Italian authorities made the arrests Thursday of six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group.
The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has marked 544 activities as questionable, freezing or halting movement of a total of some $2.4 million and 15.3 million Euros.
Four months after announcing it had hired the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an external audit of its finances, the Vatican has suspended the work underway.
The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is considering making a trip to Greece, just as the country has begun deporting migrants to Turkey.
A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women's shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square, the Vatican spokesman said.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Romanian woman, who is one of many homeless in the city, gave birth to the baby in the early morning hours Jan. 20 in Piazza Pio XII, just outside of Bernini's colonnade. Local police, who helped with the delivery, transported the mother and child to the nearby Santo Spirito Hospital.
A Roman Observer: Following his trip to Africa, Pope Francis is set to announce some major personnel and structural changes in the Roman Curia and other Vatican-related departments.
Pope Francis will embark this week on a six-day trip to three African nations -- Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic -- in his first trip to the continent.
Pope Francis is at peace with the reformist course he has set for the Catholic church, says Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a leading adviser to the pontiff.
Synod, Day 8: A letter from several cardinals to Pope Francis, reportedly given to Francis on the first day of the synod, sees the cardinals sharply criticize the meeting.
Synod Day 6: Discussions begin to center on two big issues: the role of mercy and the church's vision on the indissolubility of marriage.