Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also pledges that her government will do everything it can to reverse the rapidly falling birth rate in Italy, but warns the country must not turn to surrogacy as an answer.
New rules published Wednesday said 70 people would also be chosen to take part "who represent various groupings of the faithful of the People of God (priests, consecrated women, deacons, lay faithful)".
A Vatican investigator has been given full authority by Pope Francis to inquire into the disappearance of a schoolgirl 40 years ago.
More than 4,800 individuals may have been victims of child sex abuse in the Portuguese Catholic Church and 512 alleged victims have already come forward with their stories, an expert panel looking into historic abuse in the church said M...
A leading German Catholic bishop on Saturday contested the Vatican's view that debates about women priests and homosexuality were closed, saying they will have to be confronted in the future.
When Mark Murray tells Pope Francis of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at a Catholic priest training school, he just wants the Pope to listen.
Italian children should be given the surname of both parents, the Constitutional Court said on Wednesday, overturning the tradition by which all newborns are automatically named after their father.
"I can only express to all the victims of sexual abuse my profound shame, my deep sorrow and my heartfelt request for forgiveness," the 94-year-old said in a letter
Pope Francis on Sunday for the first time conferred the lay Roman Catholic ministries of lector and catechist on women, roles that previously many had carried out without institutional recognition.
Former Pope Benedict XVI denied that he was given information about child abuse in the Legionaries of Christ religious order when he was a top Vatican official, in a case that has tarnished the reputation of his predecessor, John Paul II.
Pope Francis wove his New Year's homily around themes of motherhood and women and used it to make one of his strongest calls yet for an end to violence against them.
Pope Francis has warned that the world is becoming so desensitised to crises and suffering that they are now happening while hardly being noticed.
Church officials have been under intense pressure to recognise and indemnify victims after a landmark French inquiry confirmed extensive sexual abuse of minors by priests dating from the 1950s.
The French Catholic Church must move beyond apologies and admissions of guilt to truly protect children and compensate victims, sexual abuse survivors told RT.
The appointment on Thursday of Sister Raffaella Petrini, a 52-year-old Italian nun, is the latest in which the 84-year-old pope has placed a woman in a leadership role.
Monsignor Rómulo Aguilar was appointed by Pope Francis as "Chaplain of His Holiness", due to his dedication and service to the Catholic Church.