A Roman Observer: Pope Benedict continues to receive praise for his courageous decision. But Pope Francis also deserves credit for the way this has played out.
A cookbook featuring favorite dishes of the three most-recent popes and their elite military corps will be available this summer in English.
Buon Appetito, Swiss Guard was written by 24-year-old David Geisser, who had worked as a chef and published two popular cookbooks in his native Switzerland before joining the Swiss Guard nearly two years ago.
"Many people do not know about the Swiss Guard," said Geisser, whose commander conceived of the coffee-table-size book as a means to make the Guard better known.
On Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican for the last time as pope, ending his eight-year papacy and leading to the election of Pope Francis.
The Francis Chronicles: The celebrant "must pray before God, with the community," in a genuine and natural way that avoids all forms of "artificiality," Pope Francis said.
Pope Benedict was keenly aware of his own waning strength while faced with such a demanding ministry, Archbishop Georg Ganswein told an Italian newspaper.
Analysis: As Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the "rules" to the principle behind the rules.
A commission of theologians has reportedly declared that Oscar Romero died as a martyr for the faith, a pivotal step toward sainthood.
A Roman Observer: We now know who will be joining the College of Cardinals next month. But why were these men chosen over others?
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn also said open controversy is "absolutely essential" when discussing the future of the Catholic church.
Two news items this week pointed to the arduousness of Pope Francis' efforts to reform the central administrative organs of the Holy See. Pope Francis and other Vatican officials met with officials from the Dominican Republic to discuss the ongoing investigation of Joseph Wesolowski, the former archbishop and nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was defrocked earlier this year on charges of sex abuse of minors.