Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis -- half joking -- said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end.
The defrocking of a former Vatican ambassador is a "sign of the seriousness" with which Pope Francis and the Vatican are approaching the clergy sexual abuse scandal, according to the Holy See's representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi was tasked with defending the Catholic church's record when he presented reports to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child and the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva earlier this year.
After a pledge by Pope Francis to "excommunicate" mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to stop the mafia from spreading its influence.
Msgr. Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini, the archbishop of Reggio Calabria, wrote to Francis some time ago with his suggestion "to prevent the exploitation of the church," in particular by the powerful Calabrian mafia known as 'Ndrangheta, and discussed his proposal with the pope at the Vatican last weekend.
The head of the bank's role is coming into question, and a new council for economic matters also will meet this week.
In its latest bid to tackle corruption and increase transparency, the Vatican's financial watchdog has signed a bilateral accord to exchange information with its counterpart in the U.S.
On Monday, officials with the Financial Information Authority announced it endorsed the agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an independent body in the U.S. Treasury Department responsible for regulating and supervising domestic and foreign banks.
As the world's bishops prepare for the October synod, they face one question: How much should the experiences and opinions of lay Catholics influence their discussions?
The Council of Cardinals will meet again this week, presumably to consider an overall blueprint for a new structure of the Vatican's central bureaucracy.
Patients and staff at a Rome hospital were ready to meet the pope when they heard Francis had to postpone his visit because he was not feeling well.
The Vatican has ordered the laicization of Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, accused of paying for sex with minors.
The document says the faithful's struggles in following Catholic teachings stem mainly from ineffective education and the pervasive effect of the culture.