A commission of theologians has reportedly declared that Oscar Romero died as a martyr for the faith, a pivotal step toward sainthood.
An estimated 5,000 Yazidi women are being held as slaves by militants from the Islamic State group, Pope Francis was told when he met a top-level delegation of Yazidi leaders Thursday at the Vatican.
The delegation was led by Tahseen Said Al Baig, the Yazidis' secular leader, and Sheikh Kato, the group's supreme spiritual leader, or "Baba Sheikh," the Vatican said in a statement.
Yazidi officials from northern Iraq, Georgia and Germany were also among the delegation that met the pope for 30 minutes inside the Apostolic Palace.
The Vatican is helping Catholic dioceses and agencies step up the fight against Ebola and is urging other donors to help.
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace announced Wednesday that the Holy See would be making a "financial contribution" to support church-sponsored assistance to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. Vatican Radio reported the sum would be $3.5 million.
Pope Francis has expressed the "strongest condemnation" of the terror attack Wednesday in France in which 10 staff members of a satirical magazine and two policeman were killed.
Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued the following statement on behalf of the pope and the Vatican late in the evening:
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Tuesday blessed a new addition to the Pontifical North American College, a seminary in Rome.
Rome: Announcing new cardinals on Sunday, Francis continued to diversify global representation in the most select body of Catholic prelates.
The creation of new cardinals may determine whether the papacy of Pope Francis is a flash in the pan or a turning point in history.
Rome: Pope Francis began the New Year criticizing those who seek to follow Jesus outside the church, saying they ignore that the church is God's family.
Women around the world have been invited by the Vatican to answer this question: "Where are we as women today?"
Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.