Not since Pope Francis welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the Vatican has a papal meeting with a head of state been so hotly anticipated as the coming encounter with Argentina's President Javier Milei.
View from the Vatican: The October meeting of the Synod of Bishops will be held in a larger Vatican hall than previous synod meetings, to allow for roundtable discussions among members. It is a small change, but could be groundbreaking.
View from the Vatican: The Vatican's initial reluctance to back the Abraham Accords could be explained by its longtime diplomatic efforts toward Middle East peace, including a push for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.
View from the Vatican: The Sant'Egidio community has been instrumental in high-profile peacemaking efforts. Now its ties to the Russian Orthodox Church may assist Cardinal Matteo Zuppi as he heads to Kyiv and Moscow.
When Pope Francis fired top leadership of Caritas Internationalis last year, the Vatican was blunt, saying "real deficiencies were noted in management." Now the organization is electing new leadership.
At Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, future church leaders are not just learning about ecumenism but strengthening relationships through a unique course of study, writes Vatican correspondent Christopher White.
Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air to many as he urges the church to consider difficult topics through the ongoing synodal process. Yet the spirit of synodality can also trace its origins in the U.S. to much earlier.