The organization that manages the Vatican's assets said Tuesday it would submit its operations to outside financial review in what could be the first such audit of the Vatican's coffers.
The Vatican is about to launch its own cricket club and will field a women's squad if it finds enough players.
"It may be that instead of watching players who go out to play with cricket caps on, we're going to have a series who play with veils on as they bat up," said John McCarthy, a former cricket player and Australia's ambassador to the Holy See.
Saying he wanted to ensure the spiritual care and religious formation of employees, Pope Francis announced he was making the new secretary-general of Vatican City a bishop.
The Vatican announced the pope's decision to make Fr. Fernando Vergez a bishop Tuesday and published the pope's letter explaining the decision. The 68-year-old member of the Legionaries of Christ was named secretary-general in late August.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down Tuesday with a speech praising the pontificate of retired Pope Benedict XVI and stressing its continuity with that of Pope Francis.
Francis Chronicles: In his first address focused on women, Pope Francis on Saturday said "women are called to service, not servitude."
In Rome, there is a debate over whether a former Nazi officer responsible for the massacre of 335 Italians in 1944, including 57 Jews, should get a Catholic funeral.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of seven men and women, including a Canadian and an English founder of two religious orders for women.
He also declared the Italian medieval mystic, Blessed Angela of Foligno, a saint, foregoing the usual process of canonization and without formally recognizing a second miracle.
Pope Francis accepted a proposal Wednesday by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, allowing Blessed Angela to become a saint immediately. The Vatican made the announcement Friday.
Pope Francis' decision to call an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014 demonstrates how important he believes the family is and the urgency he sees in responding to problems Christian families face, said the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, council president, said it is obvious that the pastoral challenge of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics will be part of the synod's discussions, just as it's obvious they were part of his private discussions with the pope in mid-September.
On Tuesday, the Vatican warned churches not to get ahead of Pope Francis and take the reform process into their own hands.
Pope Francis' recent warning against overemphasizing moral teachings against abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception means that U.S. bishops should emulate his positive approach to evangelization, not shift the priorities of their public policy agenda, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.