More than 40 theologians and scholars from Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, Spain and the US brought their expertise in liberation theology to a weeklong gathering at Boston College.
He kept up the Catholic routine, but his heart wasn't in it. Then he headed out on a faith journey he recounts in Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis.
Preaching: "Sometimes our words respond to questions nobody is asking," Pope Francis said. "If you don't listen to people, how can you preach?"
Pope Francis thanked Argentine bishops for providing concrete guidelines for implementing the section of Amoris Laetitia about circumstances in which divorced and civilly remarried couples might receive Communion.
Pope Francis said June 16 the validity of marriage implies that a couple understands that sacramental marriage is a bond binding them to another for their entire lives.
Commentary: It is also important for the war's victims and survivors' voices to be heard -- to be recognized by the Catholic church as victims of state terrorism and church failure.
Eco Catholic: "We are hearing and heeding the cry of persons and earth impacted by fracking," Mercy Sr. Aine O'Connor said among a throng of environmental activists.
Argentina was experiencing an economic crisis, immigration influx, and devolution of religious affiliation before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis -- but what's going on with Catholics in Argentina today?
'If Argentines don't seize this moment, it is because we are the biggest fools in the world for wasting this spiritual awakening he brought to our churches.'
Buenos Aries, Argentina -- The former archbishop once known for never smiling is, to those from the villa, the same man he's always been.