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.
It's been 100 days since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope. This special edition of Morning Briefing examines Pope Francis' first 100 days.
One hundred days into Pope Francis' pontificate, a debate is brewing over whether he has set a different course from Pope Benedict XVI.