According to Italian news reports, Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII came one step closer to becoming saints on Tuesday.
The director and the deputy director of the Vatican bank, which is being investigated by a special papal commission, resigned Monday.
The director of the Institute for the Works of Religion, also known as the Vatican bank, and his deputy have stepped down, the Vatican said Monday.
Pope Francis' first encyclical, which he has said is largely the work of retired Pope Benedict XVI, will be published Friday.
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was "a great example" of what it means to follow one's conscience through prayer, Pope Francis said Sunday.
An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested Friday on charges of fraud, corruption and slander.
The new commission, which includes two U.S. members, reflects the pope's desire to ensure the bank's activities are in harmony with the mission of the church.
One of retired Pope Benedict XVI's oldest confidants downplayed concerns about the pontiff's health, saying his friend was mentally and physically "fresh."
NCR Today: In an address to papal nuncios, Pope Francis said bishops should "not have the psychology of 'Princes.' "
It is "truly scandalous" that the global level of food production is enough to feed the planet's people, yet millions of people are malnourished and millions more "must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table," Pope Francis said.
Addressing the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization conference Thursday, Pope Francis said the global financial crisis obviously has made the situation worse, but it cannot continue "to be used as an alibi."
Food is not simply a commodity but is a human necessity and right, he told 400 delegates from about 200 countries.