One thing the pope and his Council of Cardinals discussed was how bishops currently are chosen for dioceses around the world.
The victims of landmines "carry -- on their bodies and in their lives -- signs of an inhumane weapon, an irresponsible weapon, a weapon of cowards."
Pope Francis named a slate of new members to the Vatican's financial watchdog agency, replacing an all-Italian panel with members from Italy, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.
Three months after he gave 19 new cardinals their red hats, Pope Francis gave new responsibilities to the 16 who are under the age of 80.
Faith and Justice: As with any important international meeting, the media will focus on conflict, and liberals and conservatives will spin the results to support their causes.
Pope Francis has placed reform of the Vatican as a top priority of his papacy. Whether or not he will succeed remains to be seen.
The Vatican announced an immediate end to new hires, wage increases and overtime in an effort to cut costs and offset budget shortfalls.
Pope Francis, with input from the Vatican's central accounting office, also determined that volunteers could be used to help provide the labor needed to make up for the hiring freeze and eventual attrition.
Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent a letter dated Feb. 13 to the heads of all Vatican offices, institutions and agencies.
No one knows exactly what the Council of Cardinals say to each other when they get together, but we know their talks involve financial reform, laity and family life.
Pope Francis began meeting Monday for the third time with the Council of Cardinals, but it remains unclear just what reforms are in the offing.
The "Francis revolution" continued in January with personnel shuffles, policy signals and gestures reinforcing the pope's vision of a more merciful church.