John Allen in Rome: Days after the Vatican bank attempted to project a new image of transparency, another Vatican financial department faced fresh charges of corruption and shady practices.
John Allen in Rome: Although Pope Francis has earned a reputation for taking on tough questions, so far he's been quiet on child sexual abuse scandals.
Pope Francis' first meeting with eight cardinals advising him on reforming the church saw the group take up a wide range of themes.
Editor's note: This blog previously appeared on Renee Schafer Horton's blog, Bus Stop Jesus, on Sept. 22. It has been edited for style and clarity.
Months ago, I wrote about Pope Francis and the possibility of change in the church. According to last week's extensive interview with various Jesuit journals, it seems that change may be here -- at least in the Vatican.
Analysis: Whether it's because he carries his own bags or cold-calls troubled Catholics, it's hard to tell. But much of the world's media has fallen for the new pope.
The bank made the report available as part of a series of reforms started by Pope Benedict XVI and pushed forward this year by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has formalized the structure of the group of cardinals advising him on church reform, organizing them as a council asked to give advice but not make decisions.
Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints together on April 27, the Vatican announced this morning.
John Allen in Rome: Steamy magazine exposés are rarely good news for the people or institutions featured in them. That's probably especially true for the Vatican bank.
The chair of the committee of cardinals charged with reforming the Vatican Curia said the current system is over and it is time for something different. As a result, the reform will not come quickly but will require "long discussion and long discernment."