Amid speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to move into a remodeled convent at the Vatican on Thursday, the Vatican spokesman said.
Israeli President Shimon Peres officially invited Pope Francis to Israel, telling the pope "the sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace, and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief in peace."
The Israeli president's remarks were reported in a statement released by the Israeli Embassy to the Vatican after Peres met Pope Francis on Tuesday.
Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day today, Pope Francis made an appeal worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor.
Speaking during his general audience in Italian he said: “I would like to add a word about another particular work situation that concerns me. I am referring to what we could define as ‘slave labor’, the work that enslaves. How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity?
In ahomily Sunday at Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis encouraged young people to hang on to their ideals and pursue them.
Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second miracle was credited to his intercession aren't a huge surprise: When he died eight years ago, crowds were already clamoring for his canonization, and Pope Benedict XVI quickly waived the usual five-year waiting period to get the process rolling.
Also, Pope Benedict will soon return to live in the Vatican, and Pope Francis will not be moving into the papal apartments.
Pope Francis called on Venezuela's political leaders to resolve their differences through respectful dialogue and he urged the nation's people to reject all forms of violence as the country seeks to move ahead.
Venezuelans went to the polls April 14 to elect a successor to President Hugo Chavez, the socialist who died of complications from cancer March 5.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis' support of the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador means beatification could come quickly.
In his first month in office, Pope Francis continually preached about God's love and mercy, but he also frequently mentioned the devil.