The closing ceremony of the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter Square on Dec. 9, 1965. Forty bishops pledged to forsake worldly goods, but the agreement was largely ignored. Pope Francis' emphasis on helping the poor has revived talk about the Pact of the Catacombs.
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Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi, left, and Gianluigi Nuzzi face criminal charges, along with three former Vatican officials. They're seen here at events publicizing their new books about financial dealings in the Catholic Church.
The balconies of St. Peter's at the Vatican in Rome. The two people arrested Monday were members of a committee convened by Pope Francis in 2013 to keep him abreast of financial reforms in the Vatican government.
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Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi (right) is denying claims in Italian newspapers that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor. The rumors are part of an attempt to undermine the pope, the Vatican says.
Pope Francis met with Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington last week. He's seen here leaving the embassy building on Thursday.
Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis speaks after receiving the "Cost of Discipleship" award at a Family Research Council conference last week in Washington, D.C.
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Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Following repeated delays, Georgia carried out its first execution of a woman in 70 years on Tuesday evening.