While Pope Francis's epistle takes aim at Church elitism and economic failings, it is vague on women's role.
In a drive for transparency, the Institute for Works of Religion has made its accounts public for the first time.
Philippine Catholic leaders are standing firm against contraception, abortion and gay marriage despite Pope Francis' comments urging a change of tone.
Pope approves second miracle to allow canonisation of John Paul, but John XXIII will become saint without requirement.
Gay and lesbian migrants, refugees and locals have found sanctuary and sanity in a place of worship in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
To deny the existence of gay people is to render them unknowable, says Melanie Judge.
Wilfred Napier speaks about voting for a pope, defends his recent remarks about paedophilia and explains why he can't be called a homophobe.
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier has apologised for offending victims of child abuse when described paedophilia as an illness and not a crime.
Pope Francis has called for "a poor Church for the poor", saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi shunned riches to help the poor.
Paedophilia is not a crime, it is a psychological illness, says Catholic Archbishop of Durban Wilfrid Fox Napier according to a report.
The church and Pope Francis have been accused of complicit silence during Argentina's 'dirty war'.
We take a look at seven of the most likely candidates to take over from Pope Benedict XVI, the first pope to resign in 600 years.
To the credit of the Vatican, the previous election of a pope did contribute to a notable reward for Germany, writes Professor J Machabeis.
They call it a resignation, but it looks as though Cardinal Keith O'Brien was pushed before he could even think of jumping.
Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell in front of his last general audience, saying he understood the gravity of his decision.
Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior.
Catholicism's European power base is under threat and the election of a new pope could be a historic moment for the church.
Sex abuse, secularisation, the Curia â€“ the new pontiff has his work cut out, writes John Hooper.