Pope Francis orders contemplative women religious communities globally to implement changes in 12 areas and resubmit constitutions to Vatican for approval.
Pope Francis said he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Poland for World Youth Day and that his visit will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year.
Remembering the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, Pope Francis prayed that God give comfort to grieving families and foil future plans to harm others.
Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day Celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."
The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual closeness" with the French people in a message to Bishop Andre Marceau of Nice, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Pope Francis entrusted the victims and their families to God's mercy.
Daniels, former spokesperson for the president of the U.S. bishops' conference, was among 16 new members appointed to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.
The Vatican and Sunni Islam's leading institution of higher learning have begun looking for ways to restart formal dialogue.
Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero will serve as vice director, making her the first female to hold that position.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop, who ministered to California farmworkers and the poor, and recognized the martyrdom of an Italian layman, who died en route to a Nazi death camp after refusing to recite allegiance to Adolf Hitler.
A Vatican court acquitted two journalists who published confidential documents while their source was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.
Some still disagree about the meaning behind Pope Francis' exhortation on marriage and family, three months after it was published.