John Allen in Rome: A part of a recent interview with pope Francis wasn't reported exactly right, but that doesn't mean something mystical didn't happen.
(NOTE: An update to this story appears below.)
While stressing the basic “trustworthiness” of a recent blockbuster interview with Pope Francis by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, left room on Oct. 2 for the possibility of small imprecisions.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who was among the cardinals who elected Francis, today confirmed one such error – a point of fact, as it happens, with important implications for understanding the immediate reaction of Pope Francis to his election.
Q and A: Franciscan Fr. Michael Perry said Pope Francis should keep in mind the message of St. Francis and the Gospels.
John Allen in Rome: Days after the Vatican bank attempted to project a new image of transparency, another Vatican financial department faced fresh charges of corruption and shady practices.
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.