Rome: Pope Francis began the New Year criticizing those who seek to follow Jesus outside the church, saying they ignore that the church is God's family.
Women around the world have been invited by the Vatican to answer this question: "Where are we as women today?"
Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
The man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II was expelled from Italy after paying a visit to the pope's tomb.
Two protesters were arrested and housed in the Vatican jail during Christmas. One man climbed the facade of St. Peter's Basilica to protest European economic policies.
On Christmas, Pope Francis called for an end to global conflicts, mentioning Middle Eastern Christians suffering a "brutal persecution" and many children who have been "massacred under bombing."
Two important events took place this past week which are significant for the future of our church.
Pope Francis said while the Curia is called to "always improve and grow in communion," it is also prone to "disease, malfunction, and infirmity" like every human institution.
Commentary: I want to delve below the surface to engage what I think are some of the deeper issues and concerns and hopes that challenge us for the future.
Faith and Justice: The Vatican's report on the sisters and its role in repairing relations between the U.S. and Cuba overshadowed a third diplomatic milestone.