Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will spend about 33 hours in the country during a Nov. 25-30 visit.
Pope Francis will visit Mexico for the first time Feb. 12, 2016, said Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City during a homily Nov. 1.
The Vatican on Nov. 2 announced the arrest of two people in connection with the alleged theft of confidential documents, the first such case since the “Vatileaks” scandal.
Pope Francis Oct. 30 criticized conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.
The pope departed from his prepared address to a group of visiting Salvadorans to deliver unusually pointed remarks about the past detractors of Romero, who was beatified last May in El Salvador, putting him a step away from sainthood.
Editorial: The 2015 Synod of Bishops was extraordinary in ways probably not anticipated or wished for by many of those who planned and attended the gatherings held over two years.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said an apostolic exhortation on the family following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops could be released soon. Synod fathers requested it.
“The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’ That’s our first task,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Pope Francis named two new archbishops, Matteo Maria Zuppi and Corrado Lorefice, in Italy on Oct. 27, as strategic appointments for the pontiff’s push to create a “poor church.”