Members of the pope's commission for child protection have been speaking with bishops and major Vatican offices to develop and educate the church about best practices.
Updated: Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service for the victims of the earthquakes that struck central Italy Aug. 24.
Pope Francis met with French President Francois Hollande at the Vatican just three weeks after an elderly priest was brutally murdered by Islamist militants in northern France.
The importance of marriage and family is at the core for the future of both the church and society, said Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas.
As millions around the world enjoy summer vacations, Pope Francis is providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them.
Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
Pell, an Australian who is third in the Vatican hierarchy, has strenuously rejected the latest claims that he sexually abused children many years ago as a priest.
Pope Francis met the parents of an American teenager who died in suspicious circumstances just after he arrived in Rome to start a foreign study program.
The coalition of international groups supporting women's ordination marked the 20th anniversary of the movement's founding with a three-day conference in Rome.
Italian authorities made the arrests Thursday of six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group.