For an upcoming Vatican charity concert, Rome's immigrants, poor, elderly and marginalized will get VIP treatment while benefactors will sit in the back.
Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee -- which includes Irish Msgr. Paul Tighe -- to find ways to implement recommendations for streamlining and modernizing the Vatican's many communications structures.
When the pope met with his Council of Cardinals in April, the cardinal advisers suggested he name a new commission to implement a reform plan drafted by a previous 11-member papal commission.
Updated: "Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity."
A Roman Observer: A high-ranking Vatican official recently voiced serious doubts about the need to reform the Roman Curia. He said talk of reform was exaggerated.
"The time has come to embrace the abolition of nuclear weapons as an essential foundation of collective security," the Vatican said.
Italian police arrested at least nine people in what officials described as a terrorist cell that had planned, in 2010, to strike at the Vatican with a suicide bomber.
A few hours after the police in Cagliari announced the arrests, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the planned attack on the Vatican was "a hypothesis going back to 2010, one which did not take place."
The threat did not appear to be ongoing, he said, therefore it was not "a reason for particular concern."
Despite media reports that Pope Francis refused the candidate that France proposed as its next ambassador to the Holy See, the French government has yet to receive an official response from the Vatican, said a spokesperson for the French government.
"For the moment, we wait," said Stephane Le Foll.
During a press briefing Wednesday in Paris, Le Foll confirmed that Pope Francis met with the proposed candidate, Laurent Stefanini. However, Le Foll discounted reports claiming the pope did not approve the nomination.
Faith and Justice: Conservationists hope that the encyclical's attitude toward animals, especially wildlife, will reflect the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
Italian military police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old priest and theologian who taught at two pontifical universities in Rome. According to media reports, Fr. Lanfranco Rossi was found face-down in a pool of blood in the hazelnut grove near his community's retreat center in San Feliciano, just outside of Zagarolo, about 21 miles south of Italy's capital.
The Vatican said interreligious dialogue with the Muslim community must be strengthened given "the barbarism underway" by terrorists claiming to be Muslims.