In their first overseas trip in three years, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic church's first double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don't make it to Rome.
City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St. Peter's Square on April 27.
Pope Francis called together the heads of all Vatican offices to discuss how they could integrate into their work the teaching of his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel").
The Vatican said the meeting, held Tuesday inside the Apostolic Palace, lasted two and a half hours.
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.