Pope Francis met Monday with members of the Green family, the billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obama's contraception mandate to the Supreme Court.
Pope Francis confirmed the head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and named among its new members Australian Cardinal George Pell, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, and Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis.
The Vatican announced Saturday that the pope confirmed Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz as prefect of the congregation, the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders.
Vatican security officers stopped two men -- one American and one Dutch -- trying to enter the Vatican bank with a briefcase full of fake bonds.
Officers with the Vatican gendarme corps intercepted the two men Saturday when the men approached a guarded entrance and asked to be let into the Vatican bank, known formally as the Institute for the Works of Religion.
According to Vatican Radio, the men did not have Vatican bank accounts and they did not have an appointment with anyone at the bank.
NCR Today: In a fascinating NPR interview, Msgr. Daniel Gallagher explained how he translates the pope's tweets from modern languages into Latin.
Pope Francis met Friday in a closed-door meeting with the German churchman known as "Bishop Bling," Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, whose extravagant and expensive lifestyle cost him his job.
Tebartz-van Elst, 54, spent more than $40 million of church money renovating his home in Limburg, Germany. He became a worldwide phenomenon, in part because his lifestyle clashed so sharply with that of Francis, known for living in spartan and humble surroundings and for preaching restraint and austerity.
Faith and Justice: The meeting of President Barack Obama and Pope Francis went smoothly, though there were a couple of bumps in the road.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis met for 52 minutes this morning to talk about religious freedom, conscientious objection and immigration reform.
Analysis: The news that Pope Francis fired "Bishop Bling" has touched off speculation among Catholics that other dismissals could be in the offing.
I have been predicting smooth sailing for the visit of President Barack Obama to the Vatican, but a story from Vatican Radio makes me more cautious.
The story, which ran Wednesday, is a typical pre-visit piece talking about visits to the Vatican by Obama and earlier presidents. But the last paragraph should cause heartburn in the White House.
Commentary: Two smiling, confident and charismatic leaders will meet at the Vatican this week. What can come of the top superpower and top spiritual power coming together?