May 1, 2013 — News reports say that workers at the factories housed in the building that collapsed last week were paid about $50 a month. More than 400 people were killed in the collapse, and some of those who couldn't be identified were given a mass funeral on Wednesday.
Apr 5, 2013 — Pope Francis ordered his staff to promote measures that protect minors above all. A leading victim advocacy group dismissed the pope's call, saying, "actions speak louder than words."
Mar 19, 2013 — The new pope pledged to "embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."
Mar 15, 2013 — Many listeners complain that for the last month NPR has been "all Catholic radio, all the time." Our review finds that the story count has indeed been overwhelming. But in a comparison among religions and denominations, Catholicism is unique in size, institutional organization and global influence. Now that we have Pope Francis, however, a news break might be nice.
Mar 15, 2013 — The new pope says Benedict's prayers fuel the church and calls on the prelates to find new ways to evangelize "to the ends of the Earth."
Mar 14, 2013 — The job is hard, she told an Argentine news station, and the world is also tough. She asked the world to pray for her brother.
Mar 14, 2013 — The new pope is a big fan of the Argentine team San Lorenzo, from his home town of Buenos Aires. Known as "Los Cuervos" ("The Crows"), the team has enthusiastically adopted Francis as its "papa."
Mar 14, 2013 — The Jesuits are the single-largest Catholic order, known for their dedication to education and devotion to the poor. But in the past, they have also proved controversial.
Mar 14, 2013 — The first pope from the New World must now confront some old problems. He's begun his first full day as head of the church by slipping out of the Vatican to visit an ancient basilica. There, he quietly prayed with priests.
Mar 13, 2013 — After his election as pope Wednesday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name that, for many Catholics, sent an immediate signal of his goal to unite the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. The name also prompted some confusion — over whether it should include "I."