NCR Today: Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said "I feel that now the pope is ready to address global questions," at a press briefing Tuesday evening, following Francis' U.S. arrival.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Francis' 10th foreign trip, with stops in Cuba, three U.S. cities and the United Nations, will be a "very complex."
Pope Francis has asked his international Council of Cardinals to study the way the church vets, identifies and appoints bishops around the world.
Making a Difference: While this agreement is not perfect -- very few agreements are -- it is a solid, good agreement for the world.
The Vatican's final figures for 2014 showed a continued budget deficit on the part of the Roman Curia and nearly double the profits brought in by entities such as the Vatican Museums.
Eco Catholic: An Italian-language version of Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter on ecological issues was posted four days early Monday.
The former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic will stand trial next month at the Vatican with possible "international legal cooperation."
Updated: U.S. Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis resigned this morning, along with his auxiliary, Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
Despite reports in the Italian press that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata's canonization has been set for Sept. 4, 2016, a Vatican spokesman says the date is only hypothetical and cannot be confirmed.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a statement Tuesday in response to media reports that the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who worked among the poorest of the poor, would be canonized before the end of the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy.
A Vatican official said he hoped the canonization would provide better recognition of the Catholic contribution to U.S. history.