Rome official: Retired pope to attend canonizations; spokesman cautious

VATICAN CITY - Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

Vatican: Pope didn't change church teaching in call to Argentine woman

VATICAN CITY - Reports that Pope Francis told an Argentine woman civilly married to a divorced man that she can receive Communion "cannot be confirmed as reliable," said Jesuit Father Federico, the Vatican spokesman.

Letters left at John Paul's tomb show pilgrims see him as friend

VATICAN CITY - Every day, countless visitors to the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica leave letters and notes addressed to him.

Holy Fathers: Is being pope a shortcut to sainthood?

VATICAN CITY - "They call me Holy Father and that is what I must be," the future St. John XXIII wrote in his diary.

Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY - In the humble act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said.

Pope to remember abused, violated in Station of the Cross

VATICAN CITY - The often silent plight of sexually abused children, victims of domestic violence, prisoners, the abandoned elderly, the unemployed and immigrants facing hostility will be given a powerful voice during the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum.

Laval, Marie de l'Incarnation decreed saints

VATICAN CITY - Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis declared three new saints for the Americas, pioneers of the Catholic Church in Canada and Brazil.

Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world

VATICAN CITY - While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.

Pope asks Curia to find ways to implement 'Joy of Gospel' in its work

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called together the heads of all Vatican offices to discuss how they could integrate into their work the teaching of his apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").

Pope Francis urges Salesians to continue caring for world's youth, vocations

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis encouraged the Salesians in their work with young people, saying that religious vocations are the fruit of good pastoral youth ministry.

Pope Francis confirms heads of Vatican curial agencies

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis confirmed the head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and named among its new members Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Australian Cardinal George Pell, and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis.