"Churches, parishes, institutions with closed doors must not call themselves a church; they must call themselves museums," said Pope Francis.
"The Gospel calls us, asks us to be near the least and the abandoned. To give them concrete hope, not just say 'Hang in there, have patience!'" Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis said the changes in the annulment process were motivated by “concern for the salvation of souls.
Pope Francis created a spectacle when he headed to Rome’s posh shopping district to make a surprise visit to his optician.
The Catholic Church now joins the Orthodox Church in marking Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
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.
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.
A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28.
"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".