Spanish Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, the former "camerlengo" or chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church and former prefect of the Vatican congregation for religious, died Aug. 10 at his Vatican apartment. He was 94.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' determination to reform the Curia is showing signs of success. And every cardinal has gotten the message: Being a cardinal will not protect you from the consequences of your own actions.
Distinctly Catholic: For the retired pope's 94th birthday, a consideration of two aspects of his long life: his career as a theologian and why being a great theologian is no guarantee one will be a great pope.
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as the head of the Vatican's worship congregation Feb. 20, in an unexpected announcement ending the tenure of one of the Vatican officials most often seen as an opponent of the pontiff's vision for the global church.