NCR Today: The pope has decided not to renew the terms of several bishop-members, many of whom are known for preferring a more traditionalist liturgical practice.
Vatican City: In a new apostolic letter following the end of the Jubilee of mercy, Pope Francis grants all priests the ability to forgive those who have had an abortion.
Vatican City: Pope Francis closes the Jubilee year of mercy but asks that people leave open "the doors of reconciliation and pardon."
NCR Today: The new Vatican commission studying the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the church will be meeting in Rome Nov. 25-26.
Vatican City: Pope Francis creates 17 new cardinals and warns against a "virus of polarization and animosity" that he says has seeped into the church.
Vatican City -- Pope Francis said critics of his efforts to make the church more open and pastoral "are acting in bad faith to foment divisions.”
New Cardinals: Francis places a high value on personal encounters with individuals, looking for fidelity and humility in the men he selects for a red hat.
Rome -- Four cardinals are questioning Pope Francis' most recent teachings on family life, issuing an open letter to the pontiff with five yes or no questions about how he understands church teaching.
Mercy Friday: The Mercy Fridays gave those he visited a chance to tell the pope their stories and, usually, to share a late afternoon snack with him.
"We congratulate the new president and hope his governance may truly be fruitful," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, speaking Wednesday in a brief interview.