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Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Oct. 1, 2014 general audience.

Pope names two laywomen to key positions in Vatican's family office

Nov 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of two lay women – experts in bioethics and canon law –... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Pope picks secretary for Dicastery on Integral Human Development

Jun 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ pick of human rights expert Fr. Bruno-Marie Duffé for secretary of the Dicastery... Read more

Opening Mass for the Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family Oct. 3 2015.

Amid controversy, council of cardinals backs Pope Francis

Feb 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the wake of several contentious events surrounding the Vatican recently, Pope Francis' advisory board in his ongoing reform of... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to Curia: Your job is to be faithful

Feb 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter with a reflection and Mass for members of the... Read more

Extraordinary Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family, Oct. 2014.

Cardinal council wraps up prep work on new Vatican departments

Feb 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

As Pope Francis' ongoing process of reform continues to move forward, his council of advisers have finished their proposals for... Read more

Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014.

Pope and Curia begin annual Lenten retreat

Feb 22, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis and members of the Curia set out from Rome on Sunday afternoon to begin their annual Lenten retreat.  Read more