An official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said despite widespread news reports, he does not expect Pope Francis to write an encyclical on poverty.
"The consultation must gather information from the grass roots and not limit itself to the level of the Curia or other institutions," said Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri.
All people must stand united against the scandal of hunger while avoiding food waste and irresponsible use of the world's resources, Pope Francis said Monday.
People should "stop thinking that our daily actions do not have an impact on the lives of those who suffer from hunger firsthand," the pope said, as he launched a global campaign of prayer and action against hunger.
We say: In Francis, we see a great deal of discontinuity with Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II. And it is about time.
Commentary: In his recent apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis has touched a third rail in conservative American politics. So begins the backlash.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 13 candidates, including the "father of Puerto Rican public education" and the Canadian founder of a religious order dedicated to helping unwed mothers.
During a meeting Monday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed decrees recognizing that Rafael Cordero Molino and Mother Rosalie Cadron-Jette lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and are venerable.
"We have been implementing the [second Vatican] council only halfway," Pope Francis told Dutch bishops.
Pope Francis ordered the creation of a commission tasked with advising him on safeguarding children from abuse and working pastorally with abuse victims.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin said he knows Pope Francis intends to reform his office but not what those reforms might entail.
The group of eight cardinals studying curial reform are evaluating the work of each of the Vatican's offices "one by one," the Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.