Catholics around the world eagerly anticipated the release of Pope Francis' guidelines on love, the "Amoris Laetitia." Will the pope's modernizing influence lead to a loosening of the church's treatment of homosexuals and divorcees?
Speaking before an advisory commission, Pope Francis has addressed the problem of sexual molestation by priests. He said he has learned from his own mistakes in dealing with offenders and called such abuse a "sickness."
Aboard his papal plane as hurricanes pummeled parts of the Americas, the Catholic leader said it was "stupid" to deny climate change. He said history would judge world leaders who did not act on advice from scientists.
The Holy See has rejected a request to withdraw diplomatic immunity for a diplomat in the US accused of possessing child pornography. Instead, the priest was called back to the Vatican.
Rebels and their victims in Colombia stood together as Pope Frances led an open-air Mass. The pope called for reconciliation after decades of fighting between the government and left-wing Colombian rebels.
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