Pope Francis told leaders of global orders of Catholic sisters that the lives of consecrated persons are a "light in the world."
Q and A: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said NCR's report of his talk Sunday gave one inaccurate translation but otherwise was accurate.
Patience in the midst of trials and patiently putting up with other people are marks of Christian maturity, Pope Francis told ushers and other staff members of the office that cleans and repairs St. Peter's Basilica and watches over the millions of people who visit it each year.
For the first time in history, the Vatican is home to a pope and a retired pope.
Amid speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to move into a remodeled convent at the Vatican on Thursday, the Vatican spokesman said.
Israeli President Shimon Peres officially invited Pope Francis to Israel, telling the pope "the sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace, and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief in peace."
The Israeli president's remarks were reported in a statement released by the Israeli Embassy to the Vatican after Peres met Pope Francis on Tuesday.
In ahomily Sunday at Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis encouraged young people to hang on to their ideals and pursue them.
With ambassadors from around the world in attendance, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone ordained as archbishops three members of the Vatican diplomatic corps -- including U.S. Archbishop Michael Banach -- who will serve as nuncios.
Banach, 50, a priest of the diocese of Worcester, Mass., was named nuncio to Papua New Guinea; he had been the Vatican's representative to several international agencies based in Vienna.
Also, Pope Benedict will soon return to live in the Vatican, and Pope Francis will not be moving into the papal apartments.