The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the church's central bureaucracy have yet to create a single comprehensive draft of a new structure of governance.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been given a new position in the Roman Curia working to help prepare catechism for national bishops' conferences.
A Roman Observer: We now know who will be joining the College of Cardinals next month. But why were these men chosen over others?
The creation of new cardinals may determine whether the papacy of Pope Francis is a flash in the pan or a turning point in history.
Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis and certain members of the Curia's old guard are openly at battle for the soul and future of the church.
Pope Francis said while the Curia is called to "always improve and grow in communion," it is also prone to "disease, malfunction, and infirmity" like every human institution.
The pope did not say which prelates would be named cardinals, but the names are expected to be made public in mid-January.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn also said open controversy is "absolutely essential" when discussing the future of the Catholic church.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' planned reform of the Curia continues to roll along. Potentially up next? The creation of a new congregation just for the laity.