Archbishop Georg Ganswein, retired Pope Benedict XVI's longtime personal secretary, said a story about the pope resigning after a "mystical experience" was completely invented.
A new group of Benedictine monks uses Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent.
To emphasize that the sacrament of baptism formally brings a person into the church of God and not just into a local Christian community, the Vatican has ordered a slight change of wording in the baptismal rite.
At the beginning of the rite, instead of saying, "the Christian community welcomes you with great joy," the officiating minister will say, "the church of God welcomes you with great joy."
An Irish-born priest ordained in the U.S. who became a bishop in the Peruvian Andes died Monday at the age of 83.
Bishop William Molloy McDermott, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1955 and worked for several years in the diocese of Birmingham, Ala., moved to Peru in the early 1960s, serving at a rural parish in Huancarama.
In 1976, Pope Paul VI named him an auxiliary bishop of Huancavelica, in the Peruvian Andes. He became bishop of the diocese in 1982 and served there for 23 years until he suffered a stroke and retired in 2005.
Vatican activities for the Year of Faith begin again in late September with an international meeting of catechists, followed in October by a Marian pilgrimage in the presence of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a celebration of faith and family life.
The International Conference on Catechesis will bring together leaders of national and diocesan offices Sept. 26-28 for religious education to discuss theory and practice before they begin a two-day Year of Faith pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter and celebrate Mass Sept. 29 with Pope Francis.
When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February, he made it very clear he had done so after intense prayer.
"If you don't think like I do ... and you can't convince me to think like you do, that's OK. We can still be friends," he told the students.
Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian town of Luxor are afraid to leave their homes, and many are running out of food.
Only Pope Francis knows for sure when he will proclaim Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII saints, though he has implied it likely will be in 2014.
Speaking on behalf of Catholics in Egypt, Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak said the violence and unrest in his country are "not a political struggle between different factions, but a war against terrorism."
In a statement Sunday, the patriarch said the country's Catholics strongly support "all state institutions, particularly the armed forces and the police for all their efforts in protecting our homeland."