Daniels, former spokesperson for the president of the U.S. bishops' conference, was among 16 new members appointed to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a statement July 11 indicating Pope Francis met with Cardinal Robert Sarah July 9 to indicate no liturgical directives will begin in Advent.
The Vatican and Sunni Islam's leading institution of higher learning have begun looking for ways to restart formal dialogue.
Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero will serve as vice director, making her the first female to hold that position.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop, who ministered to California farmworkers and the poor, and recognized the martyrdom of an Italian layman, who died en route to a Nazi death camp after refusing to recite allegiance to Adolf Hitler.
A Vatican court acquitted two journalists who published confidential documents while their source was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.
Some still disagree about the meaning behind Pope Francis' exhortation on marriage and family, three months after it was published.
Pope Francis appointed Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, the office that proposes bishop candidates.
Pope Francis met the parents of an American teenager who died in suspicious circumstances just after he arrived in Rome to start a foreign study program.
The Sisters of Mercy, the largest order of women religious in the United States, are being asked to come to Rome for further conversation following the apostolic visitation.