The nine cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Catholic church's central bureaucracy have submitted a final proposal for the creation of two new high-level Vatican offices, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The Council of Cardinals have finalized their recommendations for a new Laity-Family-Life office and a Justice-Peace-Migrants office, said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi.
Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
Pope Francis named Msgr. Peter B. Wells as the next papal nuncio to South Africa and Botswana. Wells is the deputy chief of staff at the Vatican's Secretariat of State.
Church leaders and community advocates in Mexico hope that Pope Francis uses his six-day visit to call attention to the struggles faced by marginalized communities there.
Analysis: An investigative journalist has written a book about the Mexico City-based Legionaries of Christ, in which he likens the order's late, disgraced founder to a Mafia capo.
"I make an appeal to the international community to not spare any effort to urgently bring the parties to the negotiating table," Pope Francis urged Sunday.
In an unprecedented push for wider Christian unity, Pope Francis will meet with Russian Patriarch Kirill in Cuba in February.