Analysis: Whether it's because he carries his own bags or cold-calls troubled Catholics, it's hard to tell. But much of the world's media has fallen for the new pope.
The bank made the report available as part of a series of reforms started by Pope Benedict XVI and pushed forward this year by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has formalized the structure of the group of cardinals advising him on church reform, organizing them as a council asked to give advice but not make decisions.
Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints together on April 27, the Vatican announced this morning.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is putting together his own team.
Pope Francis gave pilgrims attending his weekly public audience Wednesday what he called a "homework assignment" to find out the date they were baptized and celebrate it every year.
"How many of you remember the date of your baptism?" the pope asked the crowd in St. Peter's Square, then acknowledged a relatively small show of hands.
"Our baptismal date is the date of our birth in the church," he said. "When you go home today, look hard for the date of your baptism, so you can celebrate it and thank the Lord for this gift."
Pope Francis met with Vatican officials Tuesday to hear their questions and suggestions about his ongoing reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.
A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic church's closeness to the poor but was subject to decades of hostility is now finding increasing favor under Pope Francis.
Pope Francis' recent actions regarding war in Syria have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.
The Catholic church closely safeguards the sanctity of marriage because it is a reflection of Christ's union with his bride, the church, Pope Francis said.
Jesus often uses the imagery of a bridegroom to help people see the nature of his relationship with the church, the pope said Friday during his morning Mass in his residence of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
"I think this is exactly the most profound reason why the church safeguards the sacrament of Marriage so much and calls it the great sacrament, because it is precisely the image of the union of Christ with the church."