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.
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.
Vatican City - Vatican prosecutors want four of five defendants accused of leaking documents convicted, jail time for three.
A ceremony June 28 featuring a rare joint appearance by Pope Francis and his predecessor seemed aimed at tamping down speculation about the unusual circumstance of having two living popes.
Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.