A Roman Observer: Pope Francis and certain members of the Curia's old guard are openly at battle for the soul and future of the church.
While Vatican officials are busy working with other religious groups in formulating a collective message on nuclear disarmament, no-nukes activists are looking for ways to influence the actions of their faith leaders.
Vatican officials traveled to Vienna for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons Dec. 8-9 and delivered a message from Pope Francis calling for nations with nuclear arsenals to find a way to rid themselves, and the world, of these kinds of arms.
A Roman Observer: Australian Cardinal George Pell has always been a controversial figure. So why did Pope Francis bring him to the Vatican and place him in positions of power?
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.
The Vatican coffers are far from empty, says Cardinal Pell, the pope's financial czar. He's found 'hundreds of millions of euros' squirreled away.
Within weeks, the Vatican said in a statement Thursday, bishops' conferences around the world will be receiving preparatory documents for the 2015 synod.
Taking little for granted, the 45-page document defines basic terms of international accounting standards and generally accepted governance and reporting practices, beginning with "budget."
A Roman Observer: Debate has begun in the Vatican. But there is a problem: A lot of bishops do not seem too pleased about this. Not one bit.
New Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher has pledged to regain the confidence of Australian Catholics and the broader community in the wake of the church's sexual abuse scandal.
Pope Francis named the bishop of Parramatta and former auxiliary bishop of Sydney to succeed Cardinal George Pell, now prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.
"There can be no more excuses, no more cover-ups and the victims have to be put first," Fisher said.
The Catholic church in Australia is going through a period of scrutiny, he said.
The synod on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its members are already debating one of its most controversial topics.