Faith and Justice: At the Last Supper, Jesus said, "Do this in memory of me," not "Have a celibate priesthood."
Simply Spirit: Four years on, what can be said of Francis' papacy as it relates to women in the church? If you explore more deeply, there is much to praise.
Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.
"Whoever — because of economic maneuvering and business dealings that are not all clear — closes factories and businesses and takes work away from men and women commits a grave sin," the pope said March 15 before concluding his weekly general audience.
Eco Catholic: “Laudato Si’ must be put starkly into numbers. We must bend the curve [of fossil fuel emissions and carbon in the atmosphere] by 2020," said former U.N. climate chief Christina Figueres.
Francis at Four: Is the Catholic Church at "civil war"? Will Francis be toppled? Such outlandish reports are promoted by a small but loud splinter group.
In advance of the March 13 anniversary of Pope Francis' election, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Francis is "reinvigorating that experience of the church" that people had following the council's reforms.
Distinctly Catholic: In a sense, Pope Francis' reforms are already working; they have already set the church on a different trajectory.
Papal visits: Pope Francis has visited 23 countries outside of Italy in the past four years. Here is a map outlining each of those trips.
We say: Our enthusiasm for the model that Amoris Laetitia gives us does not blind us to the challenges our church faces.
Eco Catholic: A global effort, Pope Francis said, is essential to addressing environmental and social problems. He's leading by example with initiatives at the Vatican started by Pope Benedict XVI.