A year ago Friday, Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
The Catholic church must fundamentally reorient itself to place its institutions and financial resources at the service of the world's poor, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said.
Pope Francis continues to move ahead with his reform of the Curia. But what does the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to the new Secretariat for the Economy mean?
Pope Francis has approved a set of sweeping moves to reorganize the financial and administrative structures of the Catholic church's central bureaucracy.
In a ceremony unexpectedly attended by retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis told the world's cardinals Saturday to be compassionate and work for inclusion.
Cardinal Raymond Burke took to the pages of L'Osservatore Romano on Friday to reassure conservatives that Francis strongly backs church teachings on controversial topics.
The Vatican announced an immediate end to new hires, wage increases and overtime in an effort to cut costs and offset budget shortfalls.
Pope Francis, with input from the Vatican's central accounting office, also determined that volunteers could be used to help provide the labor needed to make up for the hiring freeze and eventual attrition.
Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent a letter dated Feb. 13 to the heads of all Vatican offices, institutions and agencies.
A day after at least 75 people were reported killed in clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital, Pope Francis asked the College of Cardinals to send a message of support to the two Ukrainian cardinals who are suffering because their people are.
Members of the College of Cardinals say Pope Francis is looking for discussion in a process that has been "misunderstood."
Francis pushed the closed-door summit of about 150 cardinals to "deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires."