Always, but especially during a Holy Year, the Catholic Church does everything possible to help Catholics repent of their sins, receive forgiveness and draw closer to God.
A 225-foot tall hand-painted billboard welcomes the pope, who will be in New York, Sept. 24-26.
En contraste con oleadas de inmigrantes en el pasado, los católicos latinos de hoy forman comunidades de "parroquias compartidas " en donde se celebran los sacramentos en diversas lenguas.
In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion.
"Desafortunadamente, es evidente y lamentable que grandes sectores de la población ya no tengan confianza en el presidente", dijeron los obispos en una declaración.
The Guatemalan bishops' conference called for the country's president to step down as corruption scandals consumed the country.
A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28.
"The cup is now full, and the horror of the refugee tragedy is now part of daily life for the countries of Europe."
"Today's like the best day ever," said fourth-grader Farida Mintoumba upon the news that she's been chosen to meet the pope.
"Bowing one's head or 'blowing a kiss' when one passes a church or a crucifix or an image of Mary are small signs of that love," said Pope Francis. "They are prayers".