Pope Francis has approved a major updating of the criminal laws of Vatican City State, including in areas dealing with child abuse and terrorism financing.
The Vatican has been called to give information on its record on child sexual abuse to a UN panel, a move that will show how Pope Francis wants to handle the issue.
Also notable: Both the Holy See and the Vatican City State turned a profit in 2012.
"In consecrating Vatican City to St. Michael the Archangel, we ask him to defend us from the evil one and cast him out," Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: Pope Francis visited Lampedusa on his first trip outside Rome, tossing a wreath of chrysanthemums into the sea.
News Friday that Pope Francis has unexpectedly approved sainthood for his predecessor John XXIII, the pope who sparked wide changes in the church in the 1960's, may again stoke comparisons the two pontiffs, who are both noted for a certain jovial, reform-minded style.
Days after Francis' March election as Bishop of Rome, some noted church historians were already asking if he'd act as John XXIII, a beloved figure among some U.S. Catholics for his decision to open a 1962-65 worldwide meeting of bishops to consider nearly all aspects of the faith.
VATICAN CITY -- Less than four months after being elected, Pope Francis published his first encyclical on Friday (July 5).
But the 82-page “Lumen Fidei,” (“The Light of Faith”) is only partially Francis’ work. As Francis himself told a group of cardinals and bishops in May, the encyclical was written “with four hands” together with retired Pope Benedict XVI.
The Vatican's financial oversight agency has joined the Egmont Group, an international network of financial information authorities, who cooperate to fight financial crime.
We say: Pope Francis has a list of things he'd like to see in new bishops, and we hope papal ambassadors will keep them in mind.
According to Italian news reports, Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII came one step closer to becoming saints on Tuesday.