John Allen in Rome: Steamy magazine exposés are rarely good news for the people or institutions featured in them. That's probably especially true for the Vatican bank.
The chair of the committee of cardinals charged with reforming the Vatican Curia said the current system is over and it is time for something different. As a result, the reform will not come quickly but will require "long discussion and long discernment."
Pope Francis met with the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and issued a call for a "compact rejection of this type of armament."
Analysis: St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual fingerprints are evident in Pope Francis' spirituality and leadership style.
Analysis: By evoking machismo, Francis not only takes a stance against social hierarchy; he also reminds us of his Latin American roots.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said Curia reform and how to improve the Vatican's image will take priority when the council of cardinals meets.
America magazine "inadvertently" omitted a sentence from the pope's comments about the role of women in the church, the magazine's editor-in-chief said.
Analysis: Pope Francis has received the council's teaching through his distinctive experiences as a Jesuit, a Latin American and, pre-eminently, as pastor.
Analysis: Great hopes have been placed in the eight cardinals who will arrive in Rome next week to advise the pope. What can we expect from these cardinals?
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to an examination of conscience about their response to such acts of anti-Christian persecution.