Archbishop Georg Ganswein, retired Pope Benedict XVI's longtime personal secretary, said a story about the pope resigning after a "mystical experience" was completely invented.
Analysis: A change in administration always triggers a game of musical chairs, and it's well underway in the Vatican right now.
Vatican activities for the Year of Faith begin again in late September with an international meeting of catechists, followed in October by a Marian pilgrimage in the presence of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a celebration of faith and family life.
The International Conference on Catechesis will bring together leaders of national and diocesan offices Sept. 26-28 for religious education to discuss theory and practice before they begin a two-day Year of Faith pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter and celebrate Mass Sept. 29 with Pope Francis.
When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February, he made it very clear he had done so after intense prayer.
"If you don't think like I do ... and you can't convince me to think like you do, that's OK. We can still be friends," he told the students.
Only Pope Francis knows for sure when he will proclaim Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII saints, though he has implied it likely will be in 2014.
Changes in administrations always trigger a game of musical chairs, and it’s well underway in the Vatican right now.
Q and A: "History became a primarily masculine enterprise," Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said. "For many reasons -- political, anthropological -- this mode also dominated religion."
Once he gets down to brass tacks, what kind of revolution will Francis lead? Four areas are likely to form the front lines.
Analysis: Pope Francis made only one trip to Brazil to mark World Youth Day. Existentially, however, the outing was actually more akin to four trips in one.