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Vatican media need to ‘up their game,’ says adviser

A new papal commission is looking at how Vatican media outlets can better communicate the church's message "of healing, of love, of hope, and of generosity of spirit," said the panel's leader.

Vatican official calls for shared responsibility in protecting planet

Cardinal Pietro Parolin told the U.N. Climate Summit that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is a very serious problem which ... has grave consequences for the most vulnerable sectors of society and, clearly, for future generations."

In homily, pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

As fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said.

All nations need to respond to terrorism, Vatican official tells U.N.

Addressing the U.N. Security Council, the Vatican's secretary of state said "terrorism represents a fundamental threat to our common humanity." Nations must come together "to fulfill our primary responsibility to protect people threatened by violence and direct assaults on their human dignity," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.

Pope: Albania proves to world that diverse religions can live in peace

People of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said.

Vatican puts former nuncio accused of sex abuse under house arrest

The Vatican has placed a laicized papal ambassador under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys.

Frequently asked questions about the extraordinary synod of bishops

When and where is it? What is this? What is its purpose?

Traditionalist leader meets at Vatican to discuss reconciliation

The leader of a breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics met with Vatican officials Sept. 23 for the latest in a long series of reconciliation talks.

Pope names five women to International Theological Commission

Pope Francis, who has said the Catholic Church has "not yet come up with a profound theology of womanhood," named five women, a record number, to the International Theological Commission.

Survivors of Albania’s dictatorship give witness, move pope to tears

Two survivors of Albania's communist crackdown against the church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana's cathedral Sept. 21.