The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis paid a surprise visit Aug. 12 to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.
Francis Chronicles: The meal was part reunion, part progress report for Francis and the 21 refugees brought to Rome by the Vatican.
In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.
Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."
Vatican: Pope Francis creates his commission to study the possibility of female deacons in the Catholic church, appointing an equal number of male and female experts to the group.
Eco Catholic: Today's Vatican Gardens were once just a sprawl of mosquito-infested swamps, clay hillsides and hardy grape vines.
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 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.