streamline marriage annulment process

        VATICAN CITY - Two weeks before the start of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican announced the formation of a special commission to reform the process of granting marriage annulments.

          Pope Francis to bishops: Guard the faith, build hope, love sinners as they are

          VATICAN CITY - Today's bishops must be as vigilant and courageous as sentinels keeping watch over the faith, and as forgiving and patient as Moses, leading a sinning people across harsh deserts to God, Pope Francis said.

            Pope Francis' advisers start first draft toward document overhauling Vatican

            VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

              Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants

              VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Monday (Sept 15).

                Pope Francis: People have yet to learn that war is madness, indifference a sin

                VATICAN CITY - When will people ever learn that war is madness and conflicts are only resolved by forgiveness, Pope Francis asked.

                  At wedding, Pope Francis says spouses make each other better men and women

                  VATICAN CITY - Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life.

                    Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam?

                    On Sept. 12 eight years ago, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism.

                      Pope Francis to address European Parliament Nov. 25

                      VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25.