New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the pope's words "may be something people find new and refreshing. I for one don't think it is."
The Vatican signed an agreement with Italy to share information regarding suspect financial transactions to strengthen its ability to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
NCR Today: The cardinal who heads the Vatican's Supreme Court has apparently called Catholics who focus on social justice ministry instead of ornate liturgies akin to communists.
Commentary: Today is the 45th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. It makes me cringe.
The Vatican spokesman told reporters the pope would not be taking a ride in his open popemobile through the working-class Rio neighborhood of Tijuca.
We say: Pope Francis' approving the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II July 5 has been called a brilliant move to unify the church.
Pope Francis traveled to Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray that Mary protect and care for everyone attending World Youth Day in Brazil and for all young people around the world.
The pope spent more than 30 minutes in silent prayer in a side chapel before the basilica's famous Marian icon "Salus Populi Romani" (health of the Roman people).
The drama of Pope Francis' first overseas trip boils down to whether Brazil's discontented masses will see the event as part of the problem.
Pope Francis' program of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor fits none of the traditional molds, said German Cardinal Walter Kasper.
As Great Britain and Ireland debate right-to-life issues in current health care policies and legislation, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics there to uphold "the inestimable value of all human life."
"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect," the pope said.