Thailand day care massacre an act of 'unspeakable violence,' pope says

Pope Francis said he was "deeply saddened" after hearing the news of one of the world's worst mass shootings at a day care center in northeast Thailand.

Pope appoints McElroy, other new cardinals as members of Vatican dicasteries

Pope Francis appointed several recently created cardinals to be members of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Vatican announced. Among the new appointments announced by the Vatican Oct. 7 was Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego, who will serve as a member of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life as well as the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Saints have joyful hearts, not long faces, pope says

The holiness of saints is reflected not only in how they overcame struggles but by their ability to transmit the joy that comes from being loved by God, Pope Francis said.

Tourist detained after toppling busts at Vatican Museums

A tourist who toppled two ancient Roman busts in the Vatican Museums has been handed over to Italian police, the Vatican said.