"In the ossuaries, there shouldn't be any recent bones, so if there are, even if it's not Emanuela Orlandi, it will be a problem for the Vatican."
Pontiff told Mexican TV "Those who build walls end up being prisoners of the walls they build."
The all-female board of Women Church World, which is published alongside the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, gained international attention when it exposed the abuse of nuns by clergy, quit en masse over what it said was a campaign by the Holy See to sabotage the magazine's work.
Cardinal George Pell, a former Vatican treasurer, is the most senior member of the Catholic Church to be convicted of child sex abuse.
The existence of internal guidelines was revealed to a man seeking answers from the church after he found out his biological father was a priest.
Responsible leadership is about making constructive decisions, not destructive, so we can build a new world without destroying the old.
The large sum of money is traditionally donated to a Catholic charity, but the mayor wants to spend it on the city's infrastructure.
A former high-ranking Vatican official says that Pope Francis covered up allegations of sexual abuse in the church
The publicity stunt promises "an express lane to eternal salvation for Ireland's lapsed Catholics."
One of the more than 1,000 victims violated by Catholic priests decades ago comes forward to tell her story to Newsweek.
Paolo Glaentzer, 70, said "the devil tripped me" into abusing the girl.
Capital punishment is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person," according to the church's new ruling.
Researchers say there is no truth to claims that the artifact covered the body of Jesus Christ.
A prosecutor for the case said Capella "knowingly and willingly" acquired "huge quantities" of child pornography.
But the Vatican warned against the over-commercialization of sport and a "winning at all costs" mentality.
The pope has used public occasions to draw attention to the plight of the poor.
For those who do not seek God's forgiveness, Pope Francis says, "There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls."
The palms used on the Sunday before Easter are all blessed and sometimes burned to be used the following Ash Wednesday.
The Vatican gave unprecedented access to the award-winning director.