Pope Francis on Tuesday approved a set of new legislative norms that formalize his moves to bring financial accountability and transparency to the Catholic church's central bureaucracy.
The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.
The Vatican gendarmes, Swiss Guards and the Italian state police that patrol the perimeter of Vatican City State are always on high alert, said Domenico Giani, the commander of the gendarme and the pope's chief bodyguard.
Though Willy Herteleer lived on the streets with all of his belongings packed in a folding grocery cart, "he was a rich person of great faith."
The Vatican has not been untouched by the growing phenomenon of identity theft, drug trafficking, child pornography and people crossing international borders to launder money, said the Vatican's chief prosecutor.
Opening the new judicial year Jan. 30, Gian Piero Milano, the Vatican's chief prosecutor, presented a report on criminal activity and the court's work in 2014.
Update: Pope Francis met with the attorney general of the Dominican Republic to discuss the sexual abuse case of the former papal nuncio.
The service will require volunteers and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear. "We have to be evangelical, but intelligent, too."
“A zero tolerance approach must be adopted,” Pope Francis said on the airplane flying back from the Holy Land. But will the Vatican really face the crisis of clergy sexual abuse?
The U.N. Committee Against Torture urged the Vatican to impose "meaningful sanctions" on any church authority who fails to follow church law in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.
It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus.
But that is just one of the groundbreaking aspects of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the Middle East that starts on Saturday (May 24), a visit in which he hopes to shore up interfaith dialogue, strengthen diplomatic relations and find new ways to build peace.
The Vatican has effectively addressed the "worldwide scourge" of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade, a United Nations panel heard Tuesday.