The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial takeover of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, signalling a major shift in tone and treatment of U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.
A bishop was ordained in southern Chile on Saturday amid shouts and scuffles between supporters and protesters who accuse him of covering up crimes of a mentor the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.
The Vatican has always been a heavily male bureaucracy, and statistics released on the eve of International Women's Day now back that up. As of last year, only 18 per cent of Holy See employees were women, up from 17 per cent four years ago.
A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying someone apparently swiped upward of 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops who attended a meeting on family issues last October.
The Vatican's culture minister has acknowledged that his office must expand its horizons after a promotional video for a Vatican women's conference featuring a sexy Italian actress was ridiculed in North America.
A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.
Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace Sunday in St. Peter's Square, a year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds sparked protests by animal protection groups.
The Vatican set the stage Tuesday for Pope Francis' next church meeting on the family, urging bishops to be guided not just by doctrine but by Francis' message of mercy and the "turning point" of the first meeting that sought to provide better pastoral care for gays and divorcees.