Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says

Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit is "an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money" as its priority instead.

Pope says Catholics must practice ‘responsible parenthood’

Pope Francis stressed that, despite church doctrine against contraception, Catholics fail to practice "responsible parenthood" when they have too many children.

Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

Pope Francis told a crowd of at least 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family "against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture."

Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage cases this term

The Supreme Court Jan. 16 agreed to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

Pope says respect for religion should limit freedom of expression

Commenting on recent killings by Islamist terrorists at a Paris newspaper, Pope Francis condemned killing in the name of God, but said freedom of expression should be limited by respect for religion and that mockery of faith can be expected to provoke violence.

Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue, ‘pursuit of truth’

Arriving in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society.

New York’s French community offers prayers for victims of Paris attacks

New York's French Catholic community offered solemn prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris at an otherwise-joyful family Mass.

At baptisms, pope urges prayers for moms who can’t feed their kids

As Pope Francis once again urged new moms not to be afraid to breast-feed in public, he reminded people to pray for the world's mothers whose poverty means they are unable to provide enough food for their children.

Pope: Tree, creche inspire everyone, even nonbelievers, to love, share

God did not come to the world with arrogance to impose his might; he offered his powerful love through a fragile child, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis credited for urging U.S., Cuba to normalize relations

Pope Francis personally appealed to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this year to encourage both leaders to normalize diplomatic relations, a senior Obama administration official said.