The two church leaders want to promote togetherness between Catholics and Anglicans, but their own churches are bitterly divided.
Islamic State lost ground, Colombia got a chance at lasting peace, and the Pope sounded a liberated note on homosexuality.
A year after Pope Francis called for action to protect the environment, Australian Catholic groups have announced plans to divest from fossil fuels.
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A year ago Pope Francis called for better protection for the environment. Now Catholic institutions look poised for widespread divestment from fossil fuels.
Preaching to the converted.
Pope Francis' mercy mission to a migrant camp in Lesbos is another effort to rescue the tarnished and failing brand of Catholicism.
Where in the world do you put 4.8 million displaced people?
As part of a collaboration between The Conversation and PBS's Point Taken, a professor from The Ohio State University examines some common misconceptions about Syrian refugees.
Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
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The 'apostolic exhortation' calls for greater understanding of divorced couples, but falls short of allowing them a full life within the church.
Neither here nor there.
When Pope Francis issued his unexpected on the Republican frontrunner, he did little to make the choice facing American Catholics any easier.
Zika is an enormous challenge for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.
The Catholic church must recognise its teachings are out of step with reality if ZIka is to be prevented from taking hold in Latin America.
Maybe I was just a bit too cool.
The pope made some waves when he used slang to reach the brothers and sisters, but something was lost in translation.
Pope Francis writes that the church must be a ‘field hospital’ for the souls of the world.
Pope Francis' new book provides an insight into the theology and life experiences underpinning his unorthodox approach to the papacy. Does his rhetoric conceal Church doctrine as hardline as ever?
Crowds cheer as Pope Francis arrives at Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda.
Given the conservative stand of the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians, Pope Francis had a wonderful opportunity to extend his message of tolerance to both the religious and social realms.
Pope Francis urged strong action on climate change in his encyclical this year.
The Paris deal will likely fall short of what is needed. So what's Plan B?
An exorcism being performed in Fafe, Portugal.
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The belief in demonic possession – often thought to be a relic of The Dark Ages and the Salem Witch Trials – remains surprisingly mainstream.
A new book detailing yet more financial scandal at the Vatican shows the scale of the clean-up operation facing Pope Francis I.
Pope Francis kisses a baby on his way to his weekly audience in the Vatican.
The recent synod of bishops reinforced the church's teaching that the family is enduringly resilient and adaptable, especially in times of crisis.
Former New York Governor George Pataki: “I think part of the problem is the…way Republicans think about climate change.”
In the last Republican presidential debate, two candidates spoke out on climate change – a sign that the tide is turning away from linking conservative policies with denying climate change.
Pope Francis is consulting widely on the reform of church teaching on the family.
What we know of Australian Catholics and their attitudes to reform of church teaching on sex and family reveals a complex picture.
Meetings in Washington.
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Globalization first became a bedrock of our vocabulary in the 1990s in the aftermath of the Cold War. Proponents of globalization then argued that everything would change – and for the better. There would…
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
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As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?