Junípero Serra, the 18th century Spanish Franciscan friar who founded a mission in Baja California and introduced Christianity to a majority of California, will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. The Spanish Franciscan will be the first Hispanic saint in the U.S.
A Catholic law that bans divorced members of the church from receiving communion could be the subject of change after Pope Francis recently approved an Argentinean woman's plea to take part in communion after marrying her husband, a previously divorced man.
The Pope's new Spanish Cardinal Fernando Sebastián, 85, is showing his age - and his ignorance.
Sebastián, who will take up his post in the Vatican as Spain's newest cardinal in February, is already making a dramatic entrance by reportedly calling homosexuality a physical "defect" that can be cured.
Archbishop and Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski is the latest member of the Catholic faith to face allegations of child sexual abuse. Dominican Republic prosecutors investigating the former man of the cloth have concluded that he sexually abused at least five boys under the age of 15. Santo Domingo, the country's capital city, is where allegations first aired on a local program, stating that Wesolowski paid to have sex with minor boys.