Cardinal-designate Ricardo Blazquez Perez is known as an outspoken champion of peace and reconciliation.
Seven young people from six countries shared their stories with the pope and asked him questions during a Google Hangout, a live video conversation online.
A Spanish archbishop reacted angrily to complaints by local clergy that he wasted money on a "luxurious residence" for himself in one of the country's most-deprived regions.
Archbishop Santiago Garcia Aracil of Merida-Badajoz said in a brief posting on the archdiocesan website that the work on the residence and the archdiocesan seminary was approved by an advisory council before it began.
"I reject these libelous and defamatory claims," Garcia wrote.
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Pope Francis reassigned two prominent Spanish bishops, giving a new leader to the country's largest diocese and leaving a vacancy at the head of the Vatican's liturgical office.
The Vatican announced Thursday that the pope had named Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra as the new archbishop of Madrid and Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera to be archbishop of Valencia, in eastern Spain.
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King Juan Carlos of Spain received a tribute from the country's bishops after he announced his decision to abdicate in favor of his son.
The executive committee of the Span's bishops' conference described the work of the outgoing 76-year-old king as having "extraordinary value" because of his work on behalf of democracy during his 39 years on the throne.
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A couple of weeks ago it was a crooning sister in Italy. This week a sister singing a different tune grabbed the lion’s share of mainstream headlines, but there were plenty of positive stories, too.
"If you look at history, change comes from the bottom up, not from the top down," Spanish Benedictine Sr. Teresa Forcades said.