Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases, will head a new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.
Analysis: As Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the "rules" to the principle behind the rules.
Philippines: Pope Francis braves pouring rain, 60-mile an hour winds to tell typhoon victims: "I'm here to be with you."
During a meeting with families, the pope praised his predecessor Paul VI, who wrote Humane Vitae and "had the strength to defend openness to life."
Manila: Pope Francis began his Philippines visit by calling on its president to root out widespread corruption and to "hear the voice of the poor."
NCR Today: The clarification comes after speculation Francis approved violence in response to religious insults.
Book review: Austen Ivereigh has brought together extensive research to produce a thorough, acute and engaging analysis of the phenomenon that is Pope Francis.
We say: Now that the Vatican has decided that the women are worthy of praise, it is appropriate to ask: "What was that about?"
The Vatican on Monday rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week's deadly attacks in France.
The move came as Pope Francis called for a "unanimous" global response to the Islamic State group as he left on his first official visit to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Israeli state TV reported Sunday that U.S. intelligence services had warned the Vatican could be the next terrorist target, as international leaders joined an estimated 2 million people in a massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris.
"I appeal to the entire international community ... to take concrete steps to bring about peace and to protect all those who are victims of war and persecution."