Europe's top financial transparency experts say "much work has been done in a short time" to promote reform, but the Vatican still risks being used for money laundering.
The Vatican recently called for a broad-based world-wide parish-level input in preparation for the bishops meeting next year on pastoral challenges to the family.
Pope Francis is adding his voice to the chorus of papal statements fostering social justice.
An official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said despite widespread news reports, he does not expect Pope Francis to write an encyclical on poverty.
"The consultation must gather information from the grass roots and not limit itself to the level of the Curia or other institutions," said Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri.
All people must stand united against the scandal of hunger while avoiding food waste and irresponsible use of the world's resources, Pope Francis said Monday.
People should "stop thinking that our daily actions do not have an impact on the lives of those who suffer from hunger firsthand," the pope said, as he launched a global campaign of prayer and action against hunger.
We say: In Francis, we see a great deal of discontinuity with Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II. And it is about time.
Commentary: In his recent apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis has touched a third rail in conservative American politics. So begins the backlash.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 13 candidates, including the "father of Puerto Rican public education" and the Canadian founder of a religious order dedicated to helping unwed mothers.
During a meeting Monday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed decrees recognizing that Rafael Cordero Molino and Mother Rosalie Cadron-Jette lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and are venerable.
"We have been implementing the [second Vatican] council only halfway," Pope Francis told Dutch bishops.