As Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.
Pope Francis also praised the role of women in theology, saying that by their "feminine genius," women can detect "unexplored aspects of the unfathomable mystery of Christ."
For those who have never been inside any of the Vatican Museums, seeing a documentary about them on the big screen could be a real treat.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' planned reform of the Curia continues to roll along. Potentially up next? The creation of a new congregation just for the laity.
The Vatican coffers are far from empty, says Cardinal Pell, the pope's financial czar. He's found 'hundreds of millions of euros' squirreled away.
Just Catholic: As too many people have noticed, even though Pope Francis talks a good game, he has done nothing for the women of the church.
Update: Pope Francis met with the attorney general of the Dominican Republic to discuss the sexual abuse case of the former papal nuncio.
Francis said the church must be bold in recognizing and changing "the structures that give us a false sense of protection and that condition the dynamism of charity."
The Francis Chronicles: "I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It's difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the door is always open."
Using a newly simplified rite, Pope Francis proclaimed six new saints and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy.
Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints Sunday, the feast of Christ the King, the pope said, "They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbor," dedicating themselves, "without holding back, to serving the least and assisting the destitute, sick, elderly and pilgrims."