Synod document a guide, not church teaching, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY -- Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes said the working document for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not official church teaching, but rather a way for bishops to listen to the local church's concerns.

Vatican publishes initial schedule for papal trip to Thailand, Japan

VATICAN CITY -- Peace, interreligious dialogue and respectful missionary outreach will be the top themes when Pope Francis visits Thailand and Japan in late November.

Vatican suspends five employees following raid

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican apparently has suspended five employees after raids on Vatican offices.

Pope Francis names Maltese bishop as pro-secretary of Synod of Bishops

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, Malta, as pro-secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican said.

Vatican representative at U.N. named nuncio to Spain

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis named Archbishop Bernardito Auza, who has represented the Vatican at the United Nations since 2014, to be nuncio to Spain and Andorra.

Pope Francis opens Missionary Month at prayer vigil

VATICAN CITY -- God wants everyone to take a risk to share with others the gifts he has given to them -- their life, talents and his love, Pope Francis said.

Vatican prosecutors conduct raid on Secretariat of State offices

VATICAN CITY  (CNA) -- Vatican prosecutors seized documents and electronic devices in a raid executed Tuesday at the offices of the most senior curial department.

Parolin: caring for the poor 'is who we are' as church

NEW YORK -- To those who ask why the Catholic Church seems to be "obsessed" with the poor, the Vatican's secretary of state said, "The answer is simple. Because this is who we are."

Pope Francis announces theme for World Communication Day 2020

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will highlight the important role of memory and storytelling across generations as a way to bring people together in a world marked by discord and division, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis appoints commissioner for religious group in Brazil

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis appointed the former archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, to oversee the spiritual life of a controversial religious association in the South American country.

Pope Francis declares annual day dedicated to Word of God

VATICAN CITY -- To help the church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the word of God.