Pope Francis' program of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor fits none of the traditional molds, said German Cardinal Walter Kasper.
As Great Britain and Ireland debate right-to-life issues in current health care policies and legislation, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics there to uphold "the inestimable value of all human life."
"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect," the pope said.
Sweet and simple: that's the menu plan for Pope Francis when he stays at a church-run residence during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.
However, Good Counsel Sr. Terezinha Fernandes, who is in charge of the kitchen at the Sumare Residence, said when she was dreaming up the dishes, "I had to hold myself back" to not let the table fare get too fancy.
Blessed John Paul II rallied young Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI instructed them and Pope Francis is preparing to send them out on mission.
The Vatican bank accounts of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano were frozen July 9 as part of a Vatican court investigation into his activities.
Pope Francis has approved a major updating of the criminal laws of Vatican City State, including in areas dealing with child abuse and terrorism financing.
The Vatican has been called to give information on its record on child sexual abuse to a UN panel, a move that will show how Pope Francis wants to handle the issue.
Also notable: Both the Holy See and the Vatican City State turned a profit in 2012.
"In consecrating Vatican City to St. Michael the Archangel, we ask him to defend us from the evil one and cast him out," Pope Francis said.
The Vatican's financial oversight agency has joined the Egmont Group, an international network of financial information authorities, who cooperate to fight financial crime.