John Allen in Rome: Although Pope Francis has earned a reputation for taking on tough questions, so far he's been quiet on child sexual abuse scandals.
The international political system stood "one step from the abyss" over a potential U.S. attack in Syria, Enrico Letta said Sunday.
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.
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."
All Things Catholic: One surprising twist to Francis' papacy is that it seems to be shaping up as a golden age for Vatican diplomats.
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.
John Allen in Rome: Francis called for serious efforts to address poverty and for international cooperation to tackle problems that individual countries can't address on their own.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Benedict XVI, who has stayed largely out of the limelight since he stepped down, made the front page of an Italian newspaper.
On his second Italian trip outside Rome, Pope Francis today visited the island of Sardinia, reinforcing his image as a pope of the social gospel by stressing the importance of jobs and environmental protection.
"If there's to be authentic promotion of the person, work has to be guaranteed," the pope said, insisting that work and human dignity are closely intertwined.
Once he gets down to brass tacks, what kind of revolution will Francis lead? Four areas are likely to form the front lines.