Jan. 14 papal appointments: Pope Francis named Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, who is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to be a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
McDonald's opens near Vatican: A McDonald’s opening in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica is to offer free meals to the homeless in a move aimed at defusing controversy over the fast-food restaurant.
Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.
For diplomats from around the world, the Vatican is known as a prime "listening post," and what Hackett is listening to a lot these days are questions about what President-elect Donald Trump has in store.
The Nigerian Jesuit priest spoke to NCR about discrimination against women within the Catholic church, and the necessity to advance women's inclusion.
The closest parallel in Western contemporary politics to Donald Trump is Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who served four stints as prime minister of Italy.
Aboard the papal plane: Countries should take in refugees and prudent about only accepting as many as they can integrate into their societies, the pope said.
In a wide-ranging interview published on the eve of his visit to Sweden to mark the anniversary of the Reformation, the pontiff is as quotable as ever.
Several cardinals are apparently furious about plans for a new McDonald's restaurant in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica; they've reportedly asked the pope to step in.
Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, a member of the Jesuits' Venezuelan province, was elected the first non-European superior general of the Society of Jesus Oct. 14.
Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met twice this week in Rome for symbol-laden encounters.