Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta has a briefcase he uses to carry documentation that would revise an entire section of the church's basic law.
For centuries, popes sponsored the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael or Bernini, who went on to create some of their masterpieces within the very walls of the Vatican.
Yet over time, the marriage between art and faith grew stale -- the Vatican's culture minister even called it a "divorce" -- with the Roman Catholic church finding itself estranged from the art world it did so much to create.
Pope Francis was scheduled to help the Pontifical Mission Societies of the United States broaden its reach around the world by unlocking a smartphone app.
During an audience with national directors of pontifical mission societies from around the world, the pope was set to launch the organization's new Missio app from the Vatican on Friday, sending news and content in eight languages.
The head of the Vatican office promoting new evangelization said while he does not like the terms "Francis effect" or "Francis bump," it is true that "Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of many people."
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said he does not care for the term "Francis effect," since Pope Francis has not changed church teaching.
The Vatican says Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned after admitting to sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland "for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal."
If people don't open their hearts to the Holy Spirit, then "being Christian will be superficial," the pope said Wednesday.
The head of the Vatican bank on Monday announced the bank will have its own website by the end of the year and will publish an annual report.
An estimated 30,000 demonstrators marched two miles, carrying signs and following a large wooden cross decorated with replicas of unborn children.
Gains in Asia and Africa are making up for losses in Europe among the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, signaling a shift of the church's center of gravity toward the Global South.
When Michael Odermatt was a small child, his godfather gave him a stamp depicting the Swiss Guard, an image that fascinated him.