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Clinton Challenges Trump for a Traditional Republican Bloc, White Catholics

Clinton Challenges Trump for a Traditional Republican Bloc, White Catholics

The altar at St. Patrick Church, a Roman Catholic parish in Malvern, Pa.
Vatican to Act as Mediator Between Venezuela’s Dueling Sides

Vatican to Act as Mediator Between Venezuela’s Dueling Sides

President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas this month. He flew to Rome on Monday to meet with Pope Francis.
Vatican Clarifies the Rules for Cremation: Bury, Don’t Scatter

Vatican Clarifies the Rules for Cremation: Bury, Don’t Scatter

An urn containing the cremated remains of a Roman Catholic priest during a funeral Mass in Mexico last month. The church allows cremation as long as it is done in accordance with Christian doctrine.
Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation

Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation

Pope Francis arriving for an ecumenical prayer at Lund Cathedral on Monday.
Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Likely to Endure

Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Likely to Endure

Pope Francis embraced Antje Jackelen, the Lutheran archbishop of Uppsala, during an ecumenical Mass on Monday in Lund, Sweden.
Readers React After Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Most Likely Permanent

Readers React After Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Most Likely Permanent

Pope Francis, center, and clerics celebrating Mass at a stadium in Malmo, Sweden, on Tuesday.
Readers React After Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Most Likely Permanent

Readers React After Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Most Likely Permanent

Pope Francis, center, and clerics celebrating Mass at a stadium in Malmo, Sweden, on Tuesday.
Pope Francis Names Joseph Tobin to Lead Archdiocese of Newark

Pope Francis Names Joseph Tobin to Lead Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Joseph Tobin was introduced as Newark’s new archbishop at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark on Monday.
Pope Francis, Inducting 17 Cardinals, Criticizes Polarization Over Race and Faith

Pope Francis, Inducting 17 Cardinals, Criticizes Polarization Over Race and Faith

Pope Francis placed a biretta on the head of the newly named Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, Archbishop of Mérida, Venezuela, at the Vatican on Saturday.

Pope Francis Extends Priests’ Ability to Forgive Abortion

He made permanent a policy announced last year that allows priests worldwide to grant absolution for an act that the Roman Catholic Church considers a sin.
Talks to Heal Catholic Rift in China Gain Momentum Under Francis

Talks to Heal Catholic Rift in China Gain Momentum Under Francis

The flag of China, which requires state oversight of Catholics, was waved near Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square in June.
Catholic Churches in China Should Be Independent of Vatican, Official Says

Catholic Churches in China Should Be Independent of Vatican, Official Says

Sunday Mass in the state-approved Xuanwumen Catholic Church in Beijing on Dec. 4.
Pope Francis Reiterates Support for Breast-Feeding in Public

Pope Francis Reiterates Support for Breast-Feeding in Public

Pope Francis baptizing a baby on Sunday in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
Pope Francis Reiterates Support for Breast-Feeding in Public

Pope Francis Reiterates Support for Breast-Feeding in Public

Pope Francis baptizing a baby on Sunday in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
Op-Ed Contributor: Remove the Catholic Church From Auschwitz

Op-Ed Contributor: Remove the Catholic Church From Auschwitz

The church at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland last year.
Ten Centuries Later, a Pope and Knights Do Battle

Ten Centuries Later, a Pope and Knights Do Battle

Pope Francis during his meeting in June with the Knights of Malta leader, Matthew Festing. The pope asked Mr. Festing to resign this past week and announced that a papal delegate would take his place.
Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican

Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican

Pope Francis leading a prayer at the Vatican in late January. The pope’s agenda has made him a figure of unmatched global popularity, especially among liberals.
Pope Francis Rebukes Myanmar Over Treatment of Rohingya

Pope Francis Rebukes Myanmar Over Treatment of Rohingya

A Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The United Nations estimates that about 69,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since October.
Abuse Victim Quits Vatican Commission, Citing ‘Resistance’

Abuse Victim Quits Vatican Commission, Citing ‘Resistance’

Marie Collins, who was molested as a child by a Roman Catholic priest, quit her post on a high-profile papal commission, accusing the church of “fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed
Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men in Some Cases

Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men in Some Cases

Pope Francis has pointed out that an element of married clergy already exists within the church, notably Eastern Rite Catholics.