Freedom, mercy are lasting legacy of martyred bishops, Pope Francis says

BLAJ, Romania -- The memory and witness of Romania's martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and religious traditions, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Romanians, young and old, must hold on to their roots

IASI, Romania -- Pope Francis ended his second day in Romania with a festive meeting with young people and families that encapsulated his message of fostering dialogue between younger and older generations.

Pope Francis emphasizes Christian unity in prayer with Romanian Orthodox

BUCHAREST (CNA) -- In a meeting with the Romanian Orthodox in their new cathedral in Bucharest Friday, Pope Francis prayed for the union of Christians as demonstrated in the first words of the Pater noster.

Pope Francis urges Romanian leaders to care for country's poor

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Pope Francis told Romanian leaders a country's success is measured by how it treats and cares for its most vulnerable citizens. especially the poor and disadvantaged.

Universal and local: Church law responds to local law, culture

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church has universal laws valid around the globe, but many of those laws -- including on handling allegations of abuse -- must be further refined on a local level to respond to national laws and cultures.

Ahead of visit, Pope Francis calls on Romania to remember legacy of martyrs

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he hopes his visit to Romania will strengthen the bonds of faith that unite Orthodox and Catholics in the country.

‘Urgent’ action needed on climate change, says pontiff

VATICAN CITY -- If the world is to win the fight against climate change, its leaders must stop profiting from fossil fuels that threaten the survival and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican’s interreligious dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNA) -- Pope Francis appointed Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot Saturday as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Pope Francis laments exclusion of migrants as a red flag of society in moral decline

VATICAN CITY -- Being indifferent to or excluding migrants is a sign of a deteriorating morality that will soon spread and risk marginalizing everyone who fails to fit in, Pope Francis said.

Prenatal diagnosis of illness is no excuse for abortion, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- "Abortion is never the answer" to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis releases new universal law on abuse reporting

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' latest effort to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable came in the form of a new universal law, "Vos estis lux mundi" ("You are the light of the world"), which takes effect June 1.