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Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X and Cardinal Bechara Rai, talk in Bkerke, the Maronite patriarchate north of Beirut

Cardinal Bechara Rai has appealed for help to find two kidnapped Syrian bishops and three priests

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg

A priest whom Bishop Tebartz-van Elst had selected as his vicar general will administer the diocese in his absence, the Vatican said

Pope Francis meets Argentine boxer Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

Sergio Martinez gives Pope replica of his WBC middleweight belt

(CNS)

English translations have helped Catholics better understand the sacraments they share, says Pope

Pope Francis greets head of German bishops' conference during private audience at Vatican (CNS)

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said he was “strengthened and encouraged” by his talks with Pope Francis

Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

Abbas told Pope Francis he hopes to sign a peace deal soon

Siblings eat free meals during feeding program at a slum area in Manila

In his message for World Food Day, Pope Francis denounced world hunger

(CNS)

A “due diligence” review was announced on Tuesday

Archbishop Marini: 'The Council is not behind us. It still precedes us'  (PA)

Archbishop Marini says he feels ‘desire to experience anew the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’

A couple stands inside their destroyed home after Cyclone Phailin (CNS)

Work begins to help the estimated nine million affected by a cyclone