As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate the end of their Ramadan fast.
Two Slovenian archbishops, including the president of the Slovenian bishops' conference, resigned because of their connection to multimillion-dollar financial losses by the archdiocese of Maribor.
In an effort to shake its image as a secretive, scandal-ridden institute and improve its relationship with the media, the Vatican bank has launched its own website.
"It is an important part of transparency to launch a website," said Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank.
The site for the bank -- formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion -- went live Wednesday at ior.va.
An overemphasis on "personal well-being" and general indifference have eroded any sense of responsibility toward others, said a note from the Vatican announcing the theme.
At the end of his first foreign trip, Pope Francis told reporters it's good for a pope to travel, and there are plans in the works for visits in Italy, to Jerusalem, to Asia, but nothing planned soon for his Argentine homeland.
"I think papal trips are always good," he said July 28 during the flight back to Rome after a week in Brazil.
The July 22-29 papal trip was good for Brazil "not just because of the pope's presence, but because for World Youth Day they mobilized and did so well that it will help the whole church," he said.
At least 38 pilgrims were killed on their way home from the Padre Pio shrine when their bus plunged off an elevated highway.
Another 19 people were reported seriously injured, including passengers of nearby vehicles. Only 11 people were pulled alive from the wreckage, Vatican Radio and other news outlets reported.
The accident occurred Sunday along a major highway in Irpinia, a mountainous region in Campania, in southern Italy. A number of the victims were children.
Pope Francis traveled to Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray that Mary protect and care for everyone attending World Youth Day in Brazil and for all young people around the world.
The pope spent more than 30 minutes in silent prayer in a side chapel before the basilica's famous Marian icon "Salus Populi Romani" (health of the Roman people).
Indian Cardinal Simon Pimenta, who led the archdiocese of Bombay for more than 18 years, died Friday at the age of 93.
He was known for trying to keep his sprawling and diverse archdiocese united and active, establishing parishes in the city's slums and trying to counter widespread contraception campaigns by promoting natural family planning.
He served as a papally appointed synod president during the 1990 Synod of Bishops on priestly formation and led the Indian bishops' conference for six years.
Pope Francis' program of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor fits none of the traditional molds, said German Cardinal Walter Kasper.