Vatican City -- Pope Francis said critics of his efforts to make the church more open and pastoral "are acting in bad faith to foment divisions.”
New Cardinals: Francis places a high value on personal encounters with individuals, looking for fidelity and humility in the men he selects for a red hat.
Rome -- Four cardinals are questioning Pope Francis' most recent teachings on family life, issuing an open letter to the pontiff with five yes or no questions about how he understands church teaching.
Mercy Friday: The Mercy Fridays gave those he visited a chance to tell the pope their stories and, usually, to share a late afternoon snack with him.
"We congratulate the new president and hope his governance may truly be fruitful," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, speaking Wednesday in a brief interview.
Take and Read: Centuries after the Emmaus journey, the decrees of the Second Vatican Council generated many changes that elicited a wide variety of reactions.
Catholic Church in China: No matter what the motivation or how seriously threatened one may believe the Catholic Church in China is, the ordination of bishops without a mandate from the pope is a serious violation of church law, the Vatican said.
Pope Francis moves Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin from Indianapolis to Newark, N.J., giving the New York area two cardinals for the first time.
Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, appointed by Pope Francis to step-in over Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron, told reporters Tuesday that "they just formed all the conditions for" Apuron's trial.
NCR Today: It would be easy to write up 95-plus reasons why it's discriminatory and downright silly and embarrassing to deny women an equal place.