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Penitents wait in line for confession (CNS)

The state has the right to know many things, but it has no jurisdiction over matters of conscience

Pope Francis (CNS)

Speech delivered this morning at the conference on the ‘Complementarity of Man and Woman’

Pope Francis arrives to lead an audience with accountants in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican

Pontiff speaks to 7,000 people participating in the World Congress of Accountants

Pope Francis greeting  Patti Smith last year (CNS)

Smith met Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square last year

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

The seal protects the dignity of the person, the official said (CNS photo illustration by Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Church officials try to remove misconceptions about the sacrament

A previous meeting of the  the Catholic-Muslim Forum at the Vatican (CNS)

The Catholic-Muslim Forum met at the Vatican this week

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Archbishop Paul Gallagher in our Christian Adams cartoon

The first Briton to serve as Vatican ‘foreign minister’ is a remarkable personality

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells Malawi bishops to focus on families