Just Catholic: Pope Francis approved 12 men and one woman as consulters to the 2-year-old Vatican Secretariat for Communication. This does not send a good message.
The Field Hospital: The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests criticizes treatment of homosexual persons in the Congregation for Clergy's recent document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation."
Vatican City -- Franciscans ask Pope Francis for the "privilege" of allowing non-ordained religious brothers to be elected to leadership positions, including those with authority over ordained priests.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday that President Trump is seeking to meet Pope Francis. Earlier reports had indicated the president had not made a request with the Vatican.
The special delegate appointed to be Pope Francis' spokesman to the Knights of Malta has reportedly ordered the group's former leader not to participate in the election of his successor, which will be held in Rome at the end of the month.
Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who was appointed to his role in February following weeks of tension between the Vatican and the historic chivalric order, told former Grand Master Matthew Festing that his presence would "reopen wounds ... and would prevent the event from taking place in an atmosphere of peace."
Faith and Justice: Amid security fears, Francis will have the tricky task of acknowledging the increased religious freedom in Egypt while not ignoring horrendous violations of human rights.
Pope Francis explains his Holy Thursday ritual: 'This is Jesus' mandate for all of us, but especially the bishop who is father of everyone.'
On April 12, Pope Francis named six priests, six laymen and one laywoman to be the new consultors or advisers to the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.
Pope Francis and cardinals present in Rome will formally approve the canonizations of two of the children who saw Mary in Fatima, a large group of Brazilian martyrs, three child martyrs from Mexico and two priests.
Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt's minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt.