VATICAN NEWS

Top officials of Vatican press office resign

Saying they thought Pope Francis should be “completely free to assemble a new team” for Vatican communications “at this time of transition,” the director of the Vatican press office announced he and the vice director had resigned.

Church will spare no effort to end abuse, pope tells Curia

Acknowledging the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis told members of the Roman Curia that the church’s strength does not depend on its members’ perfection, but on the willingness to recognize its failings and correct them.

Vatican publishes schedule for papal visit to Abu Dhabi

When Pope Francis travels to the United Arab Emirates Feb. 3-5, he will meet with the international Muslim Council of Elders, participate in an interreligious meeting and celebrate Mass for the local Catholic population, the vast majority of whom are foreign workers.

Prayer is a constant learning experience, pope says

Jesus’ way of praying to his father throughout his life is a reminder for Christians that prayer is more than asking God for something but is a way of establishing an intimate relationship with him, Pope Francis said.