Morning Briefing Special: Pope Francis at 100 days

  • Pope Francis asks people to pray for him as he appears for the first time on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13 at the Vatican. (CNS/Paul Haring)
  • Pope Francis sits with Vatican workers after celebrating Mass March 22 inside the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The pope took a seat in the back row as people lingered for private prayer. (CNS/L'Ossevatore Romano)
  • Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison for minors March 28. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young people of different nationalities and faiths, including at least two Muslims and two women. (CNS/Reuters/L'Osservatore Romano)
  • Pope Francis exchanges skull caps with a young girl after arriving for his weekly audience May 8 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
  • Pope Francis meets with leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious during a private audience June 6 at the Vatican. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Thursday marks the 100th day since the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. This is a special edition of Morning Briefing examining Francis' first 100 days.

Francis at 100 days: 'the world's parish priest' by John L. Allen Jr.

Opinion: How the 'Francis effect' could rescue the church by John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life

Preparing for the Pope by Marie Arana, a journalist and biographer of Simon Bolívar

Pope says structures for collaboration, collegiality need strengthening

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Francis and the perils of an improv pope by John L. Allen Jr.

Historians ask: Is Francis a John XXIII? by Joshua J. McElwee

The paradox of Pope Francis by Hans Kung

Canada -- A Pope with a plan? Francis's first 100 days. Recent asides reveal a Jesuitical strategy and hint at Vatican reform, by David Perlich, CBC News Vatican analyst

Canada -- For Catholics, it’s a brave new world. Editorial from The Catholic Register, Canada's Catholic news source

Switzerland -- Things are happening behind the scenes by Olivier Pauchard,

Vatican City -- Pope Francis after 100 days: A contrast to Benedict Eric J. Lyman, USA TODAY

Pope's first 100 days suggest he is serious about reforms Andres Oppenheimer, Latin America correspondent for The Miami Herald

Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Welby offer courageous examples by Peter Donohue

Ireland -- Francis has changed the face of the papacy in his first 100 days by Michael Kelly, editor of The Irish Catholic

7 surprising things Pope Francis has done in his first 100 days from Mother Nature Network

100 Days of Francis: Observations and predictions by John Carr in America magazine

Francis: 'Reality understood best at outskirts' by Thomas C. Fox

See all of NCR's papal coverage at Pope Francis

Pope Francis invites boy with Down Syndrome for spin on popemobile

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