Blessed John XXIII is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. Here are his top 10 quips.
Pope Francis named Msgr. Brian Ferme, a former dean of the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, to be the new prelate secretary of the Vatican Council for the Economy.
In his new position, the British priest will assist German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, head of the council Pope Francis established Feb. 24 to set policies for the administrative and financial activities of all Vatican offices and bodies.
The Vatican announced the monsignor's appointment Saturday.
A team of nearly a dozen restorers are bringing back the original splendor of the sanctuary that houses the Holy Stairs.
Thousands of rare manuscripts until now accessible only to scholars at the Vatican will go online over the next four years.
Faith and Justice: As with any important international meeting, the media will focus on conflict, and liberals and conservatives will spin the results to support their causes.
Only five weeks until the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II! Hotels are filling up and the Vatican is prepping St. Peter's Square.
Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis will declare three pioneers of the Catholic church in the Americas saints April 2, according to a Jesuit working on the causes.
Signing a decree, the pope will recognize the sainthood of Blessed Jose de Anchieta, a Jesuit known as the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.
Religion is less a code of doctrines and teachings than a sensitivity to the "dimensions of transcendence" that underlie the human experience, the head of the Jesuit order said.
Faith and Justice: During his first year in office, Pope Francis has been such a whirlwind of activity and surprises that it is difficult to know what to say.
At its highest levels, the church is discussing family issues. But just what a potential revamp will look like depends on with whom you're speaking.