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Syrian children wait for treatment at the hospital of a refugee camp (AP)

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country

Pope Francis has released his apostolic exhortation (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Here we provide a short summary of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation released today

St. Bernadine Monestary in Hollidaysburg (AP)

The men have been charged in connection with a two-year investigation into sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

A child poses for a photo with his family in Al-Qaboon, Syria (CNS)

UNICEF has called for unconditional access to children in Syria, including two million in besieged areas

Vatican doctrinal chief Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis gives a vaccine to a boy held by Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera during a visit to the Federico Gomez Children's Hospital (CNS)

Francis greeted children and handed them rosaries during his time at the Federico Gomez children’s hospital

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Mass for families (AP)

Francis urges parents to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day

Pope Francis comforts a child during a brief, unscheduled stop at a children's hospital in Bangui (AP)

The Pontiff took boxes of medicine donated by a Rome hospital

Members of the Missionaries of Charity  (CNS)

The new rules have made it easier for single and divorced people to adopt

Children wave to Pope Francis as he arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican for a meeting with large families in 2014 (AP)

Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book persuades us that life can be a much larger and more exciting adventure if we put ourselves in God’s hands