Pope to bishops: Defend children from abuse, protect their dignity, joy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Stand up and protect children from exploitation, slaughter, and abuse, which includes committing to a policy of "zero tolerance" of sexual abuse by clergy, Pope Francis told the world's bishops.

New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.

Vatican speaks out on unapproved bishop ordinations in China

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — After the recent unauthorized ordination of bishops in China, which falls just ahead of a major meeting for Chinese Catholic representatives, the Vatican has issued a statement reaffirming their position on the matter.