Perspective: The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI caught the world by surprise, but after the shock wore off, it didn't seem all that surprising.
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of 124 Catholics who were killed during widespread persecution in Korea in the 18th through 19th centuries.
He also approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Conventual Franciscan Fr. Francesco Zirano, an Italian priest killed in Algeria in 1603.
The pope's approval of the martyrdom decrees Friday opened the way for the martyrs' beatifications on a date yet to be announced. A miracle is required before any blessed may be canonized.
Pope Francis' habit of dressing down means "we are working less; the pope is a simple man," one proprietor said.
"It is fascinating to see how Pope Francis is encouraging, reviving and renewing the church," Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said.
Faith and Justice: The U.N. report on the Vatican's role in sexual abuse could have improved the church's handling of sexual abuse; instead, it was an editorial screed.
The Vatican said it would continue to adhere to the Convention on the Rights of the Child despite what it views as unfair criticism and suggestions that would violate church teaching.
Pope Francis reconfirmed Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko as president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and German Bishop Josef Clemens as secretary.
Among the 14 new members named Thursday were Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia; Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, Philippines; Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna; and Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany, who is also part of the pope's eight-member Council of Cardinals that advises the pope on reorganizing the Roman Curia.
Representatives of the Legionaries of Christ announced a new slate of leaders Thursday and formally apologized to victims of their disgraced founder.
The report from the U.N. Commission on the Rights of the Child raised concerns with a number of substandard policies, specifically regarding sexual abuse.
The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child continues to insist that the Vatican compile and publish detailed statistics on clerical sexual abuse.