Pope says residential-school policy was part of ‘genocide’ plan

The planned destruction of the families, languages, cultures and traditions of the Indigenous communities of Canada through the residential school system was "genocide," Pope Francis said.

Court: Catholic school has right to hire staff who uphold church doctrine

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago said July 28 that a Catholic high school in Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have a constitutional right to hire staff who will uphold their core religious teachings.

Pope entrusts new relationship with Indigenous to three holy women

Meeting Indigenous survivors of residential schools in Canada, Pope Francis entrusted them and the journey of truth, healing and reconciliation to three women: St. Anne, Mary and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

Pope encourages Canadian church workers in their ministry

Pope Francis wanted to check in with the bishops, priests and religious of Canada: "How are we doing when it comes to joy?" he asked them.

House OKs anti-trafficking bill to ‘protect the most vulnerable among us’

"Critical" anti-trafficking legislation overwhelmingly approved by the House in a bipartisan vote July 26 "will go a long way toward protecting so many vulnerable people from exploitation while providing tremendous support and resources to victims," said one of it is sponsors, Rep. Chris Smith, N.J.

Church cannot flee failures, but must reconcile with Indigenous, pope says

In the face of sin and failure, the temptation to wallow in despair and do nothing comes from the devil, Pope Francis said.

Pope launches video campaign to highlight dialogue with migrants, refugees

As the church prepares to commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in September, Pope Francis launched a video campaign meant to highlight the spiritual and cultural contributions that migrants bring to people's lives.

Commitment to multicultural Canada needs real effort, pope says

In a British-built fort on the highest hill in Quebec City, Pope Francis spoke to Canadian government and cultural leaders about the never-ending challenge of multiculturalism.

HHS proposes health care rule on abortion, transgender services

In early April, the leadership at the Catholic Benefits Association anticipated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would soon announce proposed regulations that could pose an existential threat to religious-based employers including Catholic hospitals.

Venice Film Festival will feature documentary on Pope Francis’ travels

Pope Francis will be featured in a new documentary premiering at this year's Venice Film Festival; the film covers his near decade of travel, with visits to almost 60 countries.