The Vatican says Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned after admitting to sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland "for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal."
If people don't open their hearts to the Holy Spirit, then "being Christian will be superficial," the pope said Wednesday.
The head of the Vatican bank on Monday announced the bank will have its own website by the end of the year and will publish an annual report.
An estimated 30,000 demonstrators marched two miles, carrying signs and following a large wooden cross decorated with replicas of unborn children.
When Michael Odermatt was a small child, his godfather gave him a stamp depicting the Swiss Guard, an image that fascinated him.
Opinion: Pope Francis' style has moved discussion from governance to the leadership he will provide. But church governance is more complex than style.
More than a month into the Francis era, it's still easier to talk about the much-ballyhooed reform of the Vatican expected under this outsider pontiff in aspirational terms than at the level of concrete developments.
In broad strokes, most observers believe Francis wants to accomplish at least three things:
In a bid to improve its checkered record on financial transparency, the Vatican on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement with the U.S. agency that fights against financial crimes.
The Vatican's Institute for the Works of Religion, known as the Vatican bank, has a long history of secrecy and scandals, and it has reportedly been involved in several shady operations during the course of its history. In recent years, top bank officials have been put under investigation by Italian magistrates for alleged money laundering.
Q and A: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said NCR's report of his talk Sunday gave one inaccurate translation but otherwise was accurate.
Q and A: The new secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Religious also said the church should not exclude anyone.