John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis has replaced a cardinal who headed the financial watchdog agency launched under Benedict XVI with a bishop associated with reform.
John Allen in Rome: It's clear Pope Francis meant what he said about usury during his general audience Wednesday morning.
As the Legionaries of Christ continue trying to chart a new course, there are signs the order is far from unanimous about what that course should look like.
In an address to an Italian women's group, Pope Francis expressed a "vivid hope" that women will play a "more capillary and incisive" role in the Catholic church.
In the wake of yesterday’s highly anticipated tête-à-tête between Pope Francis and French President François Hollande, most post-mortems have focused on the differences between the Catholic Church and Hollande's Socialist government over “life issues” such as abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia.
The focus is understandable, in part because it was primarily those matters which induced more than 100,000 angry French Catholics to sign an on-line petition before the meeting imploring Francis to express their “profound malaise and growing concern”.
Pope Francis intends to visit the United States in September 2015, but it is too early for anything to be certain.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis phoned up the mother of a 16-year-old who disappeared in 1993 to promise the church's help and to pray for her.
John Allen in Rome: In a message Thursday to the world of communications, Pope Francis called on the media to foster two qualities for which they're not exactly renowned.
John Allen in Rome: To those skeptical that the Legionaries of Christ can change, members of the order say there are no guarantees but ask for a chance.
John Allen in Rome: The head of the Council of Cardinals has suggested that the Vatican's doctrinal czar needs to be more "flexible" in his views on divorced and remarried Catholics.