Pope Francis has asked ambassadors accredited to the Vatican to encourage non-violent reactions to recent acts of terrorism and war, and has said he opened the Jubilee year of mercy partly to try and encourage efforts to stop violent conflict through reconciliation.
In an audience with four new Vatican ambassadors Thursday, the pontiff that this year “was unfortunately marked by a multiplication of violent conflicts, whether war or terrorism.”
European experts on preventing financial crimes praised the Vatican for significant steps in establishing laws and procedures in line with international protocols, but called for "real results" in prosecuting offenses.
Pope Francis has called on Catholics around the world to use the ongoing Jubilee year of mercy to "open wide" the doors of their hearts to forgive others.
In the name of his Jubilee of mercy, Pope Francis has called upon world leaders to make “courageous gestures of concern” for prisoners, migrants, and the unemployed.
NCR Today: The Vatican officially announced that Pope Francis will visit Mexico in February 2016.
A new Vatican document affirms religious brothers, saying that men -- and women -- who are not ordained as priests still exercise a daily priesthood by the fact of their baptism.
Vatican -- The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Vatican will focus their next meeting in February on the possible decentralization of church structures.