Vatican City -- "Women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord," Pope Francis says.
Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse, the Vatican said Tuesday.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass Friday morning for the Vatican's gardeners and house cleaners, apparently after walking into the celebration unexpectedly and joining the group by quietly sitting among the congregation.
Pope Francis' style of diving toward the crowds means his protectors have to do a quick rewrite of strategy, sometimes on the spot.
Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Pope Francis confirmed he would be in Rio de Janeiro in July for World Youth Day and, she said, he also told her he intended to visit Brazil's National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope and Rousseff spent 15 minutes speaking alone Wednesday before the dozen members of her delegation joined them.
Rome dispatch: Pope Francis hosted a religious get-together Wednesday that included leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities.
Rome, which was hit especially hard in the global recession, hopes a new pope will bring some new business to the hurting city.
As part of his inauguration to his papal ministry Tuesday, Pope Francis received a special signet ring, the seal of which is used to signify approval of special Vatican documents.
All popes wear a special ring, named the fisherman's ring after Peter's initial job as a fisherman.
Initial reports on Francis' ring, a gold-plate silver band with a small face carrying a relief image of a bearded St. Peter holding the symbolic keys to heaven, were a bit confused.
Rome dispatch: Pope Francis opened his reign with a meditation on St. Joseph and the power and limits of the papacy.